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Flat Holm Island
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This tiny remote island off the coast of Wales is looking for a new warden

It has its own pub, a Grade II-listed lighthouse and a flock of 70 sheep

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Faima Bakar

It might not be the Caribbean or the Maldives, but Flat Holm, in the middle of the Bristol channel, has a lot to offer. The 86-acre island, just to the south of Wales, is where the first radio signal was sent across water and has been home to monks, Vikings and World War II soldiers over the years.

And if you fancy a bit of isolation yourself, now the island needs a new warden. The current caretaker has decided to move on, and so now the role has opened up, meaning the island needs someone to watch over it and maintain the upkeep of the land.

Flat Holm also features a 100-foot Grade II-listed lighthouse, two helipads and some gun batteries. While it might get lonely on the island, which is visible from the pier in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, it does have its fair share of tourists looking to learn about the history of the place.

And secluded though it is, the island does have its own pub. A Victorian cottage has been converted into a pub called The Gull and Leek.

The previous warden said it’s ideal for nature lovers looking for some solitude, adding that it’s a ‘great place to take your ecological studies to the next level because of the resources all around you with no distractions’.

Tempted to apply? Get in touch with the Flat Holm Project here.

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