There’s nowhere like the Outer Hebrides, far-flung islands of sublime beauty, with skies that start at your feet and light that changes by the minute. This blissful bolthole sits on the northwest tip of South Uist in 24 acres of seclusion: just sea and sky; wild flowers in the machair; sea otters and wild swans; beaches to comb. If the exterior is a touch dull, then its interior is the polar opposite – stylish, uncluttered and full of beautiful things; a little like having a suite in a London hotel for a fraction of the price. You get a kitchen/sitting room with a big window to frame the view, a lovely bedroom with rugs on floors, then a chic walk-in shower with robes to pad about in. Back in the main room there’s a wood-burner by the telly, books and maps scattered about, then fridge, dishwasher, hob and oven. Outside, the garden’s at the front with Christine’s remarkable vegetable patch behind. Endless white sands, passing dolphins, the occasional corncrake, that fabulous light… A heavenly escape.