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Hotel hits
the mark

But my fianc Steve and I knew


there was an amazing prize waiting
for us at the end of the winding single track roads.
Its called Ardanaiseig and the
stunning hotel proved to be the perfect place to discover the best our
beautiful country has to offer.
The amazing venue sits on Loch
Awe with stunning scenery all
around. And it felt like we had
stepped into fairytale as the magical
setting came into view.
The building dates back to 1834
with looming turrets and climbing
vines making it extremely enchanting. Inside, Ardanaiseig is seriously
impressive. With vintage furniture
and unique trinkets at every corner,
you feel like youve travelled back in
time.
Steve and I stayed in the Cuaig
room a master garden view
which featured a stunning claw foot
bath set on its own elevated platform.
Another interesting addition was
the bed, at first a seemingly normal
yet ornate double but turns out it
hid a secret Baby Spice aka Emma
Bunton once rested her head on it.
Thats right, according to the
events manager Louise, the hotels
owner is an antiques fan and picked
up the celeb bed at an auction.
After settling in and kindly being
given a loan of some midge repellent
they are rampant in this part of
Scotland, be warned we explored
the amazing grounds before making
our way to dinner. We enjoyed some

GO: ARDANAISEIG HOTEL

STAYING THERE: Rooms at Ardanaiseig


Hotel in Kilchrenan, by Taynuilt, Argyll, start
from 185 per night for two.
There is 25 per cent off regular rates for
stays until July 31 and three nights for the
price of two or four nights for the price of
three for stays before September 30.
MORE INFO: See ardanaiseig.com, email
hello@ardanaiseig.com or call them on
01866-833333.

pre-meal drinks in the bar and were


given the menu to make our choices
before going to our table.
This was a great touch as it meant
less waiting in the dining room
although we would happily have
spent many hours there with its fantastic views over the loch and the
amazing food. Steve and I both
tucked into charred sirloin of Angus

beef with onion, oxtail and


potato.
For dessert, it appeared I
was eating a terrarium
the dark chocolate pot, with orange
jam and white chocolate mousse was
so colourful and full of orange zest it
looked like a mini garden.
The next day we took at advantage
of some of the activities on offer at
Ardanaiseig when the hotels ghillie,
Steve, took us to the huge walled
garden nestled in the middle of the
woods to do some archery.
I was in an archery club for a
while so Steve even let me try his
own vintage bow from 1979 while my
fianc tried his best to hit the target.
Next up was a loch adventure
where we became captains of our
own motorised boat.
As complete boating novices Steve
made sure to give us a detail map to
make our way safely across the
water to the ancient Kilchurn Castle.
We set off and all was going well
until we landed in deep water well

LUXURY . . .
top facilities
and Anna out
on the loch

ITS 26C IN
TENERIFE a
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Paradise Fun
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HOT
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ARDANAISEIG IS PERFECT FOR ACTIVITY BREAK IN ARGYLL

DRIVING into the wilds of


Argyll in the west of Scotland
is
a
surprisingly
daunting experience for a
couple of urbanites.

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Edited by
LISA MINOT
& HEATHER
LOWRIE

Saturday, July 23, 2016 ...............

actually really shallow water, so


shallow that our boat became stuck
on the loch bed between two islands.
We tried in vain to row to shore
but it was no use so I rolled up my
jeans and jumped into the freezing
loch to push the boat into deeper
water. Back at the hotel our weekend
stay was topped off by another brilliant meal.
This time it was scallops, duck
breast and banoffee pie and a
lovely bottle of wine followed by a
soak in the huge bath tub before settling into bed for another night of
bliss The whole stay at Ardanaiseig
felt like we were in an episode of
Outlander with the rolling hills,
ruined castle and murky loch.
It is definitely well-worth the trek,
in fact the drive is as much part of
the trip as the stay itself.
ANNA GAULT

PANS PEOPLE: Seven


nights B&B at the 5H Pan
Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort in
Bali is from 1,069pp, leaving
Glasgow on selected dates
between October 15 and
December 15. Book by
August 1. See flightcentre.co.uk or call 0800 188
4593, quote ref 3760632.
. . . COR-PHEW: A week selfcatering at the 3H Kavos
Plaza in Kavos, Corfu, is from
514pp, leaving Edinburgh
on August 26. See
thomson.co.uk or call 0871
230 2555.
. . . OFF THE WALL: A night
at the 4H Tulloch Castle
Hotel in Dingwall, Ross-shire,
is from 34pp including dinner B&B. See bespokehotels.com/
tullochcastlehotel/breaks
. . . GRAN CENTRAL: Seven
nights all-inclusive at the 3H
Marina Elite hotel in Puerto
Rico, Gran Canaria, is from
559pp, leaving Edinburgh
on August 8. See jet2
holidays.com or call 0800
408 5594.
. . . GOOD ATTITUDE: A
week all-inclusive at the 4H
The Ravenala Attitude in
Mauritius is from 1,345pp,
including flights on selected
dates in September. See
emiratesholidays.co.uk or
0208 972 8949.
. . . ROYAL CONLATES NECTIONS: Experience a truly royal
short break with a
visit to Edinburgh Castle, The
Palace of Holy-roodhouse
and The Royal Yacht Britannia and a stay at the 4H DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh
Queensferry Crossing from
103.50pp on August 18. See
superbreak.com or call
0800 042 0288.
. . . THE WAY JAMAICA ME
FEEL: Seven nights all-inclusive at the 4H Holiday Inn
Resort Montego Bay,
Jamaica, is from 1,133pp
leaving Glasgow on September 7. See Opodo.co.uk or
call 0871 277 0090.
. . . EYE OF THE TIGER:
Take a tour of Kerala and the
Southern Highlands of India
and go spotting tigers from
2,790 for 18 days. The price
includes a visit to Periyar
Wildlife Reserve. See wendywutours.co.uk/wildlifetours/ or call 0800 902
0888.
. . . WORTH THE TRIP: Take
in the theatre production of
Thoroughly Modern Millie at
Kilworth House in North Kilworth Leicestershire including dinner, an overnight stay
and breakfast from 145pp.
See prideofbritainhotels.com or call 0800 089
3929.
. . . DUBAI BYE BABY: Five
nights B&B at the 4H Marina
View Hotel Apartments in
Dubai is from 478pp leaving
Glasgow on September 1.
See Teletextholidays.co.uk
or call 0203 001 0628.