Three manmade island forts off the coast of Portsmouth have been put on the market for £9m. Solent Forts. Nine-suite luxury hotel, Spitbank Fort, is for sale for £5million. 3/58 Solent Forts . Photo: Andrew Matthews. No Man's Land Fort, also referred to as No Man's Fort, is a sea fort in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England.It is one of the Palmerston Forts built between 1867 and 1880 after the recommendations of the 1859 Royal Commission.It is 200 feet in diameter, and lies 1.4 miles (2.3 km; 1.2 nmi) off the coast of the Isle of Wight. General view of Spitbank Fort, which is part of Solent Forts and is up for sale along with No Man's Fort. 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. 2. 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. A trio of 19th century forts are being sold as homes priced up to £4.2 million. 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. 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. 2/58 Solent Forts . 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.. Photo: Andrew Matthews. 4/58 Solent Forts They were built about 150 years ago as part of sea defences against a feared French invasion. Train from London Waterloo station to Portsmouth. Two unique historic military forts off the coast of Portsmouth are being sold through global real estate advisor Colliers International. - 90 mins. Knight Frank. Solent Forts. The reputed original construction cost was £425,000! The forts sit over a mile out to sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Buy photo. These include: Helicopter from Central London - 20 mins. History. Buy photo. General view of Spitbank Fort, which is part of Solent Forts and is up for sale along with No Man's Fort. 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. 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. 2. They took 20 years to build but were never used in battle as intended – instead they were repurposed as temporary army barracks. In the New Forest, a Victorian folly with its own tennis courts and swimming pool is on the market for £2.5 million Speaking to The Times, the owner likened the property to a Bond villain's lair. 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 … Knight Frank. 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