HIGHLAND RETREATS: The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland’s Romantic North (Rizzoli, 2017; £45/ $65)
Featuring breathtaking photographs of some of Scotland’s most dramatic and little-known houses, this book tells the story of how incomers adopted the North of Scotland as a recreational paradise and left an astonishing legacy of architecture and decoration inspired by the romanticized image of the Highlands. Known as shooting lodges because they were designed principally to accommodate the parties of guests that flocked north for the annual sporting season, these houses range from Picturesque cottages ornées and Scotch Baronial castles to Arts and Crafts mansions and modern eco-lodges. While their designs respond to some of Britain’s wildest and most stirring landscapes, inside many were equipped with the latest domestic technology and boasted opulent decoration and furnishings from the smartest London and Parisian firms. A good number survive little altered in their original state, and some are still owned by descendants of the families that built them.
Images from the famous Country Life Picture Library and specially commissioned photographs by Paul Barker, together with many previously unpublished historic pictures, evoke the dramatic settings and arresting detail of these houses, making the book as appealing to decorators and architectural historians as it is to travellers and sportsmen.