The Directory of Unusual Places to Stay

fortAll the advantages of a night at sea - passing boats, panoramic views and sunset whilst surrounded by sparkling water glinting in the sun - but without all that awkward bobbing about! Try a stay on Spitbank Fort or No Man's Fort! Both are firmly fixed to the sea bed off the coast of Portsmouth, a short boat ride away from all the tempting outlet shops at Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower.

You will find a unique stay in the middle of the Solent for romancing couples, those interested in the history of the forts and for groups of friends - or for a special occasion!

(Just be warned: bad weather can mean cancellation!)

Spitbank Fort - the more intimate experience with just 9 bedrooms for 2 - or able to accommodate a function for up to 60 people. Its big brother - No Man's Fort - has 22 bedrooms, plus 5 function rooms with capacity for an event for fort1200 people. There is even a 3rd fort for history buffs who want to see how it was back in the day. Horse Sand Fort has been preserved in its original state.

Since the FORTS joined our unusual accommodation directory at I have been looking for my chance to visit...and that came at the end of August this year. As I would be staying with a friend I chose the larger No Man's Fort and that is where we disembarked.

A glass of champers and a tour of the fort before settling into our comfortable room with port hole from which we could feel quite at sea. The buffet lunch was tasty - we ate enough to have an afternoon snooze and then perked up for our cocktail class. We got spruced up for the tasty dinner - the fort feels extra special at night - and then took to the roof for a delightful dip in the hot tub under the full moon and stars before bed.

There were other guests playing snooker, in the wood-fired sauna, round the firepit and in the lighthouse tower....there is plenty of space to do your own thing or be together. Staff are on hand to serve drinks, and stoke fires.

We were so lucky with a perfect slice of sunshine for our stay so after breakfast we were back on the roof for a game of boules, and to take in the views across to the Isle of Wight, before our boat took us back to shore. A relaxing 22 hours doing something completely different - most definately a quirky place to stay!

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