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Future of Rose Castle uncertain

Rose Castle will now be put on the open market Photo: ITV Border

The future of Rose Castle is now uncertain as it's to be put on the open market.

The Church of England currently owns the building but announced plans to sell it.

It gave Rose Castle Foundation, which planned to turn the property into a centre for for faith and peace, two years to bid on the property.

But Church Commissioners have called the first offer unviable and are now inviting other buyers to bid on the estate.

The Foundation planned to use the building for faith conferences Credit: ITV Border

In September, the Foundation said it hoped to secure a deal for the historic Rose Castle near Carlisle before the end of the year.

It had been given two years to pull together a bid to buy the building, without facing any competition from other parties.

It had hoped to turn the castle in Dalston, which has been the home of the Bishops of Carlisle since the 14th century, into a centre for peace, and planned to keep much of the Grade 1 listed building unchanged.

The future of the building is now uncertain Credit: ITV Border

However, Church Commissioners have deemed this first offer, made by an anonymous donor on the foundations behalf, unviable.

And now, the property could be bought by anyone as it's being put on the open market.

‘We can confirm that Rose Castle will soon be offered for sale on the open market following a four year period of working closely with various local trusts, most recently the Rose Castle Foundation.

Once it was deemed unsuitable for a 21st Century bishop’s residence, we gave these bodies a very substantial period of time in which to acquire the property off-market and have so far not received a viable offer from them.

As an endowment charity supporting the mission and ministry of the Church, the Commissioners always have to balance this fiduciary duty alongside local opinion and wishes.’

– Spokesperson for the Church Commissioners

The Foundation says it remains committed to fulfilling its plans.