Someone 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.
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.
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.
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