Reclaimed for the people of Plymouth
Drake's Island has had a colourful and chequered past. The mysterious six-acre island, a short hop across the water from Plymouth Hoe, is clearly visible from the shore but has been out of bounds to the public for more than thirty years.
No Necker Island
The island, which is in the middle of the UK’s first national marine park, has now been bought by local businessman Morgan Phillips, rest assured this will be no Necker island.
Unlike Branson’s exclusive playground for the rich and famous, Morgan’s vision for Drakes island is more egalitarian.
In keeping with the island’s importance as a national monument (the whole island is a scheduled monument) and its importance as a marine conservation area, it will be a ‘green’ development, a plastic-free environment which makes use of renewable wave and tidal energy.
An island for everyone
There are plans for a small luxury wedding and conference venue with glorious sea views from all the rooms and an underground spa. But the main emphasis will be on opening the island up to everyone to enjoy. The old Governor’s barracks will be converted into a welcoming small hotel, which aims to be more budget than bling. Think comfortable and shabby chic rather than over the top luxury of Claridges.Learn More