It’s hard to imagine how to get greater seclusion in closer proximity to one of Scotland’s finest small towns.
The sun is blazing down, bouncing off the whitewashed sides of the houses on Pittenweem’s shorefront.
Few homes can have involved as much family input as Balgreen.
Buildings across Angus will be welcoming the public on 8 and 9 September when they take part in this year’s Doors Open Days.
I’m standing on the balcony of the Aultmore, gazing over a snowy garden across the Tay Valley.
It’s the style of house you might encounter beside the New England coastline – white walls, dormer windows and a porch to watch the state’s beautiful Fall colours from.
In five years writing about property, I’ve visited homes that were more grand and spectacular than The Schoolhouse in Pitlessie, but very few that exuded a greater sense of warmth and welcome.
Falside Smiddy is one of those houses I almost wish I’d visited in the winter.
The best new building in Scotland has been named at the V&A Dundee.
I drive to the end of the track at the southern end of Invergowrie. and the electric gates at Sillerton glide back to reveal a haven.