In Summer 2021 you can explore the restoration of Jimmy Page’s most famous residence in Scotland – Boleskine House, as seen here on the official Twitter account.
Boleskine House From the Air
Viewed from the air (below) last month, the project to bring the home back to its 19th century state is underway after the property was ravaged by a devastating blaze in 2019 left it in ruins.
Jimmy Page and Aleister Crowley
The house has gained notoriety for its association with occultist Aleister Crowley in the 1930s. Page had an interest in esoteric matters which included attending seances with a medium (as told to Jackie in May 1970, below).
Visiting Boleskine House
Plan your visit to Boleskine House in Scotland here. Page encountered Crowley’s work during his adolesence after finding a copy of Crowley’s monograph, Magick. Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III, released in October 1970, shortly before Page’s Boleskine acquisition, would include the iconic Crowley phrase “Do what thou wilt” written on the inner ring of the record. House guests included Richie Blackmore and Kenneth Anger before the final sale in 1992, but now you can explore its allegedly haunted ruins.
The $1.66 million restoration project is being overseen by Keith Readdy, who bought the ruins in 2019 and endowed it to the charitable Boleskine House Foundation (BHF). It’s the latest chapter in a long-running saga which has always interested the locals, in the pages of The Scotsman, anyway. (Image: The Scotsman).
Staying at Boleskine
The Boleskine House Foundation has been granted planning permission for the rebuilding work, along with the reinstatement of its category B listing and for the construction of 10 holiday units. The timber clad, grass roof units would be a mix of one and two-bedroom accommodation. This is a long way from the Crowley era, captured here in a story in The Times or the days when Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple members could be found under the same roof.
Jimmy Page on the Manor and Crowley
From the pages of Rolling Stone:
“Yes, it was owned by Aleister Crowley. But there were two or three owners before Crowley moved into it. It was also a church that was burned to the ground with the congregation in it. That’s the site of the house. So strange things have happened in that house that had nothing to do with Crowley.”
“The bad vibes were already there. A man was beheaded there and sometimes you can hear his head rolling down. I haven’t actually heard it, but a friend of mine, who is extremely straight and doesn’t know anything about anything like that at all, heard it, he thought it was the cats bungling about. I wasn’t there at the time, but he told the help, “Why don’t you let the cats out at night?” Main image: Boleskine House on Twitter.