A picturesque place steeped in history 


The Forts

Formerly known as Polhawn Battery, the Fort was built between 1861 and 1867 to command the approach to the East side of Whitsand Bay and prevent hostile landings. It was one of a number of Plymouth Defences known as Napoleonic Forts or Palmerston’s Follies.


Following five years of planning and construction, it was discovered that the Fort was facing in the wrong direction and therefore wasn’t fit for purpose. Polhawn Fort became obsolete before completion.  


The Fort was used as accommodation for gunnery officers at Whitsand Bay Battery during the First World War. During this time, the drawbridge (still in working order today) was raised every night.



Polhawn Fort was sold into private hands, operating as a hotel and tea rooms. One famous guest was Tommy Handly – of Music Hall fame. 


John & Teresa Wicksteed purchased the property and began an extension renovation. Originally a weekend bolthole, the family later relocated to Polhawn Fort and used it as the family home before converting it into an events business.