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The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Very friendly and good!”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

Three of us were doing a four day tour on motorcycles, and our first overnight was in Brander Lodge. We were very impressed by the friendly and helpful owner and staff. The location is lovely, and is well back off the road. Dave, the owner, is originally from New Zealand, and is gradually upgrading the whole property. Rooms are comfortable, but a little on the small side. You may also find the showers - they are the type that work from the bath taps - a bit under powered. Nevertheless, I am awarding 5 stars because of the excellent food, service and company! We went out of our way to stay another night there on our way back!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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TheBranderLodge, Owner at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, August 23, 2011
Thank you for your fed back and we look forward to being of service to you in the future.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

David Keat and his family have wrought an extraordinary transformation at Brander Lodge over the past year. The bedrooms have been refreshed and the main public areas have also been updated. However, the most dramatic change of all is the terrific warmth, friendliness and heartfelt welcome now given to all guests and visitors. I love Freddy too, the gorgeous cat to be found padding about the reception and garden areas. The recent menu change is delicious - I particularly recommend the Brander chicken main dish. If you ask (though it's not on the menu), you might lucky enough to get some pumpkin pie, a treat originally made for some visiting Americans and continuing to be popular. Brander Lodge is an authentic, lovely place to stop in for a drink or meal and certainly to stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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TheBranderLodge, Owner at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, August 23, 2011
Thank you for your fed back and we look forward to being of service to you in the future.

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David Keat
Owner/Manager
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

My husband & I stayed at the Brander Lodge in April 2011. Right from the time we arrived, to the day we left David Keats & his team provided everything we needed, from laundry to meals. Their knowledge of the area is fantastic, we did a couple of day trips to Oban & Fort William & Dave was able to provide some great tips. The food is great, as is the service. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is wanting to stay in a place that is a wee bit like home.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

Ten months since my last stay at Brander Lodge and the new owners have made some tremendous renovations to a beautiful hotel that had previously got a little tired and run-down. What a difference in ten months! I am sure you will not be disappointed, lovely clean rooms and new beds that are so comfortable. Food, as last time was excellent and the new restaurant menu offers a wonderful selection on all three courses. A warm and friendly welcome makes you feel 'so much at home' in this family run hotel. Great location, surrounded by beautful hills and river at bottom of the garden and is only a short run into Oban. Their plans for further improvements and additions sound exciting and I am very much looking forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

family wedding which was catered for superbly,food excellent, very glad we stayed an extra night. nothing too much trouble including a long phone call at their expense to sort out a car problem.would definitely recommend.slept very well enhanced by babbling brook outside bedroom window.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

we stayed just the one night, and were greeted warmly and provided with everything we required. the food was good quality and very tasty- we had dinner in the restuaruant, then of course breakfast which was very satisfying lovely bacon and fresh eggs - you can watch the chickens outside !!
this lovely family deserve to do well and are obviously trying to provide service that gives a welcome break.......oh and the gardens are being brought back to look beautiful. all in all, an excellent stay

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

Brander Lodge is a hotel with that added extra, the most friendly and inviting atmosphere you could ever ask for. I am sure becoming friends with the owners and staff is not compulsory, but you will have a hard job trying not to.
I have returned from my 2 night stay, with wonderful memories, not only of my niece's wedding,(also at the Brander), but of my stay in general.
The hotel, recently under new management, is tastefully refurbished in a way that makes you relaxed and totally at ease.
The spacious and bright lounge contains a huge selection of toys, games, books and DVD's to cater for children of all ages, which kept my 2 year old grandson happy throughout our stay.
Adults were not forgotten, with lots of books and DVD's and the use of the hotels laptops for those spare moments.
The grounds, set in the backdrop of Scotland's lush greener were beautiful and well maintained and also contained some outdoor toys to keep your young ones amused.
Our bedrooms were clean, with pristine bedding and towels, the most comfortable mattress and contained all the little extras you expect in a hotel room.
On the day of the wedding everyone worked tirelessly to the smooth running and success of the special day. The dinning room was decorated to prefection, cheerful and unflustered staff were constantly at hand, to tend to any little need.
The wedding breakfast was plentiful and beautifully presented, using locally sourced produce, and cooked to perfection, even after a 'slight delay' in the meal timetable, caused by the wedding party ourselves.
All the other meals during our stay were excellent, I particularly loved the breakfasts which contained an extensive continental style menu, as well as the traditional scottish cooked breakfast. Tea and coffee were also available throughout the day.
I can't recommend this hotel highly enough, and will certainly be back again in the future.

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Property: The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Address: Bridge of Awe A85 | Near Taynuilt, Oban, Taynuilt PA35 1HT, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Taynuilt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have now reached 3 star rating with the completion of the new ensuites. Warm, welcome, friendly hospitality is offered in this family owned and operated country Hotel & Bistro quietly set in three and a half acres of landscaped gardens in the shadows of Ben Cruachan at the mouth of the historic Brander Pass. We have 21 rooms all en-suite compiling a combination of singles, twins, doubles and two, two roomed family rooms. The Hotel has an ongoing refurbishment program and will be carrying out further upgrading of facilities late Winter early Spring 2015/16 as business permits, with minimal disruption to guests as it shall be completed in closed off stages. Our Menu offers freshly prepared and locally sourced food where possible and portions are generous with a more homely nature, wholesome and hearty. ... more   less 
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