Windwhistle Chalet has WiFi internet access.
The first recorded name for the island was in 1135, when it was referred to as St Michael's, after the chapel erected on it. At some later date the chapel was rededicated to St Nicholas and the island adopted the same name. From the latter part of the 16th century the island was occasionally referred to as Drake's Island after Sir Francis Drake, the English privateer who used Plymouth as his home port.
In 1995, Drake's Island was put up for sale by the Crown Estates, with an asking price of £235,000.00, and had numerous offers on the table. In the end, a bidding war commenced between former Plymouth Argyle chairman, Dan McCauley, and a Cheshire born businessman who wanted to open it to the public. Dan McCauley's bid was successful, with plans to turn it into a hotel complex, but he has not, to date, obtained planning permission.
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Written by Brendan Flynn.