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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Uncle Monty's Cottage up for Sale

The BBC have this news story (cheers to Rich for the link):
A remote Cumbrian farmhouse, made famous in the 1986 film Withnail and I, is to be sold at auction. Isolated Sleddale Hall near Shap, will be put up for sale by water giant United Utilities with a starting price of £145,000.

The ramshackle building, known as Uncle Monty's Cottage in the cult movie, still contains many of the original features used during filming. It will come under the hammer with Savills on 16 February. The farmhouse, which has been unoccupied for many years, is almost two miles from the nearest public road and is accessible only via a dirt track.

It was originally acquired by the Manchester Corporation in the 1920s, which eventually became part of North West Water and then United Utilities.

United Utilities senior land agent, Edward Holt, said: "Sleddale Hall is in one of the quietest parts of the Lake District. I hope it is bought by someone who can restore it. It would make a lovely family home."

It has long been an interest for fans of the film Withnail and I, which starred Richard E Grant and Paul McGann. The film tells the story of two out of work actors in the 1960s who venture to the Lakes to escape London only to find themselves hilariously ill-equipped for the bleak conditions they encounter.

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