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 Captain's Fort 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 four floors of both history and luxury. The Captain's Fort sleeps up to forty-four guests across twenty-two beautiful en-suite rooms. Arguably the best room is found at the top of the private lighthouse and is a glass-floored penthouse suite. Climb up here and you’ll enjoy spectacular views over the Solent and of the passing boats and cruise liners.
Other features of this impressive fort include two helipads, a caberet club, laser quest, games and snooker rooms, a gallery restaurant, wine bar and spa facilities with a range of treatments on offer. Guests can also sign up to various water sports such as yachting, jet skiing and fishing. On the roof there are hot tubs, a boules area and a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows!
The fort can only be accessed by boat from Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth making it effectively a private island just two hours from London. There's no other venue like it – for a lasting impression, this is the place.
2017 – from £12,400.00 per night incl. VAT
2018 – from £13,400.00 per night incl. VAT
This includes for up to 46 people:
Return boat transfer from Gunwharf Quays at scheduled times
All 23 bedrooms sleeping up to 46 people
All function room
Glass of Prosecco on arrival of the Fort
Grand tour of the Fort
3 Course dinner followed by tea/coffee
Fire-pit experience – toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around the fire pit
Full Fort breakfast
Access to the hot tubs, sauna and games room with pool and snooker table
Dedicated Events Manager from start to finish
*Additional guests can join an event and prices are bespoke depending on which portion of the day they attend and can start from £99.00 per person.
*Please check the events tab for special hen & stag do packages.
With close proximity to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, The Captain's Fort 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.