They were built about 150 years ago as part of sea defences against a feared French invasion. In the early 16th century, Henry VIII built an extensive set of coastal defences at either end of the Solent, part of his network of Device Forts that effectively controlled access to east and west. 4/58 Solent Forts Train from London Waterloo station to Portsmouth. Photo: Andrew Matthews. Knight Frank. Speaking to The Times, the owner likened the property to a Bond villain's lair. Solent Forts. Solent Forts. A trio of 19th century forts are being sold as homes priced up to £4.2 million. Solent Forts. 2/58 Solent Forts . They aren't the only unusual properties for sale this summer. The forts sit over a mile out to sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The reputed original construction cost was £425,000! Known as the Solent Forts, the properties - No Man's Fort and Spitbank Fort - are available as combined properties and businesses or on an individual basis with a huge range of refurbishment opportunities, such as a Casino, Spa, Training Centre, Ultra … Buy photo. Welcome to the Solent Forts or, to give them the name cynics gave them in the mid-19th century, when they were built, Palmerston’s Follies. In the New Forest, a Victorian folly with its own tennis courts and swimming pool is on the market for £2.5 million Boats for sale; New Boats; Sell Boats; Charter; More; Articles; News; Yacht Broker Directory; Select Language; English (EN) Deutsch (DE) Français (FR) Español (ES) Italiana (IT) Nederlands (NL) Log In; … 2. 3/58 Solent Forts . Horse Sand Fort is situated in the Solent, between Southsea and the Isle of Wight, and is one of three similar sea forts constructed between 1865 and 1880 to head off the threat of seaborne invasion from France. Three manmade island forts off the coast of Portsmouth have been put on the market for £9m. A unique opportunity to acquire and redevelop one of the world's most intriguing and unusual properties - a 99,000 sq ft defensive fort built (at huge expense) between 1865 and 1880.. History. Knight Frank. Photo: Andrew Matthews. General view of Spitbank Fort, which is part of Solent Forts and is up for sale along with No Man's Fort. Buy photo. The forts were commissioned by prime minister Lord Palmerston during his tenure between 1859 to 1865, originally built as a line of defence against enemy attacks on the Solent and Portsmouth. - 90 mins. General view of Spitbank Fort, which is part of Solent Forts and is up for sale along with No Man's Fort. Nine-suite luxury hotel, Spitbank Fort, is for sale for £5million. These include: Helicopter from Central London - 20 mins. Solent Forts. Horse Sand Fort is situated in the Solent, between Southsea and the Isle of Wight, and is one of three similar sea forts constructed between 1865 and 1880 to head off the threat of seaborne invasion from France. Horse Sand Fort is 25 minutes transfer time from Gunwharf Quays by boat The Solent Forts are within a short commute from London and can be reached by train, plane or car through various transport links. They took 20 years to build but were never used in battle as intended – instead they were repurposed as temporary army barracks. Two unique historic military forts off the coast of Portsmouth are being sold through global real estate advisor Colliers International. 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