A stunning private Swedish island boasting five buildings including ultra modern main and guest houses has emerged on the market and it can be yours for £1.2million ($1.4m).
Gasharsskaret is a 0.27 acre island with flat rock cliffs, sandy beaches and open grassy areas, located about 100 yards from the Swedish mainland in the Soderhamn archipelago on the country’s east coast.
A cluster of cabins have been built on the island, including a main house, a guest house, a beach house and a sauna. It also boasts a wooden hot tub and a landing area for a helicopter.
The estate agent, Sothebys Realty, say it would be the ideal place for a large family and could be used for ‘retreats and conferences’. The listing adds that island has an ‘unbeatable’ setting where residents can enjoy watching both the sun and the moon rise from the sea.
The idyllic views can be enjoyed from one of the several piers that protrude from the island, or from the comfort of an outdoor, wood-burning hot-tub.
And its designers have ensured the island will stay well-lit even during Sweden’s long winter months, as the Japanese duckboard-covered linking the various buildings together are installed with illuminating lights.
The project began in 2004 and was finished in 2015, taking a total of 11 years to complete.
The stunning private Swedish island is located around 100 yards from the Swedish mainland in the Soderhamm archipelago on the country’s east coast and includes a main house, which has an area of 77 m2, as well as a guest house, a beach house and a sauna
Wooden decks offer resident’s the perfect opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the peaceful serenity that surrounds the island or enjoy a meal al fresco dining during the warmer months
The island offers several piers that jut into the sea from different angles. One of the piers is in a protected location, facing the mainland. A small red dingy is tied to this pier and offers the chance to sail out further into the island’s surrounding nature
The island offers uninhibited views of the ocean and is ideal for sitting out on the wooden deck to watch the sun go down and the moon’s reflection on the water
A clear view of the moon’s reflection on the water from Gasharsskaret island. The estate agent, Sothebys Realty, says that the island has an ‘unbeatable’ setting where residents can enjoy watching both the sun and the moon rise from the sea and offers a ‘liberating’ view out to a clear horizon
The main house (pictured) is located in the western part of the island and is surrounded by a roofed wooden deck. The house consists of a large living room with a glazed soapstone heating stove, a bedroom and a kitchen. It has wide windows to let in the natural light and help create a sense of spaciousness. The house has wooden flooring throughout, as well as a hall with limestone flooring and underfloor heating to stay warm in winter
Deck chairs offer lucky residents a place to relax with a drink or a book and enjoy the stunning views, while a small coffee table is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea
The kitchen area in the main house is flooded with natural light during the day thanks to the large windows. A minimalist black-and-white striped carpet underneath the four-seat dining room table complements the light wooden flooring and a white wooden sofa in-keeping with the modern and light decor is positioned in the hallway
The spaciousness of the house is evident in this picture, which shows how the modern kitchen leads onto a bright and well-lit sitting room area which has a a glazed soapstone heating stove for the winter months and is decorated in a minimalist style with floor-to-ceiling windows as well as smaller, circular windows
The kitchen table offers a perfect spot to sit and have breakfast while the floor-to-ceiling glass doors can be opened to allow in a cool breeze in the summer
The guest house (pictured without furniture) also has a living room area with a glazed soapstone heating stove, which radiates heat into the room from its polished surface, to help rug up warm during the cold winter months. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen
The roomy guest house has an area of about 30 m2 and is decorated in the same style. Located on the east side of the island, it offers a clear horizon and wide doors that lead out from the living room and kitchen area, so you can see both the moon and the sun rise from the sea. The house is surrounded by a 300 m2 wooden deck and large windows that join the interior of the house to the great outdoor
An overhead picture shows the main building, located in the western half of the island and behind it , the smaller guest house on the eastern side of the island. Further towards the shore and shrouded by trees is the beach hut. According to Sotherby’s, the houses were built with an architectural magnificence that fits in perfectly with the sensitive environment of the island
A kitchen table opens out onto the sea via floor-to-ceiling glass doors which gives the feeling of spaciousness and being at one with the stunning natural surroundings
The view of the sun set across the water is clear from the wooden decking, which has been furnished with a small coffee table and two chairs
A dining room table can be set up on the wooden decking and used for entertaining guests with dinner views of the sea beyond
The guest house, on the west of the island, is spacious and can house a family or two couples. It includes two bedrooms, one of which offers a view of the horizon. The bathroom has ceramic tile floors, also with underfloor heating. Guests are provided with their own washing machine, as well as a Cinderella incinerating toilet
At the shore toward the southwest, there is a beach house. The beach house is positioned close to the water and has a total area of about 12 m2
The beach house offers a wooden porch deck as well as two more bedrooms, meaning there is plenty of room for guests who wish to stay overnight on the island rather than travel back to the mainland
A pier juts out into the sea from the Gasharsskaret and offers a place for visitors or residents to dock their boats. A step ladder provides an easy access to the water below. The property also has an easement for a boat berth on the mainland. There is an additional easement regarding land on the island, in favour of the property owner, which gives the purchaser ownership of the entire island, according to the estate agent
Wide floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors allow the sunlight to flood into the properties. Combined with the light wooden flooring and open-plan design, the property appears light and spacious and seems to fit well with the liberating views offered by the island
In amongst the cabins on the island there is the ultimate feature for cosy winter nights or to warm up after taking a dip: a wood-fired sauna building with an area of about 12 m2. The sauna has blue tiled wooden flooring and a window from which to observe the spectacular views
The property out on Gasharskaret island offers ‘a unique archipelago environment, with flat rock cliffs, sandy beaches and open grassy areas’, according to estate agent Sotheby’s international realtor
Two red deck chairs are positioned on the wooden decking, looking out at the sea beyond and offer a romantic spot for a couple to catch an early sunrise or enjoy the sunset
The estate agent, Sothebys Realty, say it would be the ideal setting for a large family and could be used for ‘retreats and conferences’. The houses are linked by Japanese duckboard-covered illuminated paths, which ensure the island is well-lit during the dark part of the year
No need to worry about losing your way around the island after dark as the wooden pathways are installed with lights and will help residents or guests to find their way back inside
A woman in sunglasses relaxes on one of the flat rock cliffs that surround the island as she gazes out to sea
An overhead shot shows the full extent of the 0.27 acre island which is located about 100 yards from the Swedish mainland in the Soderhamn archipelago on the country’s east coast, which is hard to grasp as the island appears to be almost totally isolated and in deep in nature