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Indian billionaire buys GBP 2 mn mansion for his daughter: Report

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An unnamed Indian billionaire has acquired a 2-billion pound mansion in the Scottish countryside as a home for his daughter who is set to begin her course at the in next week, according to a media report Saturday.

The Eden Mansion, which was built in 1860 as a peaceful retreat for former First World War field and his family one of Scotland's oldest whisky distillers is now set to welcome its Indian owners, 'The Times' reported.

The eight-bedroom Victorian country house, which features a private cinema, a wine cellar, stables and five acres of land, was also viewed by and then girlfriend as a potential Scottish home in 2003, during their final year at the But they chose a cottage on the nearby Strathtyrum Estate in the end.

A sales brochure of the describes the property as a "beautifully restored eight-bedroom grand period country mansion set in mature grounds overlooking the towards the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews".

A for Savills, the estate agency marketing the property, told the newspaper that "all I am at liberty to say is that is not on the market", indicating that the deal may have been finalised for the Indian family to move in.

Andrew Sinclair, of the local 'The Saint' student newspaper, warned that it may prove impossible for the new "posh" student to maintain anonymity in a town with fewer than 20,000 residents.

"Everyone knows everyone in You can't fly under the radar like you can in a big city university," said Sinclair.

"If you are tucked away in a house with 12 staff you won't have the full student experience that makes St Andrews so special," he said, in reference to reports from earlier this week which revealed that the family had advertised for 12 staff to cater to their daughter's needs during her university life.

The first-year student at the University of St Andrew, on the east coast of Scotland, will have a house manager, three housekeepers, a gardener, a lady's on hand to help her, along with three footmen, a chauffeur, and a private chef, who must specialise in "south Indian cuisine like Dosa", the report said.

Recruitment agency had described the family as "ultra-high net worth" and revealed that successful applicants would be expected to hold doors open for their young mistress and wake her in the morning while displaying a "cheerful" disposition.

"The house will be a full-time residence for the daughter who will be attending university there," the noted.

"Having servants in the 21st century is so not cool," said a fellow student from the campus, with another adding that it would be "bloody amazing" to get invited to any parties that the new billionaire student plans on throwing.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 18:30 IST