From Russian to Scottish baroness, meet glamorous new Lady of Inchdrewer...
HER ancestors are Russian aristocrats and she is a queen of the catwalk.
Now glamorous model and designer Olga Roh boasts a new title – Scottish baroness.
As well as becoming the newest member of Scotland’s landed gentry, she also has her very own coat of arms – even though she has only set foot in the country twice.
The fashionista, who once modelled for Versace and Valentino, is now officially Baroness Olga Roh of Inchdrewer Castle after snapping up the crumbling ‘fairytale’ stronghold near Banff for £400,000.
She bought the castle at the end of 2013 and last month was finally granted a noble title by Scotland’s heraldic authority, The Court Of The Lord Lyon.
Her husband, Dr Stephan Claus Roh, a Swiss lawyer and economist, becomes the Baron of Inchdrewer with his own coat of arms.
The 45-year-old Muscovite princess, whose aristocratic family lost everything when the Tsar was overthrown in the 1917 Russian Revolution, told The Scottish Mail on Sunday: ‘I am so happy to finally be the Baroness of Inchdrewer. ‘I feel like it gives me a tie with Scotland that will never leave me. ‘It is such a special thing to have and I will cherish it.’
She added: ‘It was not the title that attracted me to the castle, but having it means I am now part of its history. ‘I have the title of princess in Russia, from my father’s side, but my family lost their palace in 1917. I wasn’t able to save my family’s palace, but now I have the chance to save a Scottish castle.’
The mother of three, who owns the Rohmir fashion label and appeared on the Meet The Russians reality TV series, bought the castle following the death of its previous owner, Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees.
The castle, which has a resident ghost, has a colourful history including an attack by the Duke of Cumberland in 1746 when he was hunting for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The Baroness, who lives with her husband in Hong Kong, said: ‘We really hope to open it as a hotel and attach ourselves to a luxury hotel group but I am very keen not to shut out the local community.’
HISTORIC PILE: Inchdrewer Castle is to be restored by Olga Roh and her husband. Far left: The baron’s coat of arms