It was all so ferry moving

Sailing on: The dinghy is loaded up for the big move
Sailing on: The dinghy is loaded up for the big move
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A couple have ‘waved’ goodbye to their unusual island home in what was a ‘ferry’ moving experience for them.

But it was all plain-sailing for Adlington-based removal firm Andrew Porter who carried out the tricky job.

The complex move involved relocating the couple’s property from a six-bedroomed Grade II listed mansion on Derwent Isle - in the middle of Derwent Water in the Lake District.

Porters had helped the couple move into the property 10 years previously, so the firm sent an experienced crew of four, who were familiar with the intricacies of the home and the problems it presented.

It took a full day to load the removal van, and more than 10 of the 15-minute round trips on the property’s motorised dinghy to ferry items to shore.

The 400-mile journey then began to move the couple to their new home in Dorset.

MD Tim Aspey said: “Even though we have completed moves to and from this property twice in the past, it remains a very tricky process and is a job which requires supreme care, attention and above all, patience, to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

“If the loading of the small boat were to be judged incorrectly, it would be all too easy for the contents to get a soaking. Our crew did a fantastic job, despite the bad weather on the day. Luckily the lake had not frozen over, as it has been known to do, so there were no delays to the move.”

The house was built by eccentric Joseph Pocklington. The seven-acre island is owned by the National Trust, which rents out the 18th century property, open to the public five days a year, on a long-term basis.