England’s ‘most remote house’ has been put up for sale for the first time in almost 200 years – for £1.5 million.
Skiddaw House is surrounded by mountains in the heart of the Lake District, 3.5 miles from the nearest road with no other building in sight.
Standing at 1,550ft on the flanks of Skiddaw mountain, ten miles north of the town of Keswick, Cumbria, it is accessible only by foot or 4 x 4 vehicle.
The one-of-a-kind, six-bedroom property is out of reach of any mobile signal and is being billed as the ‘ultimate, off-grid, escape from it all bolthole’.
Owned by a local farmer, it is being marketed by agents as an ‘exciting and unique opportunity to purchase the most remote house in England’.
Found in the heart of the Lake District, England’s ‘most remote house’ is up for sale for the first time in almost 200 years
Skiddaw House sits near Skiddaw Mountain and is the only dwelling located in the 3,000sq ft Skiddaw Forest in Cumbria
The property is so remote it is only accessible by foot or 4×4 and is 3.5 miles from the nearest road. Pictured: the view
The unique home (pictured) has six bedrooms and two large reception rooms as well as a large kitchen dining room
Mitchells Land Agency says: ‘If you crave isolation and simplicity, Skiddaw House has it in spades.
‘As the only dwelling in the 3,000 acre Skiddaw Forest, Skiddaw House is the ultimate bolthole.
‘Possessing endless views, Skiddaw is a source of perpetual inspiration, a place to create art, find peace and live in the sky.’
The property was built in 1829 by the Earl of Egremont of Cockermouth Castle as a lodge for his gamekeeper.
Down the years, it has also been used as a shooting cabin, shepherd’s dwelling, school field centre and ramblers’ bothy.
Situated in 3.45 acres, it has no mains electricity, TV or internet to distract from the stunning surrounding scenery.
The house was built in 1829 by the Earl of Egremont of Cockermouth Castle as a lodge for his gamekeeper. Pictured: the view
The house is currently being used as a youth hostel for Lakeland walkers. Pictured: One of the hostel’s common rooms
The Youth Hostel Association has currently leased the house until 2027. Pictured: the hostel’s large kitchen dining area
Famous poets William Wordsworth, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge all waxed lyrical about the wilderness of the Lake District.
Cockermouth-born Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’, beginning ‘I wander’d lonely as a cloud’, is the quintessential Lake District poem.
The house is powered by the sun via solar panels; watered by a spring; heated by wood-burning stoves; and has stone floors and exposed beams.
It features a large kitchen dining room as well as three spacious reception rooms and six bedrooms.
Mitchells head Andrew Wright said he expects ‘a lot of interest’ in such an ‘inspiring, one-of-a-kind property’.
He said: ‘To look at it, it is quite a plain property – because it is on the side of a mountain. You don’t look at any other property.
The hostel is made up of 22 bedrooms across four rooms and is considered Britain’s highest hostel at 1,550ft in Cumbria
‘It is an exceptionally rare opportunity to purchase somewhere as remote and peaceful as this.
‘This is the only time the house has ever been sold on the open market since the property was built.
‘It has only ever been sold before as part of a much larger farm.’
But anyone keen on buying the house should not plan on packing their bags to move in for a while.
Skiddaw House currently operates as an independent hostel, affiliated to the Youth Hostel Association.
And the hostel – Britain’s highest – has a lease to continue welcoming fell-walkers and other adventurous guests until 2027.
Mr Wright said: ‘Once the lease is over, it is open to the purchaser to use the house however they want, subject to planning.’