London, A fortress island in Plymouth Sound
that includes 16th-century barracks and a series of tunnels has gone
on sale with a guide price of Pound 6m.
Drake’s Island, named after the seafarer Sir Francis Drake,
has planning permission for a luxury hotel and spa complex. However,
a new owner may have other ideas for how best to use the six-acre
The Devon island boasts an extraordinary history. Drake set
sail from it in 1577 to circumnavigate the globe and it played a crucial
role in defending the maritime city from French and Spanish invasions.
It has also been used as a prison, a religious centre, a refuge
and, most recently, an adventure training facility, which closed in 1989.
In 2005, anti-nuclear campaigners briefly set up a peace camp and
declared the island a nuclear-free state.
The island was bought by Dan McCauley, a businessman
and former chair of Plymouth Argyle FC, in the mid-1990s and last year
permission was obtained to build the hotel and spa.
JLL property consultancy is offering the freehold of the island
for sale. John Kinsey, the lead director of JLL in Exeter, said: Drake’s
Island is a remarkable piece of British history and a much-loved
landmark that the Plymouth community holds close to its heart. It has
long been the owners’ priority to bring the island back into sustainable
use for the benefit of visitors, local residents and the wider economy,”
the British Guardian newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency