Swathed by hills and braes, the farm sits between Loch Lomond and the rolling contours of the Campsie Fells. Deborah and Steve are next door and restored the Old Dairy and Curlew Cottage to high eco standards, with slate and wood floors and local red sandstone. Solar panels and underfloor heating keep things cosy all year while rooms zing with natural light; all is crisp and clean. From tots to grandparents, you are welcome here; book the houses together or separately (both have downstairs bedrooms). Indoors you have total privacy but a low patio wall allows for convivial barbecues; in Curlew, there’s seating and crockery for 12. A generous host, Deborah provides home-baked bread, marmalade and their own eggs; she can also arrange for meat from local butchers and at-home beauty treatments! On chilly days throw a log on the burner and curl up with a book or a film. Or head out; a small hill (The Dumpling) makes an ideal nursery slope for little climbers, with a dazzling view. The loch has a Sealife Centre, canoe and cycle hire and cafés, and Stirling and Glasgow are not too far – for heritage and shopping.