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Wake up on your own private West Cork island - complete with helipad

Experience island life with a difference for €6.75m.

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YOUR OWN TAKE on a lottery advert might pop to mind when you clap eyes on Horse Island, a 157 acre privately owned piece of land just off the coast of Schull in West Cork. Right now, it could be yours for €6.75 million.

Currently owned by Dublin financier Adrian Fitzgibbon, Horse Island consists of a main house with six bedrooms and six smaller houses that vary in size and sleeping options.

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Fully redeveloped as a residential island, a helipad and a pier means it can be reached by air or sea in minutes. With all the modern facilities you’d need, Horse Island is completely self-contained when it comes to electricity, water and sewage treatment.

Stock up well and you could revel in the peace and tranquility for days or weeks on end.

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The main house comprises of 4,500 sq ft spread over two storeys and sits on an elevated site that soaks up Roaring Water Bay and sightings of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, the most southerly point of Ireland.

The kitchen/dining area harnesses long-lasting materials and appliances. From the solid wood floors to the high-end appliances, this is the ultimate space for entertaining with the added luxury of being able to put people up in the guesthouses and cottages dotted on the island, too.

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The large living room offers double height ceilings with a mezzanine that peers over this bright and airy space. Large windows offer panoramic views of the great outdoors and neighbouring islands, Heir and Cape Clear.

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The upper 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 upper floor with bathroom.

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Needless to say, the potential to up the accommodation offering isn’t an issue should you want to add to the 15 beds that already reside there.

And, inevitably, every house enjoys unrivalled sea views from untouched, tranquil surroundings. No doubt you’ll be forced to sit back and take things easy.

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To the rear of the main house is an enclosed decked courtyard, a clever addition for when the wild winds of west Cork decide to take hold. The outdoor area gives the choice of open or sheltered seating, a charcoal fired BBQ and wood fired pizza oven.

Generous storage areas and a large wine cellar only add to the ‘relaxed island life’ vibe.

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Plenty of walkways around the island provide access to all areas including the many sandy beaches and pastures.

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And if a trip to the mainland is on the cards, you have your pick of West Cork’s villages; they’re all just short drives away once you reach dry land. Dereenatra and Rossbrin piers are both accessible by boat and a slightly longer journey will bring you to the fishing villages of Schull and Baltimore.

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West Cork is an area famed for its local produce, beautiful scenery and craft, and Horse Island couldn’t be a better beginning to a life of tranquility and creativity in Ireland’s southwest.

Horse Island, Roaring Water Bay, Schull, Co Cork is on the market for €6,750,000 through Colliers International via Daft.ie.

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