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The Monachs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Feel welcome”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed there for 3 nights between Sep 21st and 24th. It was recommended by the Kilmeny who had run out of rooms. From the 1st email, Ronnie made us feel very welcome to The Monachs and Islay. Upon late arrival (approx. 9 pm), we were greeted firstly by jumping deer on the path to the B&B, then fondly by happy and cheerful Ronnie, who offered us help w/ our luggage and drams of Bruichladdich. He entertained us in a very enthusiastic chat till 23:30 - though we believe he was tired... The Monachs has 4 rooms and we were given the one upstairs w/ a balcony. The room was quite big, had a kettle, tea and instant coffee, plus shortbread/biscuits, a nice size bathroom en suite w/ a decent shower. After a very peaceful sleep, we woke to a beautiful view of the local village of Nerabus and the sea. Breakfast is served from 8 to 9, prepared by Mari. All options of a complete Scottish breakfast were available and the owners try to keep it local, so the bacon, eggs and black pudding were fantastic! At a separate table, guests can help themselves to cereal, yoghurt, fruit, juice, jam and lemon curd. Apart from the late hours of the first night, the others followed the same routine. The room was cleaned daily, towels changed, and the couple constantly try to make guests feel welcome to their home and Islay. Though it is a B&B, guests are welcome to come and go as they please. Suggestions on what to do are available in a quite complete folder in the bedroom as well as by suggestions from the hosts who offer to help w/ arrangements. My husband's final verdict was that as long as The Monachs are there run by Ronnie and Mari, when we go back to Islay, we will stay there if they have a room for us.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is a wonderful B&B. I have just read a recent posting and have to say the writer is at best unkind in the extreme or more likely unhinged. Some form of heritage would suit them The owners were VERY welcoming and helpful. The rooms are spacious and very clean with beautiful furnishings. We were invited to take a drink with the owners in a very friendly way. They advised on where to eat evening meal told us good places to walk. The breakfasts were excellent - especially the fresh fish caught by Ronnie. They have been in the business for a long time - and the high standards maintained show the wealth of experinece. They are also interested in where you have come from and want you to get the best out of your stay in Islay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

In response to “Worst B&B I’ve Ever Stayed At!”

The comments posted were made by a woman who has very strong anti-hunting views. I hunt red deer in Scotland when I visit and was discussing the previous days hunt with her brother at the breakfast table. My wife mentioned some other hunts I have been on to her brother, at which Ms Blairgowrie screamed that I was a trophy hunter. My wife and I both apologized for discussing it at the table and she screamed “no you’re not! no you’re not!” and charged out of the dining room. She turned a cordial conversation we were having with her brother into an uncomfortable situation for my family, her family, and Ronnie and Marie. Her family took her to the ferry where she left for the mainland the same day of the incident. Her family stayed on and we really enjoyed their company and conversations over breakfast and a fabulous BBQ. I feel her comments about the service that Ronnie and Marie provide were written out of the contempt she has of hunting and those that enjoy the sport.

Our family visited Scotland for the first time three years ago and were fortunate enough to have been recommended to stay at The Monachs by friends. We enjoy Islay and their company so much that we now schedule time there on each trip we make. We have already scheduled our fourth stay in 2013. They are the most gracious hosts that we have ever stayed with and the service they provide is superb. Beautiful scenery, lovely accommodations, and Ronnie and Marie make us feel 100% at home. I would recommend you take a look at the other comments – currently 44 excellent, 3 very good and the one that prompted my response. That says it all. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, top notch accommodations with beautiful views and hospitality only rivaled in the State of Mississippi, then you will not go wrong with Ronnie and Marie.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Mississippi
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Lovely, congenial hosts with a gorgeous home filled with traditional Scottish fare, including plaid/tartan carpets! Each EXCELLENT & VERY GOOD review of the Monachs details its virtues. An extra bonus: Everyone on Islay seems to know Ronnie and Marie Brown so prepare yourself for an extra dose of Islay hospitality when people know you're staying at the Monachs!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Though the building is new, this is a traditionally styled B&B. The house is situated at the top of a hill, making for great views over the loch, but also for quite a windy stay. Rooms are spacious and traditionally decorated, and our room had a large balcony. There is a comfortable sitting area outside the room. The bathroom was a good size and had an excellent shower. One downside was that the bed wasn't the most comfortable.
The breakfast room is quite stunning with a large dining table and window. The breakfast menu provides a choice of items, and one morning we could choose trout which was a nice change. The crockery is fine bone China and the coffee pot is particularly nice, which does make the instant coffee all the more disappointing.
The Browns are friendly and welcoming hosts, and Mrs Brown has quite a wicked sense of humour.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We'd selected this place at random and weren't disappointed.
We managed to miss the turning as the place is set back away from the road up a rough driveway but offers excellent views over the loch. We had a lovely view from our room, everything was clean and tidy and we took the owners recomendation of somewhere to eat in the evening which was the pub at Portnhaven.
We didn't get a dram which some others had mentioned, but were given tea and biscuits on arrival.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank NeiKat
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yorkshire
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

A modern house built to maximise the prominent position well above the road hence the wonderful views. Large lounge and separate dining room. Upstairs lounge with French doors to the balcony. Our room was large with excellent bathroom.

Breakfast excellent and served from the householders best bone china! Good choice of fruits and cereals. No dinner served here but Port Charlette Hotel is only 3 miles away.

The Browns are keen to please and fascinating to share a dram with. Although Mr Brown can appal one with stories of poverty in 1940/50s Glagow he is very knowledgable about Islay.
One caveat (there has to be one doesnt there!) is the elderly and poorly dog which should be kept well away from public areas!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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