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Stonefield Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Tarbert
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed overnight with family and dog good sized room with fantastic views to the loch. Rooms and bathroom slightly dated although in keeping with the character if the building. Restaurant and bar service good and food very good living up to its awards. All staff very friendly and the open fires warm and welcoming would definitely stay again.

Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I stayed here for one night recently on a business trip and had a very nice night. I was shown to my room on arrival and offered a tour of the hotel. My room (9 I think?) was comfortable and warm with a large clean bathroom. The bath took seconds to fill with lots of hot water and bubbles and the beds were comfortable and came with a teddy bear to 'look after you' during your stay. Only dissapointment was the double bed was actually two singles, which always frustrates me. But I still managed to get a great nights sleep, and actually slept through my alarm. The resturant was fantastic, although my steak was well done (asked for medium well). There was a strong smell of fish, although I think that is to be expected given all the fresh fish being cooked. Amazing views and stunning grounds. Please fill the bird feeders - they were all empty and the birds are hungry!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

was on a course here which took over the hotel for a weekend. the hotel is in a great location, food is fantastic, staff lovely and could not be more helpful. 1 small issue is the dinning room, a bit soulless but the b=views were great from it.

Room Tip: try and get one at the front of the hotel in the original part of the castle
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

It's such a shame with this hotel, as it could have so much potential. It seems that a minimum of maintenance has been carried out whilst resting on it's laurels of past glory days. Badly peeling or non existence of paint on the exterior upper windows, public rooms (although comfortable) drab and tired looking, with bedroom décor definitely in need of a make over.

The hotel is situated amongst beautiful scenery, out of the way, but not too isolated, as the village of Tarbet is only a few miles away.

Food is excellent, with breakfasts offering a very good choice ranging from porridge, fruits, yoghurts, cereals and fruit juices to traditional Scottish breakfast, smoked salmon , fish and eggs benedict. Evening meals from the table d'hote menu are also exceptionally good, but beware when ordering from the a la carte menu, as I ordered a fillet of beef steak only to be told it was not available, which I found somewhat perplexing. The bar has a good selection of malts, wines and spirits and are not overpriced. Bedrooms have tea and coffee and the usual supply of toiletries provided, and I found it pleasing that everything was replenished every day without having to contact housekeeping for more. Mattress comfort was abysmal with springs being felt no matter where one laid on the bed. Heavy quality drapes on the windows, but on one particular windy evening these were decidedly blowing about, which gives me reason to think the hotel needs to urgently invest in new windows!! Turn down service is available, but you need to ask for it and presumably every day as I only received it on one evening.

The disabled traveller may find this hotel somewhat challenging, being that although there are 10 rooms on the ground floor, only one has been specially adapted for wheelchair users with shower and low level switches etc. I can't comment on the ground floor rooms, but I was on the first floor and found that there was no emergency pull cord in the bathroom, which the less able bodied may find very disconcerting. A carpeted ramp is situated from the main reception area down to the dining room, and the bar is on one level, but from the exterior of the hotel into the hotel itself there are 2 small flight of steps with no permanent ramp, although a temporary one can be provided. Paths are not disable friendly at all, really only the car park area, but this is gravel, so this will have certain problems.

Staff were friendly without over stepping the mark so to speak, and also very courteous, but this could not really be said of the general manager who I found to be rather supercilious.

I really do like to "fly the flag for Scotland ", so to speak, but saying that I also try and give unbiased reviews. If you do decide to visit this hotel, don't expect too much as it's more in keeping with a 3+*, go with an open mind and hopefully you will not have any problems of over expectations.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My wife and my self have just returned from a stay in stonefield castle, it was to be a surprise for my wife as she loves castles, plus our anniversary. On arrival we were met by very friendly staff,who gave us the tour of the hotel. Shown to room 34.. Very large 4 poster bed. and reasonable on sweat facilities..We then had a walk around the grounds which was fine. The evening meal was excellent ,as was the breakfast. The staff were very good and nothing to much trouble..The down side of our stay. 1 The bed was very uncomfotable.
........................................2 The T.V .had only one channel.............
3 LOOKING FORWARD TO A BATH AS WE ONLY HAVE A SHOWER AT HOME......TURNED HOT TAP ON....NO WATER SUPPLY... disapointment wasent the word i used..When you pay £150 a night for B&B.. YOU AT LEAST EXPECT THE BASICS.. TO SAY WE WONT BE BACK AGAIN.... WOLD YOU ??

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank elmofu4
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We travelled here in October2013. We left home at 13 degrees and 3 hours later arrived to a warm18 degrees - the weather was beautiful. This hotel is set in the most stunning grounds with the most beautiful flowers and trees. Wildlife is spectacular. The hotel was good, staff were lovely and the food was great. The bedrooms could do with a good clean and our room 27 had a really deep bath making the shower really difficult to get in and out. The room was also really stuffy. However we had a great time and would go back just to be in such a special part of the country. We had a good deal from 5pm. Stonefield Castle's bar prices are reasonable.

Room Tip: Avoid room 27
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We recently stayed at the Stonefield Castle Hotel at the Start of October for 1 night with dinner and breakfast included as part of a wedding present. The location of the hotel is great overlooking the loch, particularly liked the views that you got from the dinning room. Well worth a stay and the drive from Glasgow is worth the 2 hour journey.

The only negative I had was that the room was slightly dated, and there seemed to have been a leak in the room we stayed in (22) as the wall was still stained.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Steven S
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Additional Information about Stonefield Castle Hotel

Address: Loch Fyne, Tarbert PA29 6YJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kintyre Peninsula > Tarbert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Tarbert
Price Range: £63 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stonefield Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stonefield Castle Hotel is an outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Built in 1837, the Castle stands high on the famous Kintyre peninsula, commanding spectacular panoramic views over Loch Fyne. In keeping with its unique location and character, many of the original period furnishings have been retained to complement the timeless ambience that is Stonefield Castle. Guests can relax in the traditional elegance of wood panelled lounges with fine corniced ceilings, unwind on leisurely walks through the sixty acres of woodland grounds, or simply enjoy a leisurely pace of life far removed from the stress of city living. ... more   less 
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