Private island in secluded river is looking for a new owner for price of house

A private island sitting on a picturesque French river is looking for new owners. The island of Fandouillec, a patch of land in the ria d’Étel at Morbihan, Brittany, is now up for grabs, according to a listing on Sotheby’s. Sellers advertising the nine-acre parcel of land via the luxury estate agents have placed the island on the market for a “fair price”.

Fandouillec lies off the coast of the French commune Plouhinec, in the Morbihan region, 10 minutes by boat from the mainland.

According to Sotheby’s listing by agent Laurence Collobert, the island measures 3.64 hectares (8.9 acres) and comes with a 140-square-metre home.

Mr Collobert said the home boasts a 60 square-metre living room, fitted and equipped kitchen, cathedral lounge with a “lovely sea view”, four bedrooms, and three shower rooms.

The crowning glory of the listing is the island environment, with “many species of birds” inhabiting that stretch of the Etel.

Mr Collobert added that the island is a “beautiful and rare place where you can recharge your batteries”.

Despite being disconnected from the mainland, would-be buyers also receive their own electricity supply, and almost guaranteed tranquillity, with no neighbours residing on the land alongside them.

But it comes with an exorbitant price tag, costing people €2,782,000 (£2,420,797) for the whole package.

Anyone looking to make an offer may have to hurry, with the island already piquing interest.

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Mr Collobert said “several people” have shown their interest in the property.

He added that the property is a rarity, being one of few private islands on the river.

There are “very few” for sale, with the last sold by Sotheby’s being the island of Roc’h ar Hon, near Bréhat.

According to French publication Le Télégramme, Fandouillec’s owner has courted controversy in the past.

The owner, a 60-year-old man from Allier, was condemned by Lorient courts after he tried to build a 92-square-metre home on the island.

He commenced construction on the flat-roofed property in 2017 without informing the town hall, and an application for a building practice was deemed “impractical”.

Officials found the property was located in a protected Natura 2000 area, and courts ordered the owner to tear it down.

He said it was “quickly demolished”, according to a lawyer cited by Le Télégramme.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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