It generally helps to have a few millions (or perhaps billions) to your name if you are intent on buying your own island.
Celebrities like Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson invest in them as private escapes or somewhere to entertain their lucky friends and relatives.
Bond villains purchase them so they can quietly plot world domination and build the weaponry (typically concealed in a dormant volcano) to achieve it away from prying eyes.
However, even if you haven’t got a small fortune to hand (or a nefarious plan for making mischief on a global scale), you could still purchase your own private paradise right here in the UK.
In Bransford in Worcestershire to be exact.
And it costs less than a million pounds.
Island Barn is a stylish conversion that comes with its own five acre island, accessed via a bridge over the River Teme.
And while it doesn’t come with a dormant volcano, it could make a fine space for planting an orchard or using as a summer campsite.
Island Barn is actually full of little surprises. Apart from the main residence, there is a delightful detached wooden hut – currently dubbed the “man cave”– which could make an office or summer house. There is a sturdy looking tree house for kids of all ages and a shepherd’s hut style mobile home that is available by separate negotiation.
Converted from a traditional brick barn, the house is now an attractive looking contemporary space that offers nearly 3,000 square feet of accommodation across two floors.
Walking through the front door, one cannot fail to be impressed by the reception hallway with galleried landing.
There are three principal rooms on the ground floor – a through drawing/siting room and a spacious study.
All of them have the benefit of a river view while the drawing room has three sets of French doors that open to the surrounding terraces.
In the sleek, modern kitchen there are granite topped cupboards, an island unit with sink, a range cooker, pantry and more French doors to the terrace.
Other rooms on this level include a utility and guest cloakroom.
Two sets of stairs lead to the bedrooms on the first floor, one from the reception hall and the other from the study.
There are three altogether, all of them en suite. The main bedroom has a private bathroom with twin sinks, bath, separate shower, bidet and toilet.
It also has access to a dressing room.
Terraces on two sides of the house provide outdoor dining and entertaining space.
Electric gates open to a sweeping gravel driveway that leads to the front of the property.
The garden is mainly lawned with shrub borders and hedges
A well fenced paddock has specimen trees and some fruit trees (Island Barn comes with about eight acres of land in total).
The island, which is one of the very few usable islands in the River Teme , can be reached by vehicle across a sturdy steel and concrete bridge.
It covers around five acres and is an extremely useful amenity. It could be planted with fruit trees, used for camping or for summer grazing, or simply enjoyed as an additional garden.
Next to the house and parking area is a detached triple garage block with workshop.
A modern steel-framed barn and machinery store is located in the paddock with a separate access to the road.
For anyone who wants their own space to work from home, a detached wooden hut sited on the river bank could prove an inspirational spot.
Alternatively it could be used as ancillary accommodation or quiet retreat as it has a shower and kitchenette
Available by separate negotiation (though it would be hard to resist purchasing something so charming) is the shepherd’s hut-style mobile home. Also positioned by the river bank, it has a living room, kitchen area, two bedrooms, an en suite toilet and a shower room.
Island Barn is in Bransford, a small hamlet in a beautiful part of Worcestershire on the banks of the Teme.
The landscape is dominated by the famous Malvern Hills.
Great Malvern itself has shops, an excellent theatre, cinema and all manner of other attractions.
What can’t be found in Malvern can probably be found in Worcester, which is also just a short drive away, including professional rugby, cricket and horse racing.
Trains run from Worcester and Malvern directly to Birmingham.
Access to the M5 is just five miles away.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01905 723438
GUIDE PRICE: £795,000