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Issue 92 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 92
April 2017


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Premium Choice

No vacation in Scotland is complete without experiencing the comfortable surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality for which the country is famous. Whether you are searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, some trout or salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle, the Scottish Hotel Awards will point you in the right direction.

1. Ardanaiseig

This hotel comprises a rambling 19th Century manor set in 240 acres of gardens and woodland on the shores on Loch Awe, and is surrounded by some of Scotland’s
most unspoilt and dramatic Highland
scenery. Ardanaiseig is a Baronial-style building that offers a luxury four-star
hotel experience that’s centred around a grand drawing room, traditional bar, and high-end restaurant.
Inside, owner Bennie Gray — who is an antiques dealer — has created a pleasingly old-fashioned air of country house grandeur with oil paintings, statuary, and ‘quirky’ objets d’art. The magnificent drawing room boasts vast and intricate mirrors, beautiful antique tables, and a Bechstein grand piano. It’s the perfect environment in which to relax, perhaps with your favourite book, and let time drift by.
The bedrooms all have delightful views of either the loch or the estate and each is different. All are individually designed and were the work of a Scottish Opera set designer. As a result, they exude romance and luxury and, as one might expect, they are replete with fine antique furniture. For a night under the stars, book the converted boathouse, which enjoys a prime position on the waterside, and also available is a self-catering cottage.

+44 (0) 1866 833 333

2. Ingliston Country Club

Ingliston Country club delivers an exemplary, five-star experience from the moment you pass through the main gates.
The décor and finishing to the corridors exudes quality and the bedrooms carry that standard throughout. Rooms transcend their humble design by virtue of generous and luxurious linen and scatter cushions, decadent show piece mirrors, and luxurious features chairs. Similarly, the bathroom is enhanced with toiletries from Pascal Morabito and the whole package of bedroom and bathroom presented spotlessly clean.
A short walk from the accommodation block, past the Salerno function suite, is the central Inglistion building. This is home to Palomino’s restaurant, where you can enjoy excellent cuisine whilst watching the trotting thoroughbreds in the glass-enclosed equestrian arena.
Then there’s the core element of the business: the equine facilities and accommodation. While we didn’t experience the comfort of the stables first hand, a quick visual inspection tells you that as with everything else about this great facility, the horses also enjoy five-star surroundings too!
The overall result of all this attention to detail? A truly unique experience in the West of Scotland and one that we cannot recommend more highly.

+44 (0) 845 301 1010

3. The Glasshouse Hotel

The Glasshouse opened in 2003 as a state-of-the-art architectural palace
that combines a Victorian Gothic stone church façade with a stunning blue glass and steel structure.
Today, The Glasshouse is part of the prestigious Marriott Autograph Collection of first class, independent hotels around the world.  With a wide selection of deluxe and executive suites, many offer private balconies with city views, or enable you to step out onto your own patio beside the rooftop garden, which is unique to an Edinburgh city hotel.
The new Observatory Restaurant has now opened to hotel guests and non-residents and the kitchen team deliver a superlative menu of Scottish beef, game and seafood, with dishes artistically presented. Breakfast is also exemplary, with a choice of well-stocked continental buffet items and quality hot dishes from porridge and kippers to Eggs Benedict and pancakes.
The Glasshouse offers a relaxing, romantic retreat with all homely comforts: a bowl of fresh fruit, sofas, fine fabrics and bed linen, luxury bathrooms, and the benefit of the rooftop garden truly can’t be overstated. Chic, sleek and unique in style, The Glasshouse delivers casual five-star service that ranks it among the world’s best.

+44 (0) 131 525 8200