The scene is pure theatre: the Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1834, with turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, stands against a backdrop of Loch Awe. More

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Argyll and Bute
PA35 1HE
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19. Some on ground floor, 1 in boatshed, 1 self-catering cottage.


Easter to New Year.


drawing room, library/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 120-acre grounds on loch, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed ‘for a small fee’.

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all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B £217–£330, D,B&B from £277. À la carte from £30, tasting menu £60.

Good Hotel Guide Review

The scene is pure theatre: the Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1834, with turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, stands against a backdrop of Loch Awe. Inside, owner Bennie Gray, an antiques dealer, has filled the place with ‘eccentricity’ and ‘a pleasingly old-fashioned air of country house grandeur’. Enter into the ‘unstuffy’ atmosphere of a private house – albeit one abounding in oil paintings, statuary, ‘quirky’ objets d’art. The ‘magnificent’ drawing room has mirrors, ‘beautiful’ antique tables, a ‘fine-looking’ Bechstein grand piano. From each of the public rooms, take in ‘superb, romantic views’ over lawns, down to the loch and over to the peak of Ben Lui. The bedrooms, each different, all ‘beautifully furnished’, were the work of a set designer for Scottish Opera. For a night under the stars, book the converted boathouse in ‘a glorious position’ on the water. Come dinnertime, chef Colin Cairns’s ‘excellent’ dinner is served in the ‘elegant’ dining room (white napery, candles, silver) – try the ‘perfectly tender’ beef. Mornings, after a ‘tasty’ breakfast, borrow bikes and wellingtons to explore the extensive grounds and ‘pretty’ loch-side bay.

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Guest comments

'It must be the most peaceful hotel in Britain. Seven-course no-choice dinner - woul have preferred four courses with choice. Excellent breakfat. A very comfortable garden room - the gardens are quite a feature. Pete the genereral manager much in evidence. High Victorian decor - most unusual. ' - Sir John B. Hall - June, 2012
'We spent two nights a couple of years ago and were very impressed. After a longer stay, I can only repeat our praise still more emphatically. The cooking was varied, inventive and delicious. Saddle of roe deer was as tasty and tender as any we have ever eaten. The staff were exceptionally kind and helpful in regard to my wife's disability: with flair and imagination, the chef prepared dairy-free dishes for her. ' - Robert Chandler - August, 2011
'A winding single-track road leads to this rambling grey stone manor house, beautifully situated on the shores of Loch Awe. A pleasingly old-fashioned air of country-house grandeur – with some eccentricity – pervades the public rooms of this Scots baronial mansion. Owner antique-dealer Bennie Gray has filled it with suitably grand – and some quirky – pieces. All the main rooms have superb, romantic views over green lawns down to the loch and over to the peak of Ben Lui. So did our beautifully furnished, enormous, very comfortable bedroom; huge four-poster, sofa, comfy chairs, fresh flowers, tables by the window so you could sit and gaze at the view; a well-appointed bathroom. The eccentricity comes from Gray’s installation of some 19th-century portraits owned in the seventies by a Soho nightclub owner who, disliking the ‘boring’ representations of people he didn’t know, had them overpainted with faces of people he did. This slightly cheeky ambience is reflected in the unstuffy attitude of the staff, who are friendly, willing and fairly efficient. Dinner was excellent. Breakfast was tasty, with a wide selection of freshly cooked dishes. The grounds are extensive, and there are good walks through them, but everywhere apart from the immediate area around the house is rather neglected. ' - S M - August, 0207

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Tourist attractions

  • Oban Distillery

    Whisky tours and bracing walks.

  • Fishing on Loch Awe

    One of the most popular lochs for angling in Argyll.

  • Stramash

    Outdoor sports, such as sea kayaking, gorge scrambling, canyoning, canoeing and coasteering.