A great setting for this timber cottage designed by Leonie. Sithean is gaelic for a fairy knoll: the sun rises over Ben Cruachan, sets over the Morven Hills, glints off Loch Etive. On this sprawling hill farm you may be visited by deer, red squirrels, hen harriers, Leonie’s horse… but few humans, although the village is only two miles.
You enter the cottage on the upper level, one bedroom up here, the others downstairs, all with underfloor heating. Green credentials are impeccable (solar panels, earth bricks, hemp insulation) and the house blends quietly into this fabulous landscape of heather hills, soaring mountains and – ten miles away – Oban, gateway to the Hebrides.
Cycle the winding ten-mile route to Oban, visit Castle and distillery, or set sail to find basking sharks; return for seafood on the waterfront. Back here you have the best views ever from a barbecue and a tiny sauna with a sheltered wooden deck.