Boleskine House was a place I had heard of but never really knew too much about. It’s a historic manor located on the southeastern shore of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The main reason I had heard of it was due to its association with Aleister Crowley, who owned the property from 1899 to 1913. When I thought of the house at all I thought of stories of occultism, dark rituals, and paranormal activity, partly due to Crowley’s own controversial reputation and the mystical nature of his practices.

However, I just learned via a recent episode of Essoterica that this historic property is on it’s way to a rebirth of sorts. After a couple of fires that destroyed much save the stone shell of the building, it is now in the hands of a charitable restoration group. Their plans for the property are pretty big and include a completely restored Victorian Manor house where they can host academic conferences, art festivals and dining opportunities.

As described by The Boleskine House Foundation:

Nestled along the ancient Farigaig forest along the banks of Loch Ness lies a remarkable eighteenth–century manor house that is the home of “a thousand legends.” Nearly lost to history after two devastating fires, Boleskine House and its estate is now owned and safeguarded by The Boleskine House Foundation, a registered Scottish charity.

Makes me wish I lived in Scotland.