Second time around

[Credit: Knight Frank]

• I wrote recently about how the boutique hotel sector is incredibly versatile in the way it can take buildings and repurpose them, giving them a new lease of life. Over the years on BHN we have covered conversions of banks, office buildings, warehouses, fire stations and even prisons.

But this week’s news probably gives the best illustration yet of the sheer variety of structures that can be successfully adapted for hospitality use. Firstly, Spitbank Fort, just off Portsmouth in the Solent, is for sale for £5 million. This remarkable structure was built in the 1860s as part of renewed defences for the British naval headquarters. It is now a luxury hotel which is only accessible by boat but which offers a unique guest experience.

And in Iceland, a hotel has recently opened in a converted silage tower! The structure, formerly used for making cattle feed, has had an imaginative architectural makeover and offers incredible views across the south-eastern Icelandic landscape.

What is the most unusual hotel conversion you know of? Let me know at

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