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Remnants of infamous Boleskine House near Foyers by Loch Ness offered for sale online

By Alasdair Fraser

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Boleskine House was further damaged by a fire last July.
Boleskine House was further damaged by a fire last July.

A couple working to rebuild the fire-ravaged Boleskine House by Loch Ness are selling charred remnants of the building for £49 a bag.

Keith and Kyra Readdy, who want to reconstruct Boleskine House near Foyers in its original design, are offering bits of wreckage from the building which was destroyed by a blaze in July for sale online.

The new owners, who have formed the “not-for-profit” Boleskine House Foundation, want to establish a spiritual retreat and guest house at the burned-out site.

Past owners have included the Fraser clan, Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page and infamous cult leader Aleister Crowley.

A crowdfunding campaign was started last year and has so far generated more than £22,500 of the £220,000 target for donations.

But with total rebuilding works planned costing around £700,000, the Readdys are keen to find new ways of raising cash.

The £49 eBay lot description states: “You are purchasing one original stone of up to 400g and one bag of charred remains from the fire on 31 July 2019 from Boleskine House."

The package comes with a certificate of authenticity, with the promise that all proceeds will be used for the restoration of Boleskine House.

Boleskine House was previously hit by fire in December 2015, but a remaining wing was destroyed by a second blaze last July.

Mr Readdy (37), described on the foundation’s website as having had a career in property management and hospitality, said: “Boleskine has such a big draw, whether people are fans of Crowley or rock and roll.

“The Boleskine estate is a treasure of heritage and history that must be secured for future generations. I believe it can stand as a landmark for culture, research, and well-being that all can benefit from.”

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