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Coco Chanel's former Scottish hideaway to open as a luxury hotel

The crumbling Rosehall House is Scotland's only historic example of interiors designed by Chanel

A house in Scotland that was previously home to fashion designer Coco Chanel is set to become a luxury hotel.

Rosehall House in the Scottish Highlands has sold for £3 million (Dhs14.5 million) to an unnamed international buyer.

The purchaser has secured permission to convert the mansion near Lairg into a hotel, confirmed Remax estate agents who handled the sale.

Renovations are set to cost millions more dirhams and there is currently no information on the hotel's opening date.

Unique design

Fashion designer Coco Chanel lived in the house in the 1920s, using it as a secret hideaway during her relationship with the then owner, Hugh Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster.

Rosehall House was purchased by the Duke of Wellington from a Scottish textile magnate, but the original design was not to Chanel's liking. The French fashion tycoon redesigned the interiors and furnished the mansion. Courtesy flickr
Coco Chanel redesigned the interiors and furnished the mansion. Courtesy flickr

It is the only house in Scotland with interiors by Coco Chanel.

The Duke purchased the house from William Ewing Gilmour, a Scottish textile magnate, but the original design was not to Chanel's liking. The French fashion tycoon redesigned the interiors and furnished the mansion.

According to the Historic Environment Scotland, a public body that cares and promote Scotland’s historic environment, the house is quite different from others of the same period.

"The striking simplicity, with shades of beige and basic replacement chimneypieces in painted timber, would have been significantly radical for its time," states Historic Environment Scotland.

The house comes with a 700-acre estate, fish-stocked waters, woodland glen and heather-clad moorlands.

Golden eagles, black grouse, nesting ospreys and red deer are common sights in this region of Scotland.

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Updated: January 9, 2020 01:42 PM

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