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.
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!
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!
For all you history buffs, the finishing touches were made to Polhawn Fort in 1867 (when it was known as Polhawn Battery). Built to prevent hostile landings along Whitsand Bay, it was one of a number of Plymouth Defences known as Napoleonic Forts or Palmerston’s Follies.