Boleskine House at Loch Ness, once owned by Aleister Crowley and used for a particularly nasty conjuring, is up for sale. The house was gutted by fire several years ago according to the BBC, but selling agents from Gailbraiths insist that the structure is still in good condition for restoration.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I start looking for property for sale, one of my first questions is “Is it haunted?” Unlike most, however, a positive answer to this question isn’t a deterrent.
As a matter of fact, if a property has a colorful history and a couple of ghosts attached, I’m ready to buy. But even I would have to sit down and have a think before I signed the paperwork on this one.
You see, while Crowley and his rituals were certainly dark enough, the property has a history that would make even the most die hard horror fan consider carefully.
In the 1600s, a minister named Thomas Houston was said to have waged spiritual warfare with a necromantic wizard on the property who was intent on raising the dead buried in the parish cemetery.
It was said that even after the wizard was sent packing, the bones of the dead would be found lying atop the graves rather than in the ground where they belonged.
The church on the location later burned and Boleskine House was built on its remains. Though it was the center of much upheaval during the Jacobite Rebellion, the house remained in the Fraser family until 1899 when a young Crowley came to call.
He bought the house specifically because its architecture lent itself well to a ritual the magician intended to perform, which he had found in The Book of Abramelin the Mage, a text that supposedly dated back to the teachings of an ancient Egyptian mage.
The Abramelin Operation, is a long-form ritual that takes months to perform including the summoning of 115 separate and specific spirits that will open a gateway for the magician to converse with his or her Guardian Angel.
After contact is made with the Angel and knowledge is received, they must then raise the 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell and bind them. This gives the magician power over them and also removes these dark entities’ influence from their lives.
It was said that Crowley had nearly completed the ritual when he was suddenly called away by the current leader of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which he was a member. Crowley had to leave so quickly that he was unable to banish the spirits that he’d called up and thus they were trapped within the structure and able to cause whatever havoc they wished.
It wasn’t long before strange occurrences began to take place with people associated with the property. Crowley himself, was said to have bragged about a man who, after years of abstinence, had suddenly gotten drunk one night and attempted to murder his wife and children.
Two other children associated with the property also died quite suddenly and mysteriously, one at her school desk and another suddenly overtaken by seizures while sitting on her mother’s knee.
Crowley later sold the house and a few decades later, the owner of the home killed himself with a shotgun in what had been Crowley’s bedroom.
Guitarist Jimmy Page bought the home in 1970, but while he owned it for two decades, he reportedly only spent a combined six weeks on the property.
After he sold the property, it went through several owners before mysteriously catching fire in 2015, and all the while, it seemed to serve as a pilgrimage site for those who followed Crowley and his teachings with multiple owners reporting strange visitors showing up at all hours of the day or night, some demanding entrance and other merely wishing to see the home and feel its energies.
The home and its 22 acres are currently listed at $662K American.
What say you, horror fans? Would you like to buy and restore the house? LEt us know what you think down in the comments below!