Be mindful that where you live can be a key factor to make a contented life balance, advises Kirsty McLuckie
The term wellness has grown in importance in the last decade. Instead of taking physical wellbeing in isolation, it measures overall mental and physical health including mindfulness, happiness and a good life balance.The drive for it informs every aspect of life, and our homes are no exception, but Scotland has much to offer those who are seeking balance in their lives.
The global wellness trend is a way for life for many Scottish residents, according to Strutt & Parker’s Scottish Lifestyle Survey.
Carried out by Atomik Research this questioned 2,000 Scottish residents about various aspects of living, working and holidaying in Scotland, the majority of whom thought its lifestyle and the great outdoors made it stand out from the rest of the UK.
Susanna Clark, director of research for Strutt & Parker in Scotland said: “Scotland’s stunning and abundant natural resources help in the pursuit of that state of complete physical, mental and emotional wellbeing that constitutes wellness.”
She says that the survey revealed that health, fitness and enjoying Scotland’s spectacular scenery or a combination of all three were high on the list of lifestyle highlights.
“This is often reflected in the premium for property located in some of the areas that promote wellness as a lifestyle.”
Where is it: Glendale House, Strachur, Argyll and Bute.
Glendale. Picture: Strutt and Parker.
What is it: A detached Victorian country lodge dating from 1880, with five bedrooms, a drawing room, sitting room, study, dining kitchen and dining room.
The entrance hall of Glendale has classic Victorian proportions. Picture Strutt and Parker.
Good points: The views, from an elevated position looking the length of Loch Fyne are spectacular. A first-floor music room and a fitness studio would both contribute to overall wellbeing, as would wildlife watching in the garden and the house comes with its own mooring on the loch for a healthy outdoor life.
Glendale's garden. Picture: Strutt and Parker.
Bad points: Immaculate inside and out so no potential for adding value.Price: Offers over £550,000.Contact: Strutt and Parker on 0131-718 4594.
Where is it: Bayview, Bunessan, Isle of Mull.
Bayview, Bunessan, Isle of Mull. Picture: Savills
What is it: Detached modern home dating from 2010 with five bedrooms, three reception rooms and stunning views over Loch na Lathaich.Good points: The view of white tailed sea eagles from a hot tub on the decking would calm most worries.
The outlook from Bayview. Picture: Savills
Bad points: As it is already a successful holiday let you may be tempted to set up a holiday business rather than just relax.Price: Offers over £325,000.Contact: Savills on 0141-222 5875.
Where is it: Grace Cottage, Diabaig, Torridon, Ross-shire.
Grace Cottage, Torridon. Picture: Strutt and Parker.
What is it: A former black house with two bedrooms. Views over the hills of Applecross.Good points: Its location is at the end of mountain road described as a timeless zone of peace and tranquillity. Its cosy interior give a definite feeling of hygge too.
Grace Cottage's interior gives a definite feeling of hygge. Picture: Strutt and Parker.
Bad points: No shops nearby but a butcher’s van calls once a week.Price: Offers over £185,000.Contact: Strutt and Parker on 01463 723599.