1,900 acre Cumbrian estate on the open market for the first time since 1761
In contrast to the roofless, repossessed Cumbrian house in 1,500 acres featured yesterday, another estate for sale nearby is an entirely different kettle of fish. On the market after being owned by the Fothergill family since 1761, £3.25 million Lowbridge House is a “cottage ornéé” style residence that comes with 1,927 acres of land.
Comprising of a 17,750 square foot, 7-bedroomed main house that was built between 1833 and 1837 for Richard Fothergill, the selling agents Strutt & Parker remark “the that accommodation currently provides for very comfortable family living with a distinctive blend of rooms providing for modern living, together with impressive more formal rooms commensurate with a house of this size and character”. The northern wing of the building, previously used for guest accommodation for shooting parties, is described as “uninhabited” and now offers the potential “to be brought back into use”.
Lowbridge House is situated within the Lake District National Park to the north of Whinfell and comes with 39 acres of land connected to the main property. The remaining 1,888 acres are let on a first succession Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy for just £12,500 per year including a farmstead named Dry Howe Farm that includes a farmhouse and various agricultural buildings.
Additional accommodation is provided by way of a 2-bedroomed gate lodge that is currently let for £5,700 per year and the estate’s currently under-exploited moorland could be rejuvenated for grouse shooting if heather regeneration occurred. Six hinds and four stags have been shot in 2015 on the property as part of the North Lakes Red Deer Group management plan.
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