We’ve come on holiday by mistake!

Aerial shot Uncle Monty's Cottage (Sleddale Hall)

Uncle Monty’s Cottage (Sleddale Hall) © Simon Ledingham

 

A location made famous by cult classic ‘Withnail and I’ has just been sold for £265,000.

The sale of a run down farmhouse set in the beautiful landscape of the Lake District wouldn’t normally invite the attention of the national press but this ruined cottage is no ordinary property. Sleddale Hall was made famous by the cult classic film Withnail and I as ‘Uncle Monty’s Cottage’.

Out of work actors Withnail and Marwood played by Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann escape the city for a relaxing holiday at the cottage in the Lake District but with the arrival of lecherous Monty and the relentless rain, the holiday proves to be anything but relaxing!

The sale of the cottage caused furore amongst fans that were keen to see the cottage preserved and together they attempted to raise funds to buy the property, however the cottage surpassed its original guide price of £145,000 and was eventually bought by a publican for £265,000. The owner plans to restore the cottages and open them to fans of the film.

The excitement of the sale of ‘Uncle Monty’s Cottage’ proves the longevity of film and its effect on tourism and in this case even on the value of property!

Do you have a property in Kent you think would be suitable for filming? Then email the Kent Film Office at filmoffice@kent.gov.uk , we are looking for anything from dilapidated cottages like Monty’s to mansions!

Many thanks to Visit Cumbria http://www.visitcumbria.com/pen/sleddalehall.htm and photographer Simon Ledingham for the use of their photos.