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Fire-damaged ruins of notorious mansion overlooking Loch Ness up for sale

By Val Sweeney

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B-listed Boleskine House was damaged by a blaze in 2015.
B-listed Boleskine House was damaged by a blaze in 2015.

THE ruins of a fire-damaged mansion whose previous owners included a notorious occultist and a rock guitarist have been put up for sale.

Boleskine House, overlooking Loch Ness, is on the market along with more than 22 acres of land at a price of more than £500,000.

The B-listed Georgian house near Foyers achieved notoriety when it became the home of Aleister Crowley, the self- proclaimed “wickedest man on earth”, in 1899.

Also known as The Great Beast 666, he became infamous for stories of conducting black magic and various other rituals while living there. He died in 1947.

It was bought in 1970 by rock guitar legend Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, a fan of Crowley, but he sold it in 1992, having spent little time in the property.

The house was largely destroyed by a fire in December 2015 when it is understood the Dutch owner’s daughter and her partner returned from a shopping trip in Inverness to find the property ablaze.

A total of 23 firefighters worked in dangerous conditions to bring the inferno under control.

It is on the market with Inverness property consultancy Galbraith which states the main walls with echoes of its former splendour are all that remains.

"The opportunity now exists to restore the house and grounds to create an outstanding property subject to obtaining the necessary consents," the sales details state.

It is being offered as part of a bigger package including the former coach house and gate lodge, which are both B-listed, plus grazing land, or as a separate lot.

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