Plymouth's historic Drake's Island fortress on sale for £6m

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An historic island fortress has been put up for sale with a guide price of £6m.

Drake's Island in Devon includes a 16th Century barracks, a pier and an underground network of tunnels.

The six-acre site, which stands 600m off the coast at Plymouth, has planning permission for a luxury hotel and spa.

Aidan McCauley, the son of the island's owner, Dan McCauley, said: "My dad has long held a vision to see the island brought back into use.

"We are passionate about seeing his vision turned into a reality and are exploring all options to make this happen."

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The island was named after Sir Francis Drake, who set sail from there in 1577 to circumnavigate the globe.

The fort played a crucial role in the defending the maritime city from French and Spanish invasions in the late 16th Century and has been used as a prison, a religious centre, a refuge and, most recently, an adventure training facility, which closed in 1989.

The island has remained untouched since then.

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image captionDrake's Island lies 600m off the mainland, in the heart of Plymouth Sound.

Mr McCauley, a businessman and former chairman of Plymouth Argyle football club, purchased Drake's Island in the 1990s.

In spring 2017, Plymouth City Council granted planning permission to create a luxury hotel complex including the conversion of the existing buildings.

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John Kinsey from property agent JLL said: "Drake's Island is a remarkable piece of British history and a much-loved landmark.

"With the added attraction of planning permission for a luxury hotel and spa this is a unique opportunity to lead one of the South West's most exciting and unusual developments."

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