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Unique Menai Strait island and boathouse up for auction sale

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Sun 02 Jun 2013

Unique Menai Strait island and boathouse up for auction sale

An island and historic boathouse in the Menai Strait will come up for auction sale with Dafydd Hardy later this month.

Ynys Bach and its attached Ynys Faelog Boathouse is believed to be the only freehold property in the Strait, with other islands owned by the Crown Estate and occupied via long lease.

Planning permission exists to demolish the existing, 1,500qs ft dilapidated structure and build a replacement for the purposes of boat storage and repairs.

We will auction the island and boathouse on June 27 with a guide price of £125,000.

There has already been press coverage and widespread interest in the sale.

A boathouse has existed on Ynys Bach since the 19th century and its new owner will be expected to maintain its marine heritage – residential use is not allowed.
Architect plans have already been drawn up for a boathouse that provides storage for three vessels, including a dry dock facility. The proposals include changing room, showers and WC, drying/wet room, reception area and office/staff room.

Outside decking and a walkway will give waterside views to Menai Bridge and beyond.
There already exists a concrete walkway giving direct access to the island and boathouse, shared by nearby Ynys Faelog. Electricity is connected.

Property agent and auctioneer Dafydd Hardy said: “This is an extremely rare opportunity for someone to own a unique marine property.
“Any buyer should be prepared to maintain the boat-related heritage of this island, and be rewarded for their time spent at this beautiful and iconic location.”

Lord Anglesey sold Ynys Bach and its boathouse at auction in the early 1900s.
Prior to World War 2 the boathouse operated as a thriving boat-building business. Some of the Bangor/Anglesey ferries were built there, pre-dating the construction of the suspension bridge in 1826.
Post-war the building continued to be used for boat storage and repair.

The auction takes place at The Anglesey Arms in Menai Bridge on Thursday 27 June at 5.30pm. Visit dafyddhardy.co.uk/auctions for more information.