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OVERVIEW

A country house hotel, but not as you might expect. Positively peacockish shabby chic interiors use vivid colours with wit, while the food makes the effort of getting there worthwhile. Most of all it's about the romance of the scenery and leaving your worries behind at the end of that single-track road.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Secluded is an understatement when you're four miles from a pub and 22 miles from the nearest town of any size. Tourist attractions, like Inverary Castle and Dunstaffnage, are the best part of an hour's drive away, but who cares when you have Ben Cruachan over your shoulder, Loch Awe at your feet and a castle a boat ride away? There's not a lot, but that's the charm of the place.

By car: around 3 hours 30 mins from Edinburgh, 6 hours 30 mins from Sheffield and 9 hours from London. There is free parking on-site.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Owner Bennie Gray put his heart, soul and the contents of any number of antique shops into this pretty, rambling Victorian house. Deftly avoiding both traditional country house stuffiness as well as boutique hotel cliché, Ardanaisaig doesn't follow fashion - the style is all it's own.

THE FACILITIES

There are bicycles and boats to borrow and a ghillie to help you find fish to catch. You can practice your archery, shoot a few clay pigeons, conquer at croquet or stay indoors and improve your knowledge of whisky. The friendly, approachable staff will help with all this and more.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Grounds
  • Fishing equipment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Master Loch rooms have blissful views, but all have plenty of personality. It takes nerve and skill to paint a room scarlet or chartreuse and make it work. If you long for simple contemporary ask for the boat shed. There's a stunning view down the loch and the chance to be an exhibitionist-one wall is entirely glass.

Room types: Master Loch, Master Garden, Garden View rooms, Rose Cottage, Boatshed suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Arran Aromatics toilteries, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Having little choice other than to eat here is no hardship given the quality of the cooking, where local ingredients shine in quietly sophisticated dishes like pan-fried brown trout with sea samphire and truffle-scented potato gratin. The traditional breakfast is no let-down either - the black pudding is delicious.

Restaurant: fine dining, modern Scottish cuisine, local ingredients. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Three course dinner £39pp.

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