Richard Attenborough’s former holiday home in Scotland, in which he entertained numerous Hollywood stars,was sold for nearly #700,000.

Lord Attenborough and his wife, Sheila, purchased Rhubodach, a whitewashed farmhouse set in 56 acres of land in the Isle of Bute, from the 1980s to be used as a restful bolthole from their hectic working lives.

The couple fell in love with Bute and, following his death in 2014, one third of the film superstar’s ashes were scattered on the island.

Property records show their estate, that was put in the marketplace following Lady Attenborough’s passing this past year, was sold earlier this month into a couple of the Midlands for #668,000.

Lord Attenborough and his wife, Sheila, purchased Rhubodach, a whitewashed farmhouse set in 56 acres of land on the Isle of Bute, from the 1980s to be Applied as a restful bolthole from their hectic working lives

Property records show their estate, that was put in the marketplace following Lady Attenborough’s passing last year, was sold earlier this month into a couple in the Midlands for #668,000

Lord and Lady Attenborough had possessed a further 1,700-acres of land on the island but sold it in 2011.   The couple fell in love with Bute whenever they purchased the property

The properties in the estate are all placed in a traditional courtyard and add a three-bedroom farmhouse and two-bedroom keeper’s cottage.

Additionally, there are two detached stone barns, two greenhouses and a former stable currently used as a hen house.

After Lord Attenborough’s departure in 2014, one third of the Movie superstar’s ashes were sprinkled on the island

Lord and Lady Attenborough had possessed a further 1,700-acres of land on the island but sold it in 2011.

They maintained the farmhouse that has a large reception hall and an elegant dining area which overlooks the stunning views of the Kyles of Bute.

The gardens around the courtyard are largely laid to lawn and there are a further 56 acres of fields and meadows that have been utilized for grazing in the last few decades.

After the land was put up for sale earlier this year, Michael Attenborough, the son of the late Lord and Lady Attenborough, said: ‘Rhubodach was quite simply home to my Mum and Dad.

‘Its stunning beauty and astonishing calm attracted them back into Bute as often as possible.

‘I am absolutely sure, had ill health not averted them, they would have retired there, this was their love with this unique, magical location.’

Lord Attenborough, who died in August, 2014, aged 90, purchased the estate on the island in 1988.

The Gandhi filmmaker said he fell in love with the island and also the house in the sight and described it as ‘having the unmistakeable feel of residence’.

The farmhouse, it’s sitting area pictured above, includes a large reception hall and a chic dining area which overlooks the stunning views of the Kyles of Bute

Describing his love of Rhubodach in a local tourist direct the year before he died, Lord Attenborough said the place ‘surpassed all expectation’

The home was rented out to tourists for up to #900 per week prior to being put up for sale. The Isle of Bute is in the Firth of Clyde and linked to the mainland with two ferry routes

Describing his love Rhubodach in a local tourist direct annually before he died, Lord Attenborough said: ‘My wife Sheila and I had no clue what to expect. We had made a decision to invest in and encourage the natural world in some way and some suggested that we take a peek at the Isle of Bute.

‘What we discovered surpassed all expectation. It had been love at first sight. We knew almost immediately that this was someplace where we wanted to live; the amazing peace and expansive beauty totally captivated us.

‘The house itself was clearly packed with possible and had that unmistakeable feel of home.

‘Decades later we still look upon it as a home, even though our advanced years imply we do not get there as often as we’d like.

‘It has been a gathering place for the Attenborough clan, as our kids have blessed us with amazing grand-children, all of whom have shared our love of this island.

‘We all count ourselves truly fortunate to have such a distinctive home.’

The home was rented out to tourists for up to #900 per week prior to being put up for sale.

The Isle of Bute is in the Firth of Clyde and linked to the mainland by two ferry routes.

Holiday homes in the Peak District are being employed as “pop-up brothels” by evil slave gang managers that are advertising vulnerable girls for sex on the net and subsequently trafficking them, as stated by the Bishop of Derby.

The picturesque tourist destination is currently a hot-spot for traffickers who rent homes out and rely on them brothels to earn maximum gain before proceeding on another area, the Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern has told the Derby Telegraph.

Dr Redfern, that has been operating in the House of Lords to toughen legislation on the matter, has praised the work of Derbyshire police to undertake modern slavery and human trafficking from the county but he stated, despite lots of charges and convictions, the problem is getting worse.

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby

The Bishop, who regularly meets victims as part of his job discriminated against human trafficking, said women were coming to Derby about the guarantee of working in restaurants or bars but the job does not exist and instead they’re coerced into a life of prostitution.

Dr Redfern stated: “Derby is a place where Eastern European women have come over in search for a better life but they have been pressured into working in a brothel and they have their life taken out of them.

“From the Peak District, there are lots of holiday homes used as pop up brothels. The organised criminals bring the vulnerable women in and use a cabin for company. They stay for just four weeks and make a whole lot of cash.

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“All they’re paying is the rent. But they’re in secluded areas and, even before anyone realises what is going on or becomes suspicious about anything, then they’re off to some new place and they take the women together.

“What a smart business model. It’s a very inexpensive place to rent, especially compared to that which they would be producing.”

Dr Redfern explained that, during his work, he has never encounter a trafficked women working in a brothel who came over to the UK with the intent of working in a single.

He said: “That is a significant unlawful enterprise. They are put and made to work in brothels because the job they were promised does not exist, they have very limited grasp of the terminology and don’t have any cash.

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby, in the St Peter’s Centre in Derby to emphasize the signs of human trafficking

“She’s that they provided drugs as that’s another way to apply control. She’s addicted and then begins to drop everything.

“I have met a victim living in London that has been raped ten times every day. They’ve lost their dignity, dropped their goal. The guarantees they have been provided are broken. This is happening in Derby too.”

Other shocking cases of human trafficking he has encounter include around 20 men living in a two-bedroom home in Normanton, together with a single bathroom, being transported to work, using their passports having been taken from them.

Dr Redfern stated: “Their very humanity has been knocked out. They are broken and their capacity to think of themselves as human beings is extremely weak indeed. They are living in horrible packed conditions.

“Bank accounts have been opened in their names but they don’t have any idea. They’ve been signed to different advantages but they are not getting a penny. The controllers as well as the owners are receiving all of it, while the victims are still working all day for hardly any money. That is a serious and organised criminal enterprise.

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“They are treated as animals. Their treatment is dreadful. This is happening in our communities. They’ve one bath and a single bathroom between 20 of these. It’s just horrible.”

Dr Redfern stated it was important the public picked up the indicators of the crime – that he said is rising.

He said: “For the public it’s difficult as it’s quite usual to observe groups of men get into a car and drive around for work. It occurs all the time. But the public need to look closer. Are they all departing the same home? Is their demeanor different? It’s probably victims will be yelled at.

“If they are not mixing with other people then it’s likely they’re trapped in this situation. We’re asking people to be on the watch for the signals.

“Some victims have mental health issues. They are vulnerable. They are controlled. They’ll believe the police are out to receive them will treat them badly if they talk. They’ll be living in fear. They’ve been groomed and brainwashed into that lifestyle.

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby

Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby, external Derby Cathedral

“We will need to be asking the questions. Among the key phrases in the job we do would be ‘we see you’. We will need to be on the lookout for each other. We will need to pay attention.”

Dr Redfern stated he does not know how society got able for all these offences to be taking place.

He added: “There’s more and more modern slavery taking place. The conflict is on. The police have really got all this over. It was the case they would raid a brothel and detain the woman for being engaged with sex work and drug offences. That has not been the case in Derbyshire but it’s been elsewhere.

“Now we know these folks are victims. Businesses’ve got to be aware and understand the signals.

“Businesses are exposed to this, especially little businesses who should make a profit.

“But we’re all customers of the. We all benefit from that – whether that’s going to a more affordable car wash that could be employing victims, or even a nail bar, or even a brothel, or even getting somebody in for cheap labour. The big change will come if everybody accomplishes this.

“We will need to push back and seize control of the problem. We all have tremendous power. We all will need to understand the indications and get the evidence.”

A golden retriever excited about a walk in South Devon.

Walking holidays are twice as enjoyable when accompanied by a wagging tail or 2. Dogs have a fantastic way of enhancing our personal appreciation of the easy things in life, such as fresh air and exercise, a cosy and comfortable place to rest, or excellent time with a beloved one.

We have picked out six dog-friendly properties perfect for dog-owning couples, friends or smallish families. Appreciate the natural beauty of our coastline and countryside with your four-legged buddy in tow, returning after your walks to a comfortable home from home to the doorstep of the route.

1. The Reach (sleeps 2) (Hallsands)

The Reach (Hallsands)

Right on the South West Coast Trail at Hallsands, this VisitEngland Four Star Gold-awarded property provides breathtaking views and quite comfortable accommodation, which is great for couples looking for a cosy bolthole where to explore the region.

The dog-friendly shore at Hallsands is ruggedly charming, calm and in the ideal place for exploring the many paths and dog-friendly shores located in and about Start Bay. One choice is to walk south to begin Point, together with its iconic lighthouse, and further onto the distant dog-friendly shores of Mattiscombe along with Lannacombe.

You could even create your way north to the expansive beaches of Beesands  along with Slapton Sands, each of which are dog-friendly, to undertake several inland round routes such as this outstanding Start Bay walk.

2. 1 in The Beach (Torcross) (sleeps 4)

1 At The Beach in Torcross, looking out to dog-friendly Slapton Sands

A ball throw away from dog-friendly Slapton Sands, this stylish ground-floor flat (VisitEngland Five Star) is well equipped and attractively furnished, making a fantastic base for couples and young families using a heartfelt buddy. Only a 1-2 minute walk away, there are all of the centers of Torcross: a favorite pub, two cafés along with also a shop/post office.

From this home, there are three miles of fine-shingle shore to investigate to the north, whilst in another way Beesands and Hallsands are also in easy reach on foot. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, in which you’ll discover the largest natural freshwater lake in the South West. Why not leave your car in its own allocated parking space and discover Start Bay in your foot with your four-legged friend?

3. Thurlestone Rock (sleep) (South Milton Sands)

3 Thurlestone Rock at South Milton Sands

There are three stunningly-situated dog-friendly apartments within this marine evolution, so named because of the unbeatable views of Thurlestone Rock — a arch-shaped stone formation just out to sea. Those attracting dogs may select from apartments 1, 4 and 3 (all of VisitEngland Four Star standard), which provide direct access to South Milton Sands’ dog-friendly beach.

These three-bedroom properties can’t be beaten for individuals. Discover the atmospheric former smugglers’ haunt of Hope Cove, enjoy breathtaking views of Burgh Island, investigate Thurlestone Sands along with Bantham Beach, also trek across the Avon Valley, without having to return in the car.

4. Orchard Barn (sleeps 5) (Batson)

Orchard Barn, Batson, Salcombe

At a quiet, picturesque place close to Batson Creek, Orchard Barn creates a comfortable base for all those looking to research Salcombe (a 15-minute walk off) and the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary, together with lovely neighboring spots such as Snapes Point to discover.

This VisitEngland Three Star-awarded property has three bedrooms (one en-suite), a back courtyard garden and parking for as many as three cars — excellent if you’re trying to travel additional afield.

5. Berry Cottage (sleeps 4) (Dittisham)

Berry Cottage has a beautiful woodburner in the lounge.

This enchanting former fisherman’s cottage sits on the shore at Dittisham harbour, offering stunning views across the River Dart to the northwestern banks of Greenway Quay. A stone’s throw from a favorite pub, the Ferry Boat Inn, along with an Anchorstone Café famous for fish, Berry Cottage is ideal for a relaxed holiday. The accommodation greater than lives up the place, with VisitEngland Five Star standard furnishings and equipment, such as a woodburner from the delightful, cosy living area.

From Dittisham you’ll have direct access to the Dart Valley Trail. Why not walk through the lovely Raleigh Estate to Dartmouth, or even cross the river on the small passenger ferry to Greenway? There you can investigate the former residence of Dame Agatha Christie or walk across the river to Kingswear, house to the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Take the ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth to turn it into a memorable circular route.

6. Bow Cottage (sleeps 4) (East Portlemouth)

Bow Cottage, East Portlemouth

This delightful cosy cottage (VisitEngland Three Star Gold), located in the center of East Portlemouth village, also provides comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary. The beautiful open fire in the sitting area is ideal for warming your cockles after autumnal or winter walks, both for individual and canine guests.

The coastal, metropolitan shores of East Portlemouth along with Mill Bay are a 10-minute downhill walk off, and from that point it’s possible to join the South West Coast Trail to pick from a variety of enticing trails. How about a manageable round walk to Gara Rock shore, or a longer walk as far as Prawle Point where you may enjoy a number of South Devon’s most rugged scenery?

There’s no need for the budding friend to miss out on the fun of your next holiday. See all our dog-friendly holiday houses in South Devon today.