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    Looking for the one

    Granite staircases spiral towards huge vaulted ceilings and rows of windows face out to sea. If you want a unique or unusual wedding, this is ‘the one’.

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      One Love

      You’ve found ‘the one’ partner, it seems right to find ‘the one’ wedding venue that’s your perfect match too. But traipsing between hotels, on the hunt for a unique wedding venue, you can start to glaze over. Well, pass the smelling salts because Polhawn Fort is something else entirely. A real Napoleonic Fort, complete with cannon, drawbridge and walls eight feet thick, it’s the real deal.

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      Guardian of Whitsand Bay

      since 1867

      Granite staircases spiral towards huge vaulted ceilings and rows of windows face out to sea. If you want a unique or unusual wedding, it could well be ‘the one’. Steeped in history, it was built to discourage Napoleon III from even thinking of invading us. And there’s a bonus. It’s never seen any action, so you won’t be starting married life on a battleground!

      Our Location

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        30 minutes from Plymouth, 90 minutes from Bristol, 4 hours from London

        Polhawn Fort is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Rame Peninsula, overlooking the sea at Whitsand Bay. If you or your guests want to get your walking boots on, the spectacular South Cornwall coastal footpath runs both ways from behind the Fort’s grounds. We’re near Mount Edgcumbe and just along the coast from some of Cornwall’s real gems including Looe, Polperro, Fowey, Mevagissey, St Mawes and Falmouth. You’re spoilt for choice!

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        Fully loaded with

        historical gems

        Information on the unique characteristics at Polhawn Fort. Explore our history doc by clicking below. Perfect for some night time reading, in preparation for taking the challenge of being in charge of your 'OWN' Fort.

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