Ardanaiseig in the Highlands has been voted the 3rd best Leisure Hotel in the UK by Condé Nast Traveller's readers, making it the favourite hotel in Scotland.
The awards, which were announced yesterday, recognised the world’s best hotels, spas, airlines and tour operators. Readers were asked to mark each of their choices out of 100 according to various criteria, such as service and value for money. Ardanaiseig received an average score of 89 in the UK Leisure Hotel category, placing it just one point behind the UK leader (the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park), and making it the highest ranking Scottish hotel.
The international awards also recognised Edinburgh as the preferred UK city. Full details can be found at http://www.cntraveller.com/magazine/readers-travel-awards-2010
According to Hotel Manager, Peter Webster, ‘Ardanaiseig is a beautiful baronial-style country house hotel that benefits from a breathtaking location and a small team of staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. We have won awards some great awards this year, from Best Housekeeper to most Romantic Restaurant and a Chef’s Medaille D’Or, but the fact that Condé Nast Traveller’s international readership has recognised us is particularly exciting.’
An overnight stay with full Scottish breakfast starts from £66 per person. Further information is available at www.ardanaiseig.com.
Notes to Editors
Ardanaiseig is a mysterious, baronial-style, 4* country house hotel that rests at the foot of Ben Cruachan, on the shores of Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands. Its tranquil setting makes for an ideal romantic escape or relaxing retreat. The consistently high level of service under award-winning Manager Peter Webster draws people back to the hotel time and time again.
As well as being a delight to behold, Ardanaiseig is firmly established as a food-lovers hotel. The five-course gourmet meals never fail to impress, thanks to the unique culinary flair of Head Chef and Medaille d’Or winner Gary Goldie and his use of the very finest local and international ingredients. During the course of twelve years at Ardanaiseig, Gary’s reputation has gone from strength to strength as he continues to draw upon new inspirations and an endless resource of passion and creativity.
The ground, sky and waters around Ardanaiseig offer up an abundance of delightful ingredients. Gary regularly incorporates local produce into his recipes and can often be seen foraging or hunting for ingredients himself. The hotel as a year-round license to shoot roe deer and the Loch offers up a fine assortment of fish. In the grounds, garlic, wild leek, hogweed, purple clover, wood sorrel, meadowsweet, land cress, nettles, elderflower, elder berries, raspberries, blackberries and rowan berries, to name but a few, are in plentiful supply.
Whilst for some, Ardanaiseig is the perfect place to unwind or find creative inspiration, for others it is the resting place after a day of outdoor adventure. A number of activities can be arranged as part of a stay at Ardanaiseig – from horse riding, flying, sailing and climbing, to deer stalking, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and foraging.
Ardanaiseig can be hired for exclusive use and is particularly popular for weddings and celebrations. Ardanaiseig also offers gift vouchers for a number of special events an packages at the hotel, from murder mystery weekends and pamper packages to mushroom forages and wildlife photography breaks.
Ardanaiseig’s recent awards include a Chef’s Medaille d’Or, AA 2 rosettes, Food Review 5*, Gold Medal for Management Excellence, Scottish National Hotel Chef of the Year, Scottish Intimate Wedding Hotel of the Year 2010, and Romantic Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2010.
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