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“Great cabin in magical place”
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Very good
33 reviews
Strae cabin
Strae interior
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Strae from burn
Strae kitchen
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Strae veranda
Double bedroom
Strae floor plan
Loch shore near cabin
Loch from village marina
Loch Awe at sun set
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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Hammish M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great cabin in magical place”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in August 2013

This was a proper cabin in the forest experience, with nature all around us. Kids & dog loved the forest, loch and burn by cabin & discovered the joys of the great outdoors. We had regular day time visits from Red Squirrel and a multitude of birds and night time visits (worth waiting up for) from Fingers the beautiful Pine Marten. Seeing the Ospreys at the nest at Mackenzies Grove was a real treat also. So much to do and see here, will be back soon.

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Liked best: Forest surroundings
Liked least: Going home
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Dave_Br00...
Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Strae cabin was quite a disappointment. The main issue was the lack of cleanliness; we had to clean the majority of the kitchen equipment prior to using it, drawers/shelves etc were dusty and dirty with bits of food on them, windows had fingerprints and dirt across them, kitchen cabinets dirty with peeling wallpaper. It all just felt a bit grubby and rather unloved.
The second issue was the kitchen utensils; there aren't many options for eating elsewhere with the local community bar only open a few days a week and yet the equipment came across as having been picked up from a car boot. Bed linen was stained, carpet worn, sofa uncomfortable, lights broken.
As had been said previously, there were numerous similar comments in the guest book to the same effect. I did contact the owner on returning to give them an opportunity to address the issues, but got the same response about it being 'rustic'. He said it had had a full clean a couple of weeks prior; obviously very different standards. There's just no interest in improving it.
The location was very nice, quiet, lots of wildlife. The one hour round trip each day to get to the main road and back did become a bit of a drag but I guess that's what you have to expect if you want to be somewhere on the remote side.
Just a disappointment, it wouldn't take much to improve the cabin, just a good clean and some new equipment, we weren't expecting a palace! Just a shame there's no interest from the owner.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Lack of cleanliness
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
1 Apr 2015
Cabin has had extensive upgrade (still kept it's charm) since this review.
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Susannah...
Essex
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the best holidays that we have ever had.”
Reviewed 15 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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The five of us fitted very snuggly into Strae cabin. My eldest son loved the bed that is built into the lounge ceiling. The location is lovely, right on the edge of the forest, plenty of wildlife and the burn to watch. Loch Awe is beautiful, we hired a boat and had a great day out exploring the island with the castle ruin. We also hired bikes for 3 days, there are some fantastic traffic-free tracks along the loch and through the forests. My husband managed these with a tag-along attached to his bike. The social club is very friendly with quiz night and live music weekly. Also the bar and grill produced some unforgettable meals. We were very lucky with the weather, only having one really wet day followed by glorious sunshine when the boys swam in the loch. All in all, this was a brilliant holiday, we are thinking of returning one day which is unusual for us.

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Liked best: The location.
Liked least: Bathroom gets rather damp.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Garry L
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A bit tired - needs an upgrade...”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Be prepared for the 15 mile trip there and back when leaving the site to go anywhere, allow 30 mins each way for this at least.

There is no mobile coverage for a number of networks, so please do not count on that.

The bedding and furniture is uncomfortable and requires an upgrade.

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Liked best: The view from the Lodge.
Liked least: The bedding and furniture needs replacing as it is old and uncomfortable.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
5 Oct 2013
Thanks for comments. The 30 minute drive from Taynuilt is extremely beautiful and is what makes this a remote, quiet, unspoiled location. Orange and T Mobile reception is poor in the area, granted. Other networks generally good however. We prefer to think of the cabin as rustic, with real log cabin charm. Whilst we wish to retain this feel for the cabin and not create a contemporary chalet we have undertaken numerous, recent works, including installing new flat screen TV / DVD, new heater to living area, replacement flooring, decoration and replacement kitchen utensils and pans.
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achillies...
1 review
“Escapism....”
Reviewed 1 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

if you want to escape from the world - this is the place to be....no traffic, other than the deer crossing the road n the ospray flying overhead....wonderful setting in the forest/wood for the cabin and a two minute walk to the loch.
If you're lookin for luxury - look elsewhere.! The cabin
is basic and is in need of a little tlc and updating but does the job in hand. All in all, a lovely stay - thank you

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