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“A beautiful, unique place to stay”

Review of Lagavulin Hall

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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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Converted chapel -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Jacquie20...
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A beautiful, unique place to stay”
Reviewed 13 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We had a wonderful week at Lagavulin hall, on arrival the house (although it is much grander than a house!) was spotless, the beds all made up, towels and toiletries available. It is a lovely layout, with the mezzanine lounge overlooking the kitchen and main part of the hall. I had expected it to be cold and draughty, but it was a perfect temperature throughout - especially with the log burner in the lounge. If you happen to catch the early ferry and arrive a bit too early, it is just within a short walk to Lagavulin distillery, where a wee tour and dram can fill the time quite pleasantly.

There is a new cycle track which goes from Port Ellen out to Ardbeg which makes walking and cycling very safe.

We had a great day with some of our group fishing for trout on Loch Gorm, whil the rest of us walked around the loch and visited some beautiful beaches and the Kilchoman distillery - at the end of the day we took the spoils of the loch and cooked them on a fire at the beach.

We all enjoyed our stay at Lagavulin and would happily recommend it!

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Liked best: The mediaeval feel
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Nigel K
London, United Kingdom
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“A magical chapel, perfectly placed for big whisky lovers”
Reviewed 22 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Come here expecting charm by the bucketful, eccentricity and atmosphere. Do not come here expecting five-star hotel accommodation.

The building (which dates from 1909) is wonderful; the conversion into holiday accommodation has been brilliantly realised, and is totally in keeping with the architecture of the original. We stayed during the storm of early November 2015, and watching the waves crash against the rocky shore from the real-fire-heated interior felt like an enormous privilege, as did sitting down to dinner at the enormous dining table in the main hall.

It's evident that the owner has refurbished this place with much love and limited amounts of money. While the fixtures and fittings are of excellent quality, and the shower in particular has benefited from a recent update, some of the basics (pans, toaster, cooker, microwave, fridge) are of an earlier vintage. You get used to them, but we read earlier reviews before going and were sure to bring our own sharp kitchen knife and frying pan in the car with us.

Beds and bedding are all of high quality, so a good night's sleep is guaranteed. In the upstairs bedroom, there's the bonus of Milky Way watching through the skylight.

On the doorstep, you have three of the world's finest whisky producers – Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroiag – do not miss the opportunity to taste their wares, even if you think you don't like whisky (the truth is, usually, that you haven't yet tried enough).

One more thing: contrary to expectations, the broadband here was impressively fast. When the BBC TV reception conks out (as it often does here), this makes the iPlayer a viable alternative.

We had a wonderful week here, and we will definitely be back one day. Thank you.

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Liked best: Location, the building
Liked least: Kitchen equipment
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Compass56...
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“Mr”
Reviewed 14 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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A cracking place to stay on a very welcoming island - not only was the location great for the three nearby distilleries (Lagavulin the best for my money) AND a manageable stagger back from Port Ellen if one had sunk too much to drive/talk coherently enough to order a taxi - but the Hall was an attraction in itself. Spacious and cosy - there was something scenic to see inside and out, with the picturesque bay just outside. There was something quite agreeable about cooking dinner feeling like you were in an old clan Hall whilst bothering absent spouses with unexpectedly impressive wifi. The piano was a real treat (and fortunately we were secluded enough for it not to "treat" the neighbours) as was the wood-stove in the mezzanine. I think you take the place as it is - In a century-old-church, some of the features are bound not to be at their most modern but for us that was part of the charm. Looking for somewhere to escape from central London, it was an absolute gem, and would highly recommend.

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ShoegirlL...
London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely location. Hall needs an upgrade”
Reviewed 16 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Location fantastic with easy walking to the three local distilleries. Port Ellen has a small co-op for emergencies - staff there are fabulous. Islay hotel and Ardbeg are excellent for lunch nearby and so is the hotel at Port Charlotte. The outback gallery very interesting and great for coffee and cake. If you are stopping at Tarbert overnight for the ferry the info centre is very helpful for walks and ideas on Islay and Jura.

The hall whilst interesting needed some serious upgrade. TV didn't work the whole holiday. Whilst not the end of the world it is a facility advertised. Kitchen needs a total replacement and lacks glasses and equipment. We went and bought a frying pan and tongs from a shop in Bowmore! One bathroom is not sufficient for the number of people the hall sleeps. Electricity kept tripping. But the wifi worked!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: The accomodation
Travelling group: Extended Family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay in the best spot on the island”
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We stayed here in April 2015 (group of 4 adults, 3 children) and found Lagavulin Hall offered spacious and very comfortable accommodation which suited us down to the ground.
The property is located on one of the most idyllic spots on Islay, with great views across the bay. We were extremely lucky as the weather was beautiful and sunny all week. Thanks to the great location we were able to visit the 3 neighbouring distilleries on foot (Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroaig)

At dusk we drove down towards Kildalton cross where we were able to spot many deer, as well as other wildlife.

The only small gripe would be the outdated kitchen appliances (though all in working order) and the lack of a decent frying pan, but this will be easily remedied: next time we'll bring our own!

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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