Have you ever fancied owning a beautiful ancient mountain with 5,471 ewes, 732 hoggs and 200 lambs? Then today’s your lucky day, for the 2,850ft-high Blencathra Mountain in the beautiful Lake District area of England is up for grabs.
For just £1.75 million (approx $2.8 million) you can own the “Saddleback” mountain and at the same time you’ll become a Lord. The Lord of the manor of Threlkeld, to be exact. Very fancy.
The Earl of Londsdale on Saddleback Mountain
The current owner Hugh Lowther, the Earl of Londsdale, has been forced to sell to pay off a hefty tax bill following the death of his father. He owes £9 million to the state (Inheritance tax is a very high rate in the UK, especially for the very well off) – so the sale of the mountain will certainly help.
But you’ve got to give the Earl credit. He chose the mountain sale to avoid evicting tenants from the land. That’s a big deal, giving up the rights to something so beautiful and unique, so people can continue their traditional way of life.
“We don’t want to make inroads into the core of the estate,” he told the BBC news.
“And we don’t want to have to evict tenanted farmers and other tenants and what have you from their houses so we can sell them,” he added.
Interested? You have until June to submit your interest, so don’t be sheepish, make a bid or ewe may regret it otherwise. (sorry)