What's It Like Being Posh In The 21st Century | Inside Tatler E3 | Our StoriesJan 02, 2022
Tatler has always been more interested in the social scene at parties than frontline politics. What is this? There's a gin and tonic, yes, somewhere, but some problems are too big to ignore. it's the best salmon fishing north of the border politics is stirring up the upper classes and for the magazine it's an irresistible opportunity to take a look at scotland's tops and it's in all the priorities the duchess of track and queensberry is the more important yes she is a great gun cutler features editor sapphire money coots who grew up in the scottish borders is writing an article for the august issue no one else is going to look at the scottish referendum and think brightly of how we should tackle this important Political problem is going from castle to castle and interviewing Scots, so Scotland's point of me going to Scotland is a bit like um Alice but before she takes the sleeping train or On her tough hunting expedition, he gets advice from his colleague Alice Cockerell.
I don't think you're a bit out of season. usually pretty good everyone likes to get laid and stuff no class bar its like you know you want to be like all of a sudden its like a pretty classy thing to do i think summering in scotland august and scotland its just more altoville i mean scotland is really higher Heartland i would say every um uh kind of coffee table and every hunting lodge in the country will have a higher addition and they will read it soaking in their toilets after a big day on the grouse plus and stuff, but it's just a matter of exercising yourself to know who are the best, the gossipiest, the most eccentric, to try to get the secrets and find out where the bodies are buried.
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How come you have a backstory with Scotland? I go out most summers. yeah um she got a spot in and out side lockers shes there im fucking someone i was going to go to the locker and he said
whatare you willing to yell or kill its not that good the duke of westminster has 32,000 acres somewhere place the rousings have thousands of acres there are so many vast estates up there and nothing has changed there for centuries and centuries. I think there's definitely kind of a conglomeration of guys out there, so okay, so this could be a high-density tough area, yeah, okay, okay, and then I'd imagine it's pretty remote. here it's fine and they get angrier and more eccentric here yeah of course like the Porsches in Scotland they stick together I mean in a way it's like
beingan expat I guess huh and it's really a clique it's like a clan but i think there's uh yeah different members of the clan it's a real pekka it's very hierarchical in the cloud i really love the idea i keep getting from people that scotland is some kind of medieval place where they do things still quite behind. very austere less than 500 people own half the land of scotland a small fraction of its population of five million i quite like the phrase a bit of fusion and backwards but then i dont want to be mean to all the people i am going to interview doing them seem incredibly retrograde i just want to see the romantic side of scotland basically jumping from castle to castle winkle her way in she would say then do them having grown up amongst some of the wealthy landlords in the scottish borders herself safire has connections in big places his first stop is a place he knows well i am staying with a lovely old family friend whose name is adrian palmer lord palmer who lives in this amazing house a house with a silver staircase mandersten is a bunch of dead guardians of 109 rooms owned by lord palmer a descendant of the huntley and palmer biscuit company lord palmer live is s olo and divides his time between the borders and the House of Lords at this time of year.
I love this place. I'm lovin 'it. I do absolutely nothing all morning, but I seem to be very busy doing nothing. today i'm going to ride um and then i'll be at my desk um and then i'll watch my favorite tv show the chase at six o'clock and then i'll mow the lawn which takes two hours sapphire met lord palmer when her mother was a keen woman hunt married beric safe hunt master and moved into the cottage next door to lord palmer you smell pretty small oh lord we are in scotland for eight nine years but i only lived here and attended day school for like a year and medium, but then here on vacation and stuff I was quite a different type of miserable chubby huh 10 years when I was here I didn't really like the school I went to because they bullied me a bit and I had to eat my lunch on my own my package lunch in the bathroom when did it change? e for you um i think when i went to school when i went to boarding school i actually love boarding school kinda shamelessly cheerful hockey sticks about it tonight sapphire stays in the big house and dines with lord palmer so nice so You sort of grew up behind those trees, how much did you stick around when you were young until now? yes, so yes, and our kids are all rude at the same age, yes, I was always in love with hugo, he is hugo, the eldest son.
It's these foxes from various that you've made um one of them is mine yes um that's mine that was killed in the garden in the woods um one shouldn't talk about killing things this apparently is the teddy bear largest in the world and if you look at those claws that means they're pretty special and as kids we were absolutely petrified coming here and all of a sudden seeing this wow the story of this is my great great grandfather um married into the aristocracy and he didn't he was particularly aristocratic but he invested a lot of money in it and he wanted to impress his in-laws um and when he went to kendallston to ask um his father should be can i get married? he said if you can keep the man he's used to and that's why he built manuscripts this is um a copy of the triano in versailles but this is silver and theirs wasn't so it's actually grander than versailles is quite beautiful it is the only one in the world wonderful people come and clean it with toothbrushes very carefully yes mandisten it was built in the early years of the last
centurya nouveau riche baronet married a traditional aristocrat and created a brilliant style house to match his status as a country gentleman 100 years ago the house had 98 servants everything from a butler and nannies to gardeners, cooks and grooms.
I remember taking my grandmother to lunch right after I passed my driving test and on those days you arrived at a store and left at a quarter past two. and just before we left the butler came into the drawing room and handed our hostess a note and when my grandmother and I got in the car and as she was driving leisurely down the driveway she said it wasn't just awful and I said
whata granny and she said oh you didn't notice and i said notice what she said ok the way the butler handed lady x a note and i said ok what was wrong with her saying it wasn't in a silver plata and that my grandma really was the end of civilization lord palmer inherited the house in 1975 with his first wife now divorced and with their adult children lives in mandisten with just a full time housekeeper and gardener with big houses these days you don't have the top down depression with butlers and staff running hot and cold and there's a feeling that's been extinguished that's me number one west bedroom the money all these big houses need but basically something collapsing essentially is huge with adrian you get the feeling that i It's a real struggle so he's very lonely in that house which is sad he didn't actually put himself out there.
I can see that I remember Adrian when he was probably 12 or 13 years old. journalist because they were the worst the worst people journalism is the worst profession in the world because technically a prostitute is pleasuring someone oh no look what you are telling me you are as incompetent as you are professional it is unbelievable The purpose of doing this piece is basically to try of gauging what the temperature is like for the kind of people who would be interested in head-to-head independence. I guess you're very much against it, and if so, why? um I'm a very bad person to ask that question because I actually had a private member's bill to get rid of this university parliament because of course I'm not Scottish in the sense that I have a little bit of Scottish blood in me i adore scots i love scotla and i also very much believe that union is incredibly important i think the break up of the uk after all these years is an absolute tragedy leaving lord palmer to cut off the rest of his 56 acre estate he's fine back on track for Sapphire to continue to hunt hard and prepare her show I think people who own so much land are nervous that they might somehow be given the right to buy, um, tenants could buy outright, um, properties that they own and land they own, basically it's all up in the air, but I think that's the fear that change is coming in the dark times of winter, perhaps as we perish You receive a threat to a certain form of life north of the border 500 miles south and things are quite different.
London and the South East are awash with Russian money oligarchs. now they top the sunday times rich list they are buying up huge tracts of property and now they are trying to buy into the upper class social scene its something gossipers can no longer ignore ok so i think the deal it's just we're all kind of sick of hearing about ramich and chelsea and their house and cheney walk and this and that so we should do a guide to the lesser known oligarchs essentially so what does a minor oligarch do instead of a major oligarch is a bit more muslim and they all have the same name and are a bit confused about who is who yeah exactly because they become a major oligarch where you could really recognize their names on hartford street or anywhere how much do they have if they am potentially married yes you want to know um we've been hearing about what it really is for years but there are millions of others only if they have any relation to london yes no yes completely but i think most of them do because they will all let you know big houses yes the houses if you should be scared of them yes exactly like the danger rating how to dance how scary exactly is maybe not all russian Also, you could have some Uzbekis and some.
Ukrainians and you know from everywhere over the years, there have been different waves of wealth from abroad coming into this country, particularly in London, but also in some of the more luxurious properties in the home counties and buying some of them stay some of them not all generations will have
storiesabout you know in the 70s era you know people from Arab countries would come with lots of money and dazzle us all with their glamor and shiny things now it tends to be the russians im sure it will be someone else next week for 300 years
tatlerhas remained a truly british affair but five years ago the magazine seized an opportunity abroad two decades after the fall of the soviet union moscow has become the billionaire capital of the world tan
tatlerdecided it was time to launch a russian title attractive to advertisers of luxury brands and the crest e mergent the extraordinary thing is i don't think anyone would have thought 20 years before that you t are a russian tat that would launch it probably would have caught their eye it was the last place on earth there would be a gossip during the height of the cold war , but it just shows how quickly cultures and countries can change. heart of moscow's most elegant shopping district and the team is headed by editor cassini solova it's monday morning feature meeting and they are discussing the latest trend among wealthy russians we have the most beautiful women definitely the most generous man without a doubt deep historical rules beautiful cultural heritage good luxury infrastructure and all together worth covering that's why Tatler is here sadly we don't have the queen and princess but we do have the oligarchs and their wives and obviously they don't have articles on the royalty. family because they got shot, but the cast of characters I would say is extremely similar, that's a good thing, Russia has twice as many billionaires as any other. european country worth over 500 billion dollars between them and they love their luxury brands and our readers are the richest group of people in russia little boy loves things a bit over the top um very classy very glamorous anya zurova is a one of the most fashionable publishers in the world, the daughter of a soviet engineer anya, like many moskovites, has made the transition from eastern to western bloc so guys yeah let's free up this little space today she is in charge of an eight-page shoot featuring a million-pound diamond-clad model in a tracksuit taking selfies, the little boy is keen on wearing high jewelery in virtually everymagazine shots so we always have to deal with this big serious man with guns sitting on our sheets and guarding all the diamonds but don't cover up his earrings and necklaces it's usually about luxury beauty success and good humor.
We like smiles. elry diamonds we like puppies while russian tattler seeks to outline his class of nouveau riche his british counterpart prefers to introduce his old aristocratic families oh fuck was it maybe up there idk feel like we might have missed the twist yeah i think she's probably up there if possible make a u-turn oh god saphire is in inverness and she's here to visit aristocratic leonie gibbs. eccentric sculptors living on the 1100 acre belladrum estate are the kind of family you might end up sitting next to you meet the queen maybe at lunch or someone extraordinary just gather interesting artistic types because it's your 1987 with her husband after her family got the ancestral seat back ok ok cutting the pieces and then timing them into three and so i had to try and remember my math lesson yeah i'll say i was never very good at math anyway done, failed Oh, this seems very technical to me.
No tough Scotsman has a Scottish accent because they've gone to school in the south or gone to fancy Scottish schools where you know they've been beaten so they all talk like the queen. but it's like prince charles it's plaster so be very careful oh not so careful then look uh I love it and uh how long has this taken oh this is I've been working on this for about six or seven years oh no if I come and do it tickles then i disappear again for a while and think about it go on vacation try to run away her dad is marvin fox pitt who was a great polo player who i think still lives there but yeah she was a fox pit and they are related to one of those british families who are just related to everyone just to warn you about this floor apparently joseph's terminal is a very dangerous floor where it's like everything is
beingstopped and one by one splinters and you see this Like I'm a squirrel I can't say goodbye to anything, so I should rent, oh, that's how I feel about it.
Scotland separates from England. It's that we got together in the first place, people fought for us to come together, you know that now it's a very serious thing to separate us and why break something that, if it ain't broken, if it ain't broken, it's the biggest states of the surroundings what are the biggest properties around here the state across the way yeah um beaufort ok that's where the phrases used to live he was on a drag hunt right here within 10 minutes of the hunt starting , I saw him coming down the hill, red coat, he looked terribly smart, dog master and he what I didn't. realized he was actually dying at the time on his horse having a heart attack well that's what he loved and that's her waiting in the saddle and then people think he fell he never fell , they had to take it off and try to pump him back to life and a whole estate everyone was there standing around him does everyone know everyone? here not me.
I tried to do that. I actually tried to run away but you know a year ago it didn't really work because actually where I was thinking of running away was too flat because it's also ferociously beautiful. day you couldn't have a better day to see it all it's just magical but it's a bit of a fantasy world it's you inherited a big house and it's been in your family for generations you don't want to be the only one that says you know what? I do not like this. I want a bungalow. Solve this. What a shame to have to admit that you can't handle it.
No, it's not necessarily declining. It's been like that, you know, like back in the days when the British were getting married, you know the rich American area says nazi antler and that's always happened, there's always been, you know, new people infiltrating the ranks, while British Tatler honors his centuries. old aristocrats russia is bus and creating a breed of its own i have been in this magazine several times thats how i would put it its the closest russia has to kate middleton shes what russian tatler referred to as one of his heroes sometimes they run over them write on your head or on your body or the way you looked at certain parties the british title is 300 years old and we're only six and you've got your old money we've got new money and none of our heroes were born with a silver spoon in their mouth none of them graduated from the best schools neither of them used to go to saint maurice with their parents to ski paulina is a self-made millionaire who opened the podium a fashion empire that sells clothes designer and has a cheaper chain of stores all over russia catering to the mass market i guess it wasn't oh yeah it was in the first issue even really yes it was in the first issue of russian tattler and I guess she was there several times a year an amateur athlete paulina has made marathon running fashionable among the elite and is one of the most photographed women in moscow the queen of russian society scrutinizes every move paulina recently became a mother by second time and now you can see that he has a perfect chain and we saw him in sports uniform the day after the day after we would like paulina to keep a baby carriage as an infection position team tatler wants paulina to show her abs wearing designer sportswear and posing with a stroller it's a very trendy stroller it's a bugaboo from the netherlands we'll do a new article about me to show typical toddler readers how to stay fit throughout your pregnancy and still be someone you've been before because I was cross country skiing until my 9th month pregnant Honestly I'm not a fashion stylist but I know our girls sometimes they need to be good psychologists to understand the mood of our heroes because people are different and some of them, I'll be honest. some are very capricious because of their levels she is happy it is paulina she is unhappy paulina has taken over from the stylists and wants to see all the clothes after rejecting three shelves of luxury brands paulina opts for a black all-in-one jogging suit there are probably a hundred a thousand people in russia who are rich enough to actually spend on watches and jewelry and fashion um so from an advertiser's point of view if 70 or 80,000 of them are reading tattler um it's a precision instrument it's an extremely effective to get the attention of this group, they are also very interested in writing about what happens in london, new york and paris, and the reason they do it is that the russian communities are so big in london, uh 240 000 Russians living in London and therefore this is part of the world geography of Russian gossip readers at the end of the day we both write about people about love, jealousy, greed, vanity, generosity ty cheating but there's a lot more chance here than writing about tweed jackets born with a big silver spoon and a cupboard full of tweeds they are one of the most important families in scotland the duke and duchess of argyll safire are back in scotland and her referendum inspired path the journey has taken her to invarerie the doors are open for you quite often because it's a tablet so people generally think it's going to be a little smoother doesn't that necessarily mean it's going to be a smoother ride?
I think Alex Salmón likes tourists because he knows it's good business, but I don't think he necessarily likes big houses and elegant people. The English experience is difficult for him. so that's the flag so if he's home that's up and otherwise it's just the beginning no really until they take it down when he's out if it's just me and the kids then not just the riffraff, most of these places are hit hard. because of the inheritance tax anyway when they have to pass it on to the next generation they have big tax bills in these places um so the idea of another bill on top of what they're already paying I mean not bad that they are paying taxes.
I know they are very lucky, they have a lot of land, big houses, but that makes you know that paying for a leaky roof is a little more difficult. The Argyles are one of the oldest clans and own one of the largest estates in Scotland. Over 60,000 acres Their land and estates have been passed down through the generations since the family arrived from Ireland in 700 AD. in the old days you know there was enough money you had then the family here lived on shaftsbury avenue where they lived in holland park they lived in richmond it was their sports lodge and then this was for six weeks in the summer and you had it all now that's gone gone so now you've got this and there's no money to go with it if you inherit a house with som and fantastic pictures and some amazing things on them but no more cash to pay the bills ok then we're on the roof more tall of Scotland wow and on that is our family crest so it's currently in the middle yes because and dukes have strawberry leaves in their corners ok so Earl has balls ok and frames says to have balls full of strawberry leaves strawberry leaf is fine and then they just have strawberries no idea even though the argyles are just a rung of the royal family who have had to open varerie castle to the public for seven months from year to survive they have been forced to open a cafe with gift shop where you can sip on duke's special hot chocolate and they recently allowed downton abbey to film a christmas special the castle was built by my ancestors as a residence summer, it was never meant to be lived in like we live in it today all year round um not at all until everyone else seems to be taking a picture okay it's my pleasure it's my pleasure there's not some kind of rule book on how to be a duke um you can't just go look it up and learn it one day i think you have to have a real passion for the place these are all good dukes and people i've been part of the family well, who was silver cross brown?
So who was there? Who is talking? In fact, he has a crown and a C because he was the Earl of Campbell on the side. I mean, did they do that? there was a bench for some kind of title family nannies exactly and you were like and if two were sitting there he was just the son of an earl but then he was the son of a duke you know I guess you would take precedence over some nonsense again yeah yeah yeah what's your title what's my title well my main title is Duke of Argyll but it has 26 other different ones that go with it but I think probably in today's world the most importantly his name is michaelan. moore which means i'm the head of the campbell clan which is of co use one of the largest and greatest scottish families that ever lived so it's a huge responsibility and then this is all canvas so it's the campbell countries the ones talking at the top and then the different threads have come out of the last history book that's been done in the family stretches to about three volumes so you have the royal family and then you have the dukes that don't belong to royalty.
Conversation is a duke. My eldest son is a marquis and then his son is his eldest if we are or if they are. we're all alive we'll be the earl and this is how it goes on where are my other two sons eh it's lord rory he's not that's his title he doesn't get more than that and lady charlotte that's his part there's the pageantry and stuff that everyone we have this amazing heritage and i think if you don't maintain it and if you don't maintain it it will be lost and then the next generation won't necessarily know how to do it so you did the tattler pages over the years a couple of times the picture of um graphic that a lot of dukes were taken for tatler's 300th anniversary which was amazing how to bag a duke that was lovely i guess how to pack a duke i don't think many dukes fall for the rules of how to bag a jeep but it does people laugh when people buy the magazine, then that's great, isn't it? very very old now so yeah its up to you good luck on that portrait there you have the 1st duke 2nd and 3rd duke the 1st duke and his two sons not done yet. that kind of thing between money and class and you know and money doesn't give you class and you know I think the world has changed even though you don't think so I don't think that's all I mean I wouldn't have been allowed to marry you a hundred years ago A good girl from an industrial family in Birmingham wouldn't marry a duke in the In the old days, if you look at all the big aristocratic families, I think most of the wives now are not from aristocratic families.
You ended up getting too close to the gene pool, so I think everyone's moved, things have moved, haven't they? And in fact, the huge amount of money that is coming in now is not the aristocracy, it is not the industrial families of Great Britain, it is the Russian crowd. Not only are the Russians coming, but they are also appropriating some of our oldest traditions. 50 agoyears ago, the social highlight for most upper-class young women was their society debut in front of the queen. Now, Russian Tatler has brought the debutante ball. there is no proper ball in russia so we thought why not us and of course it sounds a bit old fashioned to us its not a very old fashioned thing like girls wearing white dresses and presenting themselves to the queen unfortunately there is no a queen, so for us it's just kind of an adventure, it's kind of a fairy tale in England, the developers were always handpicked by the cream. of the aristocracy, but in Russia it is the gossips who choose the girls they believe represent the new upper classes. couture dresses teamed up with male members of the bolshoi ballet in front of the russian elite the girls make their debut i've never been in this pool of debutantes they do but i'm always absolutely fascinated because it's actually something i don't think the british gossip would do or i could do young russian girls are dancing with the male stars of the bolshoi and these are all sons of oligarchs or some of them have last names like i don't know ow tolstoy and stalin and those things are the rumors that make you wonder what all those bolshoi generals would do politburo during cold war days i guess this interest in britishness is one way russians find their own identity ity and probably these british traditions in our imagination of what our past looks like probably the closest russia has yet to fully emerge from their show wealth uh moment there are signs that with all that I think, the next generation will probably lead. your readers have thus acquired all the jewels and jet goods that money can buy, but now the new upper class are beginning to set their sights on educating their children in British private schools, many of the things that work in the uk edition of tatler also work on the russian version for example schools, many see it as a passport to a better life and a perfect entry point into high society, one of the most successful things to do in russi a gossip is what it is a russian version of british school guide tatyana zokolova a former supermodel and heroine gossip is married to a tv mogul has three daughters and is obsessed with getting her eldest libyan daughter to one of the best public schools british here is my sister's bed and here is my bed uh it's like seven pigs it's a very trendy school and it's a very high position and i don't know it's like a bentley car that's exactly what they say the russians are crazy moths and mums we want everything for the best of our children the british school they are known they are the best black schools in the world and then there is the kingswood school it is very classic comfortable they like to say this one they still like mercedes ok you know Getting your child into one of Britain's most prominent schools is the latest status symbol in Moscow and has become the biggest boast at the most exclusive dinner parties you probably wouldn't have predicted in the post-Stalinist days that British Indian schools Independent schools would be full of children of Russian oligarchs, but in fact this is the case, so Russian parents understand that schools provide their children with the right social network.
They really try to make their children socialites because they themselves are not. probably sometimes the language is not enough sometimes the provenance is not enough but your kids definitely will be so get ready the russians are coming every year we learn something about england every year what word what kind of word could we use to combine two small sentences well when let's start when we started she was about seven of course she hates it she hates English lessons she had her teacher we changed teachers a thousand times anyway but now she loved it because she went to the UK she's still in schools, he wants to go. he wants to study he will dream of a boarding school have you been to england yes many times where did you go i dont know i went to the georgia olympics month in london then i went to edinburgh english school college university of dublin and that's all there is about marlborough school they say there is a kate middleton went to marlborough school and what is what kind of verb do we want to use in a setting the imperative so actually i was in a cafeteria today and there were cups with queen elizabeth the second coronation couldn't believe they didn't buy one but they were there yes she said we need to expand on this and remember it's ours now the draft later we'll edit it to make it much better you know you enjoy tutoring you enjoy teaching but it would be a little hackneyed to say that's the reason you do it you also do it because you get paid pretty well it's quite interesting how they often do pieces in the russian chapter about l he children of oligarchs and the type of next generation that is becoming more and more westernized all the time, it is very remarkable this huge u m wish to be educated in england libyan twelve year old will take her place in the abbey girls school of wickham in buckinghamshire his parents will pay thirty four thousand five hundred pounds a year for him to stay buying a place in a british private school is the perfect entry point into upper class society property and the land follows close behind almost the half of scottish private land has now been bought by foreigners including arabs, russians and even donald trump, with all this extra money it's hard for aristocratic british families in their superiors to say don't take the second exit i'm going to lady christine's rue is the next stop on the fire twice widow is now moving out of her 20-bedroom ayton castle as she has been struggling with upkeep and e that's all i do is wander around and say hello honey here we go missy the cook who died last year she was here 26 years you see how big this is this is amazing she's a really amazing person and she was norwegian and beautiful um and i think that I probably put the cat among the pigeons a bit and something like um very strict border people and look, this was my room and it hasn't been lived in, but I always kept it warm.
I loved this room and he gave it to me. this beautiful 18th
centuryvenetian bed this is where the kids would always come and even unpack their christmas stockings and no it was beautiful it was a lovely life a norwegian christine was touring europe in the 1960s looking for love on the social scene british aristocrat and she quickly i found it in the scottish highlands thats not just a hole i remember luisa del torco she said oh no you must go to britain she said its very interesting the houses are absolutely beautiful and she used to say men get they look incredible but the women that was true the tight curls only have big blouses and silk and these cows these skirts barnacles everyone and their voices break glass and she that is also very true christine met her first husband sir e ric de la rue a baron scotch within days of his arrival this was the 60s and there was the hunt ball i was only 22 he was 50 and he said im going to marry you i said oh god i was ex downtown i was an edwardian man and it wasn't easy let me tell you it was very very hard and i went hunting on my pony i knew nothing about writing and people who say oh eric you're not like christine hunt she can't write and she said nine out of ten who ran with the barracks who don't know how to ride either will soon learn and when you stop then all these women with tight curls who were so scary you know you're a foreigner, it's not you, you don't know how to behave, you and I are just sorry, I I'm sorry, but then the husband can't come with us, leave her alone, gen or what's her name, and then she looked at them and said brave. like a lion our glass figure and linen hat what are you waiting for?
I used to get letters I mean stacks from all over the world and they used to t or let's just say we think you're so much more interesting and so kind than the princes of wales what a lovely thing to do christine is moving out of ayton castle in four weeks and is will come down when he was literally what will it be like to say goodbye to This place is horrible, but it has also been very painful. You need a minimum of five employees and a butler. You can't neglect it. It is too big for one person. these people are hardly ever there and everything will be dead and you know the times i've had here and it was busy and lovely and everything was alive and wonderful i've known it since the 60's what's true about the future of scotland is that more and more castles and land will continue to be bought up by wealthy foreigners arriving and the face of the aristocracy will inevitably change just as in the south there is a sense of old and new and new creeping in as the states do not come very often i think, an estate agent said you get basically six big properties for sale every year in scotland and a lot of it will now be taken over by some kind of foreign money because british english toffs don't have the money to pay millions of pounds for a few moreland eastern neston sits on 500 acres of northamptonshire countryside it was designed by the same architect who built palace d e blenheim this house is owned not by a big family but by a very rich russian leon max leon max is a fashion business magnate who converts over a billion pounds a year and has six houses around the world the idea of living in a country on the big pile is still a very attractive idea for 300 years the house belonged to the hesketh family lord hesketh who was a nice man had expensive tastes but was forced to sell to pay off huge debts presumably i got this house due to running costs it was no longer acceptable to the previous occupant mr hezkid he didn't want to leave that to the batross hanging around his sons neck leon swooped in and bought the house for 15 million pounds and has spent what same again restoring it now five years in the house is the antithesis of a crumbling country style leo max bought bought this a huge baroque sink um a few years ago and yeah i think he did it immaculately um by all accounts he is, and he has staff there now so yeah he lives exactly that um old downton lifestyle i have a butler who travels with me there are three maids when the house is full of guests we have two gardeners kind of a service from hedge trimming and tree trimming we have a ranger with an assistant of course we have a security detail and that's it and we have a chef when we are here in residence so this is the tree we want to get the same the weeping willow yes , the whipping willow, the biggest we can get, the biggest we can get, roy goodyear is the head gardener and he spent nearly three decades serving the previous owners yes oh yes we can pass him on and that's that no it's the problem is to move it transport it here you know the truck and stuff the talk was a russian millionaire brought the place and of course then you start to think what they're going to do with it it was like you know who this person is like you You know, even though a lot of that happened when we had the first hunt gathered in front of the house, the local hunt came and gathered on boxing day and I think every four to five hundred people that were there shook their hands.
I remember Mr. Max telling me that he felt like a pop star. I got married the other day and we were covering for a passerby and apparently at 4 am. so someone sent the butler at 4 am. for him to look for some cigarettes, of course there was nowhere open in the field, so apparently the butler came back and suggested that since he hadn't found any cigarettes, it might be time for everyone to go to bed. and th we met you leon's new wife is a former ukrainian model so it's very very nice here is my lovely wife jana hello hello we are just married four months four months yes and you felt like the kind of lady of the mansion pretty much that's what made you feel nice and very exciting she's adjusting I'm still adjusting she just I guess people conjure up some kind of borderline gangster capitalist comrade uh rough shirt open to the waist and a lots of shiny objects dangling from their hands but that's just a false image many types of russians some are quite cultured the staircase is here that Oxmoor has achieved a similar degree of perfection a self proclaimed anglophile Leon Max has introduced photo shoots, befriended toffs and most. more importantly, he came to the tattler pages he chose to spend his life and a great deal of his money in england in a very rarefied world. f part of the tattoo scene now i think i was number three and four on most desirable bachelor that's why i'm married now um what i found hysterical that every society has snobbery on some level everyone should be to feel superior to someone else in de somehow and most people find a way to do it, that's the idea of the British upper class, it's aClass is an inherited concept, but if you don't inherit superior intellectual ability and if you don't have ambitions in life, that person does. get to feel superior against someone who owns all of the above she was the best because if you could just give me a guest list and party details and send me an email to the fashion house on the third floor the sapphire plaid piece , great Scots. it is about to finish the article it is a 10 page article and it will be at the heart of the august issue it is a challenge these are just beautiful lovely pictures you had a good time it was yes it was great because they were all so wonderful real I am quite angry but wonderful so go big big I mean you might even open up to that I'm all for new blood because if the British aristocracy were left to their own devices you'd have children with five heads and ten arms they can't marry between them all the time the gene pool gets too small so i'm all for everyone coming in basically um and shake it up a bit but i think you'll find you'll still find you know the traditionalists who are a little bit threatened by the new money, although you know that these enormously rich and refined people from other countries are moving in and buying up big chunks of Knightsbridge and everything else I don't think you'd We were to worry that our national characteristics would be swamped by an avalanche of perfection and glamour.
I think the character trait of being a little chaotic um and a little tough about things is so ingrained on this island of ours that we will still prevail over you.
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