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‘Ultra high net worth’ European buys private island off Irish coast

An ‘ultra-high-net-worth’ European buyer has purchased a luxurious 157-acre island off the coast of Ireland after months of negotiations during coronavirus lockdown.  

Amazing aerial images show the lush greenery of the large island situated in Roaring Water Bay, County Cork, which has been sold for an undisclosed price to an anonymous ultra-high-net-worth European buyer.  

In February 2020, the selling agents issued an asking price of £4.9million for Horse Island, just as Covid-19 swept its way across Europe, forcing the public to stay inside due to lockdown measures.  

The agents recorded interest from all corners of the globe, particularly the USA, Asia, continental Europe and the United Kingdom, resulting in two parties battling over ownership of the property.

Horse Island provides for a unique private retreat second to none and offers the perceptive buyer utter tranquility and privacy in the fast paced modern world. The island also provides amazing views out onto the Atlantic over Roaring Water Bay

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

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

Extensive walkways through and round the island provide access to all areas including the many sandy beaches, pastures and the natural landscape

Extensive walkways through and round the island provide access to all areas including the many sandy beaches, pastures and the natural landscape

The agents recorded interest from all corners of the globe, particularly the USA, Asia, continental Europe and the United Kingdom, resulting in two parties battling over ownership of the property

The agents recorded interest from all corners of the globe, particularly the USA, Asia, continental Europe and the United Kingdom, resulting in two parties battling over ownership of the property

Images from the listing 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’s natural landscape and beauty embodies what Ireland’s west coast landscape is so famous for,’ the listing states. 

The Island extends to  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. 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.

One of the six cottages located on Horse Island at Roaring Water Bay, West Cork, Ireland. Each of the cottages have stunnng landscaped gardens that wrap around the island

One of the six cottages located on Horse Island at Roaring Water Bay, West Cork, Ireland. Each of the cottages have stunnng landscaped gardens that wrap around the island

The two storey stone built main residence offers six bedrooms on a total floor area of c. 4,500 sq ft. The guest wing incorporates five bedrooms, two on the ground floor with bathroom and three on the first floor with bathroom.

The two storey stone built main residence offers six bedrooms on a total floor area of c. 4,500 sq ft. 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 courtyard contains open or sheltered seating, charcoal fired BBQ and wood fired pizza oven

 To the rear is an enclosed decked courtyard with all the facilities required for ‘Al Fresco’ dining and entertaining. The courtyard contains open or sheltered seating, charcoal fired BBQ and wood fired pizza oven

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

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

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. 

‘The exceptionally bright house has been finished to the highest of standards featuring quality materials and craftsmanship throughout,’ the listing states.  

Callum Bain of Colliers International Country and Residential, the appointed agents for the sale, said: ‘Horse Island is one of very few well developed privately owned islands off the coast of Ireland.

‘We are delighted with the outcome of the marketing program and take this opportunity to wish the new owner peaceful enjoyment of this very special part of Ireland.

Callum Bain of Colliers International Country and Residential, the appointed agents for the sale, said: 'Horse Island is one of very few well developed privately owned islands off the coast of Ireland

Callum Bain of Colliers International Country and Residential, the appointed agents for the sale, said: ‘Horse Island is one of very few well developed privately owned islands off the coast of Ireland

The Island extends to 157 acres (c. 63.5 hectares) and has an interesting Victorian era copper mining history with the original mining village now in ruins

The Island extends to 157 acres (c. 63.5 hectares) and has an interesting Victorian era copper mining history with the original mining village now in ruins

Images from the listing 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

 Images from the listing 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

Ron Krueger of Engle & Volkers, Managing Director said: ‘Horse Island is a wonderful tranquil location and it has been a privilege to be involved in the sale of the island on two occasions, firstly to the vendor and then for the vendor.  

‘The 157-acre island boasts a natural, rugged landscape including three sandy beaches populated by seals, farming pastures and extensive natural wildlife. Seven luxury properties occupy the island, including a six-bedroom main house, two three-bedroom guest houses, two two-bedroom guest houses and two one-bedroom cottages. 

‘All the properties have views over the Atlantic Sea and Roaring Water Bay, where guests can swim and scuba dive amongst dolphins. 

‘Further luxury amenities found on Horse Island include a private pier for mooring ferries and private boats, a games and gym house and tennis court.’ 

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