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Get castaway on a Lake District island
23rd of September 2013
island in the Lake District for long term lease
Derwent Island, Derwent Water, Cumbria
Price (lease) £40,000 per year

House On An Island For Sale
Here's a great opportunity to live in one of the National Trust's most unique properties as the lease has just become available. Derwent Island is a beautiful, heart shaped, seven acre retreat, set 150 yards from the Derwent Lake shoreline and just half a mile from the busy town of Keswick.

Hidden amongst the woodland is an elegant Grade II listed Italianate style house, built by Joseph Pocklington in the 18th century. The house has seven bedrooms, a one-bedroom annexe, five reception rooms, including a sitting room which opens out on to a roof top terrace, library and a dining room seating 20 guests. There is also a large garden room with doors onto a patio, cellar and stores on the lower ground floor. 

In the grounds there is a former ‘mock’ chapel (currently the island’s workshop), winter boathouse, further boathouse and landings. Two motorboat launches are included for the five minute trip to the mainland as is a quad bike to get around the isle. On the mainland in the lakeside village of Portinscale, a dry dock boathouse and large garage for a car is also thrown in.

The National Trust rents out the property on a long term let in excess of £40,000 a year. Prospective tenants will have to attend an interview and have to pitch for the property and the successful applicants will be trained in how to look after all the important antiques, art works and furniture in the Georgian house. There are some conditions that come with the tenancy. The property is to be manned all year round and must be opened up to visitors for five days of the year.

Derwent Island House will become available in December 2013, or earlier by arrangement, when the current tenants leave the home after a 10-year tenancy.

Agents: Carter Jonas
Tel: 01539 814905
Web: www.carterjonas.co.uk

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