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“Perfect Retreat”
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Kilfinan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kilfinan
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Perfect Retreat”
Reviewed 28 July 2008

If you want to disappear from the rat race, this is the place to stay. No mobile phone signal & TV reception is poor. But what you get in return sure makes up for it. We couldn't find any faults during our stay & would highly recommend a break here. Genuine warm welcome from Madelon. A, spacious room which was immaculate & tastefully decorated. (Superior No. 11) & the little touches made the difference. The food was very tasty & well presented. The location is perfect for any itinerary & the scenery is beautiful. All of the staff were very helpful & freindly. If your lucky, there is evening entertainment provided by the two "English Locals" Bodgit & Scarper, who also provide a range of services, see notice board!!!!!! Andrew (the owner) is a Hartlepool supporter, but don't let this put you off. We hope to visit again next year. Andrew & Helen deserve an award for the high standards provided.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

It is difficult not to over enthuse. We stayed at the Kilfinan for three nights in early November. The hotel is situated in a natural dip and surrounded by trees, a stream running along the back of the Hotel through a small wooded valley with views to Lough Fyne beyond.

It does take some getting to as it is very remote. DO NOT let that put you off. If it is peace, quiet, long quiet walks and good service you are after then the journey will be worth it.

The hotel is well maintained, spotlessly clean with a delightfully intimate dining room and two small, cosy bars. Breakfast is not to be missed and I recommend you have a go at the Kilfinan Breakfast, although it is not for the light eater. Dinner is at what ever time you like and I have yet to recover from the Lough Fyne Scallops. I have never had the like and would have no problems travelling back just for them. The Fillet comes a very close second.

There is a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere and dogs are welcomed, which is always a good sign.

Stayed November 2007
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Kilcreggan, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2007

Used Trip Advisor to locate this small traditional hotel. Very very quiet location in a tremendously attractive area. Comfortable hotel, nice cosy bars and good food. Well located to explore both the Cowal Peninsula and Kintyre (via the Portavadie / Tarbert Ferry). Although the roads are narrow, they're very quiet and take you through some fantastic scenery. Well worth a stay.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing Really
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2007

My Husband and I stayed at the Kilfinan Hotel for 4 days over New Year 2006/2007. We met up with some friends here and had a wonderful time. We received a warm welcome from the owners Andrew & Helen and will definately be returning in the summer.

The rooms were very clean and well equiped (hair dryers, tea & coffee facilities etc) and are all en suite.

We enjoyed some excellent meals over the course of our stay and i was very plesantly suprised at the amount of choice and the variation on the menu with Vegetarians also being well catered for.

They have a lovely bar with a real fire and a huge selection of Whisky and on New Years Eve they had a ceilidh which everyone joined in with. At midnight we headed out to the small church next door to hear the bells ring as Andrew & Helen handed out a choice of Whisky or Champagne, & Haggis, Neeps and Tatties to us all!

The hotel is in a remote setting which has beautiful scenery and its only a short car journey to the shops if you really need one. I only wish the weather had been slightly better so that we could have got out and done a little more walking but we'll cover that part in our summer trip.

This place is well worth a visit and i can honestly say i had one of the best New Years i've ever had here.

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  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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2 Thank Sep74
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North Yorkshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2007

We spent 3 days over New Year with kids, to include New Year's Eve. Nothing about our time spent there could be faulted. The hotel is a fantastic retreat for anyone wanting to unwind. The hospitality shown by the hosts, Andrew, Helen and family, who took over the hotel 6 months ago, was simply superb. Nothing was too much effort and the food, in particular, was excellent, particularly the fresh oysters and scallops from nearby Loch Fyne.

New Year's Eve itself was a superb night, which included an excellent evening meal followed by a Ceilidh with the locals and then champagne, haggis, neeps and tatties at midnight.

We will definitely return and as soon as we possibly can.

  • Liked — The owners' hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Book now!
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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2 Thank Kendwa
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Northwich
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2006

It was a last minute decision to go to Scotland for a short break. We were looking for somewhere not too far from Glasgow (we were travelling from Northwest England), somewhere quiet, but with stunning scenery. We decided on the Cowal Penninsular, and picked the Kilfinan Hotel by chance after searching the internet.

We were not disappointed. The hotel is remote. Kilfinan is halfway along the mainly single track road that runs along the western side of the Cowal Penninsular. The scenery on the Cowal Penninsular is stunning with the Kyles of Bute and the Island of Bute within easy reach.

We were made extremely welcome by Helen and Andrew who took over the hotel earlier this summer. There is obviously still work to be done as far as the decor is concerned, but the hotel and rooms were very clean with all the comforts that we expected - our room had a lovely view of the Loch. The food was excellent, especially the fantastic cooked breakfasts! The lounge and bar were comfortable and homely with a good range of whiskies. We certainly hope to return.

  • Liked — Location, friendliness of owners & food
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  • Tips/Secrets — Don't be put off by the single track roads - there are plenty of passing places!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Perth, WA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2006

When we arrived at the Kilfinan Hotel, we were bowled over by the welcome we received from the new owners (they had just bought the hotel over only 2 weeks previously) and after the long single track journey (please don't let that put you off-it's worth it),we found exactly what we were expecting and more. Being in the hotel trade, I'm pretty fussy when it comes to staying in them. So what if the decor's not bang up to date, the room was spotless, extremely comfortable and everything was in great working order.
The food was so good, especially the local Kilfinan Breakfast, the views are stunning, the bar is inviting (the after dinner cocktails are especially reccommended). This place is a one-off and we'll definitely go back!

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Property: Kilfinan Hotel
Address: | on the Otter Estate, Kilfinan PA21 2AP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilfinan
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kilfinan
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Hotel Class:3 star — Kilfinan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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