TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
AScottish pile offers a season of conspicuous excess. Alladale Lodge in Sutherland has room for 14 guests to live like lords and enjoy the estate which the owner is restoring to its preneolithic pristine glory. There are wild boar, moose, clay pigeon shooting, massage and beauty treatments. Meals appear as if by magic, all inclusive at £3,300 per night through the Wow House (01452 715375; www.thewow housecompany.com). You are welcomed with mulled wine and taken on guided walks and a ranger safari. At Christmas you can attend a carol service in the church where Madonna married Guy Ritchie. At New Year you can join the Dornoch Hogmanay street party with ceilidh band, pipers, dancing and fireworks.
Winter warmer: Alladale Lodge offers cosy fires, fine dining and a chance to spot wild animals on a ranger safari