Here we will answer some of the more commonly asked questions and you can also find a lot more information elsewhere on our website.
What is the Boleskine House Foundation and what does it do?
The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO is a Scottish Registered charity with registration number SC049568. The primary goal of the charity is to restore the Boleskine House estate (i.e. house and gardens) to its historical integrity. Our goals and aims are described in more detail under the “Mission and Vision” section of our website.
What land does the charity own?
The charity owns all of the land which is inside of the main gates up to the boundary fence on the south side of Boleskine House. This includes Boleskine House itself and its formal gardens, as well as the Grade B listed Coach House (or ‘stables’) and the piggery building. The charity does not own the Grade B listed Gate Lodge at the entrance to the estate which is in private ownership.
How will Boleskine House be restored?
It is the intention of the charity to restore the house to its historical integrity. Boleskine House is a Grade B listed property, which means that there are restrictions to ensure that this is done. We are working closely with conservation accredited architects and interior designers to be favourable to how the house might display its original Georgian and Jacobean features.
Will anyone live in Boleskine House after it is restored?
The house will not be the primary residence of any one individual, but we will ensure that someone is either staffed there or otherwise occupying the house at all times to ensure the house is maintained and secure.
How will Boleskine House be maintained after it is restored?
The charity is currently putting together a resilience plan that will ensure that Boleskine House will continue to be funded after the restoration project is finished. These plans will be made available during winter 2020.
What will you do when Boleskine House is restored?
The intention is to allow guided tours of the estate for educational purposes, focusing on the history of the estate and the principles of historical conservation of listed buildings. We anticipate mostly welcoming tourists who are already going to visit the local area.
What will happen with the money you raise in donations?
All of the funds which we raise goes directly into the restoration of Boleskine House. Every year we employ the services of an independent accountant who undertakes an independent examination of our accounts, with reference to our bank accounts, and this is then filed with the OSCR. This is a legal requirement for SCIO’s in Scotland. This independent examination gives members of the public assurance that the funds go directly into the project itself. All of our trustees and volunteers for the project are unpaid.
How can I visit Boleskine House?
Boleskine House is currently closed to the public. However, we are open for limited guided tours providing they are arranged with us in advance. Please visit the Plan Your Visit section of our website for more information.
Is the Boleskine House Foundation affiliated with any other organisations?
No, the Boleskine House Foundation is not affiliated with any other organisations and is entirely independent.
We have also been asked if any groups or organisations will be given priority access to the estate in the future and we can advise that no groups will be given priority.
Are you associated with Aleister Crowley and Thelema?
No, the Boleskine House Foundation is not affiliated with Aleister Crowley or Thelema and is an independent organisation with primary secular interests to restore the house, which is a listed building by the Highland Council.