We knew we were in good hands when, while on the flight into Islay, a B&B review board member (who happened to be sitting in front of us) asked us where we were staying. When we said the Old Excise House, her remarks were ‘Oh fantastic! You’re going to love it. It’s so spotless you could eat off the floor.’ And she was right. Aside from being spotless, Emma and Ron are such wonderful and thoughtful hosts – they really knock it out of the park. That same flight happened to be an hour and a half late in arriving, which gave us an arrival time of nearly 8:30PM. Emma and Ron kept track of our flight, and knowing that restaurants on Islay stop seating at around 9PM, they so thoughtfully took the liberty of making us a reservation at their favorite restaurant (the Islay Hotel, which was fantastic) so that we wouldn’t miss dinner. (on a side note, had we been too late even for that, I know they would have made us dinner… Emma and Ron aren’t the type of hosts to let a guest go hungry!). About the B&B: fantastic linen (and beds), outstanding bathrooms and toiletries, very comfortable overall layout. And breakfast was fantastic – so many options, and all wonderfully prepared. They source their ingredients locally when possible, and for other items (like blood pudding), they source from the very best available. House-made yoghurt, house-made granola, local organic eggs, local smoked salmon, blood pudding from the north of Scotland…the list goes on and on. You can really tell what pride they take in providing their extra little ‘secret’ finds for their guests, especially at mealtime. Such a pleasure staying here. Can’t wait to come back. On a side note, Ron is a renowned golf pro, so if you’re a golf enthusiast, that may be added incentive here. And for scotch enthusiasts, you’re within easy walking distance to Laphroaig and a slight longer walk (prob 15-20 min) to Lagavulin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation in former Excise Officers house for Laphroaig distillery, on the beautiful Hebridean Isle of Islay. Warm welcome, quality en-suite accommodation with fantastic sea views and good local food. ... more less