The stunning drawing room, with pier-glass mirror, baby grand and enveloping sofas, is reason enough to come; the food, served in a candlelit deep-sage dining room, is delicious too, with produce from the farm. A home full of life where you’re treated as friends – your hosts are delightful, helped along by a very personable Jack Russell. It’s peaceful, too, on the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail. The handsome farmhouse has been in the family since 1762 and you can roam the rolling 300 acres. Inside: flowers, polished furniture, Persian rugs, family portraits and supremely comfortable bedrooms with fine linen. “A blissful haven,” says a guest.