Island of dreams
Owning a private island has got to be one of the ultimate property fantasies – and one person is now living the dream - the island of Little Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde has just been purchased by a private buyer after it went onto the open market for the first time in 40 years…
[UKPRwire, Thu Jul 30 2009] Owning a private island has got to be one of the ultimate property fantasies – and one person is now living the dream - the island of Little Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde has just been purchased by a private buyer after it went onto the open market for the first time in 40 years…
Originally dubbed the ‘fairytale island that nobody wanted,’ Little Cumbrae is characterised by steep coastal cliffs and higher inland areas with bluffs, plus several inland lochs.
The island in Scotland has been on the market since plans to see its rocky landscape transformed into a millionaires’ playground fell apart three years ago. Luxury marinas, helicopter arrivals and holiday homes were planned for the 684-acre island, but the time and inclination was never enough to get the plans off the ground.
Thus, Little Cumbrae was put back onto the market last November, with a sale price of £2.5 million, £500,000 less than its original asking price.
The main development on the eastern side of the island consists principally of Wee Cumbrae House, sheltered by a steep escarpment and with spectacular views past the castle keep to the Firth of Clyde and the Ayrshire Coast beyond. On Castle Island, in front of the house, stands the 13th Century keep.
The original traditional Scottish farmhouse was extended during the First World War with additional alterations made in the 1920’s and was once used as a village inn in the island’s halcyon days.
There are also two cottages, a stable block and stone jetty, plus large traditional boathouse and slipway. On the western coast of the island is a former lighthouse complex dating back to 1793, though it is no longer in use.
Whilst the guide price was £2.5 million, the private individual bought it for an ‘undisclosed sum’ through Humberts Leisure’s Skipton office and Knight Frank’s Edinburgh office.
It attracted viewers from all over the world. Depending on what the new owner wants to do with the island, which once had 54 residents, it could be opened back up as a holiday destination, attracting seasonal visitors searching for seclusion and peace.
Humberts Leisure Director Peter Smith says, “There are not many opportunities to buy a Scottish island and there has been a great deal of interest. Even taking potential purchasers for viewings was challenging, especially crossing the Clyde in adverse weather conditions. The solitude and uniqueness of Little Cumbrae definitely appealed to the purchaser.”
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