West Skeam Island is once more for sale and ready to become your family’s dream home for $2.3 million dollars.
Dream of getting away from the constant fake news, tweeting, and the outside world in general? Well, your answer could lie just 1.5 miles off the southwest coast of Ireland where an idyllic private island has just gone up for sale.
West Skeam Island is a small 33-acre island with a monumental history from the Vikings to the Great Hunger and for a cool $2.3 million, you could own it all.
The island is home to three quaint, old Irish cottages, revamped on the interior to give you most of your mod cons, but from where you can distance yourself from the mainland and enjoy West Skeam’s four private, attractive beaches or explore the ruins of its 4th-century Gnostic Christian Church.
With a rumored Viking burial ground and an out-of-use, overgrown WWII-era landing strip, this Special Area of Conservation was first inhabited in 350 AD by early Gnostic Christian settlers escaping persecution under Pope Constantine, while the next recorded inhabitants were two families by the name of O’Regan who lived on West Skeam from the time of the Famine in the mid-19th century to the 1950s.
West Skeam is accessible by a ferry service from Cunnamore Pier that runs all year (and that also services adjacent inhabited Heir and Horse Island). We can’t promise absolute isolation from bad news, Facebook or your work emails as the cottages are equipped with WiFi and there is strong cell signal across the island.
Nonetheless, you can leave your phone back in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom main cottage as you journey out to the beach to take advantage of the perfect waters for water sports or swimming safe in the knowledge that you’re just a 70-minute drive from Cork airport and a 75-minute drive to Cork City if you need to get back to reality for a while.
The closest town is beautiful Skibbereen and once you're on the ferry you'll know that you will be back on the mainland within a matter of minutes. The island's harbor provides sufficient shelter to allow the boat to dock even in harsher weather conditions.
Clustered adjacent to the pier, the three stone-built cottages are mapped out as a traditional farm holding would be and date to the 1840s.
With a private courtyard and wooden-shuttered windows, it only gets more homey on the inside where the panoramic sea views give you something amazing to look at while you cook over a traditional Irish stove.
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