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“Home Sweet Home” 5 of 5 stars
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An-Struan
Ceum-Dhun-Righ, Benderloch PA37 1ST , Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Benderloch B&B and Inns
Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Home Sweet Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

My Husband & I stayed for 6 nights at the An-Struan & i have to say that it was the first holiday we have had when we did not want to go back home. A warm welcome from Sarah & Gary, comfortable room, delicious breakfasts including home made bread, what more can you ask for. The location was excellent & we were also blessed with good weather. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ANSTRUAN, Owner at An-Struan, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review about our Bed and Breakfast, it makes it all worthwhile, when we get guests that respect our home. Glad you enjoyed the homemade bread, I love making cakes,bread,jams and marmalades.
I`ll leave the serious breakfasts to Gary, thank you once again, Sarah & Gary.xx
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ontario
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Lovely B&B. Very clean and welcoming. Breakfast was great, a traditional Scottish breakfast. Rooms were very nice. Location was good, close to beach and Oban. Sarah and Gary were delightful and so accomodating. Would certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We only stayed one night in An-Struan as we were in Benderloch for a wedding but this is definitely somewhere we will return to. When we arrived Sarah made tea & cakes for us and had time for a chat before showing us our lovely room for the night. Gary cooked a beautiful breakfast the next morning & we were made to feel very welcome throughout our stay. Everything was spotless & nothing too much trouble.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed here for one night, and were extremely impressed with this B&B. We were met by Sarah, the owner, on arrival and she could not have been more welcoming, offering us tea and freshly baked scones and traybakes. The room was comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated. The bathroom in particular was as good as any we have seen in any hotel or B&B. The breakfast was excellent, with a wide choice available, including a list of "specials" alongside the usual options. Sarah and Gary clearly enjoy putting extra effort into their business, and it really shows.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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, Owner at An-Struan, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Thank you very much for your great report of our house. It was a pleasure having you both here. We try and make the house as comfortable as possible for guests. Hope to see you again in the future. Sarah & Gary Knowles,Anstruan,Benderloch, near Oban.
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Homey, comfortable with very welcoming, thoughtful hosts is how I would describe our stay at An-Struan. Benderloch is not a traditional, historic village, but rather more of a small suburban development just outside of Oban. It is well located for seeing the sites and having access to the ferries which travel to the Isles of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Linsmore.

Sarah and Gary provide immaculate en suite rooms with comfortable beds and fresh, cooked to order breakfasts. Sarah's homemade breads are a real treat. Their home is decorated with family photos and personal memorabilia.

For a quick lunch or dinner, there is a restaurant right across the street from An-Struan that has good food and a cute little bookshop. Be sure and tell the owner that you are staying at An-Struan and you might get a small treat when you pay your bill.

From the moment you enter, you are guests in Sarah and Gary's home, quite different from a guesthouse or hotel. This bed and breakfast is more than just a business to Sarah and Gary. It is their passion to satisfy and assist their guests. My favorite part of our three-day stay was meeting Alfie and Evie, their two well-behaved and entertaining dogs.

We highly recommend having lunch or dinner at the Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant which is right in front of where you catch the small ferry to Linsmore. It has indoor and outdoor seating with a lovely view of the water.

We also enjoyed sitting beside the shores of the Loch Creran for dinner at The Creagan Inn, all just minutes from An-Struan by car. I do advise that you always have your midge repellent handy since it can get pretty buggy. Without fail we put it on daily before venturing out to explore the area. The midges damp, shady areas and invade in force at dusk, so I always had Skin Soft on to keep them at bay! It worked.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

This is a great place to stay, the welcome is very warm. Sarah and Gary go out of their way to make their guests comfortable and welcome and nothing is too much trouble. We will be sure to go back again the next time we are in the area and would not hesitate to recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Sarah and Gary are amazing hosts. This was our third visit to An Struan and now I've discovered tripadvisor can't wait to tell everyone what a great place this is to stay. Very conveniently situated and easy to find, a warm welcome assured. Delicious home baking, including imaginative breakfast "specials" plus eggs from their own hens, Sarah's home-made bread and marmalade. Far from being content with their already high standard, Sarah and Gary continually strive to update and improve facilities for their guests. You would have to pay serious money for accommodation like this in a hotel and the comforting sight of their dog, Alfie, snoozing by the wood-burner on a cold, winter night is priceless. It doesn't get much better than this.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ceum-Dhun-Righ, Benderloch PA37 1ST , Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Benderloch
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Benderloch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superior bungalow situated in the village of Benderloch, 7 miles North of Oban. All rooms En-suite. Four Star grading from the Scottish Tourist board. Guest Sitting room (with Log Fire). Dining room and large garden with picnic tables. Yummy breakfasts served between 0800-0900. There is also a restaurant within walking distance. Close to nearby beaches and forest walks. An ideal base for touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Friendly hosts. Relaxed atmosphere. Home made bread and preserves. ... more   less 
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