It’s almost impossible to drive to Lower Largo beach without casting an upward glance at the area’s most famous statue.
Perched in an alcove at first floor level the figure, dressed in homemade clothes and leaning on a rifle, gazes out to sea, perhaps hoping to spot a ship that will rescue him.
He is – of course – Alexander Selkirk, the man who inspired Robinson Crusoe.
Novelist Daniel Defoe based his fictional castaway on the life of Selkirk, who spent four years marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. Selkirk grew up in Lower Largo and in 1885 the statue of Crusoe/Selkirk was erected.
Number 101 Main Street forms the lower half of the building noted for the life size bronze statue. The one bedroom, stone-built flat is a stone’s throw from the beach.
A cheerful red timber door opens into a vestibule that leads into the living/dining room where there’s a wood burning stove in the original stone fireplace. Table and chairs nestle beside the window.
There’s a modern dining kitchen with two windows to the side and the double bedroom faces the front of the flat. A shower room completes the accommodation.
The current owner runs the property as a holiday let but it could equally make a fine retirement property or weekend bolthole.
101 Main Street, Lower Largo is being sold by JMc Real Estate with a guide price of £125,000.