Skiddaw House: UK’s loneliest home including three mountains and 3,000 acres goes on sale for £10m

Author: Yuvi November 19, 2022


Britain’s ‘loneliest’ house, which comes with three mountains and 3,000 acres of stunning Lake District land, will be put up for auction this week and is expected to fetch £10million.

Skiddaw House in the mountains near Keswick in Cumbria is described by auctioneers as ‘the most remote home in England’. At more than 1,500 feet, it is inaccessible by car and the shortest walking route, to the village of Threlkeld, takes around an hour and 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, the nearest pub in Bassenthwaite village is nearly four miles away and the nearest shop, in Keswick, is five miles away.

The property first went on the market in 2021 but, despite being one of Rightmove’s most viewed properties, the lack of heating and internet, isolated location and inaccessibility meant it failed to sell.

Now it is on sale once more – this time alongside 3,000 acres of stunning land, including Skiddaw Forest, Skiddaw Mountain and Great and Little Calva.

No price tag is given but it is thought it is on sale for about £10million, according to The Guardian.

Skiddaw House in the mountains near Keswick in Cumbria is described by auctioneers as ‘the most remote home in England’

This is the track leading to the remote Skiddaw House, which has six bedrooms and now comes with 3,000 acres of land.  No other dwellings are in sight

This is the track leading to the remote Skiddaw House, which has six bedrooms and now comes with 3,000 acres of land. No other dwellings are in sight

Now it is on sale once more - this time alongside 3,000 acres of stunning land, including Skiddaw Forest, Skiddaw Mountain and Great and Little Calva

Now it is on sale once more – this time alongside 3,000 acres of stunning land, including Skiddaw Forest, Skiddaw Mountain and Great and Little Calva

Skiddaw House is currently a youth hostel and sees up to 2,500 guests who are willing to make the trek stay each year.

Skiddaw House is currently a youth hostel and sees up to 2,500 guests who are willing to make the trek stay each year.

The view from the Cat Bells near Keswick looking towards Skiddaw mountain in the Lake District National Park

The view from the Cat Bells near Keswick looking towards Skiddaw mountain in the Lake District National Park

The north-facing house has no mains electricity, gas, telephone or neighbors.  There is no heating or internet and water is sourced straight from the mountain

The north-facing house has no mains electricity, gas, telephone or neighbors. There is no heating or internet and water is sourced straight from the mountain

Auctioneers will begin a sealed bidding process on Wednesday. All those bidding will simultaneously submit their bids to the auctioneer, meaning that nobody knows how much anyone else is offering.

Andrew Wright, head of Mitchell’s Land Agency, which is organizing the sale, said: ‘It is one of the largest areas of the Lake District national park ever to be sold.’

The house itself includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property also lists – in an extraordinary understatement – that it comes with a ‘garden’.

It offers beautiful views of the Lake District fells – with no dwelling or structure in sight other than an ancient dry stone wall.

Shooting and sporting rights are included in the sale. The listing says it has historically been a ‘successful grouse shoot’ across the land.

Even at the height of the holiday season, when hikers and tourists flock to the lakes, the property is so far off the beaten path that it stays isolated.

Most of the Lake District is owned by big estates or by the National Trust – so an opportunity for such an enormous area of ​​privately-owned land is a rare one.

The nearest shop is in the popular tourist town of Keswick, which is five miles away and only accessible to the property by foot.

The nearest shop is in the popular tourist town of Keswick, which is five miles away and only accessible to the property by foot.

The house itself includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms.  The property also lists - in an extraordinary understatement - that it comes with a 'garden'

The house itself includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property also lists – in an extraordinary understatement – that it comes with a ‘garden’

Threlkeld village is four miles away.  It is the nearest settlement as the crow flies, taking around an hour and 20 minutes to reach it by foot.

Threlkeld village is four miles away. It is the nearest settlement as the crow flies, taking around an hour and 20 minutes to reach it by foot.

Skiddaw House was built in 1829 by the third Earl of Egremont, who was said to have 43 illegitimate children.

Skiddaw House was built in 1829 by the third Earl of Egremont, who was said to have 43 illegitimate children.

The north-facing house has no mains electricity, gas, telephone or neighbors. There is no heating or internet and water is sourced straight from the mountain.

Skiddaw House was built in 1829 by the third Earl of Egremont, who was said to have 43 illegitimate children. It was built to house a gamekeeper to look after his sporting birds and a shepherd to look after his sheep.

During the shooting season, the Earl himself and his party would stay there.

After his death the cottages fell into disrepair. It was used for occasional school camping trips but was derelict by the 1980s.

Since 2007 it has been a hostel with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). Before the pandemic, around 2,500 people a year would spend a night there.

The house was also used as a murder scene setting in Hugh Walpole’s 1932 novel The Fortress. He wrote: ‘It is one of the loneliest dwelling-places in all the British Isles, the only building from Threlkeld to Dash’.

The Lake District sees 15.8million tourists visit every year, according to the National Park’s website – so Skiddaw House provides a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape the crowds to enjoy the scenery.

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