Situated where the River Awe meets Loch Awe, Ardanaiseig Hotel is surrounded by a landscape heavy with Celtic myths and memories.
Long ago, high on Ben Cruachan, an ancient Celtic Goddess had a magic well of youth. But one night it spilled down the mountain, allegedly creating Loch Awe.
The luxurious Grade II country house escape in Argyll was designed by leading 19th century architect, William Burn. Guests can enjoy 240 acres of tranquil grounds, loch views and the mighty Ben Cruachan as a backdrop.
The owner of the Ardanaiseig is an art dealer and his passion for collecting beautiful things is clear throughout the hotel.
From suits of armour to throne chairs via spectacular paintings to the exquisite grand piano in the drawing room, there seems to be a treasure around every corner.
The hotel offers a number of rooms as well as standard rooms as well as a rose cottage perfect for groups and families.
The acclaimed restaurant at Ardanaiseig is known for its fabulous cuisine, meaning guests can look forward to a dining experience to remember.
Chef Cornel Uys regularly uses the finest, seasonal produce which Scotland can provide to create his mouth-watering dishes.
Choices change seasonally, but mouthwatering mains might include the pan-roasted duck breast, the pork belly with haggis bon bon, the pan-fried brown trout and, for veggies, the open ravioli of wild black garlic mushroom.
Ardanaiseig Hotel is close to the atmospheric ruins Kilchurn Castle, Ben Cruachan and the breathtaking Cruachan Reservoir. The hotel also offers boat rentals, bike loans and even croquet kits to guests.
Loch Awe has plenty of wildlife and luck guests might spot red deer, Scottish wildcats, red foxes, otters, red squirrels, pine martens, osprey, buzzards and corncrakes.
Oban is around a 40-minute drive away.
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