When you think luxury private islands, you tend to think of those tropical islands in the Carribean where Leonardo DiCaprio takes his fleet of Victoria’s Secret models.
But, turns out, you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to become lord of all you survey – and you don’t need Leo’s budget.
Because there are plenty of pretty affordable private island rents available just off the British Isles.
It’s time to take your staycation up a level.
Rabbit Island, Lough Corrib, West of Ireland
This 26-acre island off the west coast of Ireland comes with a luxury fishing lodge that sleeps five adults comfortably. At €500 (£420) per night, that’s a bargain £84 per person, per night.
It’s €1,500 (£1,260) to live like a king all week.
Osea Island, Essex
This is basically The Hamptons with a little less sunshine. The majestic Edwardian manor house, which overlooks a perfectly unspoiled private beach, sleeps up to 20 people.
Seven nights cost around £7,000 which works out at just £50 each a night.
Not bad for a party house on a private island.
Spitbank Fort, off Portsmouth
If it’s character you’re after, how about dropping anchor at a converted fort in the middle of the Solent?
Not only does it sleep 18 people, but you get your own hot tub under the stars and a lighthouse thrown in.
This one’s a little pricey – it will cost £277 pp for one night’s stay, but that does include a three course meal and breakfast.
Inish Beg Island, West Cork
This magical private island estate has beautiful woodlands, parkland, farmland, gardens and shoreline. There’s also a fitness complex with indoor heated swimming pool.
The whole island sleeps around 20 and can be booked exclusively – price can vary from €500 (£420) to €1,000 (£840) a night depending on time of year.
Isle of Scalpay, west coast of Scotland
This privately owned island has 200 acres of woodland and 14 miles of shoreline all to itself.
There are also three cosy cottages nestled among all that greenery.
You can stay there for £500 a night between April and October (we guess you don’t want to be there in the middle of winter).
Ronay Island, Outer Hebrides
The island of Ronay lies in the middle of the Outer Hebrides, between North and South Uist.
It’s home to deer, otters, porpoises and seals to golden eagles, falcons, woodcock and grouse. It also has nine lochs for brown trout fishing.
The charming farmhouse has five bedrooms and it’s yours for £500 to £1,500 a night, depending on the season.
Waterford Castle, which sits on its own 310 acre private island, two hours south of Dublin
Yes, that’s your own 16th century castle on your own private island. Who needs the Carribean anyway?
The island is privately owned and as well as the 19-bed castle, you get an 18 hole championship golf course.
You’ll find us in the 19th hole.
Castle B&B costs €3,350 (£2,800) per night from October – May and €4300 (£3,600) from June – September.