This Luxury Hotel in England Was Once a Victorian Sea Fort

If you’re looking to get on the property ladder by owning something a bit more eccentric, a grade II listed sea fort near Grimsby could be for you.

Bull Sandfort, a decommissioned sea fort with military heritage in the Humber Estuary, is up for auction with a guide price of £50,000.

According to the ad on property site Right Move, the fort was built between “1915-1919 for naval sea defence during World War 1 and used in World War 2”.

Located three miles from the mainland to the South West, buyers will need a private boat to access the property.

The construction of the fort, decommissioned in 1956, means it can withstand gunfire from heavy naval machinery thanks to its concrete reinforcement and 12 inches of armour on the seaward side.

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During the war, Bull Sandfort could accommodate a garrison of up to 200 naval personnel and it was armed in World War 2 with two 6-inch guns and two 6-pounder guns.

Its smaller companion fort on Haile Sand, located 3.75km to the southwest, guarded the approaches to the Humber with gun batteries and an anti-submarine net of steel mesh that stretched between them across the mouth of the estuary.

Inside, the fort is made up of three floors – the basement and magazine floor is below sea level, while there is also a central 2-storey observation tower above water level. A freshwater supply comes from an artesian well.

While the whole premises is in need of refurbishment, the vacant fort features an external balcony and jetty that would provide incredible views of the Humber Estuary.

There is potential for the fort to be refurbished and used for development or alternative uses, subject to consent.

The property is listed by estate agent Savills and the auction is set to take place on 19 July.

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