Farmhouse from UK cult film "Withnail" up for sale

Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:32am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - A remote farmhouse that appeared in the cult British film "Withnail and I" is to be sold at auction next month.

Sleddale Hall, near Sharp in the Lake District area of northwest England, was used as "Uncle Monty's cottage" in the film about the drunken escapades of two out-of-work actors in the 1960s who head to the country to escape London.

The building, which has been unoccupied for many years, is only accessible by a dirt track, is two miles from the nearest public road and lies a mile from the nearest inhabited house.

It is listed for sale with a guide price of over 145,000 pounds ($210,100).

Built from stone and local slate probably in the 18th century, Sleddale Hall was used for many exterior shots but little of the inside was used for filming.

"Withnail is an iconic film and there may be a few eccentrics out there who would be interested in owning a piece of film history," said Paul Mooney from auctioneers Savills.

"Sleddale Hall will certainly garner a bit more public interest than a house of this type normally would."

Water company United Utilities, which currently owns the farmhouse, said it hoped it would be bought by someone who would restore it.

"It would make a lovely family home," said Edward Holt, a senior land agent with United Utilities.

(Reporting by Michael Holden)