All at sea

No man is an is­land, but no man could ob­ject to liv­ing on one

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Co Cork, €1.95 mil­lion

In the famed sail­ing area of Roar­ing Wa­ter Bay, West Skeam Is­land mea­sures 33 acres with two smaller is­lands, Leighillaum and Il­lau­na­trump­paum. It has three re­cently ren­o­vated 1840s stone cot­tages clus­tered to­gether around a court­yard by the pier and four beaches. The jour­ney from the main­land takes a few min­utes, via a year-round ferry ser­vice from Cun­namore Pier, just over an hour’s drive from Cork air­port. There are plenty of pic­turesque is­lands and vil­lages nearby, as well as a sail­ing school on neigh­bour­ing Heir Is­land. The mar­ket town of Sk­ib­bereen is a 10-minute drive from Cun­namore. Charles Mccarthy (00 353 0 28 21533)

Gwynedd, £500 a month

Ynys Gif­tan, in the Dwyrd Es­tu­ary, was gifted to the cur­rent Lord Har­lech’s an­ces­tors by Queen Anne in the early 1700s, hence the name, which means ‘Anne’s Gift Is­land’. It over­looks the Ital­ianate vil­lage of Port­meirion in the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park and en­joys panoramic views of the Welsh coast­line, moun­tains and the Ir­ish Sea. The rent is a steal, but it comes with a 20-year Im­prov­ing Lease, of­fer­ing an ex­cit­ing restora­tion project with a farm­house that must be ren­o­vated as part of the bar­gain. There are nu­mer­ous out­build­ings and 17.74 acres and, as the is­land is a blank can­vas, it could be turned into ei­ther a tourism en­ter­prise or pri­vate idyll. Strutt & Parker (01743 816885)

Argyll and Bute, £125,000

This two-bed­room cot­tage is on Eas­dale Is­land, in the Firth of Lorn by Oban, the small­est in­hab­ited In­ner He­bridean is­land, which is about two min­utes from the main­land by ferry—or longer if you choose to swim! It’s a con­ser­va­tion area and cars are not per­mit­ted, so the is­landers use wheel­bar­rows to trans­port their shop­ping. The midter­race cot­tage over­looks the vil­lage green and has a pri­vate gar­den. Daw­sons (01631 563901)

Isle of An­gle­sey, £1.75 mil­lion

With views of the Snow­do­nia moun­tain range, Craig y Don, which is said to date back to the mid 16th cen­tury, en­joys an ex­tremely pri­vate set­ting with di­rect frontage onto the Me­nai Strait. It has seven/eight bed­rooms and the five acres of grounds in­clude wood­land. Jack­son-stops & Staff (01244 328361)

Isle of Wight, £1.575 mil­lion

Grade Ii-listed, hand­some God­shill Park House is set amid farm­land and ma­ture park­land on the edge of the vil­lage of God­shill. It has five bed­rooms, comes with an ad­join­ing three-bed­room cot­tage and a one-bed­room an­nexe and has ex­cel­lent ac­cess to bri­dle paths for rid­ing and walk­ing. The prop­erty has pre­vi­ously seen suc­cess as a hol­i­day let and is ap­proached via a pri­vate drive of al­most a third of a mile. Biles & Co (01983 872335)

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