Long ago, high on Ben Cruachan, an ancient Celtic Goddess had a magic well of youth. But one night it spilled down the mountain, creating Loch Awe.
She spent thousands of years wailing in despair, until one day a stunning hotel called Ardanaiseig opened on the loch’s shores. She promptly checked in, enjoyed a night of luxury and cheered up straight away.
Okay, so maybe we made that last bit up. But it is true that a little luxury can go a very long way.
With this in mind, why not surprise your loved one with this 5pm Big Deal for a romantic stay in Ardanaiseig Hotel?
Romantic 19th century hotel
Situated where the River Awe meets Loch Awe, Ardanaiseig Hotel is surrounded by a landscape heavy with Celtic myths and memories.
This 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.
This Big Deal is for a one or two night stay for two in a lovely Double Garden View room with a bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival. It is available Thursday to Sunday until 31st March 2019.
Breakfast is included as well as a three course set menu meal for two. Dinner will be on the first night if you choose the second option.
You can take children under aged 12 or under along for a supplement or for free if they are aged two or under. Dogs are also welcome for a supplement.
With this Big Deal you will have the treat of staying in a Double Garden View suite on the ground floor, perfect for relaxing and enjoy Ardanaiseig’s lovely grounds.
The suite is equipped with a flat screen TV with freeview channels and a DVD player, complimentary WiFi, two fluffy bathrobes, luxury Arran Aromatics toiletries, a hairdryer and an iron with ironing board.
There will also be a well equipped hospitality tray that includes infusion teas, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits as well as Scottish still and sparkling waters.
If you fancy an upgrade, Master Garden rooms are available for £20 per stay and Master Loch rooms for £40.
The acclaimed restaurant at Ardanaiseig is known for its fabulous cuisine, meaning that you can look forward to a dining experience to remember.
You will be sampling three courses from the set menu. 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.
Explore Loch Awe
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 if you are lucky you might spot red deer, Scottish wildcats, red foxes, otters, red squirrels, pine martens, osprey, buzzards and corncrakes.
If you fancy a day trip, then Oban is around a 40-minute drive away.
Ardanaiseig Hotel has earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Here is one of many recent rave reviews, edited for length:
‘Alluring hotel within picturesque surroundings. This exquisite hotel is right on the edge of the beautiful Loch Awe… the inside of the hotel is like a palace with very affluent decor but still manages to give a cosy, comfortable feel with stunning views of the loch and surrounding forests and gardens. Guests can even chose to borrow a small motor boat to explore the loch and local islands or even do a spot of fishing. I’ll definitely be making this a regular getaway spot, although next time I think it will be with my boyfriend as it’s also quite a romantic setting. The staff were really lovely and the food was out of this world. I actually discovered you can go there just for dinner, which I will undoubtedly do any time I’m in the area. I cannot recommend this place enough.’
Want to really sweep someone off their feet? Then you know what we’re about to say – an escape to a country house hotel on Loch Awe would make a stay to remember.
With a three course fine dining meal, bottle of wine on arrival and breakfast included, you will have everything you need for a sumptuous stay right up until March.