What can you say about a man who is the owner of the island? What he is rich, it is on its white sand sipping drinks and enjoying life. And the coast of the island of its revenue. But it turns out there are a little different owners of private islands.
Nicholson Family – happy owner Shiants islands near the Outer Hebrides, a little to the west of Scotland. These islands since the 1920s belonged to the writer Compton Mackenzie, who love to call them “three spots of black pepper.” Now it all has a family Nicholson
There is also no ferry, and you definitely need a boat. The only building on the island – a “house” Nicholson, although it is often called the “barn”, but Nicholson did not take offense, because to live in such conditions can only them.
The house consists of two rooms and was originally intended for the shepherds, and it was built already in 1870. Almost a half-century, we will not take into account the redecoration, this house is on the islands
Luxury accommodations are not you, given the fact that the roof blows off from time to time. Nicholson used the house as we cottage, come on weekends and in summer. It tells Adam Nicholson in one year in the spring, he came to the island to check out the house and found that a winter storm flung the door open and arranged in chaos. But every year the family recovers and gradually renovating the old building
Who are accustomed to the Internet and electricity, there is no place here that is not there. Also, no running water, so there is no sink. But there is a spring with clean drinking water and good fireplace at each end of the house, so if you’re not picky, then this house you can become a paradise.
Says Adam Nicholson – it’s not a very cozy place in the modern sense. The sea is too cold to swim in it most of the year. No toilet or shower, but a major plus in these islands that there is no civilization.
The main problem of the island – the black rat, who came to the island due to the large number of shipwrecks. Their number varies greatly throughout the year, from 3,500 to 35,000 in the summer. Inevitably, they are drawn to everything tasty that Nicholson bring with them.
To protect them, the door to the house does not open after dark, and all the food hiding in a secluded place. But every night you can hear the rats running around on the roof.
Adam says that one day he woke up and saw a rat at 18 inches from his face, which looked closely at him. The island was owned by the family when his father Adam bought the island in 1937 for some US $ 1,400. As Adam says, with all the disadvantages, in today’s hectic lifestyle, these islands seem like paradise.