The people behind Basecamp Hotel in Lake Takoe California have grasped the idea that great style doesn’t cost much. Inspired use of design, colour and concept has resulted in a witty yet highly functional hotel which prefectly suits its lakeside, outdoorsy environment. Of course it has impeccable green credentials but it also offers deluxe bedding, high speed wi fi, flat screen tvs and XBoxes. There is orginal art on the walls, a rooftop hot tubs and fire pits around which you can share your bear scaring tales.  This concept would work well in the Scottish highlands – perhaps we should send the Basecamp team a postcard from Aviemore.