So grand is this 18th-century dower house that the Roosevelts spent their honeymoon here. New owners have carried out an inspired restoration and created a relaxing, heavenly place to stay. There’s a welcoming hall with a vase of fresh flowers, and a daily housekeeper lays fires and looks after everything. Step into a big, warm, wood-panelled living room with sofas, logs, candles, more flowers and an antique table that seats 14. On the lower ground floor are three bedrooms and a room for music, games and TV; on the first floor are four big bedrooms decorated in a mix of contemporary and classic style; most beds are super-king sized and bathrooms sparkle within an inch of their lives; a spiral staircase leads to a little room with views of the Cromarty Firth. The beautifully equipped kitchen lends itself to eating, drinking and chilling; if you want a break from cooking you can arrange for full or part catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner, celebration dinner, or even a whole wedding! Buzzards soar above the six acres of wooded hills, and your charming hosts live in a bothy at the back – they’re happy to share their local knowledge, and well-being treatments are on offer too.