By Mark McConville
THIS 157-acre private island off the coast of Ireland could be the perfect peaceful retreat – if you have a spare £6m.
Amazing aerial images show the lush greenery of the large island standing out against deep blue ocean waters, the six-bed main residence and the six additional cottages.
Other stunning pictures show the interior of the main house with a spacious living area featuring large windows which offer spectacular views, an outside deck to enjoy the good weather in the summer and a dining area set up for 12 people.
Horse Island is located at Roaring Water Bay, West Cork, Ireland, and is currently listed on www.privateislandsonline.com for just under £6m.
“Horse Island’s natural landscape and beauty embodies what Ireland’s west coast landscape is so famous for,” states the listing.
“It provides for a unique private retreat second to none and offers the perceptive buyer utter tranquillity and privacy in the fast paced modern world.
“Located only a short boat trip from the mainland harbours of Dreenatra Pier and Rossbrien Pier and slightly longer from the fishing ports of Schull and Baltimore access points on the mainland are in easy reach.
“The island provides amazing views over Roaring Water Bay, out onto the Atlantic with the famous Fastnet Rock lighthouse.
“The current and previous owners have renovated and developed the Island which now consists of the main house with six bedrooms, two three-bedroom guest houses, two two-bedroom guest houses and two one-bedroom cottages. All houses and cottages have amazing views to the bay and sea.”
Horse Island is one of only a few Irish islands that is fully and sympathetically re-developed as a private residential island with all modern facilities. Totally self-contained with regard to electricity, water and sewage treatment and is probably the best re-developed and revitalised of all the islands off the West Coast of Ireland.
The Island extends to c. 157 acres (c. 63.5 hectares) and has an interesting Victorian era copper mining history with the original mining village now in ruins. Extensive walkways through and round the island provide access to all areas including the many sandy beaches, pastures and the natural landscape.
“The two storey stone built main residence offers six bedrooms on a total floor area of c. 4,500 sq ft.,” continues the listing.
“It features outstanding living accommodation with the main living area separating the guest wing from the owner’s accommodation. The large living room offers double height ceilings with mezzanine over, extra large panoramic windows to soak in the light and outstanding views over Roaring Water Bay all the way to Cape Clear Island and the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse.
“The owner’s wing incorporates a large kitchen cum dining room, which is perfect for entertaining and also enjoys the most amazing views from every angle of the rooms. The first floor comprises a private master suite with en suite bathroom and dressing room/study as well as access to the roof terrace. The guest wing incorporates five bedrooms, two on the ground floor with bathroom and three on the first floor with bathroom.
“To the rear is an enclosed decked courtyard with all the facilities required for “Al Fresco” dining and entertaining. The fully enclosed courtyard offers full protection from the elements. The courtyard contains open or sheltered seating, charcoal fired BBQ and wood fired pizza oven. The outbuildings consist of store areas and a large wine cellar.
“The exceptionally bright house has been finished to the highest of standards featuring quality materials and craftmanship throughout.”
For more information see https://www.privateislandsonline.com/europe/ireland/horse-island-1