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Couple sell up and leave tiny Newquay Towan Island home

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

  • Couple sell up and leave tiny Newquay Towan Island home

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An aristocratic couple who live on a tiny island just off the coast of Cornwall have sold their home for £1 million – after years complaining about noisy revellers on the beach below.

Lord and Lady Long, pictured, are moving out of Towan Island, Newquay.

Their house sits on top of an 80ft rock and is the only UK home with its own suspension bridge, a 100ft crossing which attaches them to the Cornish mainland.

But after more than ten years at the unique property the couple are finally off – after agreeing a sale.

The elderly couple say the slippery granite steps either side of the swaying 100ft Edwardian bridge have become too much.

Viscount Long, 83, a former Tory whip, and his wife Helen, campaigned against the beach parties. However, they say those problems have now been resolved.

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  • Fistral20  |  November 12 2012, 8:05AM

    Very true fullscott, the quality of journalism from this mish mash of publications is pathetic. It's clear that the initial paragraph has nothing to do with their reason for moving, but yet again, the press take an opportunity to knock Newquay. I reported a headline a couple of weeks ago, where reference was made to a member of a stag party in Newquay falling down a rock when on an organised coasteering session. It was clear the headline was made to look as if the person was drunk, hence the stag party link, but not surprisingly, I received no response to my report.

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  • OscarDelta  |  November 11 2012, 1:54PM

    Also...If you're anti beach parties, it doesn't take a genius to work out that buying a house in the middle of a beach in Newquay might not be all that ideal for you. These people are running our country!

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  • fullscott  |  November 10 2012, 1:34PM

    Ouch! The author of this article and the editor who permitted it need to go back to journalism school. Talk about reverse snobbery! The initial paragraph insinuates that this couple are moving because of the noise from beach parties. It is only by reading further that we are told they are in their eighties and have to navigate slippery steps to reach their home. Is it because they have a title? Would the story be presented differently if they were lottery millionaires? I'm sure that anyone in their position would complain if rowdy parties outside their house carried on into the small hours! Very Poor Journalism.

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