A private island retreat listed in Ireland represents a unique opportunity for a gentleman of means to acquire a truly remarkable property. The 175-acre Horse Island in Roaring Water Bay off the coast of Schull near West Cork is listed for sale at about $7.5 million with Private Islands Online.
The estate combines a stunning setting with perfect stone architecture that's rugged but not austere and luxury amenities, accessible by boat or helicopter only for true peace and tranquility.
Totally self-contained, the island, once home to a thriving copper mine, was abandoned and in ruins for years before being redeveloped into a luxurious escape complete with a private tennis court and a gym and games house.
The main house is comfortable but not obscenely large, and the design pays tribute to Ireland's traditional stone cottages and manor houses with a contemporary flair allowing for abundant natural light, and of course, crackling wood fires to keep things cozy.
The island provides has stunning out onto the Atlantic and the famous Fastnet Rock lighthouse, namesake of the famous Rolex Fastnet yacht race, one of the world's most prestigious sailing regattas organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom, which rounds the lighthouse.
The two-story, 4,500 sq. ft. main house has six bedrooms and there are two three-bedroom and two two-bedroom guest houses meaning you can entertain your family and friends. Extensive walkways through and around the island provide access to sandy beaches, picturesque coves, and beautiful pastures.
The main house also features a fully enclosed courtyard complete with a charcoal-fired BBQ and a wood-fired pizza oven, while a large wine cellar is housed in a separate outbuilding.
All in all, $7.5 million actually seems like a pretty good deal.