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The Old Excise House
Ranked #1 of 1 Laphroaig B&B and Inns
Hants
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“One of the best.”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

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!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful house,excellent hosts,couldn't do enough for us. Made our stay first class and we learned a lot about the Island and were sad to leave! Will definetley be back soon!
Thankyou for everything!
Sheena and Donny

  • Stayed February 2013
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Arizona
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed at the Old Excise house for 3 nights in July - just now getting around to our review (a Christmas card from Ron & Emma reminded me!)

The location is perfect. Port Ellen is a drop off from the ferry and the Old Excise house is a few minutes drive. You can easily walk to Laphroaig distillery from the B&B, Lagavullin & Ardbeg would take a bit longer to walk but we saw many people doing the walk of the three distilleries.

If there is a flaw, it might be that Port Ellen only has a few restaurants (but as an American, I didn't think the driving distances to the other villages were far at all, very easy roads). Ron and Emma provide a lot of help there and will make reservations for you. They also were able to give us advice on what tours and distilleries to visit and made reservations for us there too.

Breakfast was fantastic. We loved black pudding, the eggs, & all the wonderful pastries that Emma made for us. Ron & Emma were wonderful hosts. The rooms are bright & pretty with lovely views.

I am so glad we didn't stay in Bowmore, it was just so pretty at the Old Excise House. We REALLY want to go back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We've just returned from a long weekend on Islay, staying at the Old Excise House for 2 nights. Ron and Emma were great hosts, making our stay very enjoyable. Emma arranged all our visits to various distilleries in advance of our arrival, and booked us into a few of the better restaurants, and their local knowledge and guidance was excellent and helped us make best use of our time. Emma is a brilliant cook, and went out her way to accommodate our different dietary needs.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I would strongly recommend The Old Excise House. The rooms are quiet, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. The bed was superbly comfortable, with a mattress topper and luxurious bed linen. The breakfasts, were delicious, especially the home baking. Emma and Ron provided a wealth of local knowledge with suggestions of places to visit and where to eat. Port Ellen is within 20 minutes walking distance and the Laphroaig distillery is a short walk away, making it easy to leave the car behind. Every effort was made to make us welcome and comfortable and a pair of earrings left behind was found and sent on, arriving the day after our departure.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The Old Excise House is, in my opinion, one of the best guesthouses anywhere! Ron and Emma are fabulous hosts, they make you feel like you are part of the family! Ron has a wealth of local knowledge and is passionate about Islay, and Emma's baking and cooking is out of this world! Ron even drove us all into town in the evening for dinner. Both of the bedrooms are beautiful with wonderful views, and SO quiet at night. The Old Excise House is within walking distance of a number of a number of distilleries, which are well worth a visit. I can not recommend the Old Excise House enough.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Had a wonderful stay at the Old Excise House. Ron and Emma were very helpful with finding places to eat and getting around the island. The location was great for the primary purpose of our trip to Islay, whiskey tasting and touring. We were able to walk to Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg (all within 45 minutes) so as to partake in as much whiskey as we wanted without need of a car! The room was spotless and nicely decorated and our view out to the sea was beautiful, on the one sunny afternoon we had it was quite breathtaking. Breakfast was hearty and well made. Had a great time, would definitely recommend this B&B, especially after dinning in some of the other hotels in the area, this is surely the nicer option!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Excise House
Address: Laphroaig PA42 7DS, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Laphroaig
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Laphroaig
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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