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Film fan plans farmhouse rebuild

A derelict farmhouse made famous in the cult film Withnail and I has been sold to a fan who plans to restore the dilapidated property.

Architect Tim Ellis, 41, bought the remote Sleddale Hall, near Shap in Cumbria, from water company United Utilities for an undisclosed sum.

If he receives planning permission from the council, Mr Ellis plans to restore the farmhouse into a home he can live in.

The building - known as Uncle Monty’s Cottage in the 1987 film - had originally been bought by a local business for £265,000 at auction but the deal fell through.

Mr Ellis, from Canterbury, described the prospect of restoring the farmhouse as “exciting but daunting”.

He explained: “I am delighted to have had a second chance to buy this beautiful building.

“I first saw the film about seven years ago and have been a fan ever since. I would like to restore the building in a way that other fans of the film could approve of.

“My intention is not to deprive Sleddale’s many admirers of its links with its iconic past.”

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