This year we decided to stay at a series of small boutique style inns on the west coast of Scotland, The first was the Galley of Lorne.
From the first contact with the hotel the service was professional which complemented the website, which is so informative.
We arrived mid afternoon rang the bell and was greeted by a pleasant member of staff who showed us to our room (Uist) and explained all that was required before leaving us to our devices.
As we were out all day we decided to eat every evening at the Galley, so we had five meals during our stay. All the meals were of good quality, and the service was also good. From previous submissions on the Galley service was said to be sometimes slow. We only experienced this once as this particular evening proved to be a lot busier than the bookings indicated and the galley were caught a little short, everyone including ourselves appeared to leave the restaurant happy, the staff pulled all the stops out with the owner assisting serving to help the staff.(After all we were on holiday and what else would we be doing?)
We ate in the restaurant every evening (with lovely views across the loch) but should you wish, there is always the option to eat with the locals in the bar or weather permitting out on the decking with similar views to the restaurant.
Andrew the owner was always attentive and ensuring that our stay was to our satisfaction. We had no qualms about the Galley but should there be an issue we are sure that the best way would be to speak to Andrew or a member of staff who would be more than willing to assist, rather than leave unhappy and complain later!!
Returning to the rooms, our room was slightly on the small side for a stay of five nights but with a good sized bathroom the room and bathroom were clean tidy and well serviced each day. Good quality soaps etc were available together with tea and coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV. If we were to criticize, there was too much storage space for clothes, as others have said, maybe a chair to replace one of the chest of draws could be an improvement, but this is only detail.
From the start of the booking process the Galley gave the impression of a well run establishment. This was maintained throughout our stay. Of the three inns we stayed at during our holiday the Galley came out top and we agreed one that we would return to in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Galley of Lorne Inn is a 17th Century Drover's Inn and country retreat situated in the picturesque village of Ardfern which nestles among the hills beside Loch Craignish. This beautiful corner of Argyll has long been a favourite for yachtsmen, artists and those who appreciate beauty, wildness plus the good things in life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Galley Of Lorne Hotel Ardfern