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“Good Choice in Rothesay”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Boat House

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Boat House
Ranked #1 of 19 Rothesay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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330 reviews
159 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 546 helpful votes
“Good Choice in Rothesay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We were satisfied overall with our 1-night stay at the Boat House during an island-hopping tour of the West Coast. We felt it was above average but with a few points of attention.

Good points:-
- Great view from our bay window of the harbour and ferries
- Pleasant, clean decor throughout the house
- Wonderful breakfast (one of the best we've had in a Scottish B&B)
- Friendly and helpful owners
- Availability of easy parking on the street outside (note you can park on both sides of the road)
- Convenience for centre of Rothesay (3 minute walk along the shoreline)

Less good points (trying not to be too picky but...):-
- Didn't like the pillows on the bed, which were full of air that soon "deflated" and therefore became uncomfortable
- Bedding had seen better days and the fitted sheet had several tears which must have been immediately obvious to whoever made up the bed (so why not do something about it?)
- Lack of space (shelves, hooks etc) to put things in the bathroom

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

This was the first stage on our island hopping trip around Scotland...and what a great way to start with a stay at the Boathouse.
Bedrooms and public rooms were beautifully furnished and very clean. Lovely guest lounge with TV, stereo, books etc.
Sara was extremely welcoming and friendly with nothing being too much trouble. We were on a budget as were going to be paying for a lot of accommodation during our trip so opted for the cheaper double room. All rooms were full on our first day but as there was just ourselves on the second day we were moved into the lovely front bedroom which overlooks the harbour...a much appreciated touch!
Breakfast was fantastic...and plentiful, with good fresh coffee and a great choice.
On the subject of food, we also tried the fare at Harry Haws which was equally delicious.
If we ever go back to Bute we will be staying at the Boathouse!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

I have now had the pleasure of staying at the Boat House on the Isle of Bute twice. So glad I did. It is absolutely excellent in every way. The welcome, the position, the rooms, the cleanliness and of course probably the best full breakfast I have ever had.

Sara and Paul are just lovely friendly people, but guess what? They even have a wonderful restaurant called Harry Haws, which provides the same brilliance. Whatever you want they do their best to provide.

On your next trip to Bute make this the first call.

Well done to both of you.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

My better half surprised me with a birthday weekend away to our favourite place and third visit to the boathouse. Sara and Paul are fantastic hosts and as always made our stay as comfortable as possible. Arriving at the boat house almost feels like coming back to a home from home and with amazing views of the bay we could happily sit for hours watching the world go by. We had a wee joke with Sara about breakfast interuppting our lie-in but I would happily get up at the crack of dawn for the breakfast, again as always absolutely delicious with my other half having the vegetarian option which looked almost as appetising as my full scottish. Thank you again for looking after us and we are already trying to see when we can squeeze our next visit in.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

The island of Bute is a quaint seaside resort. The views are amazing and the people are really friendly. Stayed at a wonderful guest house called the Boat House which is right by the ferry port. Owner is really welcoming and the breakfasts are fab. Would really recommend this B&B if you are planning to stay on the island. Fantastic break over the Easter holidays

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the harbour. View is amazing
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

The best boutique hotel / luxury bed and breakfast I've ever stayed in, bar none. (And I have stayed in many). The views. The bed. The furnishing. The shower. The staff. And last, but by no means least, the breakfast. All PERFECT.

Room Tip: Stay in room 3 for the sea views.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Argyll
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed one night with work. Super-comfortable room, delicious breakfast, stunning views. Simply a great place to stay. I've stayed here a few times and have never been disappointed. I would recommend this B&B highly.

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Boat House

Property: Boat House
Address: 15 Battery Place, Rothesay PA20 9DP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Isle of Bute > Rothesay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Rothesay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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