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Bellachroy Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Dervaig B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I had high hopes of our stay at the Bellachroy after our visit in April and we weren't disappointed. When we booked, we asked if it was possible to stay in Room 4 again and we were delighted that was the room allocated. It is at the top of the Inn and has a double bed and single bed.

The room was as we remembered it, very clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was nice and toasty with the towel heater on and - once again - it was good fun trying to get the temperature right for the shower! This isn't a criticism, the Inn is extremely old and allowances have to made for the age of the building.

The food was just delicious in the restaurant and the breakfasts, whether cooked or cereal was brilliant.

The staff were, once again, very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. They asked about our day or our plans and they were genuinely interested.

We will definitely be back to Mull and the Bellachroy is the only place where we will stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the church and the sea loch as the view is stunning.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for two nights with my wife on our first visit to Mull. I think it's worth noting that whilst this is a hotel by name, that's where the similarity ends. This is not meant as a slur rather as a starting point of expectation if the subtleties of distinction are of interest. There is no reception area, nor is there an obvious entrance from any of the three available doors from the car park. The sign above one of the doors clarifies its credentials as "the oldest Inn on Mull". And that is a more fitting description. The welcome on our arrival was friendly enough and we were
shown to our room by Debbie who settled us in and checked that we had a dinner reservation. (This is very important as the restaurant is extremely popular with local/residents and with other visitors staying in the Dervaig area). Our room (room 1) was a small double which was set up to accommodate an additional single bed. It was adequate for our needs but I imagine would we a bit cramped if a third occupant was any older than primary school age. The accommodation is clean but lacks any individualism in decor I would expect from an establishment boasting over 400 years of history. The highlight of our stay was definitely the food - we sampled the taste of Mull platter which for £56 for two was excellent value as it is a complete 'meal deal' - the choice of wines & whisky including Tobermory 10 & 15 y.o fits in with the strong local produce ethos. Breakfast was excellent especially the black pudding and the sausages which were first class although the pre-ordering the night before whilst not a deal-breaker seems unnecessary from a guest point of view. Tea & coffee are plentiful and additional toast is readily available. There was an incidence on our first night of being serenaded at 1:30am presumably by a local having imbibed too much liquid hospitality but it was not sufficient to have spoilt our stay and I wouldn't criticise the Bellachroy for this. Overall our stay was enjoyable, the staff were friendly enough, the service was good and we would stay again. The price of the room i felt was a little high for the basics which are on offer but when weighed against the quality of food and amenities on offer gives overall vfm.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Strachp
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Spent a night here on my way to Tobermory and it was a lovely place to stay. Fun to stay in such an old, historic building but rooms were clean and good sized and thoroughly modern. The seafood platter in the restaurant is unbelievable and great for a special occasion meal. Special mention of the lovely lady who serves breakfast and seems to do lots of other things around the hotel - very warm and welcoming. Only criticism I would have would be it is one of the more expensive places to stay on Mull - but it is the oldest inn too - so you are kind of living history when you stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Its really easy to sum up what this little pub is all about as they seam to focus on whats important for a really good holiday. They serve great food, have a good selection of local beers, some nice wines, and have a team of genuinely friendly staff. It totally ticked all the boxes for us.

After dinner on our first night we engaged with the locals in their public bar. Its was a unique atmosphere, very friendly but maybe a bit lively for our needs, so we relaxed in the residents lounge on the other evenings. Our bedroom was not large but well laid out, had a nice view and the shower was great.

Highlights of our trip were the visit to Ulva with lunch at The Boathouse; the boat trip to Finglas cave on Staffa, and the Seafood Platter we shared on our last night at The Bellachroy. Really great memories.

We chose to split our holiday between Dervaig in the north of the Island and Bunessan in the south. Next time we shall probably make Dervaig our base for the week as it was really quite handy for most of the trips we wanted to do and some lovely walks and beaches.

This was our first visit to Mull, what a special island, and for us The Bellachroy was the perfect place to go back to at the end of the day.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 4, not large but quiet with a nice view.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Bellachroy Hotel was the second of our three inn's stayed at during our visit to the West Coast of Scotland in June 2013.

The hotel is situated within the small Village of Dervaig on the Isle of Mull eight miles west of Tobormory which is visited via a single track road which traverses a significant hill between the two locations. The eight miles take the thick end of thirty minutes to drive due to the twists and turns and on-coming traffic so don't underestimate the time to get to the ferry should you be leaving via Tobormory.

On arrival we were greeted well by the duty person behind the bar and shown to our room for a three night stay. The room appeared to be recently renovated with a new bed and clean and tidy. the remainder of the furniture was traditional with an additional bed should it be required. The TV was a smallish CRT but with a satellite box for digital transmissions.

The bathroom was small but contained a bath / shower which was clean although not recently refurbished.

Having unpacked our cases we repaired to the Bear Pit (bar) for a bite of lunch and a drink which proved to be good with us both taking the option of soup of the day.

Staying for a period of three evenings we decided due to the relative torrid drive to and from Tobermory or any alternative restaurants (Several to choose from towards Calgary) As ours days are usually full days ot we would eat as the Bellachroy for the three evenings of our stay.

The food is generally good and the staff friendly and attentive to needs. On the three nights of our stay we enjoyed two of the meals immencely, the third was a little average, unfortunately we both went for the same dish (the fish cakes) and although it was not a case that the food was bad it was just average and not up to the standard of the other two evenings.

Breakfast was served in a large room on the first floor again the staff were attentive and pleasant the breakfasts were good and additional toast was offered should more be require. the only downside was each day the cooked breakfast was served on cold plates, so by the time it was transferred from the ground floor kitchen is was cool. A small thing but is in need of attention.

The only other downside of the hotel even after three nights spent there we were still unsure of who the owners were. From the last hotel we had stayed prior to this the owner was so attentive it tended to stand out like a sore thumb.

Having said all of that the overall experience was a positive one and we would retun in the future.

Room Tip: rooms at a lower level and not in the attic. All rooms are quiet as the hotel is small and the locat...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Let me start by staying I have tagged this as 'Average' - that doesn't really reflect. But the next option down was 'Poor' and that is unfair as this place wasn't great for us but it wasn't Poor either. If a hotel is average - then you have to be happy with average, we weren't overly happy. Bit of a mixed bag really. We stayed in this hotel early July and were booked in for 6 nights. A long stay for this type of trip/accommodation. Having read some previous reviews I can only say the hotel is not really taking much heed of it's customer feedback.
First impressions are so important. Ours were not great. We arrived early, and struggled initially to find a female member of staff. Eventually someone came out, no introduction, no happy greeting - how was your journey? First time on Mull?Weather, idle chat? Usual first date basics!! After 6 days we still didn't know her name. Room wasn't ready as we were early. No problem, but we felt we were reluctantly given a menu for lunch, seems like there were other things to do. This was really the theme and it was a shame.
On the first morning a jolly lady greeted us for breakfast (Wynifred) and we thought things were looking up, a much more traditional Scottish welcome. Sadly that night the restaurant staff were back to the norm. There were 3 waitresses and a guy behind the bar. No happy chat or banter, soulless. This continued. Other transient guests in the restaurant/hotel had come and gone, but here we were, two people spending probably north of £900 at this establishment and not the slightest recognition. We made our minds up to move hotels. We mentioned our disappointment to Wynifred on the 5th morning who was clearly upset at this. She said the owners were away, which sort of figured. A week later and this place could have been completely different for us. In the end we were just too busy on the island to sort an alternative room that day. So that night we were back......Well , you would have thought someone had sprinkled fairy dust on the place. All staff had completely changed ??!! How bizarre. The attention was so over the top we had to smile. Nice effort but it was sadly all a bit late and a bit too obviously contrived. We ended up with the six nights as we had to weigh up messing around changing hotels against our holiday time. After six days we still didn't know any of the restaurant staff names? Such a shame. The food (apart from breakfast) is actually really really good. The beer on tap is also excellent. Wynifred saved the day as we would probably have been 'offski'.

Re earlier reviews: The comments re the attic room are about right, but it is what it is for an old building, but over priced by comparison. The mattresses very tired.
The pre-ordering of breakfasts the night before is not good. They were not obviously freshly cooked. After the 4th day I gave up trying to get a nice fresh RUNNY fried eggs, despite specifically requesting this on the order slip. Anyone could tell they were clearly not just out of the pan.

The previous reviews re staff not appearing interested were spot on (Wynifred aside) as explained above.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights , what a find , the staff and the general feel of this hotel was good . The shower in our room was a challenge but it didnt matter , its an old inn and thats what makes it special . I had the seafood platter and my wife had the meat one on our last night , dont miss it , without a doubt the best seafood i have had in the 2 weeks we have toured scotland . We will definitely be back .

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Address: Dervaig PA75 6QW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Mull > Dervaig
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Dervaig
Price Range: $124 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bellachroy Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The oldest inn on Mull established 1608. En-suite accommodation, family rooms and pets welcome. good reputation for pub grub and local seafood specialties. Ideal location for exploring the picturesque isle of Mull. ... more   less 
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