Lonely Planet Writer

Would you like the idea of living in your own fort in Wales?

We have all fantasised at one stage or another about owning our own private island. So, what if you could have not just your very own island hideaway, but one that comes with an historic fort where you could while away your summer holidays?

Stack Rock Fort. Image by Purplebricks

Stack Rock Fort in Wales was originally built between 1850 and 1852 before an upgrade seven years later with the buildings that now stand there. Over time, it lost its military significance and it is now a spectacular ruin in one of the most idyllic parts of the Welsh countryside.

It was originally built as a military fort. Image by Purplebricks

It has what is called a Grade II listing, which means it cannot be demolished, but that it could be redeveloped into a spectacular holiday home, or whatever else takes your fancy. It was one of a chain of forts built to fight off any potential invasion by Napoleon III and which protected Milford Haven and the Royal Naval Dockyard at Pembroke.

This could be transformed into a specatular holiday home. Image by Purplebricks

The ruins are, of course, uninhabitable, but with lots (and lots) of tender loving care could be turned into something with all mod cons. It’s now being sold through Purplebricks estate agents who have said bidders looking to view it need to give them plenty of notice to arrange a visit. Best of all, the current asking price is in excess of just GB£400,000 (US$529,941).

The fort is only accessible by boat. Image by Purplebricks

The fort can only be reached by boat and from the top of its three-storey structure offers spectacular 360 degree views of Milford Haven. Ross McKenzie from Purplebricks told Lonely Planet: “Stack Rock Fort represents an enormously lucrative and exciting opportunity, with limitless development potential. Imagine, for example, a cable car being built from the mainland which ferries guests over to a unique, boutique hotel? With the right imagination and investment, it could become a stunning property which would do wonders for the local area.”

The fort is on the market for £400,000. Image by Purplebricks

The area in which it is located is one of the most attractive in Wales and is within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with its renowned coastal walking path.