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“Fantastic Scottish Hospitality”

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The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Taynuilt
Certificate of Excellence
scotland
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10 reviews
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“Fantastic Scottish Hospitality”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have just returned from a very relaxing 2 night stay in the Brander Lodge Chalet which is located in the stunning, well maintained grounds of the hotel. The staff made us feel so welcome from check-in and throughout our weekend. Breakfast is of a high quality and plentiful. Although we stayed in the Chalet, which is self-catering, we also had access to the facilities of the hotel. The dinner menu provides locally sourced ingredients which is great. Would not hesitate to return. I cannot speak highly enough of the Chalet which is very comfortable and clean, and a great base to explore the area around Taynuilt.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the Chalet, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have just returned from a five night stay at the Brander Lodge hotel, we really enjoyed it. It is in a lovely setting and we were welcomed very warmly by Dave the owner. We were shown to a lovely room on the ground floor looking out over the garden. it was very comfortable and clean, lovely shower. The breakfast was very good, plenty of choice you could have what you wanted. We had our dinner in the hotel every night. no need to go out and find somewhere to eat as the food was really good all fresh and homemade. Lastly the staff were all very friendly and made you feel very much at home. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

I stayed here for two nights on business and the staff were absolutely excellent and certainly made my stay.

They were very accommodating to my special dietary requirements, and even made me a mint tea made with fresh mint from the garden! All of the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the food at breakfast and dinner was really good - fresh and homemade!

Accommodation is basic, but clean.Excellent views and stunning gardens.

Well worth a stay!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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David K, Manager at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. I have passed on your great comments to our staff who were absolutely delighted. Wishing you all the best, Emma, Dave and the Team.
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed at Brander Lodge for one night in July. The setting is beautiful with a large and beautifully maintained garden at the front and back of the hotel. On arrival, we were greeted exceedingly warmly by the owner, his daughter, and the manager -- who was still helping guests despite the fact that it was his day off. The owners and staff are the aspect that totally sells this hotel -- big hugs all round when we left. Lovely, lovely people. The food was hearty, excellent fare. The highlight of our trip was sitting at breakfast and watching a red squirrel playing on the lawn right in front of us for about half an hour. On our short stay, we visited the Inverawe smokery which has excellent smoked products (they serve the Royal Family and Harrods). We went on a magical walk around the nature trails including a visit to a stunning lily-covered loch in the woods.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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David K, Manager at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so happy you both enjoyed your stay and the weather was kind enough to allow you a walk around the Lily Loch at Inverawe which is simply beautiful, we are extremely lucky to be located in such a beautiful part of Scotland. We were also delighted that the local wildlife turned up for the breakfast show and that you both enjoyed the display (I slipped the Squirrel and the Woodpeckers a £5 after you left). We wish you both all the best and hope to see you again one day. Kind regards, Emma, David and the Brander Team.
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Myself an my husband have just returned from a 4 night stay at Brander Lodge. On arrival we were greeted with a very friendly welcome and throughout our stay found all staff to be friendly. Our room was on the ground floor great view of the lovely garden,very clean with a nice new bathroom suite the shower was great. In the mornings breakfast was an absolute delight plenty of choice.cereals,fresh fruit.juice and a really good choice of hot food on the menu. I can highly recommend the full Scottish breakfast. All though the menu for the evening is not massive there's still plenty of choice and the food served was lovely. I would recommend Brander lodge to anyone and if visiting this area again would not hesitate to stay here, thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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David K, Manager at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review of our humble abode and for your wonderful comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, the staff, our food and the grounds. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you again one day. Many thanks, Dave
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Scottsville, Virginia
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

I heartily recommend this hotel to all and sundry. We were very comfortable in our stay. The food was excellent, particularly the fresh sea food. The staff were ever so friendly, exceptionally helpful, and really couldn't do enough for us. Will definitely return on my next trip to the area

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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David K, Manager at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and for the great comments. We are lucky to have a great bunch of staff who always strive to make our guests comfortable and relaxed and it is lovely to hear their efforts are recognized. We wish you all the best and look forward to perhaps seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Dave, Emma and staff.
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Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is excellent value for money. The hotel staff were very friendly on our arrival. The reception staff showed us to our room and assisted with luggage. The room which was on the ground floor was very clean and spacious. The bathroom was very modern. Wifi was available in the room and also in the public areas. The quality of the restaurant meals was very good and the selection of top shelf whiskey available in bar bar, was second to none. The breakfast menu included scrambled eggs and sea trout which was most enjoyable. It was also the first time during our stay in the UK that such a variety of fruit was available from the breakfast buffet.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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David K, Manager at The Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and for such lovely comments, which we have passed on to our staff. Wishing you all the best, Dave, Emma and the team.
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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
Hotel Style:
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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