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“inhospitable and very disappointing”
Review of Achamore House

Achamore House
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Achamore House
Reviewed June 4, 2011

The owner was rude and insulting and if it had not been late at night when we arrived we would not have stayed.. Our room was adequate but very overpriced at 45 pounds each with no ensuite bathroom. We asked for a key to our room and were told there wasn;t one,. Later I found it hidden under a blanket in our wardrobe. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Extremely disappointing.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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7  Thank breagha99
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

My husband was running the Kintyre Way on the May Bank Holiday weekend and we had booked a rather unexciting hotel down the penninsula for the night after the race so wanted somewhere different for the Monday night. When I met him at Tayinloan round lunchtime during the race he suggested checking out the island of Gigha. The tourist office in Campbeltown were very helpful. They recommended the Gigha Hotel but said Achamore House, set in the middle of beautiful gardens also did B&B. It seemed quite expensive for non-en suite bedrooms but when she explained the owner did not want to spoil the character of the house by changing the rooms and I saw the photos on the internet I felt I had to stay there, so my husband phoned next morning. They had been full for the Bank Holiday but now all the guests had left and we had the whole house to ourselves. It was magical. I felt as if I had managed to sneak into a National Trust property after the day trippers had all left. Our room was not en suite (for economy) but there was a shower room opposite and a bathroom with loads of hot water next door. And bathrobes included in the room! But with no other guests this did not matter. The house had all sorts of rooms, TV room with huge TV and massive supply of DVDs, snooker room, library (with up to date collection of literature), sitting room, dining room where we could help outselves to tea and coffee. The house had originally been owned by Colonel Horlicks of bedtime drinks fame. Now you still got a good nights sleep as owner Don runs a business producing plants extracts. His wife , island born and bred ,is the driving force behind the house.

As we only had time to stay one night we filled our day with exploring the gardens, peeking into all the rooms of the house (since the doors were all open - the atmosphere was terrific, all the rooms different, I loved that house), and cycling from one end of the island to the other. The locals were all very friendly.

Achamore was only B&B so we had to go out for dinner and only the Gigha Hotel was open, but that was fine as we were only there for one night. I think other restaurants are open at weekends. And of course the breakfast in the morning was up to the standard one would expect.

The owner collected us from the ferry (foot passengers only, park for free at terminal) but it might seem a bit of a hike with luggage if you were not used to walking.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Passepartoute
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

We stayed in family room with two kids at 5 and 8. Kids loved the setting and we had a very nice weekend on Gigha. The owner-couple were just so different in appearance. He was grumpy and not service-minded at all, and she was the other way round.
Very nice option with bikes to loan at the guesthouse, but remember to bring your own for the kids.
Can highly recommend the food at "The Boathouse" by the sea, and in nice weather the kids can play around there forever, in and out of the water. Much better than the food at the Hotel.
120 punds pr. night for the family was very overpriced, when you consider there's no en-suite, no TV, and not very much space either

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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7  Thank bakbjerg
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

Fantastic gardens. House a bit old fashioned with creakey floor boards, no rugs or carpet to cushion the noise, no curtains just window shutters. Bathroom adequate, no shower just a telephone shower in the bath. Carpet through out the room no shower curtain etc.

Weather fantastic, food available down the road at the Ghigha Hotel.

Friendly place . Large wide screen tv available in a lounge but no tv in bedrooms.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank dundrod
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Reviewed February 2, 2008

We came here for spring break which is an amazing time to be on the island of Gigha and in the stunning gardens at Achamore. My 2 daughters spent hours playing hide and seek among the camelias and rhodendron bushes. In the evenings we watched movies from Don's vast collection. The beaches at Gigha are incredibly beautiful. We spent many happy mornings in the sun looking for shells, seals and birds.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank momof2Nyc
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Reviewed August 29, 2012
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Room Tip: alle kamers zijn heel erg mooi. De pinkroom is ruim en relatief goedkoop (douche er direct tegenover...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Achamore House

Address: PA41 7AD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Gigha
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Isle of Gigha
Price Range: $86 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquil luxury in lovely old baronial mansion set in the midst of 52 acres of the world-famous Achamore Gardens on the Isle of Gigha. 10 rooms to let; library; snooker room; lounge. All beds either double size or larger, very comfortable. Our island offers beautiful beaches, 9 hole golf course, walks and archaeology. ... more   less 
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Achamore House Isle Of Gigha, Scotland

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