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Taychreggan Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Recently returned from this hotel after three lovely days in a Junior Suite (Loch Awe Suite) aptly named. The room has a wonderful view of the loch and mountains. The room is spacious and well appointed with two chairs right by your window where you can sit and take in the memorable view with a glass of sherry, supplied in its own decanter by the hotel, a nice touch. The bathroom is huge, two sinks a huge stand-alone roll top bath and walk-in rain shower. Moulton and Brown toiletries abound. Although we ate in the hotel on each evening we only had the six course dinner on the first night, believe me it is enough, although not huge portions you felt as though you had eaten enough and of course a bottle of wine helps to wash it down. Its nice when the staff look for you to give you your own personal menu designed for the evening with your name on it, just another nice thought. We had a high tea second night as we had lunch earlier in Oban, soup (delicious) sandwiches and scones with cream and jam - heaven.The hotel serves up "bar meals" as an alternative to the fine dining and this was equally as good, we were served Rump of Beef with vegetables and fries, a sweet and cheese and biscuits and coffee if required at a reasonable price again excellent. The staff were all very friendly, Natalie who looked after us the first night and the rest highly efficient at what they do best - look after you. The general manager Fiona was always around for a friendly chat and runs the whole place very well. The hotel was very quiet when we were there most of the rooms available which was nice for us as felt pampered even more! Only downside I have to report was a problem we found with the shower ie no hot water on a couple of occasions, resulting in me having to shower in another room quite a distance from our room, inconvenient and irritating. The pipes were also making some strange noises early in morning, I reported this to Fiona who promised to have it looked at.I would report however, that because of the inconvenience to us we were offered a free drink that evening which was much appreciated. Several people mention the 7mile single track road, it is a bit daunting first time you use it and yes the locals who know it well do race along but just get into a passing place and they are happy to whip past you. Do watch out however, for the HGV's carrying logs and the local bus, we seemed to meet one of them every time we used the road! Its good fun when you get used to it. All in all the hotel is an excellent experience which I thoroughly recommend, its a remote place but tranquil with wonderful scenery to go with it, yes a bit expensive but hey you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Go for a loch room if you can afford it the views are more than worth it.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We had been staying on Loch Awe at the Portsonachan Hotel and saw this Hotel on the opposite side of the Loch. Some other guests all of whom were like us not exactly happy with our Hotel mentioned they had driven round to inspect this Hotel and from their description it did seem like worth making a visit both to inspect , compare and be able to get a photo of our Hotel from across the Loch.

To reach the Hotel be prepared for a long drive off the main road and allow at least half an hour to get there as it is really in a very remote place. The roads are in the main well made up.

We reached the Hotel and did not see any signs of life or vehicles and the car park was empty. We were able to enter the Hotel from the Car Park and it did seem to be luxurious and all the lights were on but not a soul in sight. The tale of the Marie Celeste (The ship that sailed into harbour years ago with nobody on board).

All the Hotel rooms were open and nobody was at the reception area but finally we found a member of staf cleaning in the restaurant area and enquired whether or not afternoon tea could be provided. We were asked what we would like and he offered to see what could be done and my wife anted a specialty tea and I wanted ordinary breakfast tea and this was provided.

We then met another member of staff who must have been a duty manager or person i charge and he suggested we might prefer to take tea in he lounge and offered to light a fire for us. We declined as the room was warm enough as it was a sunny day.

We had a delightful English tea with scones and jam of course.

We asked if the Hotel was open as no other staff or guests were seen and were informed "Things are a bit quiet at the moment" Well they certainly were as we were the only people in the Hotel and it must cost a bomb to keep open.

We inquired if we could have an evening meal but informed that as they were very remote they normally needed 24 hours notice so the chef could prepare a meal. The restaurant has 2 AA rosettes so must be good. They phoned around and advised they could get us a table at another nearby Hotel for an evening meal and also recommended some other alter natives if we were heading out in the Oban direction.

We asked if we could inspect the rooms and were told to help ourselves as alkl the room doors were open. The rooms were superb, spacious and very well appointed with every luxury one would expect from a top rated hotel. They even had decanters in each room with sherry and 2 glasses (a nice touch).

We inspected all of the Hotel and spent time in the grounds and found it was very peaceful and one could almost hear a pin drop.

What a shame we were not staying here. If coming to this paert of Scotland again we would certainly want to stay here.

It is so remote that I guess this would be a place where celebrities may want to stay to get away from the crowds.

We cannot comment on sleep quality as we did not stay for a night and we did not see a swimming pool.

The other thing is getting a signal on your mobile phone may be a problme and the best place seemed to be by the Jetty alongside the Loch side itself.

Room Tip: Loch views are best and spectacular
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We spent a couple of nights in this hotel last week in miserable weather. The hotel was really warm and cosy; luxurious without being pretentious. We had a great welcome from the friendly manager. Our room (a junior suite with a loch view) was lovely. Junior suite didn't mean an extra room in this instance but our room was large with the biggest super king size bed we have ever seen and a table and chairs by the window. Amazingly, waiting for us on the table was a decanter of sherry and two glasses! We had a huge bathroom with his and hers Heritage basins and a beautiful stand alone period bath plus a modern shower. Our room was spotless and was serviced twice a day. The turn down service in the evening included a good tidy up and the glasses and cups were all washed. We ate in the hotel on our second night which was quite an experience. The hotel boasts two rosettes so we expected good food but it surpassed our expectations. We were invited to the bar for delicious finger foods first and then enjoyed a five course meal followed by sweet treats and coffee in the lounge. The food was original, imaginative and perfectly cooked and delightfully served. Dinner is not cheap at £45 a head but well worth the expense. We will go back to this hotel.

Room Tip: There is a choice of loch view, side loch view and garden view. Rooms are in both the old part of t...
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1  Thank Jennyjand
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

First of all I would like to say we came across this hotel searching for wedding venues in Scotland. We live in Sydney Australia however i am Scottish and my new wife is English so we kind of knew what we wanted. So this was always going to be a gamble booking on-line without seeing it.

We put all our trust in pictures we seen and also the lengthy conversations on the phone to Fiona the Manager and David the Assistant Manager. We were quite confident that the Taychreggan Hotel - Taynuilt could deliver and provide us with the day we were looking for. We were not let down at all.

There was great communication from the team with changes we were making and suggestions from Fiona. Bearing in mind we where 9 to 11 hrs in front of the UK but somehow we always managed to speak to Fiona or David to confirm things.(take a day off :p) Fiona sent us spreadsheets weekly with changes to the day that were happening and the costs involved.

We booked out 10 rooms for our guests as it was only a small wedding. Everyone of our guests whether they were staying for 2 nights or 3 could not believe the service that was given from all members of staff and the quality of the rooms. These were ranging from Standard rooms right up to the suite that my wife and I had. (It has a massive jacuzzi which could fit a family but fortunately it was only my wife and I and our wee boy)

So I would like to personally thank all the staff at the hotel who made our wedding day very special. Fiona the manager and David were outstanding on the day as well as the friendly staff. The food was a class above the rest, a 5 course meal that could blow away any of the top chefs in the UK the taste and presentation and that's why they have the well deserved 2 rosettes on their wall from 1999 to date.

The area and the remoteness was outstanding. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone that is looking for a relaxing or romantic weekend away or even to get married in the west coast of Scotland in a serene and peaceful surrounding. The scenery and backdrop this place can offer is second to none.

Thanks again to all of you!!! we had a fantastic and memorable few days and nights!!

AMAZING!!

Yunis, Faye & Mason Lombard

Room Tip: I would definitely ask for a loch facing room, beautiful rooms and also the view is great.
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1  Thank Yunis L
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Found a postcard of this hotel in my Dad's affairs and he spoke of fishing on Loch Awe.
Was returning to the UK with his ashes and a visit here was part of my journey.
Very beautiful site, even with intermittent rain.
Stables on the postcard now the dining room.
David was kind enough to bring out old registers but I was unable to find my parents/Dad in them.
Food was out of this world and the presentation was amazing - artistry with food.
Comfortable room and bed.
Enjoyed meeting other guests in the bar and lounge after dinner.
Single track road in, would not want to drive this at night.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank 13margm
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Taychreggan during a weekend away. We stayed in one of the suites which was quite big and had a wonderful jacuzzi bathtub. The hotel is located right on Loch Awe and has wonderful views out over the loch. We ate in the restaurant both nights and the food was delicious and fan. My husband was especially impressed with the vegetarian option. What we really liked the most about this hotel was the friendly atmosphere. There is a small bar where all of the guests seemed to gather at night and we met some lovely people while drinking a great selection of wines. As the hotel is in a fairly remote location, I would especially recommend this hotel for a romantic break.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a loch view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We have just spent two nights at the hotel and really enjoyed ourselves, particularly as the weather turned out to be better than expected!

There are some very good things about this hotel and there are a number of things which, if addressed, could make all the difference to the overall experience.

Firstly, the 7 mile drive along the single track road will be an experience for those who are not used to such, especially as the locals take no prisoners when it comes to their driving. However, when you do arrive at your destination, it's well worth the trip as this old drover's inn is situated right on the lochside and commands some wonderful views over the loch.

The staff are uniformly excellent, particularly in the dining area - obviously as a result of Fiona's hand here. However, it's the food itself which really surprised us - we chose the tasting menu for the first night and all the courses showed imagination and flair. Ondrej and team can pat themselves on the back as we have eaten in some wonderful places around the world and these dishes can stand alongside them. We decided to have the bar meal the following night and, again, the quality of the dish was really high - if I say it was simply chicken with a pork rib, it doesn't sound much, however it was absolutely delicious, and credit to the team for producing our meal, along with the tasting dinners AND a wedding for 20 all at the same time.

Now the the little niggles (which didn't detract from our stay). This place, like a lot of others in rural spots, needs a bit of money spent on it. It's an old building, subject to wear and tear from the elements so, for example, windows need upgraded - we had a lovely room, however, many of the seals had gone which meant internal condensation on quite a few. The front gravel driveway and area in front of the hotel needed weeding, as did the sad planter with dead foliage in it! The water situation mentioned by others is a problem - we had lukewarm showers both days - fine in warmer weather, but frankly horrible at other times. I'm not sure if it's a boiler problem or we were unlucky with our electric shower. Money spent would sort out these items as well as a general upgrading of some soft furnishings. All of these, as I said, didn't detract from our lovely stay and I would certainly recommend this hotel. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

Room Tip: We had Boswell, Room 1, which is a corner room and gives lovely views of both the side and front of...
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Address: By Taynuilt, Kilchrenan PA35 1HQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilchrenan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Price Range: £88 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Taychreggan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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