The estate was once in the possession of the Clan Mackenzie. In 1835, it was purchased by the Lancashire coal magnate, Meyrick Bankes (1811 - 1881), who evicted many of the crofting tenants[2] In 1978, it was bought by the Dutch multi-millionaire, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, and remains in the ownership of his family. The lodge is so lovely, and all the little details, flowers in the rooms. I joined Letterewe as a stalker in June 2016. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. The first sheep-farm in the Gairloch area, managed by John McIntyre, a cattle dealer from Perthshire, was started in Letterewe. Paul is an Approved Witness for the Deer Stalking Certificate 2 (DSC2). The question is how many Charles Mackenzie's of Letterewe are there around that time and does it mean that he was part of the Letterewe estate or owned it. The house offers the ultimate in holiday comfort, with spacious, family friendly accommodation. Letterewe, Loch Maree, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2HH, Scotland. He owns the 60,000-acre Letterewe estate in Wester Ross, making him the biggest foreign landowner in Scotland. We have put in place a small, but extremely hospitable team of staff at Letterewe, who are there to look after you during your stay. I suspect most of them do not. Who wrote the check: Dutch businessman Paul Fentener van Vlissingen. Ardlair, Carnmore and Larachantivore, part of the Letterewe Estate, was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissengen from Colonel Whitbread. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. What drew me to Letterewe estate was their views on deer management, biodiversity , conservation and tradition, along with the beauty of the estate. PAUL van Vlissingen, the billionaire owner of the Letterewe Estate, was still actively enlarging his Highland property interests up until his death in his Dutch home, Lunenberg Castle, near Utrecht. We are a very mixed group – 3 from Singapore, 1 from Melbourne, Australia, one from New Zealand (originally from Holland) and 8 from East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Inverpolly Estate. Het was een ervaring die ik niet had willen missen. What’s great here is the traditional way our ghillies and guests still walk from the lodge door to the stalking grounds with our ponies as no vehicles are allowed in the hills. PAUL van Vlissengen was an eccentric Dutch businessman, conservationist and philanthropist who used part of his fortune to buy the Letterewe Estate in north-west Scotland. “Mr Saleh” The Malaysian-based businessman owns 71,383 acre land including Glen Avon Estate in Moray. The landscape at Letterewe was formed by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago and we are conscious of sustaining the current environment by preventing insensitive development. Dundonnell Estate (134 km²) covers the northwest part of the forest, including the northwestern flanks of An Teallach, whilst Eilean Darach estate covers 262 km² in the northeast, including the northeast flank of An Teallach. The Orkney islands is where I grew up and I work for Letterewe Estate since 1978. Kildermorie Estate. Letterewe is accessed by private launch from the estate pier on the south side of the loch, off the A832, where the boat will be loaded for you. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. The van Vlissingen family took over Letterewe Estate in 1978 and act as the guardians of its 43,000 acres of mountain, glen, stream and forest. The buyer of Aberuchill Estate in Perthshire turns out to be Vladimir Lisin, one of Russia’s wealthiest industrialists. Between Loch Maree and Little Loch Broom is a large tract of mountainous and remote ground that has long attracted a more intimate exploration. By this date the construction of Letterewe House had begun, a much smaller building than the one seen today. The health and vitality of Letterewe’s red deer herd, the fish in its glistening lochs and the animals in its native woods, are testament to the way the estate is managed and the care our staff has for our home in the hills. Letterewe is accessible only by estate boat, there is no road access. A warm Highland welcome awaits you at stunning Letterewe Estate - your own exclusive retreat in the rugged hills of Wester Ross. Being a keen fisherman (especially fly-fishing) and lover of wildlife, I feel there is no better place to live and work than Letterewe. The family firm, SHV, is the largest privately owned trading company in Europe, employing more than 30,000 people in 25 countries. Ledgowan Estate. These cookies do not store any personal information. Letterewe Estate (Price tag: $4.8 million) **Where: **Wester Ross, Scotland. After all those years I know every corner of Ardlair, Carnmore and Letterewe. 13. The clan Cameron’s 76,881 acre estate includes area around Fort William. The authors have searched through ancient deeds and estate agents' sales brochures to … Letterewe is a large estate of several tens of thousands of acres on the north-eastern shore of Loch Maree, South-East of Poolewe, in Wester Ross, Scotland. But that is not the same as saying that they lose their owner money. My previous hospitality experience, my dedication to ensuring guests have the best possible stay and my love for the countryside makes working at Letterewe the ideal combination. I have found one Charles Mackenzie of Letterewe but can't find evidence of his daughter marrying … Perfect peace. We work hard to keep this part of Scotland truly wild. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. 'I don't call myself the owner,' he said of Letterewe. We want to thank you for allowing all of us to enjoy this most magical place in the world. Across The Fisherfield and Letterewe Forests. There has been no research on the matter. We care deeply about natural environment, the plants and animals and the awe-inspiring red deer at Letterewe and aim to manage the estate sustainability. Even the Queen could claim over half a million pounds over the 25,000 hectares of Balmoral Estate. My passion is trying to keep the Estate in perfect shape for future generations. A warm Highland welcome awaits you at stunning Letterewe Estate - your own exclusive retreat in the rugged hills of Wester Ross. ... She now owns … Langwell Lodge (Strath Kanaird) Langwell Lodge (Strathoykle) Leckmelm Hill Ground. We would love to hear from you and we are more than happy to answer any question you might have about visiting Letterewe Estate. Meyrick Bankes, an industrialist from Lancashire, bought the Estate and in 1878 Maria Ann Liot, his daughter, became the proprietrix. Kinloch . The effect of the wills was therefore that his eldest daughter, Eleanor (1837-1907), inherited the Winstanley estate, while his second daughter, Maria Ann (1839-1904) received Letterewe. A warm Highland welcome awaits you at stunning Letterewe Estate - your own exclusive retreat in the rugged hills of Wester Ross. Hydro installed to generate electric power. T Breathtaking beauty. I am very proud to be part of the Letterewe team that contributes to its up keep. Dit huis is niet te beschrijven zo mooi. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Letterewe Lodge is accessed by private launch across Loch Maree, offering thrilling views of Slioch (the spear in Gaelic), which features in countless calendars. And each and everyone of us have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Letterewe ironworks were established by Sir George Hay at Furnace. The Dutch entrepreneur and philanthropist owns 87,066 acres including Letterewe estate at Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. With love from The Netherlands. The ideal loch-side holiday for an active break in the Highlands. Letterewe Estate is owned by a company in the Dutch Antilles and could be eligible for £372,280 every year until 2020. Kinlochewe, Loch Rosque and West Fannich. Perfect peace. A place that we would love to revisit. Letterewe is a special place to all those associated with the estate and is managed sensitively and sustainably for the health of its wildlife and the precious native woodlands on Loch Maree. The revelation comes in two new books which examine who owns Scotland. In 1978, it was purchased by the Dutch multi-millionaire, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, and remains in the ownership of his family. SIR CAMERON MACKINTOSH CATS producer Sir Cameron, 63, inherited property at … Letterewe was first owned by members of clan Mackenzie until 1837. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. I've been fortunate to have worked on some great sporting estates in Scotland and overseas but none can match the uniqueness and rugged natural beauty of Letterewe estate. The Marquis of Zetland purchased Letterewe. I worked in the gamekeeping industry as a stalker, grouse and pheasant keeper. Little Wyvis. From a young age I have worked with deer and this drove me to attend Elmwood college, now Scotland's Rural College, where I completed a course in game keeping and later on became an instructor. In 1978 he bought the wild and roadless 85,000 acres (340 km 2) Letterewe estate in Wester Ross, and in 2006 was described as the largest foreign landowner in Scotland. 15. Letterewe, Heights of Kinlochewe & Tournaig. The house has a wonderful open plan living area and offers easy access to the hills, glens and lochs of Letterewe Estate. [1] It is one of the wildest, most remote and least populated areas in the United Kingdom. The estate was owned by the late Paul van Vlissingen and is known as “The Last Great Wilderness” of Scotland. Deep in the land of eagles and deer, it is lit in the evening by candles and storm lanterns. Mr van Vlissingen, 64, said there was no chance of recovery and that chemotherapy was not an option. The decision on whether the crossing will be taken is always and solely in the hands of the estate. Carnmore is officially one of the remotest houses in Britain. 12 Paul van Vlissingen’s family The Dutch entrepreneur and philanthropist’s family own 87,066 acres including Letterewe estate at Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Each of the employees on his Letterewe estate in Wester Ross and at the 2,500-acre Conholt Park estate near Andover has been left £3,300. Special special thanks to Barbara for all the information of her patient answering of all our queries, to Andrew and Rory, Mark and Melanie for all their help in making the stay extra special. They are happy to talk to you about wildlife, lead walks on the estate or even teach fly-fishing. We have reduced our carbon footprint by installing a mini-hydro scheme to provide power at Letterewe and have sponsored a number of scientific studies across Letterewe. 14. It was in the little details that we felt welcome like the bonfire with marsmellows, bathing products from the area, fresh flowers in each room and the guidance from William to the little cabin up in the mountains. 1 Richard Scott, Duke of Buccleuch Buccleuch Estates Limited’s 241,887 acre holdings includes Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway. Laide Wood. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Het personeel heeft erg goed voor ons gezorgd. PAUL van Vlissingen considered himself a far-seeing laird with radically modern views on land use. In the 1990s, he negotiated with representative interested groups the "Letterewe Accord", which was revolutionary in its provisions for public access to the estate. Mr van Vlissingen, 65, who owned the 81,000-acre Letterewe Estate in Wester Ross, was an outspoken activist on the environment and management of wild-land use. The families which owned great acreages in 1875, the last occasion when a comprehensive land register was compiled, are still up there. We felt very well cared for. Helping to maintain this wonderful and inspiring place is such a privilege. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. 18 Applecross Estate Trust – Charity run by the The Wills Tobacco Family who owns 61,609 acres including 28,000 acres on the Isle of Bute. Perfect peace. [3], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}57°40′57″N 5°25′53″W / 57.6825°N 5.43137°W / 57.6825; -5.43137, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, volume 4 (1883), "Pioneering landowner Paul van Vlissingen dies at 65", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Letterewe&oldid=984000415, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 15:27. I remember figures for Letterewe Estate which showed losses of £120,000 per year but what was not admitted in those figures was capital appreciation of 7.8% per annum (non-inflation adjusted). We have installed a mini-hydro scheme that provides renewable energy for the main estate lodge, and have sponsored academic studies of our plants and animals. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Breathtaking beauty. Native Americans Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed being in the great outdoors. Contact address: Letterewe, Loch Maree, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2HH, Scotland. Marja Plessius, New Zealand, ex Amsterdam. 'You can't own a place like this. A NEW development trust has been launched in Downing Street to help support the work of Scotland's national centre for the Gaelic language and culture. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. The family of Colonel Whitbread sold 32,000 acres of his Kinlochewe Estate to Mr Fentener van Vlissingen. His 85,000-acre Letterewe Estate in Ross-shire is still owned by his partner. Letterewe was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen. It is self-catering – unless you bring a cook – and sleeps up to 19. Colonel Whitbread became the owner of the Estate. Surrounded by stunning oak woods, the lodge overlooks the loch and distant Beinn Alligin (mountain of beauty). But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. I hope to return sometime soon. He said such treatment would only prolong his life by a couple of months. The majority of the area, including all the southern and central sections, forms the 323 km² Letterewe estate. Being the manager of the Estate is such a joy since I love the outdoor life and boating. Kiki, Mana, Floor, Olga, Fleur, Ariane, Mary. Ik wou u ook bedanken voor de fantastische tijd. Paul Van Vlissingen was involved in the first ‘right to roam’ negotiations, the Land Reform Act which became law in 2003, known as the ‘Letterewe Accord’. It was previously owned by the brewing magnate Col Whitbread, and before him by the Marquess of Zetland. Letterewe was originally built as a shooting lodge, and is only accessible by the private estate boat which takes you across Loch Maree to the lodge. Arriving at the house is a truly memorable experience. A former farmhouse, it has no roads leading to it and is reached by estate track followed by a launch along Fionn Loch. Letterewe Estate is owned by a company in the Dutch Antilles and could be eligible for £372,280 every year until 2020. “This is” Scotland’s biggest landowners! It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. 19 Her Majesty the Queen – Her world famous Balmoral retreat is set on a sprawling estate in Aberdeenshire and part of 61,507 acres she owns in Scotland. We have had such an amazing time in this beautiful surrounding and house. Donald Cameron. Killilan, Inverinate, West Benula & Glomach. I keep taking pictures of the amazing details around Letterewe and enjoy sharing those on Social Media. 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