The History of Ardanaiseig
Originally built way back in 1834, the story behind our historic Highlands hotel is a big part of what makes Ardanaiseig so special. It all starts with legendary Scottish architect William Burn, who designed some of Edinburgh’s most famous buildings.
Originally called New Inverawe, Ardanaiseig was built for Colonel James Archibald Campbell of Clan Campbell in 1834 by renowned Scottish architect William Burn. Burn was a prolific architect credited with a number of Edinburgh’s finest 19th century buildings, along with over 600 manor houses built or remodeled for the Scottish gentry. He is considered the founder of the Scottish Baronial style.
When Colonel Campbell died in 1879, New Inverawe was sold to a mining magnate from Cumberland, Mr John Ainsworth. The new owner renamed the property Ardanaiseig, the local Gaelic name for the point area on which the house was located. Meaning “The point by the ferry”, the origins of this name are obscure.
Designed by William Burn, Ardanaiseig is a Category B listed house noted for its architectural importance. Whilst the exterior remains virtually unchanged, parts of the interior were altered by former residents, the Ainsworth family, and more recently during the conversion of the house to a hotel.
Every effort has been made to keep these changes to a minimum and to preserve the atmosphere of a private house. The beautiful entrance hall boasts some fine pieces of antique furniture and works of art and is very much the original entrance hall of a traditional country house.
“This place has magical energy. Never felt so relaxed and looked after. The best staff in the world.”
Mr & Mrs C