We stayed here for several nights in March and had a great time. The location is fantastic with the snow we had while we were here just adding to the atmosphere. There is a great sense of isolation but the journey along the single track road is not nearly as bad as difficult as we expected.
The menu is not a la carte, but I think there are alternatives available if you don't like what's on offer - not a problem we ever had. The meals were some of the best we have ever had but they did tend towards the fussy and overcomplicated - peaches coated in gold leaf and tiny but perfectly shaped vegetables.
The wine list is good, but here I think the hotel is let down by it's staff who did not seem to have much idea about the wines.
On the negative side I do think the furniture and fittings are due for refurbishment. I realise that the old furniture is all part of the charm of the hotel but it still needs to be comfortable and presentable. Unfortunately much of the furniture is not. We were in one of the superior loch view rooms and one of the chairs had cigarette burns in it. In the lounge and bar areas the sofas are incredibly uncomfortable with virtually no stuffing left in the cushions. This lead to us taking to our room much earlier than we would like and of course it is losing revenue for the hotel. In general the hotel has gone beyond the country house feel and is slightly too run down for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a quiet place of undisturbed tranquility and almost surreal natural beauty, where the slopes of Ben Cruachan fall into the clear waters of loch Awe, lies a deeply romantic and luxurious old country house called Ardanaiseig. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ardanaiseig Hotel Kilchrenan, Scotland