The most remote house in England has been put up for sale for the first time in almost 200 years for £1.5 million.

Skiddaw House, 1,500ft above sea level, is listed by Mitchells Land Agency, which says it represents “an exciting and unique opportunity to purchase the most remote house in England”.

The property was built in 1829 by the Earl of Egremont of Cockermouth Castle, built in the middle of Skiddaw Forest in the lonely lands back o’Skidda.

It is situated in 3.45 acres and is only accessible by foot or 4x4 vehicle.

Skiddaw House is a 19th Century shooting lodge used over the years as a gamekeeper’s lodge, shooting cabin, shepherd’s dwelling, schools field centre, a ramblers bothy and currently a youth hostel.

The property is accessible from Blencathra Field Centre and Bassenthwaite village and on foot from Mosedale.

Skiddaw House was built in 1829 by the third Earl of Egremont, George Wyndham, as a keeper’s lodge and grouse shooting lodge.

The hostel itself has a few years left on its current lease.

Given its unique location, Skiddaw House is completely off grid and is powered by the sun, watered by a spring and ingeniously heated by sheep’s wool insulation and wood-burning stoves.

The property can be viewed by appointment only.