Boath House, Nairn $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
A restored Georgian mansion 16 miles from Inverness, with manicured lawns, mature woodlands, and its own trout lake, Boath House is the sort of place where Merchant Ivory might have filmed a Jane Austen adaptation. Each of the eight bedrooms is individually decorated; they vary from the sumptuous drapes and seductively rich colors of Room One and the traditional four-poster bed of Room Four, to the darker, contemporary style of the two courtyard suites. The suites have wet rooms, while Room Three's bathroom has two side-by-side stand-alone baths that are raised so their occupants can watch the swans on the lake. The comfortable drawing room and snug lounge are hung with works by contemporary Scottish artists, including Madonna fave JOLOMO. The artistry extends to the kitchen, which specializes in leisurely five-course dinners. The chefs plunder the kitchen garden for ingredients, such as chive flowers, which are flash-cooked in a tempura-style batter and then paired with juicy Shetland lamb. The grounds make for a pleasant stroll; keep an eye out for the beehives that produce the breakfast honey.