A private island off the coast of Scotland with a 17th-century mansion is on the market for just over $2 million. and also includes a herd of purebred sheep.
Vaila Island, in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, sells for £1.75m, that is, about $2.15 million dollars; this price includes 757 acres of land and a six-bed mansion with four front bedrooms, as well as 200 purebred Shetland sheep.
Also, it includes a country house and a coastline of around 6.5 miles, perfect for fishing or hiking, where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet.
For 30 years, Vaila has been owned by Richard Rowland and Dorota Rychlik, who left London for the remote island and got married there in 1994 in front of 150 guests.
They bought the mansion along with all its fixtures and fittings, and even a boat used to make the ten-minute journey to and from the largest island in the Shetland archipelago, which is known as the ‘Mainland’.
The couple have decided to focus on their fine art gallery in Lerwick, Shetland’s administrative capital, and said it was “a headache” to leave.
Rowland told Zenger News: “We’ve had a fantastic 30 years here, and we’re getting into years now, so I think the time has come for someone else to take the place.”
“One just has to be realistic that nothing is forever,” he added.
He saw it on the Historic Scotland register of buildings at risk and bought it from the descendants of Yorkshire mill magnate Herbert Anderton, who had the six-bed Vaila Hall built as his summer getaway in the 1890s. .
Vaila Hall has been carefully restored and has stained glass windows, a stately hall and a stone fireplace.
Also included in the sale are a three-bedroom cottage, a two-bedroom cottage and the 18th-century Mucklaberry watchtower, which overlooks the shoreline.
Before the Anderton dynasty, P&O ferry founder Arthur Anderson leased the island in 1837 and established the Shetland Fishing Company there.
Rowland said: “We were looking for a project to undertake and restore, and had really thought more of the Western Isles or mainland Scotland, and hadn’t really thought of Shetland at all until we saw this.
“We’ve had countless parties. We used to charter planes to bring guests here,” she added.
He wrote in a book about the island: “Vaila is a microcosm of all that is best about Shetland.
As a curious fact about the place, the skeleton of a 42-foot sperm whale lies in an annex building on the island after it was stranded in the year 2000.
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