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“Could Do Better” 3 of 5 stars
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Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges
Lerags Glen | Kilbride, Oban PA34 4SE, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #7 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Oban
Ardrossan, United Kingdom
1 review
“Could Do Better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stay in the Oban area frequently and in all types of accommodation. In this case we were invited to do a review on another review website 'Upfront 'and did so. The reply from the owner said that we were being unfair.
We stayed for four nights in a Pet Free Inner Hebridean Lodge.
One of our party had stayed previously when the lodges were new. We had also visited the pub many times for meals when our child was small and we liked the fact that there was a playground for the children and there were ducks around. The setting is very pretty.
When we arrived the TV was on and we thought there was someone else in the lodge. The interior of the lodge was very clean and modern. The seating area was black leather Ikea furniture and there were two small cushions which we thought was a bit sparse. The kitchen was probably Ikea too. The utensils did look a bit sparse as well. Having already ran a self catering establishment we know what basics should be supplied but we thought that was unlikely in this case but could not say for sure without counting everything. Anyway we weren't there to cook or count the utensils. We always take our own washing up gear so did not use their supplied washing up liquid and we took our rubbish away with us to recycle.
The outside of the lodge was grubby. There was a dirty barbecue with a dirty fork, a plastic pen top and cigarette end on the area with the seating and table with parasol, not beside the bin that the owner said in his reply. When asked if we could have these items removed we felt as if we were making a fuss over nothing. A quick brush round about wouldn't have gone amiss.

Later on we wanted to watch a programme on TV BBC 1 Scotland but despite our efforts we could not get BBC at all. We asked at the pub and were told that we had to switch on and off etc. and after that didn't work we were told it was the weather. So we gave up. The owner states that we were 'rude and adamant' that we wanted 'a channel that they could not provide'. So much for BBC 1. He states that 'we provide Freeview only'. I would suggest they get Freesat costs nothing and has all the basic TV channels. Sky Television wasn't the reason we went there.

After that we did not bother going to ask for assistance with the light bulb that did not work in the twin bedroom or the bathroom door lock that did not work. Nor why there was a plastic bag tied round the shower. There was a feeling that we were being a nuisance to them. So that's why the owner said he had no idea about the light not working and he didn't see the plastic bag.

On the final night Friday 30th May the water went off. Not as the owner says at 1am. but around 10 pm. As we were leaving the next day we were concerned about how to flush the one toilet between four of us. When approached in the pub we were told that the owner would be down but as he did not appear we tried again and were told the whole site was off. We were advised that the hot water was not affected as it was on a different system. So we had to flush the toilet with a basin filled from the bath hot water tap. Fortunately the water did come on by the morning just like he said.
Up to that night the site had been quiet and peaceful but that night in the two next lodges we had an all male group who were quite loud and partying. We think they were workers as they all left in two cars the next morning. One of the cars had logos for a fencing company.

We did not eat in the Barn this time. It was very busy.

The lodges can be owned if you want to buy them and they will let them out for you. The wood on the outside of the lodges is getting rough so some would appear to be being re-clad and getting fitted with new windows.

The electricity is metered and you pay 10p a unit. Because we were out most of the time we hardly used any in fact only 8 units. On the morning of our departure we went to pay up and were met by a gentleman who now appears to have been the owner. He looked at our chit with the 8 units and said that will be £8 please. We asked him to look again and he revised his sum to 80p.
In his reply to our review the owner states ' in fact I took your money the following morning which came to 80 pence again I apologise if you think 80 pence is unreasonable.'
The review website states that you should avoid the use of sarcasm.
In the same parting conversation we commented that at least the water was on to which the reply was 'well that's what happens if you live in the country'
We townsfolk are so soft. Sorry should not be sarcastic. But if you had a medical problem it could be tricky to not have a flushing loo.

When asked if we recommend this to others we said No. But don't let that put you off you might have a wonderful holiday like many of the other reviewers. Oban can be lovely in the weather and the surrounding area with islands and the highlands are lovely.That's why we go there a lot.
Incidentally we had already booked another lodge in the Oban area for the rest of our stay same price but superior as everything worked with no extras.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for three days with our two young children. Highlights were the beautiful setting, relaxed atmosphere, great food at the on site pub (kids could play at playground while we drank wine by fire), cozy cabin and accommodating hosts. I'm surprised by the recent reviews--we had a great experience here!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at Cologin Chalets last month looking for a weekend away in the countryside. Living smack bang in the middle of a city centre, this was an amazing break and the perfect place to unwind! And the hearty meals on sight were very welcome after hiking in the gorgeous scenery!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed in Cologin, chalet number eight, for four nights. Some reviewers have obviously had a different experience, but others, like me, have noticed the dirt and general state of disrepair.

Some highlights were:

1. The mattress on the small double bed was so lumpy I ended up sleeping on a sofa in living room. We asked for a solution to this the next night a topper and new mattress arrived. This was welcomed but it was 9pm, the mattress was memory foam so needed 72 hours to flatten out and could not be used and had the strong smell you get with new memory foam. There was no follow up to see if it was okay - it stayed rolled up and propped up against the wall.

2. There was mould growing on the wallpaper in the living room, cleverly hidden with sofa cushions. The irony was I found it sleeping on the sofae due to the poor state of the mattress / beds

3. Kitchen was poorly provisioned with no washing up brush, no tin opener and several items having not cleaned properly before being stored e.g. sieve clogged with food and rust

4. The spare duvet had numerous large yellow and brown stains on it, all rooms had noticeable cobwebs all in them, and the whole place smelt of old cigarette smoke meaning the first thing you needed to do each day was air the place and ramp up the heating to compensate

5. Outside our chalet the planks had come loose leaving four rusty screws exposed where our young son was playing.

6. Fire extinguisher in kitchen was last serviced in 1998 (16 years!), and clearly shows it’s been used and has no pressure left in it to function. Not sure why you would bother having it on the wall at all, nor fail to replace with one that actually works.

7. Wifi advertised but comes at a £3 a day / £15 a week charge and only accessible in some chalets

Cologin's not that expensive, but neither is it cheap and there are, I later found when trying to find somewhere else to stay, many self catering places & cottages for the same price with better facilities and in better condition for a similar price - not a difficult thing to achieve.

If all you want is somewhere that’s clean, comfy and you get a good night's sleep Cologin manages to disappoint on all three. That said it does have a pub / bar attached to it serving okay food so if you eat there and drink enough it might help you ignore the state of the beds.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I had stayed at Cologin many years previously so knew roughly what to expect. It is a couple of miles outside of Oban, and from the main road it is reached through a small winding country lane. Though it has changed a lot since my earlier visit, it has kept the character I remembered, it remains very dog and child friendly and pleasantly quiet and secluded. In addition to the chalets, there is a small child play area and pub on site.

The three of us stayed in a two bedroom chalet, which consisted of a room with a double bed, a room with twin beds and two couch beds in the living room. There was also a bathroom and a kitchen area with a large dining table adjacent to the living room. Overall, the chalet was very clean and apart from a few small niggles very acceptable. These small niggles include the fact that the temperature marking on the oven has rubbed off, so if you do decide to use the oven (as we did on one occasion) it's a bit hit and miss at what temperature you are cooking! Likewise, when we arrived my wife decided to have a bath after our long journey, but changed her mind when she saw the water in the bath was a deep amber (the colour of Indian tea!). Though surprising and harmless, it was uninviting - though that didn't really matter anyway as the water (cold) came from an immersion heater and hadn't had time to heat up before we arrived! Apparently the water is miscoloured because of the effect of peat on the local water source. The discolouration of the water is hardly noticeable in small amounts of water. And in case you are concerned about washing, there is an electric shower that works perfectly well!

So, overall the accommodation was of an acceptable standard. The other notable aspect of Cologin is the pub! The food in the pub is excellent. There is a standard menu and a blackboard with local 'specials'. Frfom the blackboard, my wife had some excellent langostines, and I had a very good venison steak. There is a broad selection of drinks in the pub, including some local ales.

WiFi is available at Cologin but this is not high speed. Also, the pub and chalets run on different networks! There is ten minutes free access but after that you have to pay (by the day or week). Be warned that you have to subscribe to each network separately. We actually checked with the bar staff whether this was the case before paying to join the bar network, and were informed that one subscription would cover both networks. IT DID NOT. We had to take out another subscription for the chalet. This was really annoying as we knew we would only be in the bar for the duration of our meal and so would not have paid a separate subscription for that network. When we queried the dual subscription we were told someone would get back to us - it never happened.

Finally it is worth mentioning, that mobile phone reception is very limited in Cologin. Between us we cover three network and didn't have any signal. Apparently it may be possible with Vodafone.

Overall, there are many positives in favour of Cologin, but also some niggles and a couple of customer service issues which were downright annoying!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Fabulous "getting away from it all" place. Great location and the added amenity of the Barn! The owners could not have been more helpful and our children had a fantastic time. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Despite the reasons for our trip being family orientated, we stayed at this site, hiring the entire farmhouse which sleeps 12. The overall site is pleasant, and the bar/restaurant is right on the doorstep. Food quality, quantity and service are extremely good and therefore avoids unnecessary travel into Oban town, about 2 miles away.
No complaints at all about the accommodation save for the usual gripes of bulbs not replaced when defective etc. Nothing worthy of complaint, and all that could be avoided with a pre-visit check by the cleaning staff. I was advised by family members that the smaller chalet (log cabin type) buildings on site were equally pleasant.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lerags Glen | Kilbride, Oban PA34 4SE, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One bedroom 'Outer Hebridean' chalets, two bedroom 'Inner Hebridean' lodges, Cologin Farmhouse and Cruachan Cottage are all nestled around the old farmstead at Cologin and the Barn Bar rustic bar and restaurant. Less than 3 miles from Oban with free fishing, way marked forest walks, play park and duck pond, this family owned and run self catering complex has been welcoming guests for over 35 years with many families having enjoyed holidays here for several generations. Pets are welcome and kids can be kids with plenty of space to explore and play. The lodges and chalets are all well equipped for 3 star standard, the farmhouse and Cruachan are 4 star and all properties are well maintained and decorated annually! We are not offering luxury - we are not that sort of place and never will be. You may find duck poo outside your chalet door and we don't have street lighting (great views of starry skies!) or Tarmac roads so don't come and stay if you want city style. What we do offer is good value, family friendly accommodation in a great location with easy access to Oban and a great pub and restaurant on site. You will sleep well (we are quiet and tranquil) and you will return home relaxed and refreshed. We look forward to welcoming you to Cologin. We don't feature regularly on review sites because most of our customers are return guests! ... more   less 
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