Big Yin’s big Donside house goes on market for £3m

Billy Connolly at the Lonach Gathering
Billy Connolly at the Lonach Gathering

Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly has put his Donside mansion up on the market for a princely price-tag of almost £3 million.

The Glaswegian comedian and his wife, Pamela Stephenson, have decided to sell Candacraig House, the baronial home in Aberdeenshire that they bought in 1998 off Body Shop founder Anita Roddick for £590,000 and then spent an additional £500,000 buying up the neighbouring properties in order to ensure greater privacy.

, and where he enjoyed fly fishing in his own river.

The actor and comedian used the property as a Highland retreat and often hosted famous guests there including Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Ewan McGregor.

Connolly was also a ‘well-kent’ face at the annual Lonach Gathering and Games.

The 12-bedroom property in Strathdon is set in 14 acres of grounds, and includes a walled garden and a croquet lawn.

The 17th-century house is advertised by estate agents Savills for offers over £2.75 million.

Interior pictures show rooms decorated in an exuberant though traditional Scottish style.

Last year, the celebrity couple started renting out the property as they were spending less and less time there.

The estate is available to buy in its entirety or as two separate lots. The main house is on the market for offers over £2 million and four cottages situated on the grounds have an asking price of £750,000.