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Rosehall

An estate and Georgian mansion house, lying just to the southeast of Invercassley in Sutherland, on the banks of the River Cassley, close to its confluence with the River Oykel. Built in the 1780s on land acquired from the Duke of Sutherland, it was rebuilt following a fire in 1822.

The secluded hideaway of Hugh "Bendor" Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster (1879 - 1953), who purchased the property in 1924, the house became the focus of his romance with fashion-designer Coco Chanel, who he woo-ed between 1923-29. She decorated the 20 room mansion for him, using the understated browns and beiges which were her hallmark, alongside hand-painted wall-paper from Paris. The house benefitted from Scotland's first bidet and remains Scotland's only Chanel interior.

Winston Churchill, a friend of the Duke's, came here to recuperate after an illness in 1928.

Sold in 1930, the house is crumbling, having lain empty for the last 40 years and was put up for sale once again in 2003, but was said to require £1 million of work.


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