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The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“I am sure becoming friends with the owners and staff is not compulsory, but you will have a hard job trying not to.”
Reviewed 16 May 2011

Brander Lodge is a hotel with that added extra, the most friendly and inviting atmosphere you could ever ask for. I am sure becoming friends with the owners and staff is not compulsory, but you will have a hard job trying not to.
I have returned from my 2 night stay, with wonderful memories, not only of my niece's wedding,(also at the Brander), but of my stay in general.
The hotel, recently under new management, is tastefully refurbished in a way that makes you relaxed and totally at ease.
The spacious and bright lounge contains a huge selection of toys, games, books and DVD's to cater for children of all ages, which kept my 2 year old grandson happy throughout our stay.
Adults were not forgotten, with lots of books and DVD's and the use of the hotels laptops for those spare moments.
The grounds, set in the backdrop of Scotland's lush greener were beautiful and well maintained and also contained some outdoor toys to keep your young ones amused.
Our bedrooms were clean, with pristine bedding and towels, the most comfortable mattress and contained all the little extras you expect in a hotel room.
On the day of the wedding everyone worked tirelessly to the smooth running and success of the special day. The dinning room was decorated to prefection, cheerful and unflustered staff were constantly at hand, to tend to any little need.
The wedding breakfast was plentiful and beautifully presented, using locally sourced produce, and cooked to perfection, even after a 'slight delay' in the meal timetable, caused by the wedding party ourselves.
All the other meals during our stay were excellent, I particularly loved the breakfasts which contained an extensive continental style menu, as well as the traditional scottish cooked breakfast. Tea and coffee were also available throughout the day.
I can't recommend this hotel highly enough, and will certainly be back again in the future.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

We stayed at the Brander Lodge for one night while cycling from Campbeltown to Oban on the Sustrans route 78. We had 4 rooms for our party of 8. We received a lovely welcome and were shown around on the way to our rooms. The hotel is clearly being upgraded with new seating in the lounge area and a lovely comfortable dining room, the rooms were bright and airy with large windows and brand new curtains and carpets and bright white bedding. Unfortunately there was no WiFi which I would suggest the owners address, despite that the room TV's and TV reception were the best we had had all week during our holiday. The bathrooms remain outdated but Rome wasn't built in a day! Throughout the service was friendly and attentive. Guests can choose to eat their meal in the bar area with flat screen TV or the dining room, the menu is standard bar food but cooked and presented very well. There are large gardens with lawn where the kids are safe to play and the pool table and darts board was enjoyed by our older kids. Breakfast was the usual cooked affair. My niece didn't fancy anything cooked so it was a lovely touch to offer her pancakes and as it was my nephew's birthday he was brought a pancake with happy birthday candles! I have never received such individual attention at any other hotel. If you are looking for 3* accommodation near Oban you can't go wrong with the Brander Lodge and the owners who bought the hotel last June deserve every success for trying so hard.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

We only stayed one night here as we were attending a wedding at another nearby hotel. We arrived and were shown to our room which was immaculate and had everything we needed. We were very lucky to be given a lift (!) to our other destination which meant all our party could enjoy a glass or two of champagne and we were then picked up again at 12am!! Thankyou very much!
Breakfast time was flexible - lots of food available and the staff tried to make sure you got what you wanted to eat - coffee was a little weak though. Also enjoyed the fact there was Marmite to have with our toast!
Overall, lovely scenery, quiet hotel, comfy beds, friendly welcoming staff, hearty breakfasts - we would definitely go back!!!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

we stayed just one night in this lovely hotel, a very very warm welcome, especially to our young spaniel pup. after a long drive lunch (delicious) was offered and we sat in the hotels beautiful garden and was tempted to stay put for the rest of the day! after a days sightseeing drinks outside -( candle lit garden tables) let the dog run around until bed time.
breakfast was excellent too.
having recently taken over this property and still working though the 'jobs to be done' list, new mattress (much neeeded) on its way and a quirky shower were the only issues. the location and the hospitatlty of the couple who own Brander lodge go out of their way to make sure the hotel has that little bit more than you expect. Ideal location for sightseeing in the area, and just a short drive to Oban. Inverawe smokehouse with wonderful walks is just 5 minutes away.

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Property: The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Address: Bridge of Awe A85 | Near Taynuilt, Oban, Taynuilt PA35 1HT, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Taynuilt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have now reached 3 star rating with the completion of the new ensuites. Warm, welcome, friendly hospitality is offered in this family owned and operated country Hotel & Bistro quietly set in three and a half acres of landscaped gardens in the shadows of Ben Cruachan at the mouth of the historic Brander Pass. We have 21 rooms all en-suite compiling a combination of singles, twins, doubles and two, two roomed family rooms. The Hotel has an ongoing refurbishment program and will be carrying out further upgrading of facilities late Winter early Spring 2015/16 as business permits, with minimal disruption to guests as it shall be completed in closed off stages. Our Menu offers freshly prepared and locally sourced food where possible and portions are generous with a more homely nature, wholesome and hearty. ... more   less 
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