ardanaiseig | our wildly romantic trip

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited out to the stunning Ardanaiseig in Kilchrenan. I jumped at the chance to spend a night in this tranquil setting as god knows I need some peace being the mother of two children under three! On arriving I was amazed at how peaceful and remote the location is, and immediately went out for a walk around the grounds. We stumbled upon the honeymoon boat shed which sits on the banks of Loch Awe and is your private suite when getting married at Ardanaiseig. Wildly romantic? I think so!

There are plenty of options for your wedding here including the Greek style amphitheatre, situated on the shores of the loch, where guest seating is cut into the natural landscape; it is unique and completely beautiful. The house has a beautiful drawing room with large bay windows looking out towards the water. You can also have your ceremony at Kilchrenan Parish Church. The grounds of Ardanaiseig are perfect for a marquee too.

The food - I can't even explain. I had the best meal here. The Ardanaiseig Restaurant is noted for its imaginative use of fresh produce. The mouth-watering dishes are created by Colin Cairns, a young award-winning chef and the food is well complemented by a distinguished and international selection of wines (and more than fifty single malt whiskies) from the extensive cellars.

Ardanaiseig has sixteen double bedrooms for guests. They also have a cottage within the grounds which sleeps four – perfect for a small family or two couples. Each of the bedrooms is individually designed and adorned with lavish antiques and intricately detailed furniture.

Come nightfall Ardanaiseig’s private grounds were blanketed by a serene silence that awarded us a beautifully relaxing night. And breakfast the next morning while looking over the water was a dream.

All images by the fantastical Jo Donaldson; you can catch her on her website, Facebook or Instagram.