Blencathra sold as action group miss out on historic purchase

Lord and Lady Lonsdale who have just sold Blencathra

Lord and Lady Lonsdale who have just sold Blencathra

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The action group Friends of Blencathra have not managed to purchase the iconic mountain.

'Saddleback' has been sold to a mystery buyer who bid more than the £1.75million asking price.

John Robson, Director of H and H Land and Property, who have been handling the sale, said: “We confirm that our client Lonsdale Settled Estate has instructed us to accept an offer which exceeds the guide price.

"The duty of the Estate is to accept best value and we are instructed to proceed with a sale based on this offer from an as yet unnamed party.

“Prior to reaching this decision we had discussions earlier today with representatives from ‘The Friends of Blencathra’.

"We have taken into account both their offer and the fact that there is a significant shortfall between this and the successful offer."

The mountain was put on the market to help cash-strapped Lord Lonsdale pay a £9million inheritance tax imposed after the death of his father in 2006.

The Lord, Hugh Lowther, has already sold a Turner painting for more than £1million. 

Debby Cosgrove, Chair of the Friends of Blencathra group, was unable to comment at this stage.

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5:25pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Howist says...

I wonder if the 'mystery buyer' has passed the 'fit and proper person' test.
I wonder if the 'mystery buyer' has passed the 'fit and proper person' test. Howist
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Lakeuk says...

Can't believe my offer of £10.59, a bag of wotsits and an expired membership to the National Trust was turned down
Can't believe my offer of £10.59, a bag of wotsits and an expired membership to the National Trust was turned down Lakeuk
  • Score: 8

8:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

1207 says...

What a great location for the new council offices, although no one there would pass the fit and proper test and in a few years time Sainsburys (who are the mystery buyer) can build a nice supermarket with lots of pay and display car parking with a big underground Nuclear store under it.
What a great location for the new council offices, although no one there would pass the fit and proper test and in a few years time Sainsburys (who are the mystery buyer) can build a nice supermarket with lots of pay and display car parking with a big underground Nuclear store under it. 1207
  • Score: 10

7:55am Sat 5 Jul 14

Scots Guardsman says...

The real "obscenity" is that just 5 families in the country own more land and wealth than over 20% of the rest of the population. There'd be enough land to have affordable homes and a decent wage for every worker in the country (AND without building all over the place) if these people didn't have a stranglehold on the levers of power in this country and run it for the benefit of a tiny minority while the rest pay for their mistakes & indulgences.
The real "obscenity" is that just 5 families in the country own more land and wealth than over 20% of the rest of the population. There'd be enough land to have affordable homes and a decent wage for every worker in the country (AND without building all over the place) if these people didn't have a stranglehold on the levers of power in this country and run it for the benefit of a tiny minority while the rest pay for their mistakes & indulgences. Scots Guardsman
  • Score: -10

1:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

pistorflokal says...

Howist wrote:
I wonder if the 'mystery buyer' has passed the 'fit and proper person' test.
surely 'fit and proper person' just means 'Very Rich person' in this sale?
[quote][p][bold]Howist[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the 'mystery buyer' has passed the 'fit and proper person' test.[/p][/quote]surely 'fit and proper person' just means 'Very Rich person' in this sale? pistorflokal
  • Score: -3

8:35am Sun 6 Jul 14

magical trevor says...

Conspiracy theories abound, eh Scots Guardsman......it's not as if the new owner is going to ship it out to the USA or wherever they may be from, or fence it off, or build on it.....what does it matter who really owns it. Why are you all so obsessed with other people's wealth?
Conspiracy theories abound, eh Scots Guardsman......it's not as if the new owner is going to ship it out to the USA or wherever they may be from, or fence it off, or build on it.....what does it matter who really owns it. Why are you all so obsessed with other people's wealth? magical trevor
  • Score: 6

8:06pm Sun 6 Jul 14

snuggle-bunny says...

a sad day for britain when someone can own, buy, and sell a mountain. surely they belong to all. a very very sad day indeed
a sad day for britain when someone can own, buy, and sell a mountain. surely they belong to all. a very very sad day indeed snuggle-bunny
  • Score: -2

8:56am Mon 7 Jul 14

Howist says...

'Conspiracy theories' eh, Magical Trevor. I think you're confusing Scots Guardman with Hugh Lowther. Wasn't it he who thought there was a conspiracy against farmers during the foot and mouth epidemic a decade or so ago?
Guardsman has a valid point and you choose to pooh-pooh it. The hegemony of the class system has done nothing for people in this country (except for those in whose favour it's always worked, the rich).
'Conspiracy theories' eh, Magical Trevor. I think you're confusing Scots Guardman with Hugh Lowther. Wasn't it he who thought there was a conspiracy against farmers during the foot and mouth epidemic a decade or so ago? Guardsman has a valid point and you choose to pooh-pooh it. The hegemony of the class system has done nothing for people in this country (except for those in whose favour it's always worked, the rich). Howist
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Canucks76 says...

Assuming the worst, that is that the mystery buyer has done this so as to obtain a title and nothing else, I'll say that it's disgraceful. Happy to withdraw judgement should the buyer become known and prove to be an organisation or individual whose aim is to preserve the land for use by everyone...I'll hold out a smidge of hope...
Assuming the worst, that is that the mystery buyer has done this so as to obtain a title and nothing else, I'll say that it's disgraceful. Happy to withdraw judgement should the buyer become known and prove to be an organisation or individual whose aim is to preserve the land for use by everyone...I'll hold out a smidge of hope... Canucks76
  • Score: 1

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