I will admit when we first arrived and realized that our bedroom doors didn't lock, I thought to myself "oh god this is a little scary" but within an hour, I felt completely at ease and never thought of it again. We stayed for three nights and I felt so at home that I could have stayed a month!
Carole is a wonderful host and truly makes you feel welcome. She runs things a little bit differently than other b&bs which means more flexibility and fluidity - want to have a lie-in? No problem, she can make you a later breakfast. I LOVED that. Also for someone like me who is pregnant and dealing with morning sickness, she went out of her way to find me something each morning that I could manage to eat, even if it wasn't on the "official" menu.
The farm is delightfully back in from the main road and the only noises you hear are the occasional sheep conversations. Nighttime was blissfully quiet and I loved seeing the stars out my bedroom window.
It is a great location if you are planning to visit a lot of Islay as well instead of just focusing your efforts in one area.
The value for our money was absolutely fantastic and I really appreciated the fact that the solo room price was much cheaper than the double room - as an oft-solo traveler, it frustrates me to pay almost the same price even though I am one person. Here the price was very reasonable.
The rooms were spotlessly clean, spacious, and very comfortable. The lounge was fantastic - again it felt like home. At most b&bs we stick to our rooms but here we hung out and chatted often in the lounge. Sometimes Carole would join us and we had a blast swapping stories.
This place is very new and when we booked late last year it didn't have many reviews but there was just something about it that really appealed to me. I was very glad to see my instincts were right - in fact, it exceeded my expectations. If I ever manage to make it back to Islay (and I hope some day I will), this is where you will find me.
- Also Known As:
- Laphroaig View Guest House B&B Islay/Port Ellen