The Lake District’s elevation into Unesco World Heritage status is likely to have a significant impact on property prices in the area, according to specialist country agency Humberts.
The 885 square mile national park has just joined the likes of the Taj Mahal, Machu Pichu and the Grand Canyon on the prestigious list, with the committee summarising its reasoning as follows…
Located in northwest England, the English Lake District is a mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterized by fields enclosed by walls. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes. Grand houses, gardens and parks have been purposely created to enhance the beauty of this landscape. This landscape was greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words. It also inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them.
The Lake District National Park Partnership has been gunning for this since 1986 and described the decision as “momentous”. Chairman Lord Clark of Windermere said: “A great many people have come together to make this happen and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape, the visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home.”
Darren Barlow of Humberts in Windermere is predicting an uplift in property values as a direct result: “Being awarded Unesco status is game changing for the Lake District – the buzz around the globe will generate an exciting momentum particularly in the tourism, holiday lettings and second homes sectors of the market. The Lake District has a lot to offer in terms of beauty spots, Michelin starred restaurants and opportunities for adventure and as such we predict that the Unesco status will supercharge property prices and fuel at least a 10% price increase by the end of the year.”
Other Unesco sites in the UK include Stonehenge, Durham Castle & Cathedral, and Bath.