Ptolemy vs Ptolomey: Some Mathematicians are More Credible than Others, Perhaps? | 35Chronicle

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Comlongon Castle – The Anvil & the Hammer.

Dating back as far as the late 15th – early 16th century, the Tower House of Comlongon was purchased from the Earl of Mansfield estate in 1984 after it had been on the market for some years. The most recent owner, Philip Ptolomey – took over the hotel from his parents in 1995. During the most recent thirty-five years since its purchase from the Earl’s estate, Comlongon was the subject of almost continual and extensive refurbishment and operated as a prestigious and exclusive wedding venue. Its name was synonymous with luxurious hospitality and indulgence. As such, engaged couples could be expected to pay huge sums of money in order to take their vows here.


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Leading up to April of 2019, couples were reportedly surprised to receive notification of Comlongon’s impending liquidation (mostly by local rumour) and, its owner (who’s hotel was still taking deposits for bookings even days before it went into liquidation) wrote on the hotel’s website: “Every penny generated goes to the restoration of the castle and estate. This work will probably never be finished as constant upgrades require a budget far in excess of that generated by being run as a hotel.” I wonder if perhaps anybody received their deposits back. But I suspect not. One local couple who had been planning their wedding for over two years paid a whopping £6,000 deposit, the latter instalment was delivered in person at the hotel to staff who gave no indication of any problems at all, days before its door closed forever.  Sadly Comlongon now stands as a neglected treasure – but its existence will provide no comfort to some; a bitter taste, instead.


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These shots were taken on a (fittingly) very gloomy day but I simply could not pass it, without stopping. It truly is a stunning place, amidst its 140 acres of grounds – yet steeped heavily in its own murk.

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4 thoughts on “Ptolemy vs Ptolomey: Some Mathematicians are More Credible than Others, Perhaps? | 35Chronicle

  1. That guy’s business ethics sound a lot like a certain scammer who managed to get himself elected to the highest office in our country.
    I can’t imagine paying out that kind of cash for prestige, but then that kind of cash will never be pocket money for me either. It is a pretty impressive structure.

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    1. Hey, Steve. Yes, I dare say that you’re right on the money, there. No pun intended. Part of me feels very cross that any business can operate this was and potentially get away with it. I mean, go high enough and you’ll always come to one person. The responsible one person. It’s shameful. Yet, yes it is a beautiful place with a rich (conversely and perversely I guess) history. Must go back on a nicer day and re-shoot here. The taste may have dulled by then. Hope you’re keeping well, Steve! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷

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