- Multimillionaire builds fantasy pirate island on Cambridgeshire estate
- Challis Island includes pub, guest house, beach, lagoon and boat dock
What do you buy the pirate-loving multimillionaire who has everything? Their own Caribbean oasis of course. Except this 60-acre island paradise is more than 4,500miles away from the traditionally pirate-infested waters surrounding the Bahamas.
It is nestled in the middle of the English countryside in Cambridgeshire, where the island has been built from scratch in a lake on a private estate
Challis Island was built for a wealthy landowner who ‘loves all things pirate’. He is under 40 but wants to keep his identity private. The pirate paradise includes a fully-working pub The Black Doubloon, a guest house dubbed Coffer’s Cabin, a beach hut and a sun deck for Caribbean barbecues, which will be used by the owner and his guests.
All the buildings were made from wooden oak and Douglas fir frames, with roofs made from cedar tiles or thatch for authenticity.
The island was built to a height of 3m out of the lake from scratch, and includes landscape features such as a beach, stream, lagoon and waterfall.
It was hand-built by The Master Wishmakers, who specialise in making wealthy clients’ dreams come true without using ‘plastic imitation theme park trickery’.
A spokesman said: ‘We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and this is why we have worked with only the best scenic artists to add those final touches that really make Challis Island the most spectacular pirate adventure since the 18th Century.’
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