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“Quite simply the best B & B in Oban”
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Kilchrenan House
Ranked #11 of 93 Oban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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145 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Quite simply the best B & B in Oban”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

The site and the breakfast justifies staying here. Short walks to restaurants and town centre. Welcome scotch or sherry also a nice touch. Colin also a great host!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2011

We stayed here for one night on a trip up the west coast of Scotland in May 2010 and this was definitely the best stay of our trip.

We arrived late afternoon to a friendly welcome by the owner, and were very pleased to be given a wee dram before being shown to our room. The room was small and on the side of the hotel (I think it was room 11) but perfectly formed and impeccibly clean, the same goes for the bathroom.

The owner was very helpful and happy to chat to us about local resteraunts. He reccomended a fantastic resteraunt called Cuan Mor (which we will definitely be returning to!)

That night we slept well and in the morning awoke to a wonderful breakfast.

All in all a very pleasant stay, we would be very happy to stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

I've seen some poor comments on this after my second stay in 2 years a wonder why some people ccould put down a poor review?? as it's warm staff are frendly and the owners son carried ma bag up to room for me as my wee girl was sleeping Breakfast was very good and as Arnold says I'll be back

  • Stayed August 2011
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We were lucky to stay at room 15, a room as spacious as we could wish for with wonderful views across sun swept Oban bay, Kerrera and Mull. Loved the atmosphere of chesterfields, fireplace and tartan bed. Great service, tasty breakfast and helpful staff. Rented a car, which was easily parked behind the main house.

Room Tip: Room 15, go for it if you can!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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107 reviews
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

We stayed at Kilchrenan House for four days in mid August. We thought it was charming. It is very well located -- 5-10 minutes walk from the waterfront of Oban. Colin and Frances were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was plentiful, made to order, and served in a room with a view of the bay. The room we had (number 10) was at the top of the house and had lovely views of the bay (though it was a climb to get there and I would recommend a lower floor for more elderly travelers). As one would expect in a converted B&B, the bathroom was a little cramped and idiosyncratic, but certainly serviceable. I would definitely recommend Kilchrenan House to others looking for a B&B in Oban.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front of the house with a view of the bay. Room 5 is a good option.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2011

This was the 4th time we have stayed at Kilchrenan and it never fails to delight. Once again we had a room at the front of the building with a stunning view over the bay. Kilchrenan House is perfectly situated and within easy walking distance of Oban Town centre where there are plently of cafes, restaurants and bars.
You always get a warm welcome including a tot of whisky!
The breakfast is excellent and you get something slightly different every day on the menu (pancakes and fresh fruit day is one of my favourites! The full Scottish breakfast will see you through until the evening!!)

Will be back again next year for sure.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Barham, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2011

Reviews from Scottish Tourist Board gave this 4 stars, but we would only award 1. The bedroom was very small for 2 people so much so that a suitcase would not fit in the wardrobe space provided, likewise the bathroom, where it was impossible for 2 people to enter. The breakfast staff were helpful, but we did not enjoy Scottish breakfasts as such.
The very small garden at the front door needed weeding and the front foyer of the B&B unwelcoming.
In fact this was the most disappointing B&B we have ever stayed in.
The only plus was the view.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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KILCHRENANHSE, Owner at Kilchrenan House, responded to this review, August 18, 2011
Thank you so much for your constructive feedback, which you failed to mention on departure. After checking your details room 15 is the room you are referring too.Y ou can see from our website this is a large room with large bay windows ,two chesterfield chairs that you can sit and enjoy the view over the bay with a table in middle to place a coffee or glass of wine.There is also a large four poster bed (this was replaced with the one on our webstie) a dressing table a wardrobe and shower ensuite.(small mmmmm?) With regards to the small garden, your opinion of small and our is so different. You can see the front of the garden on our website and this is reguarly mainained by the gardner!! We have had many guest pass remarks on our lovely garden where they sit at the table and have a drink and enjoy the great views. All other reviewers can see pictures of this on our website. I noticed you stayed for two days if you were that unhappy why stay? or why not mention any of these complaints then!. Room 15 as you can read from previous reviewers is a highly recommended. In fact most guest speak very highly of our Guesthouse and the warm welcoming reception area. Which you refer to as the unwelcoming foyer I am so glad thsi is a one of opionion and in this case will treat this review with the contempt it deserves. We aim to please all our guest and judging from your previous reviews some guest cannot be pleased.Glad you enjoyed breakfast and I am sure the Scottish Tourist Board will be thrilled with their new staff. nominating us with 1 star Unbelievable !!!!
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Property: Kilchrenan House
Address: Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Oban
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Oban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kilchrenan House 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colin and Frances welcome all visitors to their elegant Victorian home combining modern comfort with a relaxing atmosphere. Extensive breakfast menu. Spacious rooms, most with sea views and all en-suite. A real home away from home. ... more   less 
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