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Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Published at 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK


Special Report

Mystery buyer for island

Thorn Island cost as much as a London semi

A fortress island off the West Wales coast has been bought less than two months after being put up for sale.

A businessman, whose identity has not been revealed, has bought the two-acre island from millionaire owner Peter Williamson.


[ image: Napoleon was seen as a threat]
Napoleon was seen as a threat
Thorne Island, a mile off Angle in Pembrokeshire, went on the market for £275,000 - the price of a modest semi in London.

Estate agent Knight Frank has confirmed it has been sold, but has not named the buyer, who is expected to carry on running it as an hotel.

Tim Jessop, of agents Knight Frank, said: "Properties like these are extremely rare and don't come on the market very often.

"It is the perfect hideaway for anyone who wants their privacy."

The fortress was built on the two-acre island in 1854 to guard the entrance to Milford Haven against the threat of invasion by Napoleon.

It was converted into a hotel in 1947. Guests are ferried over from the village of Angle on the mainland.





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