Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Airds started life as a coaching inn for travelers en route to the island of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides, and the view across Loch Linnhe to Lismore still draws visitors. Eating breakfast in the dining room while watching the clouds roll across the Morvern mountains in the distance is something of a treat. The 11 cosy rooms (six with loch view) comfortably straddle traditional tastes and contemporary fashion, with muted designer fabrics and abstract art on the walls. Two of the three suites have splash-proof TVs mounted over the baths and walk-in showers, but the overall design is aimed at easygoing elegance rather than sleek modernity. With its ornate fireplace, grandfather clock, and antique writing bureau, the larger of the two lounges is rather handsome, the smaller is a cozy room that's a perfect hideaway—providing you don't mind the stag's head above the fire watching. Under head chef Robert Macpherson, the hotel's kitchen makes the most of its seaside location with tapenade-crusted halibut fillets rubbing shoulders with other locally sourced, land-based ingredients, such as such as venison from the Kingairloch Estate. Airds is developing its gardens with a view to offering lawn games from the summer house. Dinner and breakfast are included in the price.
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