Local Cumbrian businessman buys Uncle Monty’s cottage at auction

A Cumbrian farmhouse made famous by the film Withnail and I has been bought by a local businessman who promises to restore it for fans to visit.

Sleddale Hall near Shap was used as the location for Uncle Monty’s cottage in the cult 1987 film, starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann.

It is believed Cumbrian landlord Seb Hindley beat offers from Kate Moss and Chris Evans to acquire the property at auction.

“I have paid a high price for Sleddale Hall with no planning permission,” said Mr Hindley, who owns a pub six miles from the hall. “However, I want to preserve its heritage which has been greatly increased by the iconic film. I will be glad to welcome everyone, from local people to fans of the film, to those who would like to spend some quality time in tranquility.”

The cottage became famous as the place where McGann and Grant’s struggling actors escape 1960s London for a doomed break in the countryside.

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