STAFF at a romantic Wester Ross retreat took it in their stride when a mystery man on a motorcycle pitched up at the front door.
It wasn’t until he removed his helmet that it dawned on them they were playing host to one of Hollywood’s hottest heart-throbs, Brad Pitt. The leading man, one half of Tinseltown’s most glamorous couple, arrived at the luxurious Pool House getaway at Poolewe alone astride a borrowed BMW following an epic road trip.
The superstar, who has been filming a zombie move in Glasgow, was so “blown away” by the Highland scenery that he decided to grab a few precious hours in the area incognito to drink in its splendour.
Reported sightings of Pitt in the Gairloch area had set tongues wagging in the normally quiet Wester Ross community.
His partner, Angelina Jolie, was understood to be in the Netherlands at the time fulfilling duties in her role as a UN goodwill ambassador. The couple and their large family had been a frenzied focus of photographers from around the world while Pitt was filming in Glasgow.
While the award-winning Pool House is regularly listed amongst the most romantic retreats in the country, it was where the 47-year-old star of films including Fight Club and Seven Years in Tibet chose for some quiet time alone.
But his arrival even came as a surprise to owner Elizabeth Miles. Confirming the rumours yesterday, she told the Journal, “Yes, he did stay here on Saturday.
“He arrived on his motorbike we didn’t even know who it was. He was booked in under a false name. We didn’t know who it was until he took his motorcycle helmet off.”
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