Have an excellent day…. The law was preceded a decade earlier by the Letterewe Accord, an agreement between landowner the late Paul Van Vlissingen and outdoor organisations on the terms of access to the Letterewe Estate. His 85,000-acre Letterewe Estate in Ross-shire is still owned by his partner. Eat: Some award-winning Isle of Ewe Smokehouse purchases. 28 Colin Campbell, 7th Earl of Cawdor Have 52,960 acres mainly around Nairn. Letterewe is a self-catering house and provides accommodation for a maximum 19 guests. There!are!also!interesting!statistics!in!A!Highland!Deer!Herd!And!Its!Habitat,!the!book! Van Vlissingen was also a great supporter of Scottish Gaelic, and donated £250,000 to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a Gaelic college on Skye. 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. She can answer most things about the estate and local area. A warm Highland welcome awaits you at stunning Letterewe Estate - your own exclusive retreat in the rugged hills of Wester Ross. All Rights Reserved. In 1995 he stepped down and then served as non-executive chairman. Visit our beautiful lodges Van Vlissingen, who was 65 when he died, was a friend of the former UK poet laureate Ted Hughes and of several world leaders, including Nelson Mandela. Van Vlissingen saw this as an attempt “give something back” after decades of environmental destruction, some of which he admitted had been caused by his own family-owned firm SHV holdings. The estate’s friendly staff offer the perfect Highland welcome to a place that, once visited, is never forgotten. He said: "In the Western world we mistakenly try to keep death at bay. Ian Fraser. Log in [3] "I don't call myself the owner," he said of Letterewe. Letterewe, Loch Maree, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2HH, Scotland info@letterewe-estate.com I look to Native Americans instead. The Letterewe Accord, an agreement that gave ramblers freedom of access to his estate in exchange for a pledge to respect the land, predated the Scottish Parliament’s own right-to-roam legislation by more than a decade. In 1835 he bought the Gruinard Estate from the Davidsons of Tulloch in 1835, followed by the Letterewe Estate in 1837 from another branch of the Mackenzie family. Langwell Lodge (Strath Kanaird) Langwell Lodge (Strathoykle) Leckmelm Hill Ground. The van Vlissingen family considers itself to be the guardian of that land and manages it accordingly. | Produced by Steve Douglas | I have found one Charles Mackenzie of Letterewe but can't find evidence of his daughter marrying a Macrae. The Dutch entrepreneur and philanthropist owns 87,066 acres including Letterewe estate at Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Ranked as the richest man in Scotland in 2005, he contributed to the development of game reserves in Africa and bought Letterewe estate in Scotland, where he pledged the right to roam, years ahead of the rest of the country. His former partner, the former Guardian art critic Caroline Tisdall, last week said: “Letterewe will continue in the same tradition with the family, and the staff all know that. In May 1974, he joined the SHV board, and succeeded his brother, Frits, as chairman in 1980. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen (21 March 1941 in Utrecht – 21 August 2006 in Langbroek) was a Dutch businessman and philanthropist. 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. In 1978 he bought the wild and roadless 85,000 acres (340 km2) Letterewe estate in Wester Ross, and in 2006 was described as the largest foreign landowner in Scotland. In August 2006, the cancer got worse, and this led to his death during the night of the 20–21 August 2006. Hosts, Paul and Pauline, are very welcoming and provide plenty of information about the locality, including the fascinating Letterewe estate which I’d forgotten was once owned by Paul van Vlissingen (and now his family); he proposed reintroduction of the wolf and lynx in order to control the deer population. [1] Frits III, his eldest brother, died in March 2006. In 2003 he founded the African Parks Foundation which today manages more than two million hectares of publicly-owned, protected areas in six African countries. When they see their death approaching, they visit good friends and family to share happy memories and look back at the good things. It belongs to the planet. Dave Morris, director of the Ramblers Association of Scotland, said: “He was a breath of fresh air to the debate over land ownership in Scotland. A real estate letter is any letter written with relation to any real estate matter. Many broadcasters stated (wrongly) that Fentener van Vlissingen was the middle of the three Van Vlissingen brothers. In April 2006, van Vlissingen announced that he had terminal pancreatic cancer and that he would not be having chemotherapy. Perfect peace. Fentener Van Vlissingen was recognised as an enlightened conservationist and contributed to the development of game reserves in Scotland, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. Mr van Vlissingen also remembered his Scottish estate manager Barbara MacDonald, who receives £43,000. T For example, he recognised the possibility of the existence of global warming as early as the early 1990s and had a love for cryptic aphorisms. He followed this up in 2002 with a book entitled Overstekende ezels (ISBN 90-5018-583-5), translated as Crossing Jackasses. Billionaire’s Tournaig purchase was ‘philanthropic’. Meyrick Bankes was a coal mine owner of Winstanley Hall, Wigan. ", An obituary in The Independent said that van Vlissingen sometimes saddled a pony with a week's provisions and disappeared into the hills, staying at a bothy without lights or a toilet. Inverewe Garden at Poolewe was laid out on barren land in 1862 by Osgood MacKenzie, the former owner of Letterewe, and is a must-see during your visit. /* */ - Get to know us “It seems Van Vlissingen was doing this for the sake of posterity and to make Letterewe more complete for future generations.” The enlarged Letterewe estate is to be inherited by van Vlissingen’s two daughters. In fact, Paul was the youngest. 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. See: Visit Inverewe Garden, a magnificent 54-acre Highland garden surrounded by mountains, moorland and sea loch. +44 1445 760 207. Ledgowan Estate. Killilan, Inverinate, West Benula & Glomach. 13. Letterewe is in a spectacular setting, The estate was owned by the late Paul van Vlissingen and is known as “The Last Great Wilderness” of Scotland. Breathtaking beauty. A private owner of land whose nationality happens to be Scottish (the owner themselves is thus Scottish). Breathtaking beauty. estate. He also diversified into scrap metal, recycling, oil exploration, renewable energy and private equity. [4] The obituary said: "He was in the habit of inviting everyone, whether landowners, journalists, birdwatchers or ramblers, to visit the estate and talk about issues face to face. 15. +44 1445 760 207. Paul van Vlissingen, the Dutch businessman whose "holiday cottage" is the eight-bedroom white-washed Letterewe lodge on the banks of Loch Maree in … 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. 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He was not a stereotypical absentee Highland landlord. After a near fatal brush with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1980, he founded the Van Vlissingen Cancer Fund, which is now one of the major cancer fundraisers in the Netherlands. Terms & Conditions | Privacy | Kintail & Falls of Glomach. In an off-market transaction, the Dutch businessman and philanthropist bought the 6,874-acre estate, situated between Poolewe and Aultbea, from the executors of the late Sir John Horlick, an heir to the malted beverages family. Very occasionally the loch may be too rough to make the crossing safely. "[4], He also proposed reintroducing wolves and lynx to this estate. I'm only the guardian of it. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen was the youngest son of Frits Fentener van Vlissingen II, one of the leading Dutch industrialist families whose fortune was based on shipping coal on the Rhine in the 19th century. Originally Europe's largest coal wholesaling business, SHV is the largest privately owned company in the Netherlands. 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. They were dividing their time between Conholt Park, van Vlissingen's magnificent Georgian mansion near Andover in Hampshire, and his 81,000-acre Ross-shire estate, Letterewe. It belongs to the planet. In April, van Vlissingen declared he had terminal pancreatic cancer and that he would not be having any chemotherapy. [citation needed], Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paul_Fentener_van_Vlissingen&oldid=979560875, Wikipedia articles with style issues from April 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2020, Wikipedia articles with RKDartists identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 September 2020, at 12:40. The Sunday Times Rich List 2005 ranked Van Vlissingen as the richest man in Scotland, with an estimated wealth of £1.1 billion. He left the bulk of his fortune and the Letterewe Estate in north-west Scotland to his two daughters, Alicia and Tet and to their children. "I don't call myself the owner," he said of Letterewe. Kinloch . Letterewe is accessible only by estate boat, there is no road access. “Mr Saleh” The Malaysian-based businessman owns 71,383 acre land including Glen Avon Estate in Moray. There is also a heritage museum in Gairloch that will tell you more about the area. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen studied economics at the University of Groningen before joining SHV. Two possible definitions of “Scottish landowner”: A private owner of land within the territory of Scotland (the land is thus Scottish). Owner Address: Rijnkade 1 3511 LC Utrecht PO Box 2065 3500 GB NETHERLANDS: Property Address: Website: n/a: Further Information: Clyde Properties NV is a Company Registered No. John, the middle brother, is the last alive. Paul led SHV as chief executive officer for three decades from the mid-1960s. 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. The estate was owned by the late Paul van Vlissingen and is known as “The Last Great Wilderness” of Scotland. A former head gamekeeper has denied deliberately poisoning crops on a millionaire banker's estate by spraying them with a mystery substance. The actual price of the purchase has not been disclosed. [CDATA[ */ “He probably paid a premium to acquire it privately,” said a property source. God love google, nice stuff. The information of his death was released to the public on 22 August. The estate owner doesn't have many friends or allies in politics just by owning land (many Scots would dispute this remark! The majority of the area, including all the southern and central sections, forms the 323 km² Letterewe estate. var popwid = {"postid":"57","ajaxurl":"https:\/\/www.ianfraser.org\/wp-admin\/admin-ajax.php"}; Name to know: Barbara MacDonald, who is the owner and has been at Letterewe for almost 40 years. When they see their death approaching, they visit good friends and family to share happy memories and look back at the good things.”, Ten days ago it emerged that he and Tisdall were donating £100,000 to the Gaelic college on Skye, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, taking their total contribution to £250,000, Short URL: https://www.ianfraser.org/?p=57. RSS, RBS ‘Dash for Cash’ scandal: 500 firms suing bank turn anger on regulator, How to drive cultural change in the banking sector, RBS boss Ross McEwan answers critics live on LBC, RBS fails to get two key elements in £33m swaps case struck out, Richard Murphy: The hypocrisy of George Osborne on tax and transparency. Letterewe was once owned by Clan MacKenzie and has a long history as a sporting estate where the red deer herd of around 2,000 animals is managed sustainably. Fentener van Vlissingen had a maverick leadership style and was more philosophical than most business leaders. In February 2006 it emerged that in his will Fentener van Vlissingen left a significant portion of his estate to his partner, the former Guardian art critic Caroline Tisdall, as well as several million to his lover Suzanne Wolff. I will be spending a lot of time there.” The purchase of Tournaig will increase the size of Letterewe estate to more than 90,000 acres. Little Wyvis. He saw this as a way of naturally controlling deer numbers, as well as boosting tourism. [CDATA[ */ This is a small establishment beside Loch Maree, well, not literally overlooking it. The topics and issues addressed in such letters are basically issues ranging from property listings to land acquisitions and other sales, purchases, and inquiries relating to buying, selling and acquiring or investing in real estate. 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). The destruction cannot go on at this pace. Perfect peace. The areas he became involved with included retail – through the Makro and Otto Reichelt chains of grocery supermarkets and cash & carries – and energy – through the acquisitions of LPG companies including Calor Gas in the UK and Primagaz in France. Van Vlissingen believed the traditional method of controlling red deer populations – culling by deer-stalking – had been proven to have failed. 14. 27 John MacKenzie Owner of Gairloch and Conon Estate in Highlands runs to 53,625 acres. It gives Letterewe additional sea frontage onto Loch Ewe, ownership of some of the head waters above Fionn Loch, as well as a much more accessible house than Letterewe itself,” said a source close to the deal. 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. I look to Native Americans instead. Inverpolly Estate. Laide Wood. /* ]]> */ 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. Under his leadership, the company diversified into new areas ahead of the collapse of the coal market in the 1960s. Here too he applied sustainable land management and nature conservation.[4]. The Dutch businessman Paul van Vlissingen was best known in Britain for advocating the release of wolves, lynx and other wild animals. /*