Just stayed here for three nights and have to say what a fantastic place this is.
Ideally located on Islay for ease of getting around and seeing whatever it is you're on the island for. Within hours of arriving and only a ten minute drive from the Old Excise House we'd seen numerous deer and a seal catching some rare sunshine.
You can see the Laphroaig distillery from the lounge and bathroom and it's a few minutes walk away (handy if you're doing the tour there as they do like you to try a few drams!)
The whole place is immaculately clean and immaculately put together - Emma and Ron clearly care very much about the look and feel of the place rather than just "providing a service". Great views from all windows in all rooms as well.
As for food - the smells that emanate from the kitchen and drift lazily up the stairs are equal to the sumptuous aromas of the rarest of Isla malts and there's always something new to tempt you alongside the amazing breakfasts that set you up for the day.
Finally, information is abundant as the guys clearly know everything there is to know about Islay. The best recommendations of things to do, places to go and restaurants, bars, cafes and distillery tours are all there and delivered with care as to what sort of thing might suit you best.
As you can tell, we loved the place, very much. We said we'd be back and we were, as bad weather caused the cancellation of the ferry back to the mainland. No problem as the hospitality included the flexibility to stay another night without any stress or strain and breakfast was equally delicious in the middle of a power cut. The Old Excise House, and Emma and Ron, are a class act and should be on the list of any Islay/distillery visitor.
This is not your ordinary B&B!
- 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