A former pub in Whittington could be yours for £600,000.

The "rare opportunity" is managed by H&H Land & Estates, which states that the 1.65 acre site contains the former Dragon's Head pub, a once-busy local in the Lune Valley area.

This property sale provides a unique chance to repurpose a section of publican history dating back to the 19th century.

Given the pub's rich past and the increasing closure of similar establishments, its transformation offers a fresh chance at life, developers said.

Included in the property auction, with a guide price of £600,000 - £650,000, are development permissions.

The site, set for public auction on September 29 at 2.30pm in Kendal Town Hall, holds approval for the conversion of the original pub into a five-bedroom home.

An existing traditional stone barn in the grounds has permission for conversion to a well-proportioned three-bedroom house, also with off-street parking and garden.

And planning permission has also been granted for the development of a terrace of three new four-bedroom homes on the site, each with its own parking, private garden, and the right to enjoy the substantial area of amenity land to the east of the site.

H&H Consultant Director, Colin Tomlinson said: “There has been a 50 per cent increase in the number of public houses becoming available for conversion to homes in the first half of 2023 alone.

"In some ways this is a trend the older generation will regret, but the demand for the old village pub is declining, and conversion offers these historic buildings a new lease of life as homes, often right in the heart of the village or local community.

“The Dragon’s Head closed as a public house in 2013, and attempts to revive it have all failed, but now the building itself will be saved and restored, and the site will offer new homes for five more families in this village, which will help to breathe new life into the community.

"This is a very rare opportunity for the sensitive redevelopment of a wonderful building and its site, and we expect enormous interest in its sale.”