There must be a higher than average chance of spotting a monster from Tigh-na-Roinn, a three-bedroomed house with unimpeded views across Loch Ness to the Monadliath mountains. The renovated Forties house, sitting in five acres, comes with the right to keep and use a boat on the loch, and is 30 miles from Inverness. It is for sale through Savills at offers over pounds 150,000 (01356 622187).
Ballowfield, a Grade II-listed four-bedroomed farmhouse, plus cottage, is in Wensleydale, north Yorkshire, with views to the river Ure. There is planning permission to convert a workshop into a two-bedroom annexe. pounds 295,000, through GA Town & Country (01969 623451).