Name your price for a Falkland isle: Pebble Island is for sale
Pebble Island, the fifth largest dot on a map of the Falklands archipelago, is to be sold for the first time since it was bought from the government by John Markham Dean in 1869. His descendant, Claire Harris, has been unable to find anyone to value the island so will seek offers when it goes on the market this year.
Ms Harris is the granddaughter of the last Dean to live on and farm the island full-time. “My father managed the island from the UK for many years and is passionate about the place, as are my husband and myself and most other members of our extended family,” she said. “I have been managing the property for the last ten years and it’s because neither I nor my sisters, or our seven children, are now in a position to keep it going that we have decided, very sadly, to sell.”
The island, which is 22 miles long by four miles at its widest, is named after the strange translucent pebbles found on some of its beaches. Its map is full of evocative names: Elephant Beach, First Mountain, Swan Pond, Wreck Point and Victor Creek.
“Pebble is beautiful in a barren sort of way, with amazing wildlife, the longest white sandy beach in the Falklands,” Ms Harris said. “Many would say Pebble is the most beautiful in the Falklands because it is varied, with three hills, beaches, cliffs and lakes.”
It also features two memorials from the Falklands war: one marking the sinking of HMS. Coventry with the deaths of 19 crew and another recording the first land-based offensive of the conflict, an SAS raid to destroy Argentine aircraft on the grass airstrip.
The 26,000-acre farm is now managed by Dot and Alex Gould, who live on the island with their two children and 6,000 sheep.
Riki Evans, 49, lives there from October to March while running the island’s guest house, which is not part of the sale. He described the prospect of a new owner as “disconcerting”, adding: “I don’t think whoever is going to buy the island will turn it into Las Vegas there is too much water. I guess it will suit someone who likes peace and quiet, the fresh air, the silence. You would also have to like sheep, or at least not hate them.”
When the guest house is open there are regular flights to Stanley, the capital, 45 minutes away. At other times the supply boat calls once every two weeks