Spitbank Fort, Solent

Private Islands & Forts: Stay Somewhere Unique

If you think that dipping your toes in waters off a private island sounds appealing, or sitting in a hot tub on top of a fort in the middle of the Channel then you’re clearly the type of person who’s after somewhere special to stay. Perhaps you’d like to be the king and queen of the castle?

Spitbank Fort, Solent

All this can become a reality because you can find them and rent them via The Big Domain.

We take a look at some of the coolest places to stay. What do you think?

Spitbank Fort in The Solent: £36,400 per week for up to 16 people

James Bond would not be out of place with a Bond girl in the hot tub on the “roof” at Spitbank Fort where escapism is the order of the day.  To reach this stoic relic of the country’s military past it is necessary to take a transfer by boat or private helicopter around the Solent – yet another reason that Bond springs to mind for this property.  This ultra-chic and completely unique fort is a bolthole for the most extravagant solitude; a ‘Quantum of Solace’, if you like…

Newton Hall in Northumberland: £2,500 per night for up to 30 people

Alice in Wonderland grew up, bought a stately home, decorated it with all the wonderful things she remembered from Wonderland and produced something stylish, beautiful and fun.  The luxurious fabrics, large rooms and opulent, modern twist on stately elegance are epitomised here at Newton Hall.

Bath tub at Newton Hall
You can have a very cool bath at Newton Hall.

Ackergill Tower in Caithness, Scotland: £29,300 per week for up to 32 people

This tower is perched on the edge of the North Sea looking out over the cool waters of the bay over which it presides.  The castle dates from the 14th century and has been home to the Scottish gentry ever since.  After extensive refurbishment Ackergill Tower is now one of the most extravagant and luxurious places to hire in Scotland.

Ackergill Tower, Scotland

Ratua Private Island in Vanuatu £9,585 per night for up to 35 guests

Ratua is a tropical paradise in the South Pacific that is reminiscent of Richard Branson’s Necker Island.  Total exclusivity, turquoise seas and treatment rooms overlooking nothing but sand and sea guarantee total relaxation.  This is an eco-chic island resort where guests are completely cosseted from reality in island style.

Ratua Island

Have you got any suggestions about other great places to stay? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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