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The Monachs
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“If I ran a BnB this is what I would want it to be like”
Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

We began our tour of Scotland on Islay and decided to book a room at the Monachs based largely on the reviews below. We were most certainly not left dissapointed! From the moment we arrived until the last minute we were there we were made to feel like this was a home away fom home. As hosts, Ronnie and Mari were always on hand to ensure our Islay experience was a rich one, from the welcome whisky that greeted our arrival to the hearty breakfasts we started each day with. The rooms were spacious and impeccably designed, with comfortable beds, amazing views and an eclectic collection of antique furniture. There's not much more to say other than this: a trip to Islay would not be complete without a stay at the Monachs!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Not sure how much more I can say that hasn't already been said by everyone else except that we arrived on a windy wet night, were running late due to the ferry and the weather, and yet we were welcomed outside, Ronnie helped us with the bags, we were offered a glass of wine or whisky, the kids were offered a glass of juice or milk.... A better welcoming I'm not sure I've experienced before. Our two boys loved Gillas the dog and that she kept trying to "steal" the kit kate out of our room - an unending source of mirth.

Although it's a short drive out of Port Charlotte we had the added bonus of a young deer bounding across in front of our car on the drive home one night - you couldn't have made the boys happier!

A fantastic B&B, very welcoming and I heartily encourage you stay here. Not to mention that so many other B&B's on the island appear to be kid unfriendly!

Thanks Ronnie and Mari :)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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India
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

A fine B&B run by an awesome couple and their lovely dog who can fetch a scotch bottle by name! Our room on the first floor was reasonably spacious, quiet, good size bath, clean towels and linen and had a great view. Breakfasts cooked by the hosts were un-compromised and Ronnie was always helpful with maps and directions (not that one really needs it in Islay) and Marie was prompt to help with restaurant reservations. One of my finest B&B stays indeed.

Room Tip: If you want it really quiet then choose the rooms on the first floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2011

This is the most amazing Bed&Breakfast I have ever stayed at in my life:

every detail is made with so much love, you can tell that the Browns are living for this place.
+ outstanding night having whisky and sharing stories together with Ronnie in front of the fire place
+ the breakfast is prepared with so much care, fresh fruit every day (it is actually indescribable how outstanding it is - I have stayed in many 5-star hotels over the past couple of years and nowhere was the breakfast made and served in this way)
+ really nice view from the rooms, rooms prepared with much care
Last but not least, their wonder dog is amazing, able to bring whisky, water, vodka or whatever you you tell him to.

All together, this was an unforgettable stay. Ronnie and Mari, see you next year, cheers, Paul

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

My wife and I recently stayed here on our honeymoon and the experience was fantastic. Our hosts were warm and friendly, the breakfast was great and the views were spectacular. We would highly recommend The Monachs (just like a lot of other people here on tripadvisor).

Be sure to follow the directions on the web site and in your confirmation for finding this B&B - it's definitely out in the country and, if you're not looking for the white stone on the side of the road exactly 2.8 miles out of Port Charlotte you'll end up driving back and forth quite a bit.

Room Tip: Ignore my rating on the swimming pool - it's a mis-click.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

I went whisky tasting on the Isle of Islay for my Dad's 70th as a suprise with my 2 brothers. We had a great time staying here. It was clean tidy comfortable, great breakfasts. Ronnie and Marie our hosts were very welcoming and nothing was too much troble. Although nearer Port Charlotte than Port Ellen, where more distilleries are situated, it is easy to get around and we would not have discovered Porthnahaven and one of the lovely beaches on the Atlantic coast if we had not stayed in this area. Port Charlotte also has a lovely hotel and restaurant.
Everyone looks for different things in accomodation but if you want great food, ambience, amazing views and to be made to feel very welcome I would strongly recommend this place to stay.
If I ever come back to Islay I will stay at the Monachs.

Room Tip: sea view, but both our twin rooms were lovely
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed with Ronnie and Mari for three nights on our trip to Islay this summer. The B&B is on a little hill overlooking Loch Indaal with friendly sheep all around. The house is just lovely, very spacious and beautifully decorated. All colours nicely match and the rooms must be the biggest one can get in a B&B. Our room had a really good bathroom as well, with a big shower and even a view across Loch Indaal as well. Even the tea and coffee things are not just crockery, but really pretty china - I've never yet seen hosts give their guests Wedgewood china in their rooms!

At breakfast time Ronnie serves very tasty food in his tartan trews and always a smile on his face and helpful hints for daytrips if needed. He even lent us his Ordnance Survey map and a little book about all of Islay's history and sights. Great stuff! They are both wonderful hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed staying with them. Next time we go to Islay, we will certainly be back again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Monachs
Address: Port Charlotte PA48 7UE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Charlotte
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Port Charlotte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a wonderful breakfast, (Mhari is an excellent cook) you can enjoy the magnificent views from the spacious balcony before setting out to explore the many beautiful and interesting sites of Islay, look up old friends or make new ones, cycle on the quiet single track roads, (we have two well equipped bikes available), or just relax on the balcony or patio, where you may spot our neighbour’s, such as the Hen Harriers, Choughs, Red and Roe deer, or the Brown Hare. ... more   less 
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