Drake’s Island is a historic fortress island situated 600 metres from the mainland in the middle of the UK’s Plymouth Sound – an iconic position within the South Devon city seascape.

The island has considerable military history and now has planning permission for a 43 bedroom luxury hotel and spa through the development of grade II listed buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the site.

The historic six acre (2.4 hectare)-island is being sold freehold with a guide price of GBP 6 million.

The island is a “remarkable piece of British history and a much-loved landmark that the Plymouth community holds close to its heart,” says John Kinsey, director at JLL in Exeter.

“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. But of course, that’s only one permitted approach. Now being sold freehold, it means the future is wide open for this historic island.”

Features an extensive underground tunnel network and various unused barracks and artillery stores.

Fending off the French and Spanish in the late 16th century and later protecting Plymouth from Royalist attack during the Civil War, the island has since been a prison, religious centre, refuge and most recently an adventure training facility, which closed in 1989. The island’s Grade II listed buildings, which date back to 1860, are clearly visible from the shore.


Michael Easton

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

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