Napoleonic Fortress

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 8


Wow Factor
Quirky Ideal for Kids Hot Tub All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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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
At Napoleonic Fortress we can offer an exclusive use package for up to 18 guests staying overnight. This package is to include:
Exclusive use of the fort
• Boat transportation from and to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
• A dedicated Fort Captain, Executive Head  Chef & Crew to look after you & your guests
• Welcome glass of Champagne
• VIP historical tour
• Full Fort Breakfast, buffet lunch 3 course gourmet dinner
• Full use of all facilities on board
• Entertainment & drinks packages available
• Bare board/dry hire available on a Bespoke Package
• 15% discount for extended stays
• 10% discount at Gunwharf Quays  Designer Retail Outlet

*Please note that rental rates quoted online for this property are just a guide price. For an accurate quote, please contact our concierge team.

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The Napoleonic Fortress is only accessible via helicopter or boat.
  • Guests have to be 18 and over to visit the Fortress

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Sauna/Steam Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site

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.


About the surrounding area of Napoleonic Fortress
Wine Tasting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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.

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)


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Butler Available
Good news! For a little extra, This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

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.

Terms & Conditions

- 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.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

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.
Other Ts and Cs Guests have to be 18 and over to visit the Fortress

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 16th 2021 - Jul 23rd 2021 £13,507 £20,260 £27,013 £33,766 £47,257
Jul 23rd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 £22,579 £33,870 £45,161 £56,452 £79,013
Sep 3rd 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 £13,507 £20,260 £27,013 £33,766 £47,257
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 4th 2022 £22,579 £33,870 £45,161 £56,452 £79,013
Jan 4th 2022 - Jul 22nd 2022 £13,507 £20,260 £27,013 £33,766 £47,257
Jul 22nd 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022 £22,579 £33,870 £45,161 £56,452 £79,013
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 18th 2022 £13,507 £20,260 £27,013 £33,766 £47,257

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 16th 2021 - Jul 23rd 2021 €14,055 €20,808 €27,561 €34,314 €51,093
Jul 23rd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 €23,495 €34,786 €46,077 €57,368 €85,427
Sep 3rd 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 €14,055 €20,808 €27,561 €34,314 €51,093
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 4th 2022 €23,495 €34,786 €46,077 €57,368 €85,427
Jan 4th 2022 - Jul 22nd 2022 €14,055 €20,808 €27,561 €34,314 €51,093
Jul 22nd 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022 €23,495 €34,786 €46,077 €57,368 €85,427
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 18th 2022 €14,055 €20,808 €27,561 €34,314 €51,093

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 16th 2021 - Jul 23rd 2021 $15,484 $22,237 $28,990 $35,743 $61,094
Jul 23rd 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 $25,884 $37,175 $48,466 $59,756 $102,148
Sep 3rd 2021 - Dec 17th 2021 $15,484 $22,237 $28,990 $35,743 $61,094
Dec 17th 2021 - Jan 4th 2022 $25,884 $37,175 $48,466 $59,756 $102,148
Jan 4th 2022 - Jul 22nd 2022 $15,484 $22,237 $28,990 $35,743 $61,094
Jul 22nd 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022 $25,884 $37,175 $48,466 $59,756 $102,148
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 18th 2022 $15,484 $22,237 $28,990 $35,743 $61,094

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Unforgettable stay

    Created 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!

    Created 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!

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