UK’s ‘loneliest home’ taken off the market for one heartbreaking reason

This cottage has been dubbed the UK’s ‘loneliest’ home (Image: Fisher Hopper / SWNS)

Hyper-empathetic? Get the tissues out, because a remote cottage dubbed the UK’s ‘loneliest’ home has been taken off the market for one heartbreaking reason.

…nobody wanted to buy it (sob). The abandoned three-bedroom property, in Whernside, North Yorkshire, has no mains electricity or water and was originally listed for sale in summer 2022. Priced at £300,000, it was even lowered to £250,000 in May 2023 in an attempt to sell it, but to no avail.

It’s fairly inaccessible considering it’s a 20-minute walk from the nearest parking spot, but Three Blea Moor Cottages is found next to the most remote signal box in England.

The property was put up for sale for £300,000 (Image: Fisher Hopper / SWNS)
There’s no mains electricity or water (Image: Fisher Hopper / SWNS)

It was built in the 1940s by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway for use by its workers, and is now the last one standing of a row of three cottages, empty since 2010.

So, why was this lonely cottage abandoned? The previous owner was given planning enforcement action by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority after he went against the terms of his use and stored scrap vehicles, a caravan, five disused oil tanks, a small digger and two shipping containers on the land.

Best things to do in North Yorkshire

  • National Railway Museum, York
  • North York Moors National Park
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Malham Cove
  • Whitby Abbey.

Despite its isolated location, trainspotters will be delighted as the cottage sits within viewing distance of the Settle to Carlisle railway line, traversing the Ribblehead Viaduct. An impressive piece of Victorian engineering, it’s a Grade II listed structure and the longest and third tallest on the Settle-Carlisle route.

When it was first placed on the market, the estate agents boasted the cottage’s potential, suggesting that it could even be renovated into a unique Airbnb for tourists visiting North Yorkshire.

This one’s certainly a doer-upper (Image: Fisher Hopper / SWNS)
The cottage is 20 minutes on foot from the nearest parking spot (Image: Fisher Hopper / SWNS)

‘The property presents an interesting investment, with a range of potential commercial opportunities apparent: private holiday home, unique AirBnB style experience, bunkhouse or refreshment stop on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge route,’ estate agents Fisher Hopper said of the prospective sale after it was placed on the market.

‘Plans will be subject to the necessary consents – this is in the heart of the National Park – but for the right buyer with vision, there is great potential here.’

Undoubtedly, this property is a doer-upper, and has been stripped of the wallpaper in many of the rooms. But in the meantime, whilst this property has been rejected by the market, we hope this little house isn’t lonely out on the Moors.

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