We stayed at the An Taigh Osda for 3 nights - pre-booking Dinner on the 1st night. We arrived a little earlier than the stated check-in time, but this wasn't a problem. We received a friendly greeting from Paul, and were shown to our rooms on the 3rd floor. We had room No 4 which had great views over the bay. The room was large and spotlessly clean and had a super sized and extremely comfortable bed. The Bathroom was excellent with both a bath and shower. The hotel has a modern "boutique" feel to it and with contemporary furnishings, makes a very pleasant change from the more traditional B&B. We went off exploring for the afteroon but before we left, we were asked to pre-order Dinner, which at 3.00pm we thought a little odd (but more about this later).
Paul and Joan are both very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about the Island - they were able to give us tips on where to go and what to see.
The food an An Taigh Osda is the best on the Island - we only ate Dinner on the first night so we were able to make comparisons with some of the other similar priced establishments in the area - they did not compare! The Fish was beautifully prepared and extremely tasty, the Lamb looked good and received rave reviews from those that ate it. A very comprehensive Wine List compliments Joan's terrific cooking. Breakfast was just as good with an impressive selection of items including a wonderful home-made Granola. The range of cooked breakfast items was also extremely impressive and flexible as on many mornings at least one of us went off menu - nothing was a problem.
There is a very comfortable lounge with an impressive collection of Whisky - on the evenings that we went out to eat, we would return for a night-cap before bed. Paul is always on hand to chat through the day's events with you, but equally happy to leave you to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere if that's what you prefer to do.
So pre-ordering Dinner - when you realise that everything is cooked to order it makes sense - and is not really a problem. Deposits - a number of comments about the deposit being sizeable and taken at the time of booking - once you get to Islay you appreciate that passing trade probably doesn't happen (it takes 2 hours to get there by boat) - therefore I can't see any establishment being able to afford "no-shows".
I would recommend An Taigh Osda to anyone who is visiting the Island - it is a lovely place to stay. I am only sorry that we didn't eat there every night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small private family run hotel on the island of Islay. Contemporary in style, similar to The Bonham, Edinburgh. Our kitchen utilizes the best of local produce. A fine selection of wines and the islands malt whiskeys available from our fully licensed lounge bar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- An Taigh Osda Islay
- An Taigh Osda Bruichladdich, Islay, Scotland