One of Cumrbia's most spectacular houses up for rent

An aerial view of Derwent House Photo: Rob Grange

One of Cumbria's most spectacular National Trust houses is now available to rent for an estimated £40,000 per year.

The house and grounds from above Credit: Rob Grange

Derwent Island House is a grade 2 listed property that sits on a seven acre heart-shaped island, 150 yards from Derwent Water.

The island sits 150 yards form Derwent shore Credit: Rob Grange

"Whilst milk is currently delivered by canoe and you will need to go ashore to reach the bins, or to collect mail, it’s a unique way of life for the right tenant” says Helen Lancaster, from agents Carter Jonas in Kendal.

“It does come with mod cons too. There is mains power and water and oil for the central heating. The house has broadband and internet connections too so it’s not an IT black-hole”.

– Helen Lancaster, Carter Jonas
The house can be rented for around £40,000 a year Credit: Rob Grange
The house is family, and pet, friendly Credit: Rob Grange

The house has seven bedrooms, a one-bedroom annexe, five reception rooms, a library and a dining room which can set 22 people.

The Italianate-style house has its own collection of furniture and art.

The grounds include boat houses, a mock chapel and a garage Credit: Rob Grange

The grounds of the house include a former 'mock' chapel, a winter boathouse, two boats, landings and a garage.

The rare opportunity has become available after the current tenants move on after 10 years in the property.

“It’s a wonderful family home. It takes a special type of person to live in this extraordinary setting. It’s beautiful, exclusive house with period furniture and art to be cherished and cared for.

"We would expect prospective tenants to plan to stay for at least five years and to consider occasional days sharing the house with the wider public.”

– Helen Lancaster, Carter Jonas
The Italianate-style house has its own collection of furniture and art. Credit: Rob Grange

The house is being managed by Carter Jonas, who say the new tenants can look an entry date in December.