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Taychreggan Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have just spent two nights at the hotel and really enjoyed ourselves, particularly as the weather turned out to be better than expected!

There are some very good things about this hotel and there are a number of things which, if addressed, could make all the difference to the overall experience.

Firstly, the 7 mile drive along the single track road will be an experience for those who are not used to such, especially as the locals take no prisoners when it comes to their driving. However, when you do arrive at your destination, it's well worth the trip as this old drover's inn is situated right on the lochside and commands some wonderful views over the loch.

The staff are uniformly excellent, particularly in the dining area - obviously as a result of Fiona's hand here. However, it's the food itself which really surprised us - we chose the tasting menu for the first night and all the courses showed imagination and flair. Ondrej and team can pat themselves on the back as we have eaten in some wonderful places around the world and these dishes can stand alongside them. We decided to have the bar meal the following night and, again, the quality of the dish was really high - if I say it was simply chicken with a pork rib, it doesn't sound much, however it was absolutely delicious, and credit to the team for producing our meal, along with the tasting dinners AND a wedding for 20 all at the same time.

Now the the little niggles (which didn't detract from our stay). This place, like a lot of others in rural spots, needs a bit of money spent on it. It's an old building, subject to wear and tear from the elements so, for example, windows need upgraded - we had a lovely room, however, many of the seals had gone which meant internal condensation on quite a few. The front gravel driveway and area in front of the hotel needed weeding, as did the sad planter with dead foliage in it! The water situation mentioned by others is a problem - we had lukewarm showers both days - fine in warmer weather, but frankly horrible at other times. I'm not sure if it's a boiler problem or we were unlucky with our electric shower. Money spent would sort out these items as well as a general upgrading of some soft furnishings. All of these, as I said, didn't detract from our lovely stay and I would certainly recommend this hotel. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

Room Tip: We had Boswell, Room 1, which is a corner room and gives lovely views of both the side and front of...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

My wife and I have just spent a couple of nights at the Taychreggan Hotel and couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. The location of the hotel is just perfect, only a few yards from the edge of Loch Awe. It is located about 7 miles or so down a mostly single track road. However, don't be put off by that, as the road surface is good, traffic is very light and there are plenty of passing places. We stayed in a Junior Suite, which was spacious and comfortable, with modern en-suite facilities and fantastic views across the loch. The room has coffee/tea making facilities. There is also a small complementary decanter of sherry available, should you wish an aperitif before dinner. The 5 course dinner in the dining room is an absolute joy, preceded by delicious canapés served in the bar. Although the menu offers no choice, it can be changed to suit if there are any particular personal dislikes. The standard of cuisine is top drawer, loaded with creativity and high quality produce. There is also a bar menu for those who prefer less formal dining. Likewise, the standard of breakfast was superb with choices ranging from the full works to something on the lighter side. The staff were young, friendly, very polite, helpful and extremely efficient and hard working. What more can I say - a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Room Tip: Choose a Junior Suite with loch view.
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Just back from a weekend at the Taycreggan Hotel. What a lovely place! The staff are super helpful and so polite, the food at the restaurant was amazing, The location of the hotel is quite secluded, unfortunately we had typical Scottish weather for our stay but the hotel is so welcoming and cosy that we were more than happy to curl up in front of the fire in the lounge. Would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Just returned from taychreggan and had the best time ever. The location is second to none you just couldn't find another hotel that compares. The staff were wonderful and food simply delicious nothing was too much trouble for the staff I have health problems with a lot of food but they worked around the problems and I had the most beautiful looking evening meal and it tasted superb breakfast too was well catered for. We felt so relaxed and spoiled we really hope to go back real soon

Room Tip: We stayed in a junior suite with a wonderful view of the loch
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed only one night but wished we could have stayed longer. We had a Junior Suite which was a lovely big room overlooking the loch - which really is at the bottom of the garden. Extremely comfortable with what looked like a brand new bathroom. Very friendly staff who looked after us from the moment we arrived. Dinner was lovely - the menu is designed as a tasting menu and shouldn't be viewed as one from which to choose individual dishes - all the courses were delicious and we couldn't have eaten any more by the end. Some good wines to complement dinner in the wine list as well. In all - a lovely stay and we would definitely recommend it if you are seeking peace and quiet, with some luxury on the side.

Room Tip: Go for a loch view if you can
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We were really looking forward to a relaxing stay but found Taychreggan a disappointment. The room itself was beautiful with an amazing view over the loch, dinner was lovely but everything else fell below expectation.

Some of the public areas were pretty tired. Despite the cold weather & the driving rain the fireplace in the lounge was not on, adding to the general feeling of the Inn being partly open. It was difficult to find staff, who were all helpful but very junior.

We were expecting long lochside walks but this was limited as the Inn has very small gardens and beyond this the loch is all private access for nearby houses.

Worst of all, we had chosen a junior suite so we could enjoy the luxurious bathrooms. Unfortunately, when we went to take a bath found there was no hot water! The solution was to give us the key to a room across the corridor to use their bathroom. These rooms have not been refurbished and have dated over bath electric showers with poor power. Not what we were lookng for!!! Also, towels were clean but grey & worn.

Overall lovely location, lots of potential, but disappointing.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was literally a last minute booking as the hotel we were booked into had the chef walk out, we made this choice under pressure as we were travelling within the next 8 hours and it really worked out, a very pleasant hotel in quiet surroundings and a nice ambience, the staff are very friendly and welcoming, we were shown round the hotel prior to going to our room which helped get our bearings, the room was nicely decorated and the bed so comfortable, a complementary small decanter of sherry is a nice touch and is refilled every day and makes a good appetiser before heading to the restaurant. The food is outstanding from a very good chef who likes to experiment, you can preview the 7 course menu prior to booking your table, portions are small as you would expect from this type of cuisine but filling all the same once you've been through the courses, a really good selection of wines are also available, you can also avail of the bar menu if you don't want the full monty, speaking of which breakfast is a winner too, all fresh produce from the usual fry up to hot or cold smoked salmon, haddock with duck egg, kippers, fresh fruit and cereal also the best scrambled egg I've had in many a year, the lounging areas are very tasteful with lovely views of loch Awe there is also a snooker room at the end of the corridor, I liked the fact that there was no TV in any public room but free Wi-Fi is available should you need it, all in all a very nice experience.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: By Taynuilt, Kilchrenan PA35 1HQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Kilchrenan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kilchrenan
Price Range: $98 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Taychreggan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the banks of Loch Awe, The Taychreggan Hotel is over 300 year old former Drovers Inn, with two AA rosettes the food is just as good as the view! ... more   less 
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