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

16 Sep 2018 | By Anjana Raghav
Indian billionaire buys GBP 2mn mansion for daughter

An unnamed Indian billionaire has acquired a £2mn mansion in the Scottish countryside as a home for his daughter who is set to begin her course at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland next week, The Times reported.

The Eden Mansion was built in 1860 as a peaceful retreat for former First World War Field Marshal Earl Haig and his family.

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In context: Indian billionaire buys GBP 2mn mansion for daughter

16 Sep 2018Indian billionaire buys £2mn mansion for his daughter: Report

Scottish homeMansion also viewed by Prince William, Kate as potential home

The Eden Mansion, the eight-bedroom Victorian country house, features a private cinema, a wine cellar, stables, and five acres of land.

It was also viewed by Prince William and his then-girlfriend Kate Middleton as a potential Scottish home in 2003, during their final year at the University of St Andrews.

But they chose a cottage on the nearby Strathtyrum Estate in the end.

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Impossible for posh student to maintain anonymity: Student newspaper editor

Maintaining anonymityImpossible for posh student to maintain anonymity: Student newspaper editor

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

"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.

Posh familyIndian family to hire 12 staff for daughter

Earlier this week the Indian 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 will have a house manager, three housekeepers, a gardener, a lady's maid, and a butler on hand to help her, along with three footmen, a chauffeur, and a private chef, the report said.

HomeHouse will be full-time residence for daughter: Recruitment agency

Recruitment agency Silver Swan had described the family as "ultra-high net worth" and revealed that successful applicants for the advertised posts 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 online advert noted.