Ardanaiseig

‘Beautifully situated’ on the shores of Loch Awe, this rambling manor house is ‘full of character’, say Guide inspectors in 2015. ‘A pleasingly old-fashioned air of country-house grandeur – with some eccentricity – pervades the public rooms. The owner, antique dealer Bennie Gray, has filled the house with suitably grand – and some quirky – pieces. The light-filled drawing room has large (modern) sofas, antique tables, fireplace, mirrors and art; two oversized, rather outré golden throne-like chairs.’ A ‘slightly cheeky’ ambience is reflected in the ‘unstuffy attitude of the friendly staff’. The public rooms, and many of the bedrooms, have a loch view. ‘Our very comfortable room had a huge four-poster bed, sofa, chairs and tables by the window so you could sit and gaze at the view; a well-appointed bathroom; fresh flowers were a nice touch. Dinner was excellent: scallops with a subtly flavoured cumin sauce; tender sirloin of beef with mash, cèpes and crispy shards of bacon.’ Breakfast has a wide selection of cooked dishes. ‘It was nice to stroll down to the loch accompanied by deer.’
  • 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, 17/07/2015

  • 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, 05/08/2012

  • 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, 16/08/2011

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Local 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.

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Contact Details

Ardanaiseig

KILCHRENAN Argyll and Bute Scotland PA35 1HE

Telephone

01866 833333

Further Information

Bedrooms

19. Some on ground floor, 1 in boatshed, 1 self-catering cottage.

Open

Easter to Christmas.

Facilities

drawing room, library/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 240-acre grounds on loch, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£20 charge), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room, based on 2 sharing B&B £217–£362, D,B&B from £245. À la carte from £30, tasting menu £60.