From the moment I arrived until the following morning when I left, I felt very welcomed and comfortable, all credited to the very friendly and hospitable host, Rebecca. She got me settled in very quickly, and then directed me to the nearest place to get dinner.
The property is located in a very, scenic, rural area of Scotland with lovely natural views and close to Kilchurn Castle (one of the best free sites I’ve experienced, but tricky to find – ask Rebecca for directions). It is an older style property and gave me the impression of “grandma’s house” which made it feel cosy and inviting. This overall feeling of warmth and comfort overwhelmed some of the slight negatives. (eg. Old mattress, upstairs ensuite with a really bad shower and the toilet was located external to my room.)
My room was located on the ground floor and was quite comfortable. It was moderately spacious and was decorated in a fashion to that of a grandma’s bedroom – olden style furniture, fixtures, carpet and decor etc. It consisted of an averagely comfortable double bed (due for an upgrade as the mattress was mediocre), bedside tables with lamps, a dressing table with 3-way mirror and chair, a sitting chair, a wardrobe, a full length mirror, small luggage rack, a small wall mounted coffee/tea station with kettle, and a vanity area inclusive of a sink, small towel rack (with two face towels) and a (slightly, tacky plastic) vanity cupboard with mirror.
My ensuite was located on the first floor, up a flight of stairs, which I thought was quite odd and inconvenient. However, there was a ground floor toilet (with a small basin) adjacent to my room, which I was allowed to use rather than climbing stairs in the night to reach my ensuite. The ensuite was very spacious, carpeted and consisted of a toilet, vanity sink and mirror, a wooden towel rack, and a terrible shower. This shower was very cramped and not very functional. The temperature was very inconsistent (too cold or far too hot – no happy medium) and the water pressure and volume was extremely poor – this was a real letdown and disappointing. Also, the towels were very rough, small and did not perform well.
The downstairs guest’s lounge area was very large and equipped with two, very comfortable leather settees and matching chair, another armchair, reading lamp, nest of tables (with books, magazines and board games), two reading lamps, an average sized TV (old style picture tube) and a DVD player. This area would be ideal for long term guests to relax in and be sociable.
The ground floor dining area was large enough to accommodate all the guests for breakfast (though maybe not all at once if it’s a full house) and looked presentable (again a bit old fashioned like granny’s) with sturdy dining chairs and four tables (two x 4 settings / two x 2 settings), all uniformly set. Breakfast was the standard choices of a full cooked breakfast, cereals, toast, preserves and orange juice and was all quite nice, however there was no yoghurt and apart from the preserves everything was served and you couldn’t help yourself.
Normally, with what I’ve described above would only deem this stay as average, however Rebecca’s friendliness and hospitality, the homely feel of the property, and the location and surrounds warrants a very good classification. I’m sure it won’t be everyone’s “cup of tea”, but I enjoyed it and therefore would recommend this guest house to other travellers looking for accommodation in the Argyll area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Craig Villa is a family run guest house offering bed and breakfast accommodation to visitors to the picturesque West Coast of Scotland. The guesthouse is situated just off the City Link Glasgow to Oban route, and within easy reach of Glasgow, Fort William and Oban. The guest house offers spacious, centrally-heated accommodation year round, and our rates are extremely tempting. This is an ideal location for those interested in a quiet or romantic holiday, as well as for the walking or cycling enthusiast. There are also great treats for those interested in bird-watching and natural history. The locality offers multiple other attractions, including golf, angling, sightseeing, climbing and hillwalking as well as the more familiar visitor attractions of the West Coast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Craig Villa Guest House Dalmally, Scotland