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New phase in the restoration of Boleskine House, on the banks of Loch Ness, begins with installation of a new roof at the former home of musician Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley

By Louise Glen

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Boleskine House.
Boleskine House.

The Boleskine House Foundation has today [Monday September 13] launched its Raise the Roof fundraising campaign, to seek public financial support for a new roof for the historic Scottish manor near Foyers.

This will be the first time in six years that a roof, over the Loch Ness-side home, has covered the house, marking a new phase in the multi-year restoration project.

The charity aims to restore and preserve the historical legacy and heritage of the Boleskine House estate,

The roof will cost £250,000, of which it is hoped £25,000 will be funded by campaign activities, such as a GoFundMe pledge campaign, special Raise the Roof merchandise, virtual events, monthly flash fundraisers and a Thanksgiving Day of Giving in the USA and Canada.

The remainder is expected to be funded by private donations and heritage grants for which the charity has applied. The campaign will be active through Spring 2022.

Keith Readdy, chairman of The Boleskine House Foundation, said: "A new roof on Boleskine House is an enormous milestone for us.”

“We will be one step closer to making the site safer for visitors.

"It also allows us to start hosting community-centered educational and recreational events, which we are excited to plan. And we will save the Category B listed building from further deterioration.”

Boleskine has contracted local builder HEIM in Ardersier to install the roof, which is expected to be completed by Christmas 2021.

Once completed, the roof will make the house interior wind and water tight, preventing further damage over the long winter.

Uwe Brandstatter of HEIM said: "We are delighted to have the chance to leave our mark on this important and unique heritage project.

“With Boleskine House being one of the oldest buildings on Loch Ness side, this project stands out in our experience of building work in the Highlands. "It will be a real pleasure to use our traditional carpentry skills and techniques in the restoration of this beautiful and historic building using local highland timber, milled here on the farm by GM Forestry.”

The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO is a Scottish Registered charity whose mission is to restore and preserve the historical legacy and heritage of the Boleskine House estate for the greater benefit of the public.

In addition to our conservation-led approach to sympathetically restore Boleskine House, the charity aims to educate the public on the heritage of the house and lands, to welcome the enjoyment of its structure and surrounding gardens, and to facilitate learning, growth and well-being.

For more, visit boleskinehouse.org/raise-the-roof.

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