Historic Scottish Island Provides Remote Getaway

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ScottishSomeone ponied up more than $20 million for a private island in Connecticut, you can still buy a castle in the woods in Arkansas, and we have a Scottish island perfect for when you really, really want to get away.

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Relatively Quick Sale for Private Connecticut Island

It didn’t take long, but someone has purchased a historic 18-room mansion on Rogers Island in Connecticut — a price tag the sellers’ Realtor says is one of the largest sales in the state.

The property sits on a 7.5-acre private island, and includes an 8,746-square-foot mansion. 

The unidentified new owners will use the island as a vacation home. The main home has 10 bedrooms, three fireplaces, and five bathrooms. Also on the property is a four-bedroom guest house, a detached art studio, an in-ground pool, two docks, tennis courts, and a Jack Nicklaus-designed putting green, as well as gardens. 

The property was listed in June. 

Read more about the property here.

Northwest Arkansas Castle Off the Auction Block, But Still Up For Sale

Tucked into a wooded hilltop, the Dromborg castle in Northwest Arkansas was due to hit the auction block earlier this month, but was pulled by the sellers after pre-option opening bids were lower than they were comfortable with, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The home is still on the market, though. Listed for $4.9 million, it’s a relative bargain considering it was once priced at $9.7 million. 

Located in the Ozar Mountains, the 12,000 square foot home was built with more than 4,000 tons of rock, and includes a 70-foot observation deck that offers panoramic views of the 40 acres of forested mountainside it sits on. 

Read the story here, and see more on the Dromborg here.

Historic Scottish Island Provides Remote Getaway

Want an island a little further away than Arkansas or Connecticut? Try Inchmarnock, an uninhabited island at the end of the Sound of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Listed for about $1.7 million US, the 660-acre island is a 10-minute ferry ride to the closest town, and at one point had a population high of 41 inhabitants.

But uninhabited doesn’t mean you’ll be starting from scratch. There’s a four-bedroom farmhouse and outbuildings, including room for horses.

The last permanent resident left more than 30 years ago, and since 1999 it’s been used as a second home for the sellers. 

There’s also a lot of history on the island — it was the site of eighth-century Viking raids, and it’s been rumored that the victims of a 13th century battle between Norway and Scotland are buried there somewhere. 

It was also used in preparation for D-Day.

For more, read the story here.

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  1. Bill says

    With regard to the “castle” in Arkansas, I had to laugh when I read “The home is still on the market, though. Listed for $4.9 million, it’s a relative bargain considering it was once priced at $9.7 million.” NO, it’s NOT a bargain at $4.9-million. It was WAY overpriced at $9.7-million, thus the reason it never sold. Still overpriced at $4.9-million – hence the reason it still hasn’t sold. Most likely the pre-option opening bids the sellers received when they were going to auction it were inline with what it’s worth and / or what someone is willing to pay. The sellers apparently don’t know that true value versus their inflated value.