TAKE THE LOW ROAD
Go back in time to an Edwardian Christmas at Inshriach House, set in 200 acres of the Aviemore foothills. This is all dishevelled elegance, faded rugs, chintz curtains, Aga in the kitchen, a period squash court and three miles of the River Spey running through the grounds. Bedrooms are period drama sets with four posters (with steps up) or iron truckles, electric fires and hot water bottles in winter. It sleeps up to 16 and is available for Christmas and New Year at £4,500 per week through Big Domain (www. thebigdomain.com). Caterers One Pot Borrowed will do a three-course feast including cullen skink and local venison at £25 per head.