sleddale hall, new owner!

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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by Fellini » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:18 am

Mmmm an architect from Canterbury. He was the second highest bidder at the auction.
So the question is; is he going to do it up for himself, or restore it to its circa W&I period to sell it on to a Kidd or Depp type fan?
Either way, with its private dwelling caveats it looks like the visitors days may be numbered.

On the plus side he does specialise in conservation work. Conspiracy lovers may question whether he bought the property on someone elses behalf?
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by crooked » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:54 am

Yeah really it's me financing it with my dole money.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by haveyougotsoup » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:02 pm

crooked wrote:Yeah really it's me financing it with my dole money.


I thought you worked in a electrical shop.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by crooked » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:23 pm

Credit crunch, my boy. I'm between jobs at the moment.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by oomska » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:53 pm

Ok, my cloak is now safely hanging back in the wardrobe and the dagger is securely placed back in the kitchen drawer together with the rope the lead pipe and the luger.

Certainly looks promising reading between the lines

" 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.

''There is a lot of work to be done before I can draw up firm plans but my intention is not to deprive Sleddale's many admirers of its links with its iconic past.''

Mr Ellis said he would restore the rooms to the way they looked in the film so he can retain the character of the property, which has remained vacant for many years. "

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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by peudent » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:07 pm

What worries me is that he may change the way it looks on the outside. it doesn't really matter how he does it up inside, obviously it would be great if he made it look like it does in the film, but we hope it will still retain its original vista from outside. imagine if he knocked down part of it?
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by jeff wode » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:09 pm

i imagine he is going to knock a chunk of it down anyway. the front wall is leaning alarmingly out from the vertical. 5 years ago it was bad, but last time i went up there, its much much worse. i wonder if the new roof has caused this, probably by letting the interior structure dry out. whatever he does, i will be amazed if he doesnt have to take the front out and rebuild. allthe upstairs floors and their joists are pretty rotten too. and woodworm has been present in the past, and is possibly still there. whatever we might think, in effect, he has bought just the land and the footprint of the building, ive always said that it would need 75 to 100 k spending on it to make it truly habitable. thats why the auction guide price was set at a lowly 145k
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by The Purveyor » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:29 pm

Local paper 'Cumberland News''s update:

http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk/news/w ... rPath=home

Not much to add, but note the words: "...if planning permission is granted by the council."
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by Fellini » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:04 pm

From what Ive read elsewhere the property has planning permission for two dwellings. Ive always assumed that this refers to the barns and the house.
I would imagine in this case that the permissions needed are in relation to the owners proposed work
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by jeff wode » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:15 am

really? where did you see that? the barns arent anywhere near being able to be converted, although if it were mine, i would live in them, as they have by far the best view over the sleddale reservoir and valley. although there is scope to build at least 2 dwellings in the current layout, i think the costs would be high, and as far as im aware, there ia absolutely no planning permission granted to even live in the existing house, let alone any conversion. the restrictions in the lease laid down by united utilities are pretty strict, perhaps its a good job that the new owner is an architect, so will have some knowlege of how the system is likely to work.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by crooked » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:03 am

I got an email today:

Hi Crooked,

You'll probably recognise me by name as the person who's bought Crow Crag.

I've been reading a few posts on your forum - been meaning to contact you sooner - and you may have some questions for me to answer and, if so feel free to fire away...

I'll start by saying that I'm not planning on pulling anything down!! My intention is to restore the house retaining as much of what's there as possible. The ground floor rooms will be preserved as they were in the film albeit, as you probably know, the grates/range have been stolen; whether I can obtain matching fittings to reinstate only time will tell.

Externally, I would love to recreate the elevation that was given to the house for the film - I think Henry Harris 'dressed' it up with considerable flair. Oomska sent me copies of HH's drawings which I see are posted on your website. I would need to see what would be allowed by the National Park Authority.

One last thing - I'm not acting for anyone else. I'm the owner and hope to be so for the foreseeable future. I would like to give the public access but not in a commercial way - I've posted a couple of notices on the house saying that if people would like to see inside all they have to do is contact me. In the longer term, and subject to the Lake District National Park Authority having no objections, I would like to open the house during the Heritage Open Days event held in September. I'm not averse to showing people around if they just turn up.

By the way, do you know who Soupy is and how I can contact him/her?

Regards,

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I've made him an account here so lets see if he posts.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by jeff wode » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:14 am

cool, at last, some first hand information. good luck to the guy, i hope he gets it habitable again. not from a withnail and i point of view, but because, quite apart from its movie link, its a stunning location with outstanding views and a great setting in the landscape. if he can restore it to the shabby aristocratic weekend shagshack look of it from the film, then even better. it will be a lot of work, particularly the front wall and the water running under the building. but i hope he makes it the fantastic family home that it deserves to be.
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by McFuck » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:05 am

that is good news, for a change
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by Fellini » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:17 pm

I hope Tim realises he will be forever known as 'Uncle Monty'. :D
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Re: sleddale hall, new owner!

PostPosted by crooked » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:14 pm

Funny you should say that....

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your e-mail and for offering to set up an account for me on the forum - please don't call me Uncle Monty! I know that might be hard to resist but I'm thinking of my reputation!

Feel free to post my e-mail.

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