Stayed here for 2 nights last weekend. Adrian was very pleasant when I spoke to him to make the booking. We knew that there wasn't a TV in the room before we booked. But for the price you kinda assume one would have a TV. Adrian was quite accommodating by admitting us at midnight as we took the last ferry from Oban. I was also glad that they were not grumpy (as some people might be) when we went a little late in the morning for breakfast (Breakfast served from 830-930am). On the first day we were served Vege haggis which was delicious. Not sure why we weren't served thee same the second day- though it was still a full scottish veg breakfast. Adrian and Jane are a surprisingly young couple-to be running a B&B i.e. This is quite refreshing but the downside is that you don't get the same chatter/advice one might get from a wiser middle-aged/older landlord. Having said that both Adrian and Jane were quite helpful in giving advice when asked. But when you go to a countryside B&B one expects a more personal service and chatter. I guess they will pick up with experience. Some of the rooms in the house have gorgeous views and were quite spacious. Our room however had no views, the glass frosted and the room and en-suite were not as spacious as the others. The bed sheets appeared a bit worn. So I felt the price of 85£/night was a bit pricey esp ith no TV and I wouldn;t call the decor necessarily plush. However the two front rooms esp the 4-poster room looked really nice. So if you stay there you might have a different experience. The pressure shower in the bath is however one of the best and everything in the room was organic (if you are into this kinda thing)
The reason for my 3* instead of 5* rating
1. No TV. Pricey for the facilities offered, small room and decor plain.
2. We were a bit disappointed on the second day when we went for breakfast. We were 15 mins late. However there was only a small bread loaf left and the bits left were the 2 edge slices that the others left behind. When we asked Adrian for more bread he said' there is enough' meaning that we were supposed to make do with the end loaves available. When we pointed that out he said they only bake one loaf a day. He didn't even offer an apology. I have to say we were quite offended. One would have expected them to be sensible enough to have spare bread (home-baked or not). Its not that guests would cry for home-baked bread. We were offered crumpets but as I said earlier a simple apology would have made us feel better.
Having said all this if you were staying in one of the more spacious rooms and you are not vegetarian- you might have a better experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on a cliff above Tobermory Bay, Strongarbh is a handsome Victorian villa providing comfortable and distinctive accommodation. The house, set in spacious gardens and linked to the harbour via a private woodland path, offers a relaxing retreat in the heart of the town. Strongarbh offers luxurious bedrooms, tempting breakfasts and stylish public rooms in a beautiful period house filled with an eclectic collection of books and contemporary art. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Strongarbh House Tobermory, Scotland