Walkers, birdwatchers and naturalists flock to the Border hills – a short hop to Peebles and West Linton, 20 miles to Edinburgh but dreamily peaceful. A long and lovely driveway takes you past the big house and through a sturdy stone archway to a light, contemporary and well-designed home hiding inside a 18th-century farm building. There are over a hundred acres of grounds to explore and good walking along quiet lanes.
Magnificent views soar across fields even on rainy days; the light, lofty living area is open plan with a cosy log stove, DVDs, board games and fresh flowers from the walled garden; an upstairs gallery study is a quiet place to work or watch TV. The kitchen is big enough for sociable cooking and has all the basics you need – you can stock up at the organic farm shop/cafe/gallery in Whitmuir – a 10-minute drive. If you’re feeling lazy you can get a good breakfast or Sunday roast at The Old Bakehouse in West Linton.
Wander the stunning walled garden for flowers, shrubs, herbs and orchard… a good spot for picnics, and hide and seek too. Hire bikes, stride the Southern Upland Way or visit Sir Walter Scott’s home. On balmy evenings fling the windows and doors open for nought but birdsong – this feels remote.