There are days that the tyranny of the Ph.D. is killing every single cell of my body, and then there are days like this! Having arrived just a couple of hours after sunrise we had all the Christmas excitement to explore Ardanaiseig hotel, one of the most romantic hotels in Scotland! As we drove past the lush forest and wild vegetation we came upon this magical house that would perfectly fit in the tales of Jane Austen.
Where: Ardanaiseig hotel, Kilchrenan by Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1HE, Scotland
When: July 2017
ARDANAISEIG HOTEL REVIEW
The Estate dates back to the 14th century and it has been passed down to many hands since then! Ardanaiseig house was built in 1834 by Colonel James Archibald Campbell. He spent two years planting trees in the gardens, some of which are still alive up until today!
After his death, it was sold to Sir John Ainsworth-who changed the name of the house to Ardanaiseig-a Gaelic name which translates as ‘the point by the ferry’-no one really knows why the word ferry is involved there and it is still a mystery! The current owner of the property is Bennie Gray, an antique dealer who bought the Estate in 1995 and has turned it into a luxury, romantic hotel for couples.
It’s clear that a great deal of thought and attention to detail has been paid to create this stunning 16 en-suite bedrooms luxury hotel. Upon entry you will be greeted by a selection of wellies in different sizes, fishing rods, books and raincoats-the essentials to explore the countryside and make the most of your time here.
There is beautiful art displayed on the walls, antique French style golden mirrors hanging in the corners and heavy red carpets covering the staircases. It’s impossible not feel like you have travelled with a time machine back to the 19th century!
Did I also mention it’s dog friendly?
Cruz approved and insisted I do an Ardanaiseig hotel review!
How’s this for a window view?
Our generously sized room was the Inishail, Master Loch view. Beautifully furnished with red velvet chairs and period bed covers it made us once again step back in time and think how Colonel James Archibald Campbell guests would have felt upon enteringthis luxurious room!
Of course Monsieur Cruz claimed his spot as soon as we arrived…
…and he got utterly upset when his blanket was set on the settee. Nice try Cruz but maybe next time!
While getting ready to go for a walk I got my camera and started snapping away all the details of the room that I wouldn’t want to forget. I tend to have albums with pictures of all the hotels I have visited and some nights I go back and relive the moments looking at them. The owner of Ardanaiseig hotel has so much taste, it would be a shame not to capture every single detail with my camera.
Believe it or not even the bathroom was beautifully made to detail! From the sash windows to the soft towels and selection of toiletries, I knew that there is nothing from home that I’d miss while staying here.
Just when Cruz started getting really excited we stepped out of the countryhouse and headed to the loch and boat house. It felt a bit like home here, I grew up in a small town next to a lake and all of the sudden the smells and sounds reminded me of my younger self playing around the waters just as Cruz did!
And then, just after I threw a few stones in the lake, it happened!
Cruz had his first swim ever! And as a proud mother I documented it all over the internet as this moment should never be forgotten.
But I will tell you more about it and other adventures in the Scottish countryside tomorrow….
Happy Thursday 🙂