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Thistle House Guest House
Ranked #1 of 2 Cairndow B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful house overlooking the loch”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

We had a wonderful stay here last week. Lovely house. Big comfy Lounge with fire. Perfect for relaxing with tea and scones. Room was lovely and the views amazing. Breakfast was also delicious and perfectly presented despite the snow knocking the power out briefly. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

After a very warm welcome from Jennifer and Alistair we were shown round the lounge and to our room. Tasteful and exquisite decor make this a relaxing top class guesthouse. Everything you could need and lots of little extras eg. Use of laptop, bottled water. Excellent use of local products eg Dunoon ceramic Mugs, Scottish toiletries.
Beautiful lounge with lovely coal fire and dual aspect window allowing stunning views of Loch Fyne to the front and private garden to the rear. Views across the loch to Inveraray make this an excellent base to tour Cowal and Argyll or if on business in the area.
Room had beautiful decor and furnishings, particularly liked the small chaise at the window.
Breakfast had an excellent choice, homemade yoghurt delicious and full Scottish breakfast well cooked and delicious. Excellent personalised service.
Outstanding in every aspect and well deserving of the four star guesthouse status.

Room Tip: Loch view rooms outstanding.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Teesside
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Well, what can a I say? Amazing! Jennifer was the perfect host with a perfect setting.
I was greeted with a warm welcome after a long day travelling. A great room with a super view over the loch.
First time over on the West coast, so was usure where to stay. But Thistle House proved to be an excellent choice. Shame it was a business trip of only one night.
If you want a great location, good food and great hospitality, there is no other choice.
Will definately be going back.

Room Tip: A view of the loch.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

We have just stayed for a weekend, Jennifer and Alistair deserve the highest accolade for perfect hosting; nothing is too much trouble but discrete and non intrusive. We were greeted warmly in the tasteful lounge, fresh scones and tea and roaring fire. The accommodation is a beautifully decorated country house with unbelievable views of the Loch. Quality and comfort is the theme, no expense spared. Special mention to our far too comfortable bedroom, the memorable breakfast of quality local produce, cooked to perfection. Alistair kindly taxied us to and from our evening dinner reservations - now that is service! Beautiful place, lovely people. Cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

A perfect start to a tour of Scotland. Spacious comfortable lounge, with books, maps etc, where we were welcomed with tea and home made biscuits.....true Scottish hospitality. Nee Campbell, there was only one room to choose, and it did not disappoint, with views over the loch to Inverarry opposite. Very comfortable bed, well appointed bathroom. Some rooms faced the back garden, but I am sure that all the rooms are of an excellent standard, very clean , welcoming and tastefully decorated.
The breakfasts were very very good, served by pleasant staff.
The owners were friendly, helpful and good company. We had knowledgeable advice about eating places, tourist attractions etc.....all the little things which ease one effortlessly into a holiday. We enjoyed our few days in their first class small hotel/guest House, and would have no hesitation in recommending Thistle House . We also considered the cost to be excellent value for money. Go there!

Room Tip: Any room , I am sure, will not disappoint. Certainly the loch facing rooms have the most appeal.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

We have just enjoyed a 2 day stay here. We were welcomed warmly by Jennifer & Alistair shown our beautiful room on the first floor overlooking Loch Fyne and then served coffee & home made biscuits in the luxurious, homely lounge complete with roaring fire. Everything you could want was made available, laptop, books & magazines, TV in the lounge. In the beautifully decorated rooms again all you would need was there but we loved the lounge so enjoyed sitting in there both evenings with a bottle of wine. It was just what the doctor ordered! a lovely relaxing stay in a perfect location. Thankyou both very much.

Room Tip: I don't think anybody would get anything less than excellent in any of the rooms!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Stayed here 6 nights for birthday treat and much needed relaxing break. This is a handsome house in a peaceful, picturesque spot overlooking Loch Fyne in the tiny hamlet of St Catherine's. Welcomed by genuine, friendly, attentive hosts Jennifer and Alistair. Stayed in 2nd floor Campbell Room (top floor). Really lovely room with everything you could need and more (such as DVD library and playing cards). Also had use of the large guest lounge with roaring open fire. Free wi-fi and if you haven't got your pc, there's a good Dell laptop available to use. Delicious breakfast using local produce; not a butter pat or jam portion in sight! Instead, fresh butter and a vast array of conficture from locally based Fyne Preserves. 11 miles from Inverary, 10 miles from Arrochar, several lovely places to eat more locally. Also has its own bit of history being the place you could catch a coach (and horses) after disembarking the ferry from Inverary to whisk you over Hell's Glen to get the ferry/coach to Glasgow!! A truly wonderful b&b with excellent service, food and facilities

Room Tip: Campbell Room on the top (2nd) floor has a 4-poster bed and views of Loch Fyne
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Thistle House Guest House
Address: St Catherines | Inverary, Cairndow PA25 8AZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Cairndow
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cairndow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle House Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thistle House sits on the shores of Loch Fyne in the small village of St Catherines. Many of our bedrooms overlook the loch over to Inveraray and its castle. We are perfectly situated on the west coast of Scotland to enjoy the wonderful Cowal Peninsula and many west coast islands. ... more   less 
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