A HOUSE with its own island – yours for £3333 (R52571) a month. With its own jetty and boat house, stunning views of the Lake District and even a mock chapel, it would appear to be the perfect house in the country.
Derwent Island is a secluded seven acre retreat that has an 18th century home hidden among the woodland. A house with its own island – yours for £3333 a month. But there are a number of unusual caveats for whoever moves into this 18th century mansion, in the 28328m² grounds of Derwent Island.
The mail is collected from the mainland, the house has to be opened up to visitors at least five days of the year and its occupants have to be trained in how to look after the antiques and works of art.
And, if anyone is thinking the expansive lawn looks like a good place to land the helicopter they can think again.
Prospective tenants who have already asked whether they fly in have been told politely, but firmly, that it is against the conditions of the lease laid down by the owners, the National Trust.
The Italianate house, which has seven bedrooms, five reception rooms and a balconied loggia, is now available for long-term rent at a cost of £40000 (R631000) a year, or £3333 a month, following the departure of the previous tenants who have lived there for 10 years. Elsewhere in the country, the same monthly rental would obtain a one-bedroom apartment in London's Mayfair, although it would stretch as far as a three-bedroom family home in the Buckinghamshire village of Stoke Goldington, or for £3995 (R63000) a month, a five-bedroom house with swimming pool in Cookham, Berkshire.
Derwent Island is a short distance by boat across Derwent Water to the shore and the market town of Keswick. Tenants also have the use of a garage in the nearby village of Portinscale. Helen Lancaster, of rental agents Carter Jonas, said: "It takes a special type of person to live in this extraordinary setting. Milk is currently delivered by canoe, but you will need to go ashore to reach the bins, or to collect mail.
"We've had a few prospective tenants say the lawn would be a great place to land the helicopter, but we've had to point out that is against the conditions laid down by the National Trust. It would just be too damaging.
"It's beautiful, exclusive house with period furniture and art to be cherished and cared for. We would expect prospective tenants to plan to stay for at least five years and to consider occasional days sharing the house with the wider public. It's a unique way of life for the right tenant."
The house was built in 1778 by Joseph Pocklington, an eccentric banker know at the time as "a man of no taste whatsoever", who included a fort and a Druid circle in the grounds of the heart-shaped island. Among its early critics was the poet William Wordsworth, who regarded the house as spoiling the view of what was then known as Vicar's Island. Wordsworth described Pocklington as "a native of Nottinghamshire, who played strange pranks by his buildings and plantations". © The Telegraph