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Kintra Farm
Clarkston, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“B&B”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

The location is fantastic for an away-from-it-all!
Advertised all en-suite....not so, we had a room with separate bathroom.
mattress extremely soft, we were going to stay 3 nights but after having to
sleep on the floor the 1st night we declined to stay longer.
breakfast poor quality and not your typical Scottish fare, not much choice and very little.
Not made to feel welcome at all.
Made to feel bad after asking for key to our room so we could lock it when we went out.
Seemed everywhere you looked there were do's & don't rules
Otherwise a quaint house, full to the brim with books for all ages and interests. Lots of family photos and nick knacks which should have made you feel at home but......
If the owner could have been more pleasant and welcoming it would have made all the difference (except for the bed!!!).

Room Tip: I wouldn't go there for B&B and after reading the previous reviews I wouldn't camp there...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scotland
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I was planning to stay at the campsite so I sent off an email enquiry for their prices and to find out whether I can book. I received a blank email with a 4 page word document attached, that barely answered any of my questions. On following up with an email trying to confirm the price, no further response was received. If the customer service is like that before even going there, I am not very inclined to see what it's like in person. Think I'll be staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank tiizzwoz
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Morpeth
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2012

We spent two nights camping at this idyllic spot right on the beach and right off the beaten track. The owners were friendly and although their pricing system was a little complicated we felt that paying £14 per night for two people and a two man tent was good value for money. It was also lovely to be at a good old fashioned campsite with not a caravan or electricity hook up in sight - there are far too few of them around these days! Part of the reason for visiting Islay was to get away from it all and relax and Kintra certainly delivered. Let's face it, when you go camping properly (under canvas I mean) you can't expect luxury, but the facilites were clean, the water was hot and there was even a fridge provided. Boiling the water (in a kettle provided) and using bottled water to brush your teeth kind of added to the charm of the place. I would thoroughly reccommend a trip to Kintra - it is really beautiful and peaceful. Whatever you do don't miss the beach at sunset - they have a webcam so check it out before you go. The camping's fine - basic but good value, and it sounds like to B&B is good too if you want a few more home comforts.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Jo M
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Lovely setting right on the beach, you cannot fault the location.

The facilities are very basic, had to wait for the one shower that they have every day, and when you do get to shower you come out feeling slightly dirtier than you went in. The toilet and shower facilities are quite poor, toilet seats worn, no soap to wash your hands, tiny shower cubicle. They do try to keep the facilities clean, but the design and finish of the facilities do not lend themselves to being kept clean.

The operators / owners are likely to give you 20 questions every time that they see you,
questions range from "what is your name" to "where are you pitched" and "how much did you pay" all of this sadly detracts from the experience of staying at Kintra. The owners have a mixture of contempt and indifference about your visit, i really did not get the feeling that they liked or even wanted to own a camp-site.

On arrival you will have your costs calculated on the size of your tent, how many people will be in it, if you have an awning and if it had windows... yeah, its an odd calculation but the costs are not huge. After this you can spend an hour or two reading all of the warning notices / instructions and additional cost notifications plastered everywhere. One particular example that i liked was an addition cost for hand washing clothes in a sink, this was costed at 50p for 15 minutes - the same fee applied to charging your mobile phone for 15 minutes.

Water is available at standpipes around the site, it will need to be boiled but is perfectly adequate.

Advice to owners of Kintra:

Please improve your toilet and shower facilities, they are inadequate and unhygienic.
Please provide soap so people can wash their hands after having a pee.
Please take down the 15 or more lists of what you can and cannot do, just produce a booklet for people,
Stop treating everyone with suspicion every time you see them, its horrible.
Provide a paving slab on each pitch so people can have a BBQ - its not hard, its just a cheap paving slab.
If you don't like running a camp-site - don't.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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11 Thank Reggub
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Howden, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2011

If you are looking for off the beaten track then you've got it. Its at the end of a very bumpy lane and as you look at the house to the right you can see the sand dunes and the blue sea. Simply stunning. The house offers camping pitches amongst the dunes with washing facilities in a block next to the farmhouse, rented holiday accomodation which looks nice but you have to bear in mind that it is on a busy farm so quiet away from the crowds is not always guaranteed. However for children it is wonderful as the garden has play equipment in it which is a huge bonus. The house is old fashioned but that's half the charm. Mrs Mactaggart runs a popular b&b looking at the comments in the book and it is without doubt value for money. There were tea making facilities in the rooms and we were left cake each afternoon to have with it should we wish. I had a room downstairs with two single beds and an en-suite and my friends had two large rooms upstairs and shared a bathroom. The only downside is water pressure upstairs was certainly poor hence why there is a bowl by the bath to flush water down the toilet as it appears to take a very long time to fill up. Breakfast is 8 to 8.40am in 10 minute blocks, somewhat limiting but just adds to the charm of staying there. There is cereal, dried fruits and a block of cheese out and then you can order porridge, cooked breakfast (sausage, fried egg or scrambled if you prefer, bacon (wonderful) and grilled tomato. Orange juice (not fresh) is on the table, along with local marmalade (fab) and bread which you put in the toaster provided as you require. Mrs Mactaggart is very attentive and keen to ensure that you are happy with your stay. An enjoyable break in Islay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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2 Thank CheekyMonkey1962
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Cheshire
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2010

Lovely location right by beach in dunes,watch the sun go down over the bay in front of you,old owners quite on ball with money up front required.I calculated my costs on 2 adults and a 2 man tent,2 x £4 and £6 for 2 man tent as displayed on wall,=£14.Then told to identify my tent off photos from another piece of paper from under counter which only had tents starting from £7 on?And don't try discussing the point!Overall very good though.Standpipes for water which is brown and has to be boiled by the one kettle,so join the queue.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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2 Thank dylwylie
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northampton
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2009

It is a beautiful location not far from Port Ellen. 15-20mins depending on driver. The owners are very nice and hands on. The site is very nice. Best site I have stayed at in terms on views. The beach is nice but needs some attention to what is washed up from passing shipping. My guess is one hour per week would leave it spotless and idealic. But I do not know this for sure. It has full facilities for a campsite and a very good selection of books which can be exchange or taken away for a small donation. I swapped Lee Childs latest of his oldest and felt I got a good deal. In short I highly recommend the place.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank samuelwylie
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Property: Kintra Farm
Address: Kintra Farm Kintra Bay, Port Ellen PA42 7AT, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Ellen
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Port Ellen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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Kintra Farm Port Ellen, Islay

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