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Abbot's Brae Hotel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Dunoon
Certificate of Excellence
Campbeltown, United Kingdom
1 review
“Total chill out, I have already booked my next stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

Abbot’s Brae lures you into total holiday relaxing mode; so don’t expect to get any work done. Unpretentious, welcoming, and very quiet. Rooms have everything you would expect from a 4 star establishment but without the unnecessary extras that most corporate hotels seem to think are essential – I don’t want a flat screen TV and loads of wardrobe space. Instead Abbot’s Brae concentrates on comfort and functionality. The bed was one of those rare ones where you fall asleep without thinking about anything except how comfy you are, and you stay asleep, a decent bathroom with a large tub and Molton Brown toiletries an unexpected treat. Free wifi (throughout including room on top floor) was much appreciated – bandwidth sufficient for BBC IPlayer etc. Essential to eat dinner here –no where else in Dunoon comes close. Three course meal quite pricey at £27 but worth it, local ingredients, straightforward dishes transformed into something special – I’m still salivating over the smoked salmon with rocket salad and chilli jam, 3 or 4 mains including fish, and I think a vegetarian option. I can recommend the duck which came as a robust ¼ - meltingly tender with the most gorgeous crispy skin (duck fat is definitely of the healthy variety) – no boring clinically sliced lean breast. Just about had room for a small slice of pear and almond tart- light and very yummy. Can’t comment on the wine list – jug of iced tap water (did not have to ask) did just the job. Decaf coffee best I’ve ever had – and, yes it was decaf, accompanied by mints ( and then later the chocs I found on the pillow). Full breakfast looked delicious but could only manage 2 perfectly light boiled eggs and several cups of strong but smooth coffee. If you have time amble around the huge and sprawling garden, go running along the esplanade, and do some hill work using the long and winding driveway. Finally good to see Fair Trade products used, and look out for the knitted afternoon tea. Thanks to Christine and Colin for a lovely interlude in the working week.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2011

We returned yet again for another splendid, relaxing weekend. Very friendly warm welcome, great accomodation, excellent food and service in a relaxing picturesque setting. For all of the above reasons we have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and hope to return again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

This was a small family wedding and so we had the hotel to ourselves for the weekend. We were made to feel completely at home by Colin and Christine, who went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and memorable. - nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel itself is beautiful and the views spectacular. We also enjoyed walks in the surrounding woodland. The food throughout our stay was outstanding. None of us wanted to leave!

Thank you Colin and Christine (and your attentive, friendly and efficient staff) for making this such a wonderful experience.

Joan (aunt of the bride)

Room Tip: Room with a view of Clyde
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

Have just returned from a 10 day tour of the west coast of Scotland and without a doubt this hotel was the highlight of our holiday. Colin and Christine are so welcoming and make you feel so at home that when you leave you feel you are losing a friend. The food is wonderful. the rooms spacious and comfortable and the view over the Firth of Clyde is to die for. We hope to be back next year but staying for longer!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2011

Colin and Christine were the perfect hosts and the food was to die for.A perfect hotel and a most relaxing holiday. We certainly hope to return in the near future and we will spread the word. Everything was perfect even Jinty the Springer Spanial made us welcome. Once again thanks.

Room Tip: We chose the Glendaruel room because of its view.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mac4col, Owner at Abbot's Brae Hotel, responded to this review, 25 May 2011
Many thanks for the feedback - appreciated! It was good to meet you and we do hope to see you again in the not too distant future!

Kind Regards

Colin & Christine
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Wolverhampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2011

From our arrival to departure the whole experience was exceptional, The Abbots Brae offered a super level of accomodation, first class menu and food, made all the better by Colin and Christine as our hosts.
We had a truely memorable wedding day and weekend that was shared with our extended family, and was everything we had dreamed of and more.
Mike and Karen Sims

Room Tip: Sea facing rooms have stunning veiws.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Mac4col, Owner at Abbot's Brae Hotel, responded to this review, 25 May 2011
Thanks for letting us be part of your weekend - we realy enjoyed meeting all of your family and playing a part in bringing your plans to fruition.

Here's to many happy years ahead and we look forward to seeing you again on your anniversarries - or some of them anyway!

Kind Regards - Colin & Christine
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

We spent a great Easter weekend at the Abbots Brae with our 2 girls (aged 7 & 11). We took the Colintraive & Glendaruel rooms which work perfectly as a family suite, very comfortable, plenty of space and wonderful views of the Firth of Clyde from Glendaruel. Our daughters were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived, many games & toys were thoughtfully provided for them to use throughout our stay, and Christine & Colin made a real fuss of them. Colin's food is fabulous & the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the breathtaking countryside surrounding Dunoon. A great place for a family break with children where we were treated as valued guests & not an inconvenience!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Abbot's Brae Hotel
Address: 55 Bullwood Road, Dunoon PA23 7QJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Cowal Peninsula > Dunoon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dunoon
#1 Business Hotel in Dunoon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Abbot's Brae Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled high amongst established woodland with sensational views over the Firth of Clyde and surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see, Abbot's Brae has earned for itself an enviable reputation as a luxurious home away from home. ... more   less 
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