By Melissa Locker
February 29, 2016
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You may not have heard of Rathlin Island yet, but it just might be your new home.

The tiny islet, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, is looking for someone to take over the Manor House inn.

A beautiful whitewashed Georgian home perched on the edge of Church Bay on Antrim’s Causeway Coast, the Manor House was transformed into a twelve-room bed and breakfast that is owned by Ireland’s National Trust. It underwent a major refurbishment last year, and is expected to re-open this summer as a three-star inn with an on-site restaurant. They just need to find someone to run the place in exchange for a free place to live.

“This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a thriving community that would suit a management couple or individual looking for a new challenge, or indeed an operator with a small to medium chain of hotels and guest inns, looking to expand their portfolio,” Michael Cecil, Chair of the Rathlin Development & Community Association told Newsletter UK.

Rathlin is known for its wild beauty and maritime allure. It has only about 140 year-round residents, but is connected to Northern Ireland thanks to ferry service that makes several daily runs between Rathlin and Ballycastle on Northern Ireland’s mainland.

The island is also a bird-watcher’s paradise as tens of thousands of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, auks, skylarks, peregrines, and more come to spend the summer on the island’s rocky cliffs making up Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony. Bird watchers also flock to the island in summer to take a gander at the birds making a temporary home near the island’s RSPB Seabird Centre.

Anyone interested in a dramatic change in location (perhaps in advance of an upcoming presidential election?), should email The closing date is Friday 4th March.