A Lake District mountain has been put up for sale as its owner attempts to pay off a hefty tax bill. Blencathra, a 2,850ft (868m) high peak that imposes itself across the Northern Fells, has been placed on the market for £1.75 million. Known as Saddleback due to its distinctive shape, the mountain was dubbed “one of the grandest objects in Lakeland and one of the best known” by Alfred Wainwright.
But the Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Lowther, has been forced to try and sell the 2,676 acre plot to help pay off the reported £9m tax he owes from his father’s inheritance. “My family have owned Blencathra and its Manor for over 400 years, so the sale of this iconic property will be a great loss,” he said. “However, we need to realise capital for Inheritance Tax following the death of my father in 2006 and our aim is to retain the core portions of the Lonsdale Estates intact as far as is possible.”
The buyer will obtain grazing rights for 5,471 ewes, 732 hoggs, 200 lambs and also be entitled to use the title Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld. The feudal Lordship title will also allow the owner to apply to the College of Arms for an individual Coat of Arms.
With a guide price of £1.75 million, the same amount of money could potentially buy just a one bed apartment in Knightsbridge, London, such is the ridiculous price of property in London.