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“Wonderful stay in the best spot on the island”

Review of Lagavulin Hall

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The sea is just across the road. Surnaig Bay.
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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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ShoegirlL...
London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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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Oostakker...
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15 reviews
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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
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Kevin H
Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
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3 reviews
“Original and spacious”
Reviewed 28 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Our stay at Lagavulin Hall was a hit. The arrival and departure uncomplicated and just about everyone on Islay relaxed and friendly. Mr Campbell, the house manager saved our bacon by telling us about cancelled Calmac ferry, saving us much grief. If i were to point out one small shortcoming, it would be that the acoustic of Lagavulin Hall is such that you can hear almost everything in the house. But this is greatly outweighed by this original setting and its space. The house owner has done an excellent job in conversion, tasteful and carefully coordinated to the building. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Liked best: Ambiance
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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lynzjm
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unique remote and character filled property”
Reviewed 13 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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We stayed at Lagavulin hall and really enjoyed it. It was very relaxing and we spent several nights couried up on the mezzanine sitting area with the lovely wood burning stove on. The kitchen area was perfectly adequate for our needs and the bedrooms were clean and well presented. The property is an amazing space and would comfortably fit it's maximum of 6-8 inhabitants. It's also in walking distance of 3 distilleries and port Ellen itself so it's a great spot. We have friends along the road so was a great base for visiting too.

If we had to search for a negative we had very minor issues with the shower not draining very well and the upstairs bedroom missing the option of a blind (sunrise wakes you but that's no bad thing on islay!) but that's easily fixed and certainly didn't detract from the beautiful property or our enjoyment of our time there.

The mattresses on the beds deserve a mention too as the four poster was ridiculously comfy even for my damaged pelvis!

We visited off-season and it was very reasonably priced for a weeks stay especially if you had full capacity there.

Thankyou very much for letting us stay at Lagavulin Hall, we got engaged on this trip so it will always have a special place in our hearts and we had our first champagne toast in the kitchen. We have already recommended this property to a friend as we thought of it very highly.

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daniellax
Turku, Finland
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100 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 for a stay in September 2013
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The moment I saw this on internet while looking for accommodation for our Islay trip I knew I had to get this. What is more exciting than an old church. And it was an experience. Beautiful place and very peaceful (well I think the whole island is). We stayed a week and there is everything you need, at least we thought so.

It might be little bit difficult if you can't walk much since it's a bit of walking to Port Ellen. Not really much but when you are on holiday and go around a lot and want to see as much as you can, this can be too much (nearest shop is in Port Ellen). We managed it but thinking afterwards it might have been wiser to rent at least bikes. Taxis exist but for many it might be too much moneywise. Busses don't operate that often. But lots of friendly people around there, giving you lifts :) We even met a man who married in the church in 60's. Car is easiest but we wanted to enjoy whisky tours and few late nights so car was out of the question.

It might be little bit cold, depending on weather, during our stay weather was perfect and considering it was September it was very warm (around 18-20C). But still little bit chilly inside.

I read from the guest book there someone complaining about this (coldness) and Lagavulin Hall being in need of renovation to make it more modern. No, no no! Keep it as it is with touch of old. It is an old church and this is The Thing in this. If you want modern and new accommodation, go to hotel!

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CanuckAbr...
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful Islay Stay”
Reviewed 31 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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person found this review helpful

Lagavulin Hall was a fantastic choice for our stay. We enjoyed the grand living space and could see it offering excellent space for larger groups.
The kitchen and bathroom could use updating (and a second bathroom would be ideal if larger groups were using the space), but they were fine as they were.
We were walking distance to a few of the distilleries we wanted to visit - making it a perfect choice for us! They are currently extending the walking path from Port Ellen, so it will be nice to be able to stay off of the road if walking from Port Ellen or between distilleries. We managed to book cabs to get to/from the airport and to other distilleries, so having a car isn't necessary although it might make things easier if the walk to/from Port Ellen seems a little long.
Overall, we were very happy with Lagavulin Hall. The rooms were all clean and it offered quiet and relaxing stay.
Hope to visit again!

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Your age range 25-34
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“Perfect place to stay in Islay”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

Great stay had over New Year! Beautiful building with good facilities and cosy log fire. Easy to arrange and very close to three distilleries and Port Ellen.

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