The Hermitage Estate, which covers 11.5 acres, is situated on the Crook O’ Lune near Lancaster, is to be transformed into six properties which will all have game fishing rights.

The estate, which is located on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland within an area of outstanding natural beauty, is bounded on three sides by the River Lune, known as the Crook O’ Lune.

The redevelopment was the brainchild of avid game fisher Philip Pendlebury who heads up North West property company Newparcs Group. He said: ‘The Hermitage Estate is not only a beautiful property set in an area of outstanding natural beauty but has a fascinating history extending back to before the Norman Conquest. With over 30 years experience in property development, it is without doubt the most beautiful and uniquely located site I’ve ever encountered.

‘Having fished the Lune for many years I had always aspired to the country lifestyle preferably with good fishing on my doorstep – when I first discovered The Hermitage I was determined to turn it into a Mecca for similar like minded enthusiasts.

‘To achieve this we are investing over £5 million into the site. Our objective is to create superbly appointed residences that will offer buyers the opportunity for seclusion and serenity on a private estate with the added benefit of salmon and sea trout fishing literally at the bottom of their garden.’

Originally built for the Mayor of Lancaster, John Sharp in 1849, The Hermitage is steeped in history. Aside from being commandeered in the Second World War by the Government for the war effort, its location was the subject of renowned poets and artists.

The Hermitage Estate fishing is managed to provide up to eight rods for residents and their guests (two four-rod syndicates) with up to four rods fishing on any given day – each syndicate being allocated three days fishing per week.

A daily roster system will also be in operation for upper and lower beats designed so as to avoid overcrowding.