Britain’s ‘loneliest home’ has hit the market – but no one wants to buy

The price has been slashed by £50,000 because of a lack of interest

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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Photograph: Courtesy of Fisher Hopper

Fancy going off-grid and taking a break from civilisation? Up in the Yorkshire Dales, you can find one of the UK’s most isolated homes, which has been on sale since the summer. 

The problem is that it might be just a bit too isolated for even the most introverted of folk. The occupants of 3 Bleamoor Cottages will have to travel seven miles to pick up groceries in the nearest town of Ingleton. You would also have to walk 20 minutes to your front door because it is not accessible by car. 

As a result, the agents have struggled to gather interest and the asking price has now been slashed by £50,000, bringing it down from £300,000 to £250,000.

The house was originally built in the 1940s by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and sits right next to the Blea Moor Signal Box, which is the most isolated one in England that’s still staffed by Network Rail. 

The lack of interest might be down to the fact that the cottage is in need of quite a lot of work. It currently has no mains supply and there are apparently signs of damp and holes in the floor. 

There is plenty of potential, though. It has loads of space inside, with a store room, pantry, kitchen, living room and three double bedrooms. The property sits on the Three Peaks Challenge route as well as the Settle-to-Carlisle railway line, making it an ideal getaway for keen hikers or trainspotters. 

Estate agent Fisher Hopper calls it an ‘exciting renovation project in a stunningly beautiful location’. It suggests that the run-down cottage could be transformed into an Airbnb, bunkhouse or a refreshment stop along the Three Peaks trek.

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