Highland Living & Highland Retreats

In the interiors business, we thrive on inspiration, but where do we get it from? The four corners of the globe? Works of architecture? The natural world, art and design? Books are one of our main sources of our inspiration – and we hope yours.

We have an impressive library and love finding publications that perfectly match the look or lifestyle we are exploring. This month, we are delighted to share two ‘Books of the Month’ in partnership with Potterton Books, that perfectly capture the essence of the Highland Retreat.


Stéphane Bern and Franck Ferrand’s ‘Highland Living’ really captured our imagination – especially the ghostly excerpts. This fascinating insight into one of Scotland’s most famous estates, Cawdor, is a beautiful depiction of the landscape, style and traditions of Scotland.

Dating back to the 14th century, Cawdor Castle was originally built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and is still home to the Cawdor family. Located between the Moray Firth and Carrbridge, the entire estates covers over 90 square miles or 58,000 acres.

The castle is famously known for its connection to William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’.  While elements of the play are based on a mix of facts, fables and myths, Macbeth was born in the early 11th century – so long before the castle was even built.

It is, in the words of The Dowager Countess Cawdor, ‘the epitome of all things Scottish”. Highland Living is an album of inspirational landscapes as well as interiors that somehow manage to feel majestic and homely at the same time.

Alongside the stunning photography, there are recipes and a list of the best addresses in the Highlands – from interesting places to visits, to hotel and restaurants, shops and art galleries.


For anyone interested in the architecture and interiors of Scotland’s romantic north, Mary Miers’ Highland Retreats’ is an absolutely fascinating read.

Travelling on the night train between Inverness and London inspired Mary Miers to write the book, which reflects on how a land desolate yet beautiful came to be filled with such glamour and riches.

The book looks at some the remarkable but little known houses that populate the Highlands. Originally designed to accommodate those who flocked to Scotland for the annual shooting parties, the buildings range immensely in style. From fairy-tale castles to Arts and Crafts inspired lodges.

With photographs by Paul Barker and Simon Jauncey and images from the Country Life Picture Library.


To order either of these books please contact Potterton Books either email or call +44 (0) 1845 501 218. Visitors to Potterton Books in Sessay are also welcome during office hours, or by appointment at weekends.

Interested in the ‘Highland Retreat’ look? Read our blog here and enjoy 103-pins of inspiration with our new ‘Highland Retreat’ Pinterest board.

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