Comedian Billy Connolly and wife Pamela Stephenson have sold their baronial Scottish estate for almost 3 million. Candacraig House was bought by the couple in 1998 and has been used as a Highland retreat, hosting guests including Robin Williams and Ewan McGregor.
With the Big Yin spending more time in New York, the pair have decided to sell the property to an anonymous buyer. Keep reading to find out more.
17th century baronial property sold for around £2.75 million
The 12-bedroom property in Strathdon is set in 14 acres of grounds and includes a walled garden and a croquet lawn. Connolly put the 17th century estate up for sale last September and a sale was concluded in May.
A source said: The sale went through in the last couple of weeks and the new owner is delighted. It is a wrench for the Connollys to let go of the property but they are now permanently based in New York and have been spending less and less time there.
Billy and Pamela have often said that he is at his happiest when he is there. It is sad for them but they are content it is going to good hands.
Connolly, 71, bought Candacraig House from Body Shop founder Anita Roddick for £590,000 16 years ago. He then spent an additional £500,000 buying up the neighbouring properties in order to ensure greater privacy.
Interior pictures of the property showed rooms decorated in a traditional Scottish style. The extensive dining room has green tartan walls on which an array of stags antlers hang while the bedrooms also have a tartan theme. The entrance hall has exposed stone walls, a winding staircase and chandeliers.
The sale of the estate included the main house and four cottages situated on the grounds.
Connolly now spends most of his time at his apartment in New York but recently admitted that he was considering moving to the south coast of England.
He said: Ive been a moving target for a long, long time. It suits me lovely, but recently Ive been thinking about moving back to Britain. I dont know why but its been calling on me. I just feel this tug, it keeps coming into my mind. I thought about Brighton a lot.