Rosehall House in Sutherland, a 20-room Highland mansion once frequented by Coco Chanel, could be in line to become a £6m boutique hotel, if planning permission is granted by Highland Council. Perth-based architects Bell Ingram design has been appointed to carry out the restoration, which aims to retain much of the building’s original interior design. The property has been uninhabited for more than 60 years. It is also said to
contain Scotland’s very first bidet. The plans include some holiday apartments within the grounds of the building. Company Director Iain Cram said, “Rosehall is thought to be the only property outside of France and Switzerland to contain a genuine Chanel designed interior and reputedly, Scotland’s first bidet.
“However, while it will be impossible to save all the features, we have a real chance to restore this cultural gem to something like its former glory. Our aim is to work very closely with planners to try to utilise
every possible remaining feature of the building to ensure its conservation, as well as preserving the influence of Chanel as far as possible. We don’t know what the final interior design will look like, but we do know
that it will have a strong nod to the 1920s era and the time when Coco Chanel lived there.” As for the bidet, it will also be included in the plans, according to Cram.