Clarenco announces purchase of two more ancient sea forts

Amazing Retreats, a division of Clarenco LLP, has purchased two more sea forts, No Man’s Land Fort and Horse Sand Fort.
The group already owns the Spitbank Fort (pictured), which is situated a mile offshore from Portsmouth Harbour and is only accessible by boat. Clarenco bought the property in 2009 and it has since undergone a £3m restoration.
These two larger forts, listed as ancient monuments, will join their smaller ’brother’ Spitbank Fort. Solent Forts, a specialised arm of Clarenco, will provide space for corporate events and special occasions. This is the first time the forts have had a sole owner.
No Man’s Land Fort is over 3,300sqm, three times the size of Spitbank Fort, and was converted into a luxury hotel in the 1990s. Working with English Heritage, Clarenco will restore it to its former glory with plans to develop 30 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, games and billiards room and several meeting and dining spaces. Planning has also been approved for a helipad and a marina/harbour area.
Horse Sand Fort boasts a colourful history having been built between 1865 and 1880 to defend Portsmouth from the French and is almost an exact replica of No Man’s Land Fort, with multiple floors fully armour plated with 1.4m thick walls all round. Clarenco will transform Horse Sand Fort into a unique time capsule museum showcasing the artefacts and history of the three forts.
Founder and President of Dreams, and now owner of Clarenco, Mike Clare, is the sole private investor into Solent Forts. “Having recently invested over £3m transforming Spitbank Fort into an exclusive venue we felt we couldn’t miss the exciting and rare opportunity to add both No Man’s Land and Horse Sand Fort to our diverse portfolio of Amazing Retreats. Solent Forts will create employment in the local area, generate an increase in tourism and will really put the Solent and the surrounding areas on the UK tourism map.”
All three forts are situated in the Solent between Portsmouth Harbour and Seaview on the Isle of Wight. Guests will reach the Solent Forts by Clarenco’s own flotilla of boats from the Royal Clarence Marina in Gosport, Solent Forts’ private departure lounge.
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