Cross Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry and you shed a layer of stress. On to Ard Daraich (Gaelic for ‘the house beneath the oak’) and relaxation begins. The open-plan Garden Studio, next to the former holiday home of Constance Spry, has had several lives already – as a potting shed and, not so long ago, as an artist’s studio. Now, charming and quirky, it’s simply and freshly decorated to maximise space. Family heirlooms, shelves of books and pop art prints by Gerald Laing create an exciting alternative to the natural world framed in the picture windows: the Studio sits at the foot of a magical hill garden renowned for its rhododendrons and acers, resplendent in late spring. Climb to the top and drink in the views from Ben Nevis to Mull, sit still on the beach or tramp the old drove road that passes your door. Or walk to the village pub – it’s two miles. Come home to a romantic soak in the double-ended bath upstairs, choose a good book and sink into a sofa in front of the wood-burner. At night, climb up into your bed under the eaves, absorb the silence and look up at the stars. Heaven.