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Melfort Pier & Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 July 2012

Stayed in the Commodore Suite for 4 nights with my husband. First impressions were that the place had a real charm - the welcome in the site office was very relaxed and friendly. The views really are stunning, coupled with the tranquility and peace, this really is what you are paying for.

I agree with most other reviewers that the decor is a little bit tired; but feel this could be easily remedied by first of all just getting new bedding and towels. However, the place is very clean and well equipped and you do have everything you need and a little extra... It was nice to have a sauna.

I do think it is good value for money - Scotland does tend to be very expensive! We looked at other places that were 'luxury' and they were asking for over £900 for the same 4 nights that we paid £520 at Melfort Pier.

Don't be put off by the decor too much - enjoy the views and get out and about.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Melfort Pier is a great place to relax for a short break. Very peaceful and quiet. We last visited about 5 years ago and while the place has aged a bit, it is still excellent. We ate at the nearby Shower of Herring restaurant and at the Melfort Hotel. Again both great quality meals.
Stayed at the Mooring Master, very comfortable with two en suite bedrooms plus a pier side patio area and sauna. Weather was a bit better than have recently experienced - hit 24oC in Oban one day!
Definitely worth considering for a break on the west coast.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

In the property market (my industry) they say that the three most important things are:- Location, Location, Location and this is one of the best! From the beautiful views across Loch Melfort to the hills beyond, the tranquil surrounds, rich wildlife and delightful walks, to the helpful, easygoing friendly staff and the well appointed and presented accomodation, this truly is the place to unwind and forget all your worrie!. The words 'hustle and bustle' have never been heard here! If you want to 'get way from it all' then this idyllic spot is the place to be. We left feeling totally refreshed and relaxed. Can't wait until our next visit! .

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

This is a place in need of some serious TLC. It would have had a wow factor in its heyday perhaps some 20 years ago, but it would appear that cost cutting has taken its toll. I would rate it 3-4 star, but read on and make up your own mind.

Plus points
Fantastic location right at the water's edge. Views of the bay to die for.
Tranquil and out of the way.
Electricity included in price (many self catering properties do not include this)
Easy sea fishing from pier.
Lots of mussel beds around (but the mussels we collected were full of grit/pearls, and not really edible)
Free use of rowing boat .
Free wifi, although connectivity temperamental.
Sauna and spa bath in most properties.
Dog friendly.

Minus points
Very tired accommodation, including beds, bed linen, towels, bathrooms (the shower door handle came off in my hand), general furnishings, furniture (rickety coffee table, wardrobe handle also came off in my hand), sunbleached outside wood panelling.
Second bedroom very cramped (in Quayside cottage anyway) - only suitable for children, or adults for a short stay.
Everything is "budget" range, e.g. Tesco Value hand wash, Argos budget range furniture (very rickety), Technika TV, Beko CRT TV.
No restaurant on site.
No decent sandy beach on site.
No T-mobile/Orange signal (obviously not the resort's fault). O2 and Vodafone ok.

Overall the accommodation is clean and generally well equipped, but I would not call it “luxurious”. Proximity of the sea, the views, and clever layout of the cottages give the whole resort a certain feel-good factor. We had a great time, the dogs loved it, and we would recommend it. It's a little pricey for the standard of accommodation certainly. If only the owners would look ahead and spend even a little money to spruce up the place, e.g. plump new pillows, fresh crisp linen and towels, quality fittings, coat of varnish outdoors….the place could be heading in the right direction of its presumed former glory, and its claim of being a "luxury" resort.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a great 4 days, everything was wonderful with staff who couldnt be more helpful. Having a disabled wife we really appreciated the care, attention and thought which made our accomodation perfect. Enjoy the wonderful views around the loch while sitting on your own patio, and watch the sailboats arrive and leave their moorings. Our stay was top class, so much so that we made another reservation for September.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Just back from a 2 night stay at Melfort Pier over the jubilee weekend and we were absolutely delighted with our stay.

We were in the admiral suite and the views were outstanding, the apartment itself had everything we needed, a fully functioning kitchen, large bedroom and the sauna was a welcome luxury!

The staff were very helpful - the apartment was ready early (3pm) and we were able to stay a bit later to allow us to feed the baby before we departed. They are also very knowledgeable of the local area and recommended an excellent walk for us.

We will certainly be looking to come back and will be recommending to friends.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

What a lovely little place this is!! We have just spent 4 days at Melfort Pier & Harbour with 4 adults and 2 dogs and it really couldn't have been any nicer.
The accommodation is very clean, tidy and spacious with surprising extras such as spa baths and a sauna within each property. We had everything we needed to have a lovely relaxing break.
The private small beaches are beautiful, and the dogs really enjoyed having these as their playground. You can spend hours fishing (at no extra charge) off the pier - just watch out for the midges at night. Above all the scenery is breathtaking! This place really is a hidden retreat and at a very reasonable cost too. Anyone expecting brand new, five star accommodation should consider paying five star prices. We will definitely be going back.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Melfort Pier & Harbour

Address: Melfort | near Oban, Kilmelford PA34 4XD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilmelford
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kilmelford
Price Range: £57 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the West Coast of Scotland, just 16 miles south of Oban, the Gate way to the Isle, is Melfort. Melfort Pier & Harbour is right on the shore of one of the most beautiful sea Loch's in Scotland, where the Highlands come down to the sea.............We have 10 Scandanavian houses, all with a different lay out. Some all on one level. Other ones up stairs. Every house has a superb view of the Loch. Our main asset is our unique location,protected on the seaward side by uninhabited islands and sheltered by the hills of the Melfort wood to the North. Our high quality, self contained houses, surround our private harbour. When you are here, we provide you with privacy and the freedom and flexibility to do what every you like. We have 6 houses for the less mobile. 2 Pets per house are very welcome ... more   less 
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Melfort Pier & Harbour Hotel Kilmelford
Melfort Pier & Harbour Kilmelford, Scotland

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