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Melfort Pier & Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Booked this as a last minute holiday, and despite it being BH weekend they still did us a deal, so it turned out we got a bargain. Easy to find, but definitely of the beaten track, it's about a mile and half outside of Kilmelfort, which is a tiny village with a hotel/bar and a cafe/shop. Fabulous views as you approach it from either Oban or Lochgilphead and there's no disappointment when you finally arrive at the harbour. Friendly reception and easy access to the houses. We were in admiral which is a first floor one bedroom apartment with superb views from the balcony over the pier and loch. These have to be the cleanest and well equipped holiday lets I have ever stayed in. Absolutely spotless and everything you could need supplied apart from your food. As some have said the furnishing is a little dated but this isn't really a problem as everything is still in good condition. Bright , airy open plan lounge/diner/kitchen with a lovely log burner for the cooler nights, although the underfloor heating was more than adequate. Large bedroom, comfy bed, plenty of storage , ensuite bathroom with a great shower and lots of hot water. We also had a jacuzzi bath ( but we didn't use it) and a sauna, which was lovely after a dip in the loch. With the velum windows open you could hear the babbling of the stream by the side of the house, lovely and relaxing.

We like open water swimming and it's ideal here, safe access from a rocky beach or you could go from the pier if you like deep water starts. Sheltered harbour with a few boats but no real traffic to worry about while your swimming, you could do miles down the coast if you wanted or a few laps of the bay. You can get a shower down on the pier then back for a sauna, couldn't be better.

Melfort holiday village is a short walk away where you could get lunch or an evening meal, food was good but service was a little slow, just don't go if your rushing. We also ate in the hotel bar in kilmelford which was very traditional with good food. Used the bikes though as it was a couple of mile walk.

Oban is a good half hour drive away, and the road is a little fast for bike riding but you can go out over the back to loch awe, great views but some challenging hills, it's about a 40 mile loop if you don't want to turn back the same way. Can be done on mountain bikes or road bikes and makes a nice day out. Not too many places for snacks though so go prepared, nice lunch at cafe/post office in Dalavich. Also nice hike up the hills behind the harbour, stunning views from the top.

Would definitely recommend this accomodation and hope to be back again soon.

Room Tip: The admiral had lovely views
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Having only booked a week before the visit we found ourselves in a large spaceous ground floor cottage called "moorings". The room was well equipped with a waterside view, large balcony, spa bath and sauna.

We had a wet and wild weekend with the weather but having the wood burning stove on in the pouring rain makes for a soothing experience.

The complex offeres free use of a rowing boat and dvds for when the weather is bad. The only negative that comes to mind is that one of the spa baths didn't work. We are already planning a return visit.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

I have been coming to Melfort Pier and Harbour all my life, and I will continue to return as it is such a relaxing place to be, and the staff are very friendly and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. I have stayed in a few of different houses and this time I was in The Mermaid. It was great, there was two bedrooms both with luxury en suites, and there was a table tennis table in the living room which was very fun!
I would recommend Melfort Pier and Harbour to anybody wanting to go for a relaxing holiday, where you can forget about all of your worries and just be at one with nature. The sound of the Loch Melfort waves and birds tweeting, all comes together for a fantastic holiday!

Have no doubts about booking a stay with Melfort Pier and Harbour, you will thoroughly enjoy it, and the staff will look after you very well!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Just back from a week at Melfort Pier and Harbour, and would thoroughly recommend it. Customer Care was second to non and very friendly and relaxed from start to finish. Our apartment was very clean on arrival and we had everything that we needed. ( Perhaps a wee bit 80,s in decor , but we knew that from the website), . The kids had a ball fishing and swimming off the pier.
Its also a great location for boat owners and it was perfect for us having our boat in the private harbour for the week , which made a great base for many trips exploring the near by islands. We were luck enough to spot Minke whales, Otter, Dolphin and Sea eagles.
We will definitely be back......Can,t wait!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We have been coming to Melfort for over 20 years and have seen many changes. What never changes is the beautiful view and friendly welcome. There had been several improvements since our last stay which were welcomed. It's one of those holidays that you do go home from feeling totally relaxed.
Can't wait to return !

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Etonella, General Manager at Melfort Pier & Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Thank you so much for taking your time to write a response. We are looking forward to welcome you back to Melfort Pier .

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We have enjoyed our Spring trip to Melfort Pier and Harbour very much after many visits in all the different houses.
This holiday we were in Anchorage which was great for us as I am disabled now and all rooms and a super bathroom were easy accessible.
It was big enough to park my scooter inside to recharge it and we could park our car right at the front door.
The staff of Hazel and Mary were very help full they even put the heater in our house on before we arrived so it was nice and warm.
And their technician was so good to inflate my scooters tires with a compressor air pump!
We had lovely "walks" along the good tarmac roads around the compound and on the pier and saw all the great spring flowers and lots of little lambs that gave us a real spring feeling.
We had beautiful views over the loch and even a rainbow in the harbour.
We had a good size terrace to sit in the sun for coffee and lunch and to read a good book.
There were a selection of nice books in the house too and lots of information for tourist trips.
We will be back again in autumn to see all the leaves colour again.
We found several houses who are all on one level and have an easy aces like Anchorage and Captains quarters and the Boathouse they all have good bathroom or shower facilities.
It is so nice to go to a place were life is easy with a handicap!
The air is so clean that after a few days our daughter did not need her inhaler and was able to go for a real hike up the hill with her father!
We thank the staff for their good care.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Just had the most amazing 3 days at Melfort! The owners couldn't have done enough to make our stay a fantastic one! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who wants a get away from it all luxury break.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Thank Marathonmartha
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Address: Melfort | near Oban, Kilmelford PA34 4XD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilmelford
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kilmelford
Price Range: £61 - £182 (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 Kilmelford, Scotland

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