Golden eagles soar above this contemporary, larch-clad house, while Highland cattle graze on croft land. Light pours through big windows, which frame superb views stretching to Lewis’s wild coast. This is a place for families and friends to retreat and find peace spotting otters and deer by day, and stargazing through the telescope by night. Gordon and Jackie leave guests a starter pack of logs to get the wood-burner blazing, as well as wine and smoked salmon for a welcome apéritif. Downstairs, there’s a limestone-floored sitting room where you can sink into green sofas and browse well-stocked bookcases; the open-plan kitchen and dining room beyond is bright and sociable. Step through French doors to a terrace with outdoor furniture and a barbecue. A pair of twin rooms and a double, all simply furnished with crisp white bed linen, can be found on the same floor. There’s another king-sized double room up the wooden staircase. Tiled bathrooms are stylish and a couple have luxurious walk-in showers. It’s a 20-minute walk to sandy beaches and you can try a wee dram of whisky at the new distillery, a short drive away.