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“Very friendly hosts but a tad odd” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Island House
Ranked #10 of 43 Swansea B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very friendly hosts but a tad odd”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Being neither Christian nor interested in the revivalist movement, staying at Island House was an experience to say the least. The breakfast room was dark and the walls were covered with religious memorabilia - including a very strange poster of other revivalists that had brought apparently brought hundreds of children back from the dead - and we are talking in recent history not from the pages of the Old Testament. I found this a tad offensive and something not particularly palatable over breakfast. it's clearly plainly totally untrue and quite dangerous. On a plus note we forgot to tell our hosts we wanted the full welsh breakfast so popped out ourselves to buy some lava bread which they served up beautifully. The remaining items were not amazing though - the sausage super soft and the bacon tasteless. We stayed in the Revd's former bedroom and again there was reformist literatre everywhere - if you are marketing yourself as a Xian retreat perhaps make it more clear. Again it just felt strange. This room was at odds with the other bedrooms which looked modern and much more welcoming. The shared bathroom was often busy despite only 2 other people staying so on one occasion we had to use the downstairs loo belonging to the owners. i am afraid to say it was not particularly clean. The owners were actually away and friends were running the place - they were super friendly and lovely and I think they were the standout part of this bed and breakfast. I feel mean saying it - but I would not rush back. It just did not feel right.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank jtimmshall
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Have taken time to reply (sorry) will keep this short and to the point

- You start you are not Christian

-You made no complaint to our Managers at the time of your stay or did not avail yourself of the guest book for us to respond immediately (not 1 month later)

-All our advertising clearly state the religious/historic significance of the house, so everyone has a chance to preview before staying.

- The Dining room has 4 photos of the house over the ages, 3 photos of Evan Roberts and others, and a chart(framed) showing Revivals 1500-2010. The references on the chart as to lives saved are biblical references. The other photos in the alcoves are our own parents and grandparents.

- Your room was Evan's room - as for literature 2 small booklets the one covering Island House history and the other covering Evan plus one pictorial book is not literature everywhere! The walls have purely Welsh Rugby and Welsh significance

-Breakfast - please see review in June 2013 from the wife of a chef who run their own pub/restaurant.

Sorry you personally were not happy
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We loved this place. We found a little gem here. Great value, delicious breakfast. The bacon and sausages were very high quality (my husband is a chef and he devoured every bite) Gordon and viv are so lovely and friendly we really enjoyed their company. The hot tub was bliss and the pool refreshing. The room and house are so cute abs quaint. The towels and linen were clean and even smelled fresher than I can even get my own lol. We don't get chance to get away at all and they really made it fabulous. Going back ASAP!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mrsjmoll
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
It was a pleasure to be able to provide you with a well deserved break from your own pub and kitchen. So glad you were able to relax and enjoy. Many thanks for your kind comments especially as you are in the hospitality business yourselves. Look forward to seeing you again soon. (Bring the sunshine with you again too)
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Stayed for just 2 day's, too short to visit all the interesting places around Loughor. The stay was very pleasant with Gordon and Viv being very kind and helpful.
The location is quiet and I had a room with a beautiful view on the park just in front of the house. It proved to be a great starting point for visiting sites like the Moriah Chapel and nearby Swansea as well as the the Gower peninsula and the Black Mountain.
Definitely worth a revisit!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Helpful?
Thank Dutch_2urist
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Many thanks for your positive comments, Look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Yorkshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Gordon & Viv were very welcoming and Island House was clean, comfortable and warm.

It's an interesting property, both in terms of its layout and character, but also for the historical connection with Evan Roberts. The breakfast room has lots of original stone and historical photographs and there are a couple of booklets and so on, giving information about Evan Roberts and the Welsh revival.

As part of our visit, we wanted to visit Moriah Chapel, but didn't realise we needed to arrange this in advance. Gordon rang up for us and sorted out a visit the same afternoon that we arrived!

Breakfast was great too!

The central heating was a bit noisy in the morning, but not enough to stop me recommending a visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank T R
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Many thanks for your positive comments. The air lock in the central heating has now been sorted (the third plumber finally knew what the was doing)
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
73 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

A rather ordinary-looking house at the end of a lane, but somewhat more characterful inside with a steep central staircase, changes of floor levels, beams and low ceilings in part. The bedroom was simply and appropriately furnished and the bed comfortable with two plump pillows. The bathroom was shared and the bath gave immediate hot water. Not spotless (cobwebs, some dust, bath grout needs attention), but tolerable. Breakfast fine but, not uniquely, there were some out of date individual packs of cereal. Gordon was very enthusiastic and likes his rugby! Overall, very good value with a few minor criticisms easily addressed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tim F
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Leicester
Level Contributor
191 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Stayed for 5 nights in early Feb 2013. The hosts, Gordon and Viv are great and nothing is too much trouble. I wasn't very well during my stay so the only regret is not being able to try the full breakfast! I would definitely recommend staying here and will be booking again when I am next in the area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank jonnyboy1
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Hi Jon . Hope you have recovered from the bug you had. Many thanks for your review. Hope to see you again soon. How about a weekend in the summer with our new HotTob alongside the pool
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

My first solo trip and was welcomed by friebly owner who made feel very comfortable at once. The House was full of Welsh History,The fresh smelling of bedding added to personal touch.

Went to local pub Reverend James for meal was amazed with friendly hospitality

An amazing experience. Plenty of pleasant walks

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Fatima S
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ISLANDHOUSESwansea, Owner at Island House, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
It was a pleasue meeting you Fatima. Many thanks for your review, and just to re-assure you being on Trip Advisor does not mean anything will change here. It just let's other people know what you think about us.

Shame your last walk was in the rain.

Look forward to seeing you again soon
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Additional Information about Island House

Property: Island House
Address: Island House Gwynfe Road | Loughor, Swansea SA4 6TE, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Swansea County > Swansea
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional family home B&B.Easy reach of Rhossilli Bay. The reviews say it all ... more   less 
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Island House Swansea, Wales

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