So you want to live... in Cairngorm National Park

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Isn't that somewhere in the Highlands?

Yes, full marks. In fact, this property is nestled between the imposing Cairngorm mountains and the Mondadhliath range - with the city of Inverness 31 miles to the north.

So a bit out in the sticks then?

Well, it's not exactly hub-central, but you don't have to travel very far for essentials. The bustling town of Aviemore is two miles away. Here you'll find pubs, supermarkets, hotels and ski shops.

Ski shops? Now you're talking

Well, with one of Scotland's tallest mountains on your doorstep, you can expect the odd flurry or two. In fact, Michael Jones, agent for Knight Frank, maintains that the ski season can last from November to mid-March in a good year.

So what do I do during the summer?

Choose from activities as diverse as rambling, touring, fishing or climbing; set against a backdrop of towering mountainous peaks, lush wooded glens and tranquil lochs.

OK, OK, you've sold me the location, but what about the property itself?

Six-bedroom Summer Cottage was designed by the current owners with a sort of frontier-cabin look in mind - the sort of thing you'd imagine finding in Montana. Only 18 months old, it's in excellent condition, with contemporary fittings throughout. It has a huge lounge, a study, kitchen, dining area and sun room.

Anything else?

Well, you could call it the pièce de resistance. In true American style, there is an extensive wooden-decked, covered verandah - perfect for sitting out on summer evenings. A full-sized outdoor spa provides a hot soak during the frosty winter.

How much?

Agents Knight Frank (0131 225 8171; www.knightfrank.com) are taking offers over £300,000 for The Summer Cottage, which is located in Coylumbridge, Aviemore.

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