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Coco Chanel's Highland Hideaway Is Up For Sale

Plans to renovate the derelict estate where the designer stayed with her lover have been revived.
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Prospects for Rosehall Estate, the Highland mansion and estate that once belonged to the second Duke of Westminster, who stayed there regularly during his long affair with Coco Chanel, are looking brighter now that its owners have applied for an extension of planning permission to redevelop the site.

Having been neglected for more than six decades, the 22-room listed Georgian mansion near Lairg, Inverness, was due to be transformed into an upscale hotel whose design scheme would incorporate many of the period features that Chanel herself introduced. The realization of that project has, however, appeared increasingly distant as the February 2017 expiry date for the planning permission draws closer. Fortunately, the owners have now approached Highland Council for a renewal of consent, reviving hopes that the estate will eventually enjoy a new lease of life.

Sold with a full hunting license and the option of acquiring a fishing license, the 550-acre estate is steeped in history, having been frequented by Chanel and the Duke of Westminster over several summers in the 1920s and having welcomed Winston Churchill during a period of recuperation in 1928. In a letter to his wife, Clementine, Churchill called the estate “very agreeable,” noting that “the air is most exhilarating, keen and yet caressing. Coco got three fish yesterday.”

Plans were previously approved to convert the mansion into a hotel, turn the estate buildings into lodges and build an additional five lodges. The ambitious project even has the support of the Chanel Archive, whose team has visited the property and has agreed to provide access to its records in order to recreate elements of Chanel’s design scheme as accurately as possible, notably the hand-blocked wallpaper she designed and the fireplaces she commissioned.

Rosehall Mansion and Estate is on the market with Re:Max Central for £3,000,000.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.co.uk.

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