SuilvenSet in the incomparable wilderness scenery of the North-West Highlands of Scotland, this architect designed house was self-built according to strict standards of environmental design and incorporates innovative features such as passive solar heating and ground-source heat pump. Views to the south look over Loch Broom to An Tealllach; to the east Ben Dearg dominates the head of the loch and, in the west, the sun sets over the Summer Isles.

Within reach are many interesting attractions: a museum in Ullapool, which shows the unique geology, archaeology and biology of the region, forest walks and gardens including the world-famous Inverewe Garden, an hour’s drive to the south at Poolewe. It is possible to engage in a number of activities in the area, including sub-aqua diving, sailing, walking, mountain climbing and rock-climbing. The nearest climbing crag is situated less than 500 yards from the house. Barry is the host of Suilven and qualified mountain leader and details of his services can be seen on www.highlandpeaks.co.uk.

If all this seems too energetic, you can always relax in the sun room and look out for porpoises, otters and gannets and, if you are very lucky, a sea-eagle may fly overhead. A variety of entertainments are on off in Ullapool and the restaurants serve the best produce including locally caught sea-food.

This family home offers vegetarian cooked breakfasts and has two guest bedrooms: a double with en-suite, and a twin bed room. Prices on request.