WHILe the lady herself has been showing her ‘Poker Face’ around Europe on her latest tour, rumours have been spreading both locally and internationally that Lady GaGa is lining up an offer for Yester House.
The American songstress, who has taken the charts by storm over the past two years with hits such as ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Bad Romance’, is apparently keen to get her hands on the £8 million property, thus allowing her to follow in the footsteps of another pop diva, Madonna, by having her own Scottish hideaway.
Although estate agents Knight Frank, have stated that Yester House, which was built by architect James Smith and originally went on the market for £15 million two years ago, was “not under offer”, according to US real estate website The Real Estalker, GaGa has already signed papers for the 60 room 17th century mansion set in 200 acres.
But nearly a week on from when the story first broke, it seems like the initial curiousity on East Lothian getting a superstar resident has turned to disbelief.
Speaking to ‘The Berwickshire News’ earlier this week, a member of staff at the Tweeddale Arms in nearby Gifford said: “I don’t think people are that bothered to be honest.
“A few people have been talking about it but I would say there’s more scepticism than curiousity now. And I personally don’t really believe it.”
And while admitting they would love to see her doing her weekly shop at the store, a worker at Gifford Co-op said that a lot of people in the village thought that Lady GaGa moving into Yester House was “never going to happen.”
Chairman of Gifford Community Council, John O’Connor said that he’d had it on good authority that we wouldn’t be seeing Lady GaGa propping up the bar of the Tweeddale Arms or walking down the aisles of the Co-op in her interesting array of outfits any time soon.
He commented: “I first became aware of the story over the weekend but I’ve since been told from someone I believe to be a reliable source, that it is in fact untrue.
“On first hearing the rumour I actually thought it could be true. I know who Lady GaGa is and the type of antics she gets up to and for someone with plenty of spare cash, who is perhaps looking for a bit of privacy, I think Yester House would be very appropriate. It’s a really nice property.
“I’ve been told that quite a few people in the village have been talking about the possibility of having a famous neighbour and that the general feeling has been quite mixed.
“I don’t think the matter will be raised at a community council meeting anytime soon but you never know.”
Whether she does end up staging one of her famous Monster Balls at Yester House or not, Lady GaGa can be guaranteed a warm welcome by East Lothian MSP, Iain Gray, who said the area has plenty to keep her occupied.
Addressing the matter on Monday, Mr Gray said: “East Lothian has as much, if not more to offer than New York. Great beaches and golf courses, the best fish and chips and wonderful people.
“What more could Lady Ga Ga ask for? She would be most welcome for a karaoke night at Prestonpans Labour club!”
And should GaGa move in she wouldn’t be the first resident of Yester House to have musical connections. Built between 1699 and 1728, it was owned from the 1970s by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who died in 2007.
Gian was sure to have made use of the bulding’s second floor music hall, which would also be the perfect place for Lady GaGa, born Stefani Germanotta, to pen some more number one hits, having sold more than 15 million albums and 50 million single tracks worldwide.
The mansion also includes at least 16 bedrooms, more than 35 fireplaces, two drawing rooms, a formal dining room and a basement billiard room.
The ornate estate also comes with vintage flourishes like a flower arranging room, a gun hall, dairy room and a 1,300-square-foot ballroom.
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like GaGa will be strutting her stuff in the ballroom anytime soon as having contacted them earlier this week, Knight Frank had little to say on the matter, speaking only to confirm to us that at present there was no truth to the various rumours that the star would be purchasing Yester House.