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On the market: 19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

And now for something completely different. This 19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

It’s an amazing space, as well as a grade II* listed building, which obviously limits the scope of change, Quite right too.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Thorn Island dates back to between 1852 and 1854, when it was constructed from local stone as an ‘outer defence’ to Milford Haven, which was then a large naval base.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

The fortress was designed to house 100 men, but obviously hasn’t had that number living on it for some time. In fact, according to the agent, the building was sold by the state in 1932 for conversion to a hotel. It looks like that was once the case, bit not for some time.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Could it happen again? I guess so. Someone tried back in 2001, but it never quite came to fruition. With people looking for something different these days, this could be a decent proposition if you had money to invest. But you would need a lot judging by the imagery.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

It could also be a particularly bizarre house too, just as long as the owner had a good pair of sea legs. Judging by the photos, the waves can kick against this place.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

As for the layout, right now that is primarily on the ground floor level and based around a large courtyard. The space includes two bars, cloakrooms, a games room, dining room, kitchen, nine bedrooms, a shower room, two bathrooms, a sauna, two self-catering kitchens, a laundry and other ‘ancillary’ accommodation. 2.5 acres of land in total too.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

If you like the idea of your own kingdom, Knight Frank has this up at £550,000.

19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Images and details courtesy of Knight Frank. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

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