Dun Na Mara
The biggest draw for Alastair at this Arts & Crafts retreat outside Oban? 'Twenty paces from the door, past the standing stone, is a sweep of private beach and - on a clear day - dazzling views to Mull.' The house has been given a minimalist makeover by ex-architects Mark and Suzanne - 'friendly, caring, interesting hosts.'
Where Benderloch, Oban, Argyll & Bute, PA37 1RT (01631 720233; www.dunnamara.com)
How much doubles from £90