Off the beaten track

Published: 25/06/2009

I JUST couldn’t resist the beautiful grand piano in the corner. I had only had a few sips of wine, but somehow, the antique furniture, the magnificent, high-ceilinged room and stunning views over Loch Awe transported me to another era.

Sadly, though, my piano playing remained firmly in the present. A few, halting bars of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata was all I could manage before some jarring wrong notes betrayed me as someone who had firmly neglected their musical education.

I’m not sure what the other guests made of my feeble attempts but, after just a few hours at the Ardanaiseig Hotel, where visitors are encouraged to treat this beautiful, 19th-century baronial manor as their own home, I think everyone was relaxed enough to forgive my very amateur performance.

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