Thorne Island and Napoleonic fort off the Angle Peninsular goes on sale

A UNIQUE opportunity to buy a ten-bedroom Napoleonic fortress located on an island off the Angle Peninsular has presented itself to a savvy investor.

Thorne Island, which was built in the 1850s to protect Milford Haven from seaborne attacks from the French, has gone on the market for just £550,000.

The Grade II-listed fort is situated a quarter of a mile off the mainland and was designed for a garrison of 100 men.

The historic property was used as a hotel in the 1980s and 90s and has been uninhabited for over ten years. It is now in a state of disrepair.

Ten bedrooms are contained mainly on the ground floor, centred on a large courtyard.

There are also three reception rooms, three bathrooms, a sauna, kitchen and numerous outbuildings.

Access to the property is only by boat, but one of the previous owners obtained planning permission to build a cable car, linking the island to the mainland.

After going on the market in 2011, the island was bought by businessman James Gardner, of Kent Mushrooms, for £750,000.

Mr Gardner, who collects forts, said: “I bought it on a whim a few years ago. It’s now surplus to requirements.

“It was in a reasonable condition when I bought it and it’s exactly as it was.

“My intention was to use a charter helicopter company to access the island. But it needs a helicopter with two engines and there wasn’t a charter company in Pembrokeshire with two.”

“It’s a magical place and the scale of it is mindboggling.”

A caretaker currently visits the island once a week to keep it in check.

The fortress is powered by two diesel generators that are in need of replacement, according to Mr Gardner.

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