Who needs a house when you could be the king or queen of your own seaside sanctuary?
If you happen to have a cool €7m burning a hole in your bank account, now you can use it to purchase Horse Island, a spectacular, fully developed and entirely private island situated in Roaring Water Bay, off the coast of Schull.
Obviously, this is no deserted crag. Oh no.
Located only a short boat trip from the mainland harbours of Dreenatra Pier and Rossbrien Pier or the fishing ports of Schull and Baltimore, the 157-acre property includes private sandy beaches, a six-bedroom mansion and six guest houses and cottages – all with amazing views to the bay and sea.
The living room in the main house boasts double height ceilings and extra large panoramic windows to soak in the views over Roaring Water Bay all the way to Cape Clear Island and the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse.
There’s a private master suite with en suite bathroom and dressing room as well as access to the roof terrace for dolphin spotting over those tranquil morning coffees.
This would also be a picture perfect spot from which to watch the annual Fastnet Sailing Race.
To the rear an enclosed decked courtyard is an al fresco diner’s paradise. There’s a choice of open or sheltered seating, a charcoal fired barbecue and a wood fired pizza oven.
You won’t need to go far to pick up a decent red to go with your pizza either; the outbuildings consist of store areas and a large wine cellar.
If sailing isn’t for you, the island’s helicopter pad will ensure you can be at Cork Airport in 55 minutes by chopper.
Extensive walkways through and around the island provide access to all areas including the many sandy beaches, pastures and the shipwreck playhouse.
There’s a tennis court too and you can soothe your aching muscles afterwards with a sauna in the guest house.
Ready to pack up and move to Horse Island? The property is listed at €6.75m with Engel & Volkers.