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Property Amenities

Wedding Chateaux & Villas
Wi-Fi/Internet access
Jacuzzi/Hot tub
All bedrooms en-suite
Party House (Ideal for celebrations!)
Stag/hen parties allowed
Sauna/Steam
Gym/fitness room
Games room
Indoor games
Conference facilities
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Wine tasting
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
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Overview of Napoleonic Fortress

What Oliver loves…

  • Feel like a king of your own Island at this exclusive fortress.
  • Having undergone a £3 million refurbishment the Fort now offers an exclusive and private retreat for events.
  • The fortress has everything you could possible dream of including a dedicated Champagne bar, gym, two rooftop sun-decks, a sauna, an open-air hot tub for 10 people.

What you should know…

  • The Napoleonic Fortress is only accessible via helicopter or boat.

Imagine a sea fort full of history, the sound of seagulls and crashing waves, views of yachts and a sunset engulfed by the sea. Imagine a family party, a celebration, a wedding reception or an incentive weekend in a unique and impressive venue a mile off the coast. The Napoleonic Fortress in the middle of the Solent is this place.

Originally designed to protect Portsmouth harbour from a French invasion, work started on Napoleonic Fortress in the 1860s, taking 17 years to complete. This venue will be the talk of the town and anyone attending an event here can't fail to be delighted and surprised at the pure drama of its unique setting.  The sympathetic refurbishment has kept many of the original features such as the windows, the vaulted ceilings and the gun emplacements, and as a result guests will be treated to three floors of both history and luxury.

The conversion is impressive with a dedicated Champagne bar, a function room with incredible views, a Library, a gym, two rooftop sun-decks, a sauna, an open-air hot tub for 10 people and even a light house. In keeping with its private nature the Fort sleeps 18 in its 9 individually designed en suite bedrooms. Guests access the Fort by boat making it effectively a private island just two hours from London and close to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. There's no other venue like it – for a lasting impression, this is the place.

Rental Rates
- Fort rooms start from £560 per night
- Exclusive use of the Fort only start from £5400 per night for 2017

This includes for up to 18 people:
- Return boat transfer from Gunwharf Quays at scheduled times
- All 9 bedrooms sleeping up to 18 people
- All function room
- Glass of Champagne on arrival of the Fort
- Grand tour of the Fort
- Buffet Lunch
- Tea/coffee and cake
- Pre-dinner canapés
- 4 Course dinner followed by tea/coffee 
- Fire-pit experience – toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around the fire pit
- Full Fort breakfast
- Access to the hot pool, sauna and other facilities
- Complimentary WiFi
- Dedicated Events Manager from start to finish

*Please note that rental rates quoted online for this property are a guide Price. For a detailed quote, please use the contact owner button above.

Interior & Grounds

The Fort offers extensive entertainment space over three levels, plus a reconstructed lighthouse on its roof. The views from most of the rooms, and in particular the Crow's Nest, are breathtaking with Portsmouth's distinctive Spinnaker Tower across the water. Several dining rooms and bars provide individual areas for work and play, and for relaxation there is a poker room, library and study, TV room and bar billiards, not to mention the sun-decks and out-door hot-tub..... the list is endless.

Perfect for private groups of family and friends, this is a place to celebrate in spectacular fashion. From wedding receptions to birthday parties, re-unions to house parties, whatever the occasion it will never be forgotten.

Napoleonic Fortress also provides a unique venue for corporate groups. The inspirational and extraordinary surroundings offer the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, as well as everything you could need for a successful event.

The Fort can sleep 18 in the eight en-suite luxury bedrooms situated on the middle deck and the Crows Nest which offers the ninth bedroom if not being used as a function room, complete with 180 degrees across the Solent and balcony. Formerly home to 36 tonne cannon, the rooms have all been individually designed in a clean modern style, retaining the original feature windows as well as adding the usual mod cons such as TVs and wifi access. Of course each room has incredible sea views.

Map, Location & Local Information

With close proximity to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, Napoleonic Fortress offers guests a choice of fantastic shops, exhilarating activities and mouth watering restaurants.

Portsmouth
Gunwharf Quays is home to over 95 designer outlets and more than 30 bars and restaurants. The South Coast's premier shopping venue also boasts a fantastic 14 screen cinema and 26 lane bowling alley.

The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard shows over 800 years of naval history, and there is lots to see including the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.

The D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944.

The Portsmouth City Museum is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth. There are temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects.

The Kings Theatre is an elegant Edwardian Playhouse in Southsea, Portsmouth showcasing Drama, Musical Theatre, Comedy, Rock n Roll, Classic Rock, Children's Shows, Soul, Motown, Pop, Folk Music, Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Ballet, Opera, Dance, Spoken Word, Alternative, Burlesque, Supernatural, and Clairvoyants plus much more.

Isle of Wight
The nearby towns of Ryde and Cowes offer a host of dining and entertainment centres and are accessible by boat. Guests coming from overseas will find a trip to the Isle of Wight is highly recommended.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Eastleigh

(4 km)

Nearest Ferry port Gosport

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Portsmouth

(3 km)

Catering & Services

With its unique marine location fish and seafood are very much on the menu, and as fresh as it can be.  Guests can even fish for their dinner from the Fort!  

Napoleonic Fortress is a fully catered venue and the chef will work with guests to design exclusive menus for any event, from a barbecue around the fire-pit on the top deck to a banquet in one of the many function spaces.

Laurent Perrier champagne is available from the champagne bar, and there's plenty of fine wine to choose from the wine cellar.  But if you'd prefer plain water then try the fresh water delivered via the Fort's own private well 400m under the sea bed.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £500 (Stag and hen parties - £1,000). This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 11.00 Energy costs included? Included.
Linen & towels included? Included. Changeover day Any day of the week.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed. End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property. Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

- Bookings - If you wish to book more than 3 months in advance, please contact the owner via the "contact owner" tab on our website.

*Please note that rental rates quoted online for this property are a guide Price. For a detailed quote, please use the contact owner button above.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Games room
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Indoor games
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Event information

The Napoleonic Fortress knows how to throw a party! So whether you are looking for somewhere to meet with potential clients, a birthday party with a difference, a romantic and unforgettable wedding by the sea or a jaw dropping and action packed exclusive use weekend… They can offer it all!

Where better to turn the music up loud and host your very own extravaganza on a private island in the Solent (with no one to tell you to turn the music down!)

For more information on your bespoke stay, simply contact the castle and they will discuss all your requirements.

Reviews for Napoleonic Fortress

Napoleonic Fortress Reviews


  • Unforgettable stay

    Posted by on 23/04/2014

    What can I say, the most amazing location, superb food, and wonderful staff who really made this surprise visit extra special and turned our stay into a trip that my family and friends will never forget.

  • WOW factor!

    Posted by Paul on 23/04/2014

    Not often lost for words but Wow from start to finish. We have returned today from 24 hours exclusive use of the Fort for a friends surprise 50th birthday celebration and it was truly amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff (all of whom were very knowledgable), accommodation, facilities, food etc all excellent.

  • A once in a lifetime experience - not to be missed!

    Posted by Sharon, Braintree on 23/04/2014

    The fort is stunning, the staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming, the food was fantastic and the rooms were superb. We had ridiculously big grins on our faces from the moment we arrived to the minute we left.

  • Birthday lunch with a difference!

    Posted by on 23/04/2014

    Every aspect of the day was handled with great professionalism. Meeting & Greeting in Gosport Ferry, to and from the fort, Champagne reception, Tour of the fort and of course an excellent lunch! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves on a great day out!

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 18 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 25th 2017 - January 1st 2018 £11,127.32 £16,690.98 £38,934.00
January 1st 2018 - December 27th 2018 £13,187.94 £19,781.91 £46,144.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 18 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 25th 2017 - January 1st 2018 €11,642.88 €17,206.54 €42,541.82
January 1st 2018 - December 27th 2018 €13,798.97 €20,392.94 €50,419.93

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 18 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 25th 2017 - January 1st 2018 $12,368.13 $17,931.79 $47,617.06
January 1st 2018 - December 27th 2018 $14,658.54 $21,252.51 $56,435.03

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