A couple have got engaged on the Solent’s biggest fort and made the hotel’s preopening event an extra special occasion.
No Man’s Fort hosted its first proposal for Gergo Keleman and Alexandra Holik, who live in Guildhall Walk in the centre of Portsmouth.
Gergo, 33, proposed to his girlfriend after buying the ring almost two months before. He said: ‘I was planning to take her to Rome or Barcelona, but I’ve been following the fort and decided it would be a special place to go. I had bought tickets to the evening event so I upgraded them to an overnight stay.
‘We would like to raise a family soon but want to get married first so I thought it would be good to treat her to a night away and propose. She’s the love of my life.’
Alexandra, 27, didn’t know anything about the surprise trip or that her boyfriend was planning to ask her to marry him.
Gergo said: ‘Alexandra had no idea where we going or that we were staying overnight. I told her I was taking her to a special restaurant for a nice meal but also said to bring warm clothes as we might be by the seaside.
‘I packed an overnight bag in secret so she didn’t know we were staying the night. When we checked in at the harbour she thought we were going to Isle of Wight.’
The couple, who have been together for just over a year, spent the rest of the evening celebrating their engagement by dancing and drinking champagne.
Gergo, a general manager at Portsmouth’s Brewhouse and Kitchen, said: ‘It’s a really good experience. I like travelling and have been to a few hotels but I’ve never seen anything like it. The hospitality was amazing and all the staff were really nice. The food was so tasty too. We enjoyed every part of it.
‘We were given a bottle of champagne on the house which the manager opened with a sword, so it was very special.’
The hotel, which hosted an Easter special evening called Fort Du Soleil, gave visitors a first glance at the hotel before the official opening.