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Ardanaiseig Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kilchrenan PA35 1HE, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
UK
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

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.

  • Liked — Location. Food
  • Disliked — Furnishings
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

When we decided to get married in February 2007, this was the only venue we even bothered to price – so you would expect me to tell you that the location is stunning, the hotel charming and the food out of this world. And, given we adore Gary Goldie’s cooking, the place’s sumptuous faded charm (even if there is the odd bit of woodchip that needs stripping, at least there’s not a sauna or an OHP, or a “corporate look” in sight)– it naturally follows that our wedding matched our every expectation.

But here’s the surprise… Ardanasieg is a delightful place to take your children.

We had exclusive use for the night of the wedding, and stayed on for another 3 nights, and I have to admit, that I was just a tweensy weensy bit worried about how our 8 month old daughter was going to fit in to somewhere so formal.. I needn’t have been. Everyone was really welcoming, and we were never made to feel having a baby along was an ounce of bother – which I personally think is half the battle.

Under 12’s are encouraged to have a high tea and get away to their beds so the adults are free to have a grown-up dinner – which suited us down to the ground. A previous reviewer complained about the children’s menu – but this was not our experience at all – in fact, the food was simpler, but of the same high quality as the gourmet menu. Our daughter adored Gary’s pumpkin soup, and our fussy teenagers were wrought unfussy... In Gary’s wake, all I can say is Anna Karmel eat your heart out!

If you’re thinking of going here, do.

  • Liked — Brilliant food and lovely setting
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Mull, Argyll
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2006

Booked Rose Cottage here for my husband's 50th Birthday. What a treat - a whole cottage to ourselves for just the one night plus an open fire and fuel provided. A lovely stroll of around 10 minutes to the hotel for a fabulous dinner and a great breakfast.

  • Liked — Open fire and fuel
  • Disliked — No shower
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Edinburgh
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2006

Having just read the last review, I felt compelled to put my tuppence worth in as I was staying in early August, and just loved it up there. Some of it is old and a little worn, but that is what it's meant to be. It's an old baronial manor, not a refurbished new spa hotel, so can appreciate it's not everyone's cuppa. But if you want romance, wild escapism, fabulous food, this is the place. It is just so wonderful. I can highly recommend it. (The new boat shed offers modern comforts for those who prefer that kind of thing and has sensational views).

  • Liked — seclusion and the food
  • Tips/Secrets — this is old traditional scotland - expect peaty bath water - but it has all the stunning views and charm that goes with it
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2006

The location is as beautiful as the photos in the brochure and on the website, and the house is grand - but seriously shabby. There was rainwater pouring through the roof on one of the corridors, the loo seat in our bathroom was cracked, some of the fittings in the bathroom were crome, some gilt, several light bulbs were broken, the room was not vacuumed once during our 3 day stay (I was told this was normal). Croissants at breakfast ran out before half the guests had appeared, and on one morning the cooked breakfasts took half an hour to produce. There didn't seem to be enough staff anywhere in the hotel. We were there with children and were reasonably lucky with the weather - it only poured one day. But apart from a colouring set and a couple of games there was nothing for the children to do. Fine if you are the Scottish Romantic Hotel of the Year (they are), but then you should discourage people like us from bringing children. Certainly the other guests were lessed than thrilled to have children around. The children's menu was very limited, didn't change and was straight from freezer to microwave stuff - no fresh vegetables and not even a straight forward pasta dish. Oh and they had to eat at a table in the drawing room - not very nice for other guests. Really poor. Dinner for the adults was mostly excellent (apart from incinerated steaks), although we had not realised there was no a la carte and we would have to have the full set menu each night. The gardens which are so vaunted in the publicity are terribly neglected. Really sad. In fact it was hard to see how they could justify the £300+ per night for B&B. For that kind of rate these days you expect there to be some kind of spa, or at the very least for the rooms and public areas to be immaculate. It is run down, not particularly clean, understaffed and overpriced. The location alone does not adequately compensate for such issues. Don't be tempted.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — shabby and seriously un-family-friendly
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Kilchrenan PA35 1HE, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilchrenan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ardanaiseig Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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