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Barn -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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Ingshe
Moray, United Kingdom
1 review
“Stunning building in private glen perfect for two plus dog”
Reviewed May 31, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We had a great week at Ballibrad, and would definately want to go back again. The solitude was great, easy walking distance to Kilmartin and a great base for mid Argyll and day trips to the Isles although we spent a good portion of our time just relaxing around the barn. The bath was the biggest I've ever seen, the Kitchen was reasonably well stocked and clean and the old leather sofas was big and comfy. The lare stove was really easy to light and kept the barn really cosy. It took a couple of runs up and down the track before we sussed the best method of urging the cows off the road, but the bovine neighbours were fine with the dog and a small tradeoff for getting the rest of the glen to ourselves. I would recommend arriving in daylight. I loved watching the Eagles and listening to the Cukoo from bed.

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Liked best: location, the building
Liked least: cows on the road
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Epona W
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect situation, let down by many small imperfections.”
Reviewed May 3, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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A fantastic place, beautiful setting, absolutely peaceful, very pretty barn conversion with amazing views, private, and lots of wildlife (cuckoos, foxes, many different birds). But our holiday was spoiled by so many 'little' things which could so easily have been improved (several of which have been mentioned in the reviews more than once):
1. the wood burner needs cleaning - the whole place smells of coal, (and by the end of a week so will you and all your belongings) and it doesn't heat the barn adequately; if it hadn't been sunny most of the time we would have been too cold despite keeping the fire going. The fire needs CONSTANT attention. Also, no poker! The unpleasant smell meant that it was not really possible to just relax there, and we had to have windows open at all times, even in the snow, although this didn't always help.
2. The bed is too small for anyone over average size; the duvet is likewise too small, pillows very flat, and for some reason the bedside lights are up lighters which don't give enough light to read by
3. No heating in the bathroom! Lovely shower and huge bath, but not much point when you don't want to go in there...
5. Inadequate size/no. of towels. No way of drying them except by hanging them near a window and hoping for sun. Still, I suppose this fits in well with the not using the shower problem...
6. No coffee making equipment of any sort. No microwave, toaster, or electric kettle. Loose handles on the pots and pans. The hob kettle has a metal handle which you cannot touch without burning your hand!
8. No dryer - really necessary staying out here, although washing can be dried by the huge windows if there happens to be any sun.
9. the track - you really need an attitude or a 4X4, especially if it snows. Definitely not for low slung cars. (There are also three large gates to open and close every time you leave and return, unless you happen to do so at the same time as the tractor bringing the cows' feed).
10. the grubbiness of the cushion covers, and half dead flowers in a vase. This just made me feel sort of depressed as soon as I got there :(
Some of these things are trivial, and wouldn't matter on their own, but all of them together added up to a lessening of our enjoyment of what is a wonderful place. In some ways it's more like a hostel than a home.

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Liked best: The situation, peace and quiet, views, privacy, wildlife.
Liked least: Smell, lack of amenities, track
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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GerryR99
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Magnificent Breathtaking views from Barn”
Reviewed April 18, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

This Barn is a truely hidden gem
The barn had everything you need for a lovely relaxing stay
The views are second to none and although the road up to the barn is bumpy a 4 wheel drive can cope easily with it
The is alot of local walks and historical places to visit

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Liked best: views from Barn
Liked least: nothing at all
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Craig H
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6 reviews
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“Fantastic place to unwind ”
Reviewed January 11, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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Stayed at the Barn over new year 2015-2016.
So peaceful and quiet, our dog loved it and you could just let her out and feel safe.
Every thing you want is available and the under floor heating in the bathroom is fantastic just keep the log burner going and you will be fine.
Great local pub serving great food.
Loved the place and will definitely be going back.

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Shirt-G
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6 reviews
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“Lovely barn in a fantastic location”
Reviewed November 18, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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The barn is very nicely decorated and was clean and tidy when we arrived. The location is second to none for peace, tranquility and scenery. We saw deer, hare and numerous bats all from the comfort of the living room. Would highly recommend this as a place to stay to anyone wanting to get away from it all.

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Shirt-G
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6 reviews
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“Absolute tranquility”
Reviewed October 16, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This is a gorgeous cottage in a beautiful tranquil location. The peace and quiet is second to none and the facilities in the cottage offer everything you could need. The view from the gable end is spectacular no matter what the weather and the whole area is a joy to visit.

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Mr Chris...
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5 reviews
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“so relaxing, trouble to get going”
Reviewed June 22, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

when weather bad make sure you have a good book. TV signal not the best but they is a dvd player. The surrounding area is worth taking a look at.
Ballllibrad itself is lovely the layout is good loads of room,everything you need is there the basic but there. we just really enjoyed the peace and quiet, watching the wild life and walking the hills. The road to the barn is a bit uneven but ok with us as our car is 4x4 and could handle it . our dogs just love it running all over the place, a few ticks but soon sorted.

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Liked best: the location
Liked least: not having signal at time
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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