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Roineabhal Country House

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Taynuilt, Kilchrenan PA35 1HD Scotland
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#4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Kilchrenan
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Discover Roineabhal Country House - a luxurious retreat of original character set in the magical Glens of West Argyll. Situated on the scenic shores of Loch Awe. Offering much more than bed and breakfast in superior guest house accommodation and the best of Scottish/Continental fare. Roger, Maria & family will ensure a unique short break experience.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Secured parking
Wifi
Special diet menus
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Bottled water
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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MarkJohns1111 wrote a review Oct 2018
5 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at Roineabhal at the beginning of our first trip to Scotland. The hospitality from owners Maria and Roger was exceptional, making us feel right at home. In addition to providing a beautiful room in a stunning country house, they shared travel tips and guided us to magical spots nearby for hiking and exploring. The location of the house perched right above a creek, which was very active during our stay from all of the rain, made us feel like we were immersed in nature. Maria prepared the best breakfast we had during our ten-day visit to Scotland, and they aren't joking when they advertise award-winning porridge... it was the best porridge I've ever had. Evenings were spent reading and drawing by the fire with fun conversations with the hosts. My only disappointment was learning that the owners are retiring and will not be taking new lodgers for 2019. I only wish I had found this magical place ten years ago! Thank you for such an incredible stay and memories to last a lifetime.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Hector M wrote a review Sep 2018
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We had long wanted to visit Roineabhal House and the cancellation of the Campbeltown to Ardrossan ferry required us to quickly re-organise our cycle touring plans. Our chance had arrived! Unfortunately many of the lovely things mentioned on the Roineabhal website - the evening meal platter with home made pudding and the afternoon tea on arrival were unavailable or never offered to us. Admittedly there was home made shortbread in our room, the little plastic pots of UHT milk and only two English Breakfast teabags somewhat spoiling the effect.Despite being mentioned many times during our visit, the log burning open fire was never lit. The owners now live mostly elsewhere (no doubt for genuine personal reasons) and so the ‘in depth local knowledge’ was similarly unavailable. The resident hostesses (Workaway employees?) provided an adequate service, though perhaps not worth the full £120 per night. Nonetheless, we were sufficiently pleased to be out of the rain and to have a permanent base for a few days, that we booked a third night, cancelling a nights accommodation in Taynuilt. Unfortunately we booked our additional night at Roineabhal without quite appreciating all the idiosyncrasies our twin bedded room and the house in general had to ‘offer’. We returned in the early evening on our second day, after an upsetting and tiring visit to an elderly relative in Oban, to find the owners in residence and a loud dinner party underway. Only then did we realise how little soundproofing Roineabhal has, as the group moved between the large kitchen on one side of our room and the dining room aka ‘resident’s lounge’ on the other. Having already eaten, we had hoped to spend a relaxing evening in the lounge planning the next days’ activities. We felt trapped, and our room gradually became very cold, to the point where one of us had to put on a hat and scarf to sit reading. Astonishingly, the senior hostess (employee) refused our request for more heating and her suggestion that the fire would be lit once the dinner party had vacated the guest’s lounge came to nothing. We were directed to make use of the blankets provided – despite not actually wanting to go to bed. This turned out to be a single thin crocheted cotton throw, somehow to be shared between two single beds on opposite sides of the room. As we sat in our room its idiosyncrasies became more obvious – few ‘disabled access’ rooms boast a substantial step into the, admittedly large, bathroom. The only power sockets not obscured by heavy antique furniture were at floor height, just beside the bedroom door making charging electronic equipment a risky manoeuvre . The door between bedroom and bathroom would not remain closed and the fully tiled expanse of bathroom sucked all the heat from the bedroom. At least Maria did speak to us briefly before returning to the kitchen to prepare dinner for her friends. Her husband didn’t introduce himself at all. Our interactions with him involved him forcing our bicycles off the access track to the property, into a very wet verge as he drove past and ridiculing one of us for wearing a midge net as we prepared our bicycles for departure in the morning. On the subject of midges, the good news is that the massive midge population of Kilchrennan was largely unable to become airborne during our time there due to high winds and very heavy rain. On the plus side, our room was clean and the breakfast perfectly nice. Our fellow guests were excellent company – for a short while at breakfast, in the excellent Robin’s Nest Tearoom in Taynuilt and later in the Kilchrennan Inn. We would have greatly enjoyed spending more time with them in the guest’s lounge at Roinebhal, had it been available or warm. Perhaps we were just ‘the wrong sort of people’ for the owners to value our custom. Our impression was that our use of the local service bus to travel to and from Oban and our arrival by bicycle (despite their combined value being similar to a small car) just wasn’t what the owners wanted. We were relieved to finally depart and the hour and a half spent in the drizzle on Taynuilt railway station was a better option than hanging around at Roineabhal House. Incidentally, the accommodation we cancelled at Taynuilt in favour of an extra night at Roineabhal was an AirBnB special - a converted bedsitter in the attic of someone’s garage. It would have been the better choice!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Despite the lack of soundproofing on the ground floor, the two single beds might still be the...
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smithtravelling wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a very special B&B built by Roger and Maria in a magical setting on a burn with a garden overlooking the hills. Every detail - from the way the spoons are laid out on the table for breakfast in the morning, to the homemade shortbread biscuits waiting for you in your room - just oozes a warm welcome. The decor is warm and comfortable in front of an open fireplace, an eclectic mix of antiques and much of the artwork are creations by one of their daughters. The drive down the long winding road is totally worth it - and you'll be lucky if you manage to book one of their rooms. We stayed in the Green Room, which had a wonderful view of the garden and could listen to the rushing water in the evening. The nearby Kilchrenan Inn is a gem for dinner as well and is a nice short walk from the house. Thank you to Roger, Maria (and the two lovely ladies hosting us) for such an enjoyable stay!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Green Room is lovely with view of the front garden
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ATCLARKE wrote a review Jul 2018
Bridgend, United Kingdom55 contributions7 helpful votes
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DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE IF YOU CAN FIND IT We were greeted by two lovely girls ,who offered us tea or coffee and home made cake on the patio on arrival great, fantastic. When we booked we asked for an accessible room ,which we got on the ground floor ,but there are a few steps into the property and one from the room to the bathroom (although ramps were offered for both lots of steps if I needed them) I use a mobility scooter which I would say could not be used here as the room is to small ,but you could manage with a wheelchair . These are the only negatives with this place for people with mobility issues ,having said that everything else is great. From the decor and all the antique furniture , service is second to none ,breakfast was fantastic award winning porridge and full Scottish set us up for the day Dog friendly unfortunately our dog is not so ,did not make friends with Doofus the house dog who is friendly. Congratulations to Maria and Roger you have a wonderful place ,and although we didn’t meet you ,I fully understand about looking after your mum ,my wife and I recently looked after my bachelor uncle who also had memory problems and who we inherited our dog Sam from who is himself on old boy now at 91 in doggy years and thirteen in actual years. So all I can say is have a happy retirement but find somebody as good and caring as you to take the place over so I can come back again.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David F wrote a review Jun 2018
Cleeve Hill, United Kingdom61 contributions23 helpful votes
This B&B is situated on a small road approximately five miles from an A road. It is narrow single lane with passing places. The place was easy to find during daylight but could easily miss at night. There are some very good things about this place as pointed out by the many of the previous reviews. Things outstanding include great breakfast, very friendly staff, exceptionally quiet location and quality fittings in the dining room. We had a double room on the first floor which was adequate, the bed was a small double and not too comfortable but ok. The bathroom was a real let down, it was tiny and badly lit. I need to point out we were told we could use the main bathroom if required but we didn't as we prefer showers. We paid £360 for a three-night stay which was perhaps a bit high but we knew the costs so it was ok value as we need to be near Oban. Sorry I couldn't give it a 5-star stay. It certainly doesn't deserve some of the low scores!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Roineabhal Country House
What are some of the property amenities at Roineabhal Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Roineabhal Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Roineabhal Country House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Roineabhal Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kilchrenan Inn, Ardbrecknish House Restaurant & Bar, and Portsonachan Hotel Restaurant.
Is Roineabhal Country House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Kilchrenan.
Are pets allowed at Roineabhal Country House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Roineabhal Country House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Roineabhal Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Conan's Kirk (8.6 km), Inveraray Jail (15.8 km), and Inveraray Bell Tower (15.7 km).
Is Roineabhal Country House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.