When I last saw it during August 2007 it was a real sorry sight and ready for demolition.
Rigg Beck was bought for a reported £500 in 1958 by the sculptor Varya Vergauwen and she raised a large family here.
(Rigg Beck is the name of the stream that flows nearby)
The building also provided lodgings for performers appearing at Keswicks Theatre.
Among her guests in the early years were Tom Courtenay, Bob Hoskins and poet laureate Ted Hughes who was a frequent visitor.
The site had already been sold for redevelopment before my last visit..... the building was worth nothing.
The plots situation in one of the lake districts most picturesque but less visited valleys sold at auction for £470,000 ($737,665).
The story of the Purple House wasn't quite over...
On June 30th 2008 and before the bulldozers moved in it caught fire and was totally destroyed.
The Purple House had gone! Arson was ruled out...
... the views had opened up... it was built in a beautiful situation on a hairpin bend surrounded by a wonderful landscape and only a few miles from the lovely market town Keswick.
I have passed by either by car or on foot the purple house many times over the years.
I just wish I had taken the time to knock on the door and visit.
Varya Vergauwen who I suspect but can't confirm first painted the building purple passed away during 2010 at the grand old age of 90.
Wait!... I nearly forgot to show the new building at Rigg Beck.
My trips along the Newlands Valley will never be the same again.