Holiday fort for the day
A historic sea fort has undergone a £3million transformation to become an unlikely luxury retreat.
Spitbank Fort, in the middle of the Solent, was withstand a French assault and boasts the 15ft thick granite walls.
The 134-year-old fort stands a mile out to sea, and the only way to reach the £350-a-night hotel is via taxi boat.
The unique destination boasts nine rooms, a Crow's Nest bar, hot tub, sun deck, gaming table and a restaurant.
There's even a firepit where visitors can sit on cool winter evenings to watch sailing boats, cruise liners or warships floating by.
Many of the original features have been kept intact and incorporated into the new design, with gun ports transformed into bedroom windows and gunpowder rooms enlisted as cosy snugs.
Groups of 18 can hire the fort exclusively for £5,000, which includes lunch upon arrival, champagne reception, a three-course dinner and breakfast the following morning.
Mark Watts, general manager of the hotel, said: "It was an empty shell when we bought it in 2010.
"It has been used for various things in the past but we had this plan to turn it into a luxury hotel in the middle of the Solent.
"We've been open for five months now and we've had an amazing response."