Now here's a good place to put a body - No Man's Fort in the Solent with DI Andy Horton
No Man's Fort, Solent
Amazing Venues own three of the four Solent Forts: Spitbank, No Man's and Horse Sands. The fourth St Helen's is privately owned and not in use. Spitbank Fort and No Man's Fort have been transformed into totally unique hotels while Horse Sand's Fort is to remain as it was when the navy left it and is to become a museum, well worth a visit and I am sure I will be back to get more ideas for a future DI Andy Horton crime novel.
Pauline Rowson checking in at Solent Forts Office and shop Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth renamed Oyster Quays in the DI Horton crime novels
A rain soaked day on the Solent heading out of Portsmouth Harbour, Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup boat, Wightlink ferry and Brittany ferry sailing out behind
The Atrium, No Man's Fort, Solent Forts
Pauline Rowson on research in the tunnels and sea bunkers on No Man's Fort, Solent Forts
A view from the lighthouse on No Man's Fort
Pauline Rowson on location research for DI Andy Horton crime novel on No man's Fort
Here I am making copious notes even in the rain! Can you see Andy Horton here? I can.
No Man's Fort is three times the size of Spitbank Fort and offers twenty-two huge bedroom suites, its own lazer battle, sea golf, a hot house with firepit, a large rooftop firepit, sauna, hot tub, a cabaret bar and restaurant, as well as retaining the unique sea bunkers, a must visit for any history fanatic and especially those keen on military history. The tunnels are extremely atmospheric.
Pauline Rowson checking her notes and taking a break in the Ward Room
Solent Forts offer packages including overnight/2 day stays, day trips, lunches and venue hire. Check out Solent Forts website for full details.
My thanks to the Solent Forts team and especially to my guide, Craig, who took us around the Fort and gave me so much useful information. I came away with lots of inspiration for DI Andy Horton, not to mention a good place to put a body!