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Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

I didnt know what to expect, but was not disappointed when we arrived. The reception we got was fantastic. We stayed in one of the new suites - WOW - it was wonderful. Right on the edge of the cliffs, which was made all the more good by the fantastic storms we had. The hotel has a feel of originality about it, being steeped in history, however is modern in the decor of the suites. The food was top notch, both dinner and breakfast. The Service once again was top class. The staff really made us feel welcome, in particular the gentleman who looked after us on the first two days, able to answer all of my questions on when, where, what etc. Cant wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank thompsos
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

We spent a lovely relaxing 3 night stay at the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel in early August. A right turn on exit from the Stena Line terminal brought us through Stranraer and out towards the sleepy village of Kirkcolm on the western shore of Loch Ryan. Following the winding road beyond the village, and following our nose as opposed to the Sat Nav, the hotel is easily found by following the signs for Corsewall Lighthouse.

Located in farmland at the entrance to Loch Ryan, the hotel is run by a small team and the welcome is excellent. Belying the “AA 3 Star” sign outside, the accommodation is simply superb, with a number of rooms in the lighthouse itself, and suites located away from the main building but at most a minute’s walk. The views from the North Channel Suite were simply fantastic. The atmosphere is relaxing and very nautical, with decorations to match.

As for the food – truly splendid, A small dining area and bar attended by pleasant, helpful and attentive staff offers a varied menu using the best local produce cooked to order – and leaving one in need of working off the pounds!

Given the stunning scenery and the location, plenty of walking in the area is possible and recommended, not least to find locations to photograph the ships passing up and down the loch depending on where the sun is. Having said that, one need not move from the hotel to appreciate the busy comings and goings of ferries heading to and from Stranraer or Cairnryan, and with the panoramic vista extending north to Ailsa Craig and the Clyde coast, and west across to the Green Glens of Antrim it is seldom that there is no ship on the horizon.

How close the ferries pass to the light itself may be weather and traffic dependent but at no time were they any significant distance off, and the clock could almost be set by the arrivals and departures of the “Stena Voyager”, “Stena Caledonia”, “European Highlander”, “European Causeway” and the daily run to Cairnryan by the “Express”.

These vessels were visible in mid channel as they approached and in addition for the eagle – eyed it was possible to see the “Express” on her morning trip to and from Troon, the “European Mariner” on her night freight sailing to Troon, and on one occasion the “Stena Pioneer” after departing Larne for Fleetwood, not to mention vessels making to and from the Clyde and points north. Interest in the passing shipping is encouraged by the hotel with binoculars available for loan. Not alone the sights, but the sounds too, as without looking an ear to the horizon would yield information as to the next arrival!

Surprisingly the hotel does not have many Irish guests, as it seems everyone exiting ferries at Cairnryan or Stranraer tends to turn left making for Dumfries or Glasgow. So the road to the Corsewall tends to be worn only by those in the know, and it was very clear that many of the guests staying with us were return visitors. Indeed the whole atmosphere at the hotel is very friendly, with guests greeting each other in passing in a manner seldom seen these days.

Staying at the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel has its price, but I would heartily recommend it for anyone with even a passing interest in shipping, who wishes to spend a very restful and relaxing stay in a hotel surrounded by beautiful scenery and with a standard of personal, welcoming service and dining second to none.

As many road signs in Scotland declare “Haste ye Back”, and we certainly will!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TheFerryMan
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

The location is spectacular and it's an adventure to get to the lighthouse. I was travelling with my 86 year old mother on a special trip to see shome places where our relatives had lived long ago. The views and watching the ferries go by is wonderful. However the rooms do not match the price charged thought the food is good and served well. We originally booked for 3 nights and paid a deposit. When we arrived we requested to change the booking to two nights. We were advised that we would still be charged the third night, though we would not be charged for the cost of the food. We decided to stay the 3 nights as originally planned. When we checked out I mentioned our request to change the booking and that I was disappointed we would be charged tor the accommodation. I was shocked by the owners response. He started shaking with rage and said everything was explained on the hotel's website. I did say my mother had not referred to the website when making the booking it was found in a tourist brochure. He carried on and was completely rude and intimidating. He also told me the hotel NEVER received complaints. I wonder why, I imagine the staff would be unlikely to pass any on to him for fear of repercussions.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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6  Thank patchworkpieces
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

Had an excellent stay at the lighthouse which is superbly located. Rooms were as expected and well looked after. Staff were extremely helpful and attentive.
Meals were very good given limited facilities although menu could become repetitive if you stay for more than a few days.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 15, 2009

We loved the setting and staff very friendly and welcoming but think that the hotel is overpriced. Expected a luxury room but decor very dated although clean. Bed two singles pushed together and extremely hard!
Could do with a make over asap.
Food was nice enough but nothing special. Breakfast good.
Quality of accomodation is not reflected in the price. I think this needs to be addressed by the management.
We did enjoy our stay but would not go back at this price and quality.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ter123uk
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