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Nice walk around gardens with good afternoon tea stop

We went to the cafe twice on our travels around the island. We decided on one visit to stroll... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Chester, United Kingdom
Peaceful and nice place! They have brownies too!

Me and my partner stopped on our way back to our place to see the gardens. I really liked them and... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
Federico M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Nice garden with a stream flowing middle of it. There is also a vegetable garden and some roses. I especially loved a woodland garden, it is such a peaceful and lovely place to walk on! Huge trees on the main garden are wonderful!

1  Thank SannaKe
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

VERY disappointing in terms of limited access. Only open to the public twice a week in season and closed to paying guests who are actually staying in the house itself!!! Cannot fathom how the owners can rationalise this decision and made our stay very much...More

4  Thank catrionam623
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

We went to the cafe twice on our travels around the island. We decided on one visit to stroll around the gardens (small charge) on one of the visits. Surprised how pleasant it was considering the size and hence amount of hard work that is...More

Thank DGRI361530
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Great combination of more formal gardens around the house, interesting kitchen garden and a network of paths through the extensive woodland garden to explore. Lunch in cafe was excellent!

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

As there is no listing for the apartments at Colonsay House I'm forced to write my review here. Accomodation is extremely disappointing. The house is in a sorry state with lumpy chairs, painfully uncomfortable beds and poor facilities. Everything points to the owners being cheap...More

2  Thank what-about-chicken
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Me and my partner stopped on our way back to our place to see the gardens. I really liked them and I happily paid the £2.50 to help them keep the place in good shape. To be surrounded by trees and little birds it was...More

Thank Federico M
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We just spent a few days on beautiful Colonsay. I was looking forward to seeing the garden and eating at the cafe. Both were a disappointment. The food in the cafe was underwhelming. No butter on the sandwich and no dressing on the few pathetic...More

Thank Locheriboll
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We turned up at the gardens with an hour of opening time left to find the whole place closed. Apparently there hadn't been many visitors earlier so whoever was in charge had decided to shut up shop early and go home. Another disappointed couple arrived...More

Thank IanN482
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Lovely mixture of cultivated and natural gardens and woods. Wander around the inner gardens, then take a stroll through the outer gardens and woodlands. If you manage to walk around all the gardens you will feel you have no guilt about that cup of tea...More

Thank Roy S
Reviewed 25 August 2017

When you're walking around the garden it's difficult to remember you're on a Hebridean island. Argyll's warm and damp climate makes for lush vegetation. Colonsay House Gardens cover a large site and although much of it is woodland, there are still plenty of flower gardens....More

Thank Shieldsman
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

An excellent change of scene for Colonsay visitors. The garden is a dynamic contrast to the rest of the isle. This is our 7th visit and it gets better. The new tables in the shaded areas gives some privacy as well as some protection from...More

Thank BRM123
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We visited Colonsay House on a fairly damp warm misty day - however it added to the atmosphere and did not retract from the visit. The tearoom was excellent - a bit like lumch in a friends large garden shed. Excellent small menu, home made...More

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Jane W
9 July 2017|
Response from aberdeenangler | Reviewed this property |
No. It is at least 15 minutes by car and I don't think there is any public transport on the island. However, locals are very friendly and the island is essentially crime-free so you could always try hitch-hiking.