Buyer frenzy for remote and idyllic Yorkshire Dales home for sale by the Pennine Way with views of Whernside and Ingleborough

This idyllic and remote Dales home for sale by the Pennine Way with Three Peaks views has sparked a buyer frenzy

This wonderful Yorkshire Dales property is the ultimate dream home for those who truly want to escape to the country, so much so that the Neil Wright estate agency in Settle has been inundated with enquiries from far and wide. Such is the interest, it will go to best and final offers on June 24.

The house, which is on the market for £400,000, sits in splendid isolation, four miles from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on a bridle path just 200 yards from the Pennine Way. The views over Whernside and Ingleborough are spectacular and from the gate you can look down at the Ribblehead viaduct.

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Old Ing was bought by American scientist Ludwig Schicktanz, known as Shick, and his British wife, June, in 1985. They had met while working in the Middle East and he traded his dream of moving back to the States to write and grow trees, for this house in the Yorkshire Dales so that June could be close to her parents.

Old Ing is in a glorious position by the Pennine Way overlooking Whernide and Ingleborough

He renovated the property beautifully, doing some of the work himself, making the most of those views, and adding a large workshop where he enjoyed woodworking. After his wife passed away, Shick met his partner Ursula and she has loved the remote property as much as he did. Shick passed away recently, hence the sale.

“I am in my 70s and it is too remote a place to stay on my own but I wish I didn’t have to sell. This is a magical place, a real one-off and Shick got to plant his trees and write here,” says Ursula, who has also been left with Shick’s library of 4,000 books. “It’s a very cosy, happy house and incredibly private. Everyone who visits says how comfortable they feel here.”

The property is accessed by a farm track with three gates to open on the way and a rutted bridleway to traverse but, while remote, the broadband is fast and Tesco deliver shopping there.

“I used to apologise to the drivers but they say they love coming here because of the views,” says Ursula.

The spacious, stone-built farmhouse has been beautifully renovated

Old Ing has a garden, decked seating area, a woodland and magnificent views across the Three Peaks area. Inside, the house has a porch, hall, lounge with multi-fuel stove, dining room, kitchen, utility room, snug, conservatory and a large workshop. On the first floor is a main bedroom with ensuite, two more bedrooms and a bathroom.

Fo details contact: Neil Wright estate agents, Settle,

The view from one of the windows
The sitting room with wood burner
The kitchen
The dining room
The main bedroom
The large workshop