Ardanaiseig Hotel, a luxury Scottish countryhouse

Ardanaiseig Hotel, a luxury Scottish countryhouse

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.

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

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!

Ardanaiseig Hotel reviewAfter 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.

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

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.

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

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!

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

Did I also mention it’s dog friendly?

Cruz approved and insisted I do an Ardanaiseig hotel review!

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

How’s this for a window view?

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

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!

Ardanaiseig Hotel review

Of course Monsieur Cruz claimed his spot as soon as we arrived…

Ardanaiseig Hotel Review

…and he got utterly upset when his blanket was set on the settee. Nice try Cruz but maybe next time!

Ardanaiseig Hotel Review

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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.

Ardanaiseig Hotel Review

Ardanaiseig Hotel Review

Ardanaiseig Hotel Review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

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.

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

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!

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

And then, just after I threw a few stones in the lake, it happened!

Ardanaiseig hotel review

Ardanaiseig hotel review

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.

Ardanaiseig hotel review

But I will tell you more about it and other adventures in the Scottish countryside tomorrow….

Happy Thursday 🙂

Anastasia x

 

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Anastasia is a Greek in Scotland via England! She’s passionate about life in Aberdeen, exploring new places and petting dogs. When not working she runs Natbee’s and enjoys countryside walks with her puppy Cruz.

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18 Comments

  1. Colin
    July 17, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Lovely to meet you the other day Anastasia and thanks for the recommendations.
    I loved going through your posts, you have a very beautiful blog!

    Hope to see you again,
    Colin

    • Anastasia
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Thank you Colin, it was nice to meet you too and thank you for all your kind comments.

      A.

  2. Jasmine Bleeks
    July 17, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I love the last picture of you and Cruz, he looks so into the game xx

    • Anastasia
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Jazmine, he totally loved it!x

  3. Lauren Daniels
    July 17, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    This looks flipping amazing and you look gorgeous in these shots, I missed your pretty face!
    Ardanaiseig seems to be the perfect getaway, too bad we live in the south of England 🙁
    Do you know which is the closest airport?

    LD

    • Anastasia
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Hi Lauren, thats a shame indeed! I wish we lived a bit closer 🙂
      Oban or Glasgow are the closest airports, definitely worth a try!x

  4. Colin
    July 17, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Lovely to meet you the other day Anastasia and thanks for the recommendations.
    I loved going through your posts, you have a very beautiful blog!

    Hope to see you again,
    Colin

    • Anastasia
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Thanks Colin! Lovely to meet you too 🙂

  5. Tatjana
    July 18, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Your travel posts are so elegant! They make me dream and it almost felt as if I was there with you. I love the pictures of Cruz swimming he seems a bit alerted with his cute ears up! Hihi x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      July 18, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Ah thank you Tatjana, that’s exactly what I want my readers to feel, like they are there with me!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Amanda
    September 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Your puppy is the CUTEST and this hotel looks amazing! Next time we are visiting Scotland I will definitely have a look into booking us a room for a weekend stay!

    Amanda

    • Anastasia
      Author
      September 24, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much! Not that I am biased but he totally is! A very handsome boy!

  7. Lauren Ashley
    September 24, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Anastasia, I so appreciate your breathless enthusiasm for Scotland! Your posts make me travel mentally to all these beautiful places and I am so grateful to have found your Instagram account giving me daily updates of Aberdeen.
    Ardanaiseig hotel looks dreamy and I am only hoping to visit one day soon
    xx Lauren

    • Anastasia
      Author
      September 24, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Aww thank you Lauren, your comment just made my day! You are so kind.
      I love Scotland and I am very happy to share my travels and experiences with you all, glad to know you like my photography and posts x

  8. Filamenta
    September 24, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Hi Anastasia, could I please ask you what sort of workouts do you do? I saw on your Instagram stories that you do the Kayla Itsines workouts but is this only it?
    Love your travel posts, keep up the great work.

    Filamenta
    http://www.filamentacross.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      September 24, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      Hi Filamenta and thank you for your comment. I used to do the bbg workouts and I very recently started them again. I cannot say that I follow them by letter but it is a nice way to see results very quickly xx

  9. Frances
    November 5, 2018 / 10:16 am

    All I can say is H.E.A.V.E.N!!!!
    What a stunning place!
    thanks for the recommendation.

    Francesca x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:55 am

      It most certainly was a heavenly place, we loved out visit. Thank you Fran x

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