In a saucer of rock on the toes of the Monadhliath mountains, paired buildings, linked by a timber walkway, encapsulate the rugged beauty of the Cairngorms and the spirit of their owner, Roy. Inspired by the Hobbit and the crannogs (mysterious round homes of ancient Scotland constructed over water), he built these intriguing dwellings on his grandfather’s land while raising prize-winning Highland cattle. Magnificent views sweep over the Spey Valley and Creag Dhubh, beloved of climbers and Clan Macpherson alike. Open plan and delightfully rustic, the house has some nifty features: telegraph poles, some tricky stairs, old games, TV and DVDs, plus a ground-sourced heat pump to keep things cosy and a sundeck with glorious views. You can buy the farm’s own pedigree beef and cook up a steaming stew or pot roast in the small kitchen, or ask Roy to make one – just the ticket on arrival or after a long hike. Then de-camp to the family room, mezzanine, loft, or sofabed in the sitting room. While some might prefer more privacy and a second shower, others enjoy fostering group spirit.