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Ever wanted to move to your own little island, far away from the stress of your day-to-day life? If the thought of replacing traffic noise with the sound of waves lapping against your own private shore appeals to you, you’re in luck.

This stunning converted fort—one of Rightmove’s most viewed properties of 2016—could offer you all of this and more. Best of all, it’s more affordable than you might think.


More scenic than most

Although Wales is best known for captivating scenery and untouched, open spaces, Thorne Island is on another level. Just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, in the West Angle Bay, the 2.5-acre island is as private as you can get. If you bought this property, you would need a boat to reach it—as would any visitors you invited to stay.

As well as 10 bedrooms, this beautiful period property has three reception rooms, three bathrooms, two bars, a sauna and multiple kitchens. Most rooms are situated on the ground floor around a huge courtyard.


Behind the fort

The fort itself has been standing on Thorne Island for over 150 years. It was constructed back in the 1850s as part of the defence for Milford Haven – a former dockyard of the Royal Navy. It was built to accommodate around 100 men across its many rooms but was sold by the state in 1932. The fort is now Grade II listed and was most recently used as a hotel.

Because of this relatively recent commercial use, the fort is fitted with water, electricity and telephone facilities. And it’s perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The nearby waters can be accessed easily for swimming, fishing and sailing, while West Angle Bay’s gorgeous beach is just a quarter of a mile away.


Pricing it up

As long as you’re fine with a short boat journey, reaching local amenities is easy. Of course, seclusion is one of the island’s unique selling points, but the village near West Angle Bay is home to shops, pubs and a primary school.

We know what you’re thinking, surely this historic, fantasy island and fort comes at a huge multi-million pound cost? Think again. This incredible property is listed at just £550,000 on Rightmove. Not bad for a fort – not to mention some of the best views of the Welsh coast. So, what’s the catch?

Well, the property hasn’t been lived in for over a decade. As a result, it’s not quite in the best condition. There are significant renovations required, with considerable investment to match. But for anyone who is serious about renovating this property and returning it to its former glory, it’s an absolute dream buy.


Renovating your property

Are you thinking of investing in and renovating a period property? If so, it’s vital that you don’t overlook the windows. Fortis & Hooke can ensure your property’s windows are set to stand the test of time, with a range of sash window restoration, repair, and renovation services. Contact us online for your free, no-obligation survey and detailed quote.

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