Owns a flat in London and a small farm in Oxfordshire
LOCATION: My ideal home actually exists. It lies among the volcanoes of the Kronotsky
Preserve in Kamchatka, the peninsula at the far end of the Russian empire. The house is built on the side of a hill in a place called the Valley of Geysers. It belongs to Vitali, a bear-tracker I met on my expedition to Kamchatka two years ago. I fell in love with the place - partly because of its extraordinary position and partly because, with its big windows, there seems little division between indoors and out.
ESSENTIAL LOCAL AMENITIES: The remoteness of the place makes the idea of a milkman or a baker a fantasy, though an occasional helicopter does drop by.
CONSTRUCTION: The house is constructed of timbers from an abandoned coastal village. There is no electricity and it looks ramshackle, but it is highly practical for sub-zero temperatures. Covered in tarred felt, the roof is steeply pitched because the snow lies 2m deep for much of the year. The walls are packed with insulation and the windows double-glazed.
BEDROOMS: One, stocked with wolf-fur sleeping bags and blankets.
BATHROOMS: There is a long-drop loo, in an outhouse, and for washing there are geysers and hot springs. When I was there I found a bath-temperature waterfall in a nearby stream.
RECEPTION ROOMS: The living room has a large south-facing window and a fire burning in the hearth. Up a ladder is a library/study with a desk and big windows that catch the sun; it doubles as a second bedroom.
ESSENTIAL KITCHEN FEATURES: I'd have to have a cook - kitchens are not my forte.