Concierge.com's insider take:
Tucked away several miles down a single-track road and perched at the head of the appropriately named Loch Awe on the west coast, this rambling 18-bedroom hotel has "romantic hideaway" carved into its Victorian foundations. It is owned by an antique dealer, which makes for some idiosyncratic fixtures and fittings. While the Kilchurn room has a gothic four-poster, the Tromlee room boasts an antique hookah, and the palatial drawing room has two golden thrones, gilt-edged mirrors, and a magnificent Bechstein grand piano. Spicing up the country-house vibe are quirky touches such as the oil painting in the dining room that depicts Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, and Mick Jagger. The food is less eccentric, with zucchini soup, cèpe risotto with summer truffles, and sea bass with potato scales and samphire typical dishes. There are seven master bedrooms with views to the loch; 11 more (including four doubles) overlook the extensive gardens. The woodland gardens are worth a stroll, and guests can hire boats to fish the loch or explore its islands.
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