Thirteen bedroom Lake District mansion for sale for just £535,000
In London, £535,000 will buy you a tiny 254 square foot studio flat in Rupert Street in Bloomsbury; in the Lake District National Park, for the same sum you could own a vast Victorian mansion with 12 acres of land.
Described as being in need of “alteration and moderation” by selling agents Purple Diamond, Harecroft Hall at Gosforth in the Western Lake District was “previously used as a private school and is now ready to begin a new chapter in its history as a family home or a possible commercial venture”.
The building was built in 1881 and amazingly despite having no doubt having become somewhat shabby during its tenure as an education centre retains Arts & Crafts features including William Morris wallpaper and William Morgan tiles. In addition, there is a coach house, grass tennis court, formal gardens, woodland and a wild flower meadow and a separate walled garden may be purchased by separate negotiation.
A planning application to turn Harecroft Hall into a hotel was submitted and then withdrawn in 2011 and subsequently the property was placed on the market first in 2012. It appears not to have sold in the time since so consequently any buyer must no doubt have been scared off by the undoubtedly vast sums that will need to be sunk into renovations. The fact that the house has 13 bedrooms, also, might make this 19th century giant seem unlucky for some.
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