We stayed at Susan's two nights in September, and we loved it! It's a beautiful new home with an incredible view of Carraigh Fhada farm/lighthouse and Port Ellen.
Susan is an accomplished home baker, and she's incredibly generous, so "continental breakfast" doesn't do justice to the lavish spread she offers each day. She also makes sure there are ample treats at all times both in the sitting room and on the tray table in your room. My favorite small touch was a dram of whisky every evening. Needless to say, we had great conversations with our fellow guests, and we slept incredibly well.
Her father-in-law Ralph is a walking compendium of Islay history--and he would've made a fabulous tour guide in another life. (He actually worked as an excise agent for many years, so he's never at a loss for an interesting anecdote.) He's also the go-to guy for getting off the beaten path, and he steered us to a very good meal at the Islay Hotel.
I hesitate to recommend it too highly, though--we don't want Swallow's Roost to be so popular that we won't be able to stay again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swallow’s Roost Bed & Breakfast is a modern, comfortable family home situated in a peaceful hilltop location overlooking Carraig Fhada Ligthouse and Kilnaughton bay and is only approximately 4km/2.5 miles from the picturesque village of Port Ellen. Our friendly B&B is the perfect relaxing retreat for your stay in Islay. The island is bursting with distilleries, beaches, wildlife and stunning scenery, all waiting to be explored. ... more less