We had to make a late booking in order to deal with an adjusted ferry schedule. As a consequence we got the last available room, which is the only "non ensuite", although you get exclusive use of the bathroom across the hall.
First point of praise is the care and attention shown by Fiona and Alan. Fiona personally went to the P&O terminal to double check the revised sailing schedules in order to ensure no slip ups with departure times.
The hotel is small, petite perhaps, but surprising. Alan runs a hospitable bar, bringing his dry Castleford humour into play. The restaurant is excellent, top quality food in very generous portions.
The other guests praised the quality of their rooms, I have to say that ours was a bit of a tight fit, a combined weight of thirty stone doesn't fit easily in a three quarter bed, but we were a very late booking and all I can say is, book early so you are not disappointed.
Fiona runs a good operation and really cares about her guests.
The ferry terminals are minutes away, so as a practical proposition the Merchants House is ideal.
My only suggestion - add a hand rail in the non ensuite bathroom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Merchants House is a traditional property built in 1701. Situated on the shore of Loch Ryan, approximately 1/2 mile from P&O ferry terminal, we are conveniently located for guests travelling to Ireland. On 1st floor we have 2 comfortable en-suite family rooms and a further double room with shared bathroom. All bedrooms have colour TV, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. We also have a licensed restaurant and bar on the ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Merchants House Cairnryan, Scotland