With a stunning location right on Loch Fyne, this is a lovely hotel to stay in for a few days, to act as a base for exploring Loch Fyne, and further along the Mull of Kintyre.
It's a beautiful building, and the setting is just superb. Inside is clean and well presented, but you start to get the feeling that maintenance is starting to go adrift, and perhaps the owners aren't spending much on this property any more.
The few staff work hard and are all pleasant, but again I sense some frustration. One member of staff covering reception, the bar, and the restaurant at one point is just unfair. The rooms are small but adequate. Breakfast is just about adequate, and dinner was very good with local seafood.
We got a ridiculously good rate through the hotel's own website. I know it's still low season, but if they charged a bit more, perhaps hire a few more staff, and push this property to the 'luxury' level it is capable of...? Until then, it's a 3 star hotel in a 5 star location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stonefield Castle Hotel is an outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Built in 1837, the Castle stands high on the famous Kintyre peninsula, commanding spectacular panoramic views over Loch Fyne. In keeping with its unique location and character, many of the original period furnishings have been retained to complement the timeless ambience that is Stonefield Castle. Guests can relax in the traditional elegance of wood panelled lounges with fine corniced ceilings, unwind on leisurely walks through the sixty acres of woodland grounds, or simply enjoy a leisurely pace of life far removed from the stress of city living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stonefield Castle Tarbert
- Hotel Stonefield Castle
- Stonefield Castle Hotel Tarbert, Scotland