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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Monachs Port Charlotte, Islay