and I' & a Lonely fellside setting?
The remote Cumbrian farmhouse - made famous in the cult 1986 film Withnail
& I -was sold at auctionFeb 16 2009 by United Utilities.
He said he wanted to restore the ramshackle building
for fans to visit and to boost tourism in the Eastern Fells area of the
Lake District. The cottage, dating back to 1802, does not have planning
permission for residential use.
But Mr Hindley revealed he wanted to restore it for fans
to visit and create a reception area with a "roaring fire".
Hall, which has been unoccupied for many years, sits on the north side
of Wet Sleddale valley and is accessible only via a dirt track. It is
almost two miles from the nearest public road and a mile from the nearest
It has long
been an interest for fans of the film Withnail & I, starring 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.
Monty's cottage", Sleddale Hall was used for many exterior shots
but the interior was little used for filming. It contains many original
features and the structure has been recently stabilised and the roof repaired
to keep it wind and water-tight.
stone and Lake District slate, Sleddale Hall and its associated outbuildings
form a picturesque quadrangle and were probably built in the mid 18th
century. It was originally acquired by the Manchester Corporation in the
1920s as part of the land required to meet Manchester's growing need for
drinking water. The Manchester Corporation eventually became part of North
West Water and then United Utilities.
senior land agent on its Thirlmere Estate, 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."
Wikipedia: United Utilities then sold Sleddale Hall to Tim Ellis, an architect
from Canterbury in Kent, whose bid at the auction had originally failed.
He plans to convert Sleddale Hall into a private home, retaining a Withnail
atmosphere. Ellis specialises in the restoration of historic buildings
and said "I am delighted to have had a second chance to buy this beautiful
building. I first saw the film about seven years ago and have been a fan
ever since. I would like to restore the building in a way that other fans
of the film could approve of.[
film was only made possible thanks to funding from Beatle George Harrison....The
film was shot entirely on location. There was little filming in the real
Penrith, the locations used were actually in and around nearby Shap and
Bampton. Monty's cottage, "Crow Crag", is actually Sleddale Hall,
located near the Wet Sleddale Reservoir just outside Shap.