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Private lake is put up for sale on eBay

18 October 2013 Last updated at 14:20 BST

A lake which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is up for sale on eBay - for £300,000.

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.

Owner Nigel Woodhouse, who has been in charge of the 280-acre lake for 32 years, thinks the buyer is likely to be a Beatrix Potter fan.

Mr Woodhouse told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "All the Beatrix Potter pilgrims come down to the lake... so I would imagine the person who buys it is going to have an interest in her."