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The Pierhouse Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Port Appin
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

On a recent visit to kimelford we stopped at the Hotel for a seafood lunch .
We chose the seafood platter, really good value and excellent food.
Wonderful views, very quiet , lovely spot.
Friendly staff.
Views of Lismore breathtaking.
We took a card and made sure it was given a first class review at our welcome meeting

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

My wife and I spent two nights at the Pierhouse Hotel as a birthday / anniversary treat. We arrived in Appin around 5pm on Thu 5th December to find the entire district in darkness. There had been a major storm the night before which had caused power cuts around Scotland. The hotel though was lit up by about a hundred candles - it looked lovely!

We were given a large candle lantern ( and a slightly more powerful magnetic LED light - romance only goes so far! ) and taken to our room which had been heated up for our arrival by a powerful portable gas stove. We stayed in room 2, one of the deluxe loch view rooms and it was a delight. It was large, cosy and furnished with a gloriously comfy bed, a small sofa and an armchair - all covered with lovely wool throws and cushions. Very classy.

That evening we eat in the seafood restaurant surrounded by candle light. There was a reduced menu because of the power cut but we had a delicious butternut squash soup followed by the seafood platter which was divine. We had a cup of tea by the stove in the lounge, chatted to some other guests, and retired for the night. Then, at about 11, the power came back on - perfect timing as we could go to bed knowing we could have a shower the next morning!

There was a great choice for breakfast the next morning as well as a great 180 degree view out of the dining room window. After a walk that day we came back and used the sauna to warm up before a nice relaxed dinner in the bar and a game of dominoes in the lounge in front of the wood-burning stove!

Just as we were leaving the next afternoon we saw the chef go down to the end of the pier. We followed her down and she gave us a tour of their own lobster pots where they store their lobsters in the waters of the loch before they're brought up to the hotel for dinner. No wonder the seafood platter was so nice.

All in all, a lovely hotel, beautifully furnished with friendly service. The views over to Lismore and the mountains beyond are fantastic and the food is gorgeous. And managing to maintain such a great level of service during a power cut was amazing. Spending the first night surrounded by candle-light and walking the corridors with an old-fashioned lantern was like being in a Robert Louis Stevenson novel - what more could you want for an anniversary!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We spent 2 very eventful days in this lovely friendly Hotel. It just happened to coincide with the worst wind storm in living memory so we did not sleep the first night but comforted by a glorious comfy bed. The power went of at 6 am and we had no power until the following night.The staff did a wonderful job making sure we were looked after and made comfortable . They had plenty of candles .How the kitchen managed is a credit to them all. The menu on the second night was limited but was still of the highest standard. The scenery is wonderful and could easily just sit all day looking out of a window .In conclusion ,what makes this Hotel so memorable apart from the great comfy beds ,the views and the food is the friendly ambience and great staff. You feel comfortable as soon as you walk through the door.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed at The Pierhouse towards the end of August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room had a great view of the Loch and was beautifully furnished and maintained throughout. We were lucky enough with the weather to enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the terrace over looking the loch on our first night. We ate in the restaurant during our stay, where we enjoyed the well cooked range of seafood on offer. Food was flavoursome and nicely presented and the chef allowed the quality of ingredients to shine through the subtle flavourings.
One tip - if contemplating the langoustine as a starter -they take a lot longer to eat than other starters! My wife had a long wait after finishing her scallops for me to get through the delicious pile of shellfish!

Room Tip: Go for a loch view room, they are worth the little bit extra!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank 75AT
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We have just returned from a long weekend here and we can honestly say we loved every second of it. This hotel is in a stunning location and I would highly recommend paying that little bit extra for the Loch view, you could never tire of waking up to that. The food was simply to die for. I am not keen on shellfish but there were other options and I have to say that I was not disappointed, delicious! Breakfast was equally as enjoyable and you were given plenty of choice..I recommend the traditional porridge ;) The staff were all friendly and nothing was too much trouble, they had a great knowledge of the local area. I honestly can not think of anything to pick fault with. The room was spotless and everything that I expected from a hotel room we had supplied. I would definitely return to the same hotel.

Room Tip: Choose a Loch facing room
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Travelled to this old favourite which we have been visiting for at least 30 years. It has obviously changed but still retains the essence of it's origins. It was a cold November day but we were warmly welcomed by Caroline. The log burning stoves were very relaxing and we had a pleasant bar lunch before settling in for the afternoon. It was blowing a gale and the rain was horizontal so we never left the hotel! We chatted to a couple of people in the bar, had a glass of wine and it was dinner time! The dining room is attractive and the views are spectacular. My husband had scallops and I had salmon. Both were tasty. Nikki then brought in my birthday cake and sang "happy birthday". A nice touch! The room was beautiful and very comfortable and again the outlook was lovely. Next day the wind had dropped a bit and the rain was less heavy. Breakfast was very enjoyable, as was our whole stay. Look forward to visiting again in summer!

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

Louise and I popped in for lunch, both of us had the fish pie. It was the nicest thing I have ever eaten. That is no word of a lie. You know that way where you can still taste a good meal ages after you've finished it? Well I can still taste it 3 days later. Beautiful. We will be back.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Additional Information about The Pierhouse Hotel

Address: Port Appin PA38 4DE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Port Appin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Port Appin
Price Range: £109 - £243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pierhouse Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With breathtaking views to the islands of Lismore and Mull, our intimate twelve bedroom hotel, bar and renowned seafood restaurant has won a fast-growing reputation as one of Argyll's most idyllic and romantic destinations. We pride ourselves on the freshness & quality of our seafood and local meats, sourcing most of our food locally. We strive to offer our guests something different - a personal and relaxed family atmosphere, stunning location and deliciously fresh food. ... more   less 
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