The dream home that has its own private island

So you can really get away from it all

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Trefri Hall and its private island.

All the best homes have a shed at the bottom of the garden: somewhere to get away from the pressures of life (and often the family).

But a house now on the market in Wales has the ultimate in private retreats: its own island, complete with castellated folly.

Trefri Hall, perched above the Dovey Estuary in Wales, started life in the fifteenth century as a fisherman's hovel, but was extended significantly four hundred years later.

"Today the house is a much loved family home which combines beautifully presented and comfortable living space ideal for both every-day living and larger scale entertaining," says Belinda Hutchinson-Smith of agents Strutt and Parker.

It now boasts three reception rooms, six bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as several outbuildings, including a home office that doubles as a party room, and a separate two-bedroom cottage.

The drawing room of Trefri Hall.

There's a marble fireplace in the drawing room and other period features including an oak staircase and oak-panelled study, as well as high, moulded ceilings. More recent improvements include the installation of a bespoke kitchen with four-oven Aga and underfloor heating in all four bathrooms.

The master bathroom has been recently fitted out with a large shower and slipper bath positioned to enjoy the sweeping estuary views.

A large conservatory stretches along the south side of the house to make the most of the views.

The kitchen at Trefri Hall.

But the real selling point for the house is what's outside. A small rocky island comes as part of the grounds, attached to the garden by a narrow bridge, and featuring a tiny castle-like folly amongst the trees. There's also a small private beach accessible at low tide from several points in the garden and a productive kitchen garden and orchard.

"Trefri Hall stands on what has to be one of the most beautiful sites on the Welsh coast," says Hutchinson-Smith.

"Built on a rocky promontory on the water's edge of the breath-taking Dovey Estuary, it enjoys magnificent views out to the Cardigan Bay and south to the Dyfed Hills."

Trefri Hall is on the market for £1.75 million.

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