Remember an age when wealthy Scots slept in four-posters, bathed (not often) in roll top tubs and boasted coats of arms. In medieval times, Pend House was gatehouse to Whithorn Priory; Precinct House is younger – only Georgian! On a street of pre-1820s dwellings in a conservation town near Scotland’s bird-rich southwest coast, the two houses have been impeccably restored by Julia, with help from historians and archaeologists. In Pend’s spacious, wood-panelled, low-beamed living room are tapestries, a wood-burner, a mannequin in body armour, period antiques and quality reproductions; up squiggly stairs, cabin beds and a romantic four-poster. Low windows glow by day, an electric fire by night. The kitchen is tiny (one cook only) but you dine at a big oak table or out in a walled courtyard in the evening sun. In Precinct House – Georgian, top to toe – you cook in the old byre and eat under a glass roof; a grandfather clock chimes and gas lamps light the way up to a vintage four-poster and single cabin bed. Under period authenticity lie modern comforts, from underfloor heating to DVDs artfully concealed in antiques.