Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Paul Dacre's holiday estate: Madame Arcati's booking up
Langwell Lodge: not the main residence, however
All this talk of Duncan Fallowell's mystery English country house - the presumed setting of his new ghost fiction - reminds me that the Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has reportedly just bought a much grander property in the Scottish Highlands.
At least I assume Private Eye has got its facts right. The West Highland Free Press, cited as the source of the piece, has nothing about the purchase of the Langwell Estate, in Ross-shire, on its website. Indeed none of the local media has deemed this event worthy of a nod, though the 15,355-acre estate was snapped up for a reported £3.5m. Celebrity subjects of the Mail must envy Dacre's media invisibility.
Before the sale, the Telegraph and Country Life had featured Langwell as one of a number of premium properties hard to shift in these straitened times. It was put on the market in September 2008. Its chief attractions are shootin' and fishin': 35 hinds and 25 stags a year are reluctantly culled on average by tourist riflepersons (regular tenants mainly) in the interests of conservation. Non-cullers may just appreciate the natural beauty: "The coastline here is spectacular as are the beaches or you can take advantage of sea trips to the Summer Isles and Handa Island - a very special bird sanctuary," the site promises.
Langwell's Loch a Chroisg - with boat for brown trout fishing
I love the Langwell Estate! I'm thinking of holidaying there for meditative purposes next year - it has four estate cottages, including Langwell Lodge (pictured) for paying guests. Sadly, the 8-bedroom Langwell House, overlooking the River Canaird, is a private dwelling - still, click here for pics and extensive spec. That's where I'd prefer to shack up.