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Lagavulin Hall

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Overview
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
8 guests
Minimum stay varies 
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Converted chapel
Probably the most interesting holiday-let house in the Hebrides, Lagavulin Hall was built in the first years of the 1900’s as a parish church. It is on the South East of Islay in an attractive sheltered position, with views across Surnaig Bay to the ruins of the 14th Century Dunyveg Castle. The building was converted into a house and remains virtually unchanged on the outside. It has been painstakingly restored and redesigned on the inside to provide a comfortable living space, which maintains the original simple style and grand scale of the interior. Islay is one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean islands and is famous among bird watchers and especially whiskey connoisseurs. There are whiskey distilleries all over the island and Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg distilleries are all...Probably the most interesting holiday-let house in the Hebrides, Lagavulin Hall was built in the first years of the 1900’s as a parish church. It is on the South East of Islay in an attractive sheltered position, with views across Surnaig Bay to the ruins of the 14th Century Dunyveg Castle. The building was converted into a house and remains virtually unchanged on the outside. It has been painstakingly restored and redesigned on the inside to provide a comfortable living space, which maintains the original simple style and grand scale of the interior. Islay is one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean islands and is famous among bird watchers and especially whiskey connoisseurs. There are whiskey distilleries all over the island and Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg distilleries are all walking distance from the house. Most of the distilleries offer visitor tours, which are very interesting and finish with a taste of the end product. There are numerous sandy beaches and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and walking. The Machrie golf course is also a well known feature of Islay and there is a swimming pool in the main town, Bowmore, which is housed in a disused distillery warehouse and heated by surplus heat from Bowmore distillery. There are many sites of historical interest including the famous Kildalton Cross which dates from the 9th Century.
House Rules
Kid friendlyNo smoking
Check with ownerPets
Bedrooms
2 Doubles1 Sofa2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Shower

Meet the host
David T
Hosting since May 2011
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (37)
Theo M
Theo M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A perfect setting in beautiful Islay
What a wonderful place to stay. A secluded self catering location with easy access to Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg distilleries, as well as gentle walking distance to Port Ellen for restaurants, groceries, pub, fishing etc. One new distillery under construction, Port Ellen distillery about to reopen, and the Islay Rum distillery in Port Ellen already operating. The hall itself as a converted chapel has character for days, excellent acoustics (one tiny bluetooth speaker we brough sounded like a full stereo system), and comfortable rooms. Be sure to bring proper clothing and shoes, visit the American Monument on the Oa, take a walk around Finlaggan, book a fishing or sea wildlife tour with the neighbor Gus (Islay Sea Adventures), and use a car service. Whilst I am happy driving manual and right hand drive, with the number of distilleries we were visiting much better to enjoy and let someone else drive, or just concentrate on the ones you can walk to. The wee course at the Machrie was also good value and great fun. Well done David on such a great conversion of this building and making it such a nice place to visit.
Visited October 2023
Written 20 October 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trudy M
Trudy M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful House
Such a beautiful house, full of charm, character and atmosphere. Very conveniently situated on the three distillery walk within easy access to Port Ellen for the beach, groceries and the ferry. We had a lovely stay and would definitely come back to explore more of the Island.
Visited September 2021
Written 19 September 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mcscary1
mcscary1
Paisley, United Kingdom83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect host and perfect accommodation
Situated just outside port Ellen, the accommodation is on the “3 distilleries “ path. Enough parking for 2 cars, the accommodation sleeps up to 8. There were 6 of us and loads of space. The kids had the bedroom s downstairs whilst we had the bedroom with its own sitting room upstairs. A great wood burner for the evening with a dram. The accommodation cannot be faulted neither can the owner David who was a great host making sure We had everything thing we needed. We will definitely be back
Visited August 2021
Written 23 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ian H
Ian H
Leeds, United Kingdom44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderfully atmospheric accomodation in Islay
Lagavulin Hall was a fantastic place for our week in Islay, it was somewhere I had fancied staying at when passing by a few years ago, and it really exceeded expectations. There is not much I can add to the previous comments other than we enjoyed our stay immensely and David was very helpful in all stages of the booking process, and also when we meet briefly in person. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone considering a stay here
Visited August 2021
Written 22 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ната Б
Ната Б
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful place on a wonderful island
Great location. Within walking distance of three distilleries. Beautiful interior inside the former church. There is everything you need for a comfortable stay. We'll visit again!
Visited June 2021
Written 22 June 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Carole W
Carole W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An excellent quirky, comfortable, holiday renal.
Based on the south end of Islay close to laphoraig, lagavullin and ardbeg and the beaches what more could you want, nothing is to far away on Islay. The accommodation has everything you need and is comfortable as well. Well worth a visit. We have had 2 visits now, I wanted to find another area to stay at, but this place just drew me back with it charm.
Visited May 2021
Written 13 June 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stephanie C
Stephanie C
Troon, United Kingdom27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Memorable for all the right reasons
Lagavulin Hall was a perfect holiday location on Islay, set between the Lagavulin and Laphroaig distilleries and no distance from Ardbeg and 2.5 miles from Port Ellen. There is a Three Distilleries Walk from Port Ellen to Ardbeg, a tarmac path that is very well maintained and well travelled. The roads are narrow so this has been an incredible investment, we saw walkers, bikers and pets going past on a very regular basis and most (adults) had distillery bags in their hands! The property itself is rustic, unique, restored very well and well maintained. The pictures on the website are accurate, but you get a far better feel for the place when you visit. There was milk, butter and bread on arrival which was great for those arriving late. We hardly used the lower area to sit apart from the dining area which has an amazing table. The seated area upstairs is bright, had a log fire and 2 comfortable couches. We had the fire on twice and with the rain pelting the velux window (Scottish summer), with the fire on it was incredibly cosy. The kitchen has everything you need, only 4 wine glasses but for our group this was fine as there were only 3 adults! We were kindly allowed to take our dog with us, the only thing I would mention, which was not an issue, just a need to know, there is no enclosed space to let your dog off a lead (if like ours, they are young and can't be trusted). There are lots of amazing walks close by and a rocky beach (where the boys launched their kayak) is litterally a stones throw, so for exercise for everyone and your pet, you won't be short of places to go. The entrance to and the exit from the Hall are tight and it's a busy road but David had done his utmost to assist with signs either side of the entrance and also a blue light that tells you of traffic approaching. It works very well but it takes time to get used to it and you need to take heed and listen on exit regardless. Our boys fished successfully (again a stone's throw) - Gus next door gave us great advice. The mackeral was delicious aided by the fact that the boys caught it. David's communiction was excellent from start to finish was excellent (apart from one minor blip when the roofers arrived 3 days early (Day 2 of holiday) and us not knowing what the scaffolding noises were at 8am! Would I recommend: ABSOLUTELY! You'll love it and you'll love Islay.
Visited August 2019
Written 23 August 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Venture717940
Venture717940
That’s a great review, thanks very much for your positive comments. Very pleased that you had a good holiday. All the best David
Written 25 August 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lynn H
Lynn H
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Historic property with all the comforts of home
We loved our stay at Lagavulin Hall! We were seeking accommodations with personality and a sense of place; this beautifully renovated church was perfect. It has a wonderful historic feel yet it has all the comforts of home: cozy beds, great living area and well-appointed kitchen - and even a great wi-fi connection. The location is wonderful for whisky fans as it is within easy walking distance of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries. It's a short drive to Port Ellen for groceries (you can walk it also) and there are lots of lovely places to walk. Our host, David, communicated with us every step of the way and answered all our questions very promptly. If we ever have the chance to return to Islay, we would love to stay at Lagavulin Hall again!
Visited June 2019
Written 5 July 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Venture717940
Venture717940
Thank you Lynn. So glad you had a good time and it was a pleasure to meet you both. All the best David
Written 6 July 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sebastian S
Sebastian S
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Imposante Unterkunft in ruhiger Lage
Für unseren ersten Urlaub auf Islay wählten wir die Lagavulin Hall, da uns schon die Optik sehr gefiel. Die Lage nahe der 3 Brennereien Laphroaig, Lagavulin und Ardbeg war ein weiteres Argument. Lagavulin Hall liegt nahezu direkt am Meer und ist sehr gut zu erreichen. Nachdem die Brennereien geschlossen haben, herrscht absolute Ruhe, der Verkehr am Tag hält sich aber auch sehr in Grenzen. Zur Unterkunft an sich: Ein absolut imposantes Gebäude, bei dem beim Umbau darauf geachtet wurde, das ursprüngliche Erscheinungsbild beizubehalten. Die Unterkunft ist mit allem Notwendigen ausgestattet. Dazu zählten auch frisch bezogene Betten und ausreichend Handtücher. Sollte man doch etwas waschen müssen, stehen im Anbau zwei Waschmaschinen und ein Trockner zur Verfügung. Eine voll ausgestattete Küche mit Backofen, Herd, Kühlschrank Gefrierfächern, Toaster usw sowie einigen Standardartikeln (Salz, Zucker, Tee,...) findet man auch vor. Das Badezimmer wird zwar nur mittels eines Heizlüfters beheizt, dieser reicht jedoch vollkommen aus. Von den 3 Schlafzimmern haben wir nur eines genutzt, das Bett war hier jedoch sehr bequem. Nach Port Ellen, wo man unter Anderem einen Supermarkt vorfindet, sind es nur wenige Minuten. Alles in Allem eine tolle Unterkunft, ein Mietwagen sollte jedoch eingeplant werden, da man sehr abgelegen wohnt. Wir werden sie wieder buchen.
Visited November 2018
Written 13 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Venture717940
Venture717940
Thanks to Google translate i was able to read your great review. Very glad you had such a good time, thanks for taking the trouble to give feedback and hope that you come aging. All the best David
Written 13 December 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Explorer746622
Explorer746622
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Super Lage, super Ambiente der Unterkunft: jederzeit wieder!
Wir haben uns sofort sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus ist sehr geräumig und verfügt über 2 gemütliche Sitzgruppen auf 2 Ebenen. Auch das Klavier wurde von uns genutzt. Man hat durch die großen Fenster einen sehr schönen Rundumblick. Die 3 südlichen Destillerien Ardbeg, Lagavulin und Laphroaig sind bequem zu Fuß zu erreichen. Einziger Wermutstropfen: hellhörig und nur 1 Bad für 6 Personen - wir würden trotzdessen jederzeit wieder buchen! :)
Visited April 2018
Written 9 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Venture717940
Venture717940
Thank you very much for your positive review. All the best David
Written 9 April 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Scenic views
  • Ocean views
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Parking
  • Parking available

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Map
Getting there
Glenegedale Airport
9.3 km

Machrihanish Airport
35.7 km
Restaurants
The Old Kiln Cafe
1.7 km

Sea Salt Bistro &Take Away
3.4 km

The Islay Hotel
3.5 km

The balaclava byre
4.2 km
Attractions
Kildalton Cross
7.9 kmPoints of Interest & Landmarks

Three Distilleries Pathway
3 kmBiking Trails

The Ardview Inn
3.3 kmBars & Clubs

The Blue Letterbox (Port Ellen)
3.3 kmSpeciality & Gift Shops
About the neighbourhood
Islay is one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean islands and is famous among bird watchers and especially whiskey connoisseurs. There are whiskey distilleries all over the island and Lagavulin Distillery is only 5 minutes walk from the house. Laphroaig and Ardberg are both within walking distance. Most of the distilleries offer visitor tours, which are very interesting and finish with a taste of the end product. There are numerous sandy beaches and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and walking. The Machrie golf course is also a well known feature of Islay and there is a swimming pool in the main town, Bowmore, which is housed in a disused distillery warehouse and heated by surplus heat from Bowmore distillery. There are many sites of historical interest including the famous Kildalton Cross which dates from the 9th Century.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
Flybe from Glasgow. 25 mins by air. Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries from Kennacraig, Argyll. McKenzie Car Hire on Islay 01496302300
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 11 am
Cancellation policy
    Notes from owner
    Rates are inclusive of everything. Sleeps 8 including sofa bed. 6 in 3 bedrooms. Rates may vary slightly during the stated periods.

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