This ancient stone castle is set just outside a small village in rural Argyll and feels instantly welcoming and warm. Stef and Simo will greet you with homemade treats or perhaps some local charcuterie and a dram in the Great Hall, now a cosy sitting room – where you can stick a record on if you fancy some music too.
Breakfast is a social affair and changes daily. Help yourself to cereal and fruit before the main event: perhaps shakshuka with a local free-range egg or spicy beans; potatoes and outdoor reared pork sausages and bacon; cold cuts; along with homemade bread and marmalade. The bedrooms are grand and romantic but with quirky touches; find a copper tub or a rain shower, lotions in refillable pottery jars, artworks and toasty wood-burners in some rooms.
The first inhabitants of Kilmartin Glen built burial cairns before the pyramids and standing stones – ancient forts and rock carvings are nearby. The wild wetlands of Moine Mhòr Nature Reserve are three miles away or you can cruise from Adfern with a chance to spot dolphins, basking sharks, minke whales and golden eagles.