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“The spirit of Islay”

Review of Lagavulin Hall

Lagavulin Hall from the carpark.
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36 reviews
Lagavulin Hall from the carpark.
The sea is just across the road.
Surnaig Bay.
Dining room from the Gallery.
It sometimes snows.
From a tree in the garden.
Dunyveg Castle and Surnaig Bay from the garden.
Lagavulin Hall.
Dining Room.
Looking up at the Gallery Living Room.
Memorial stone in the Kitchen.
A seat by the window.
Kitchen from the Gallery.
Lagavulin Hall and surroundings.
The Stills at Laphroaig.
9th Century Kildalton Cross.
The Mull of Oa.
Port Ellen Lighthouse on a windy day.
It is Scotland after all.
Upstairs Living Room
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Overview
Converted chapel -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Very good - based on 36 reviews
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Henk B
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“The spirit of Islay”
Reviewed 16 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Lagavulin Hall is a grand location from which to explore Islay. A church house, full of character, loving attention to detail, inspiring deep conversation over glasses of whisky. When you are lucky to arrive by plane on a clear day (as we were), you can see the chapel among the three magnificent white distilleries along the southern coast. I stayed for a week in october with my whisky companion, one distillery a day we visited, sometimes two. Autumn in the air, the geese arriving from Greenland, only a handful of people on the trail. Brilliant sunlight piercing the house early in the morning. No better place to sip your dram than sitting at the long table in the evening, the vault above leaking stories of lost times. The facilities of the house are good. There is plenty of everything and of fine quality. One can dry one’s coat over a solid old school radiator. The kitchen is well equipped to prepare suitable meals, the beds sleep great, the couches are soft and the bathroom is big enough.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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Liked best: Character of the house
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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davetuna
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“Unique rental close to Islay's best Distilleries”
Reviewed 6 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012

I enjoyed a lovely 4 night stay with my parents at Lagavulin Hall. The old converted chapel makes for a unique rental with plenty of space and old world character. Central heating is complemented with a real log / peat burning stove upstairs in the mezzanine living area. The smokey smell from the fire lingers and adds to the atmosphere. 3 mins walk from Lagavulin Distillery and maybe 20mins walk (?) from Ardbeg and Laphroaig, this is a great location.
Full amenities inc. fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer mean you can be self-sufficient for the duration of your trip. The free Wifi is great as it allows you to plan your stay and communicate with the outside world - useful as mobile phone coverage on some networks is sporadic.
Only 2 negative points that I can think of: 1) If the property were filled to capacity (2 x double rooms, 1 x twin & sofa bed) there would be a queue for the single combined shower/toilet room in the morning. 2) My mum felt it necessary to clean the fridge, kitchen surfaces, plates and cutlery before we could use them as they weren't 100% clean (Note: there is a dishwasher though). Apart from that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property. Friendly, helpful owner.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Kitchen
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Bodmin
Reviewed 29 November 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Liked best: The atmosphere of the house and the island
Travelling group: Extended Family
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 November 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Liked best: The beautiful architecture and very attractive interior.
Liked least: Can't think of anything
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Brussel
Reviewed 6 November 2011 for a stay in July 2010

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Liked best: the location and athmosphere
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway
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