From a jetty alongside Tioram Castle you are ferried across the loch by one of the team – to the “wild, rocky, romantic” isle of Shona. A pad up the hill and there is the house, a Scottish Victorian hunting lodge set into the hillside with sloping lawns and incomparable views. Inside: a house with a lived-in and much-loved feel, a place that evokes thoughts of amazing parties. Sleeping 22 in 11 rooms linked by separate sets of stairs, it’s filled with art, artefacts and gorgeous bright colours. Logs, coal, canoes, kayaks and dressing up boxes are on the house. Coats, boots (all sizes), fishing rods and swimming hats line the porch, a promise of what is to come. After a day building dens and fires, exploring the island’s paths, swimming its pristine waters, it’s heaven to return to a drawing room with a baby grand and long couches, a library with billiards, darts and games, a ‘snug’ with chess, a country kitchen with three pantries, and numerous open fires. Quirky charm and luxury combine in feather duvets, unique throws, original bath fittings, and a tapestry screening the loo!