Lake up for lease on eBay

A lake in Cumbria, which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, has been put up for sale on eBay.

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Private lake in Cumbria up for sale on Ebay

Esthwaite Water
Esthwaite Water Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A lake which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is up for sale on eBay.

Esthwaite Water, the Lake District's largest privately-owned lake, is the first lake in the world to be sold on the internet auction site.

Esthwaite Water, which straddles the villages of Near Sawrey and Hawkshead, was described by author Potter as her "favourite lake" and the area now pays homage to the Peter Rabbit creator in the form of a licensed nature trail.

It also features in the Lyrical Ballads of poet Wordsworth.

The lake has a classified ad price on eBay of £300,000.