The house is wonderful. The design is very well thought out and the houses are clearly well-maintained and kept immaculate by Hazel the housekeeper. The beds are really comfortable and this makes such a difference. The view from the houses takes one's breath away. Highlights were the Singing Sands and Frazer and Ishbel's amazing seafood platters. We would definitely go back - probably at a different time of year, just to experience the changing landscape and perhaps see more wildlife. As it was, we saw dolphins, seals, deer and wild goats. Such a privilege. A charging point for electric cars would be a bonus; it seemed a shame not to be able to use the clean energy in such a precious landscape. We tried plugging into the utility room with the door propped open but it was so windy we feared we might cause damage. My only gripe is poor communication: emails unanswered or answered very slowly, payments acknowledged very slowly and only after prompting, important messages relating to which property we were staying in left on our landline 300 miles away on the check in day. This meant we had to load the car up again and move to the other house - this could easily have been avoided if the calls had gone to my mobile. Accurate and up to date information and good communication is so important in such uncertain times.
We had the most wonderful week staying at the Coillabus Lodge. Islay is a spectacular island - rugged and beautiful, sparsely populated with some of the friendliest people you could meet.
Hours of walks both from the lodge directly, and along the miles of unspoilt beaches around the island, punctuated by marvellous distillery visits, and returning to a beautiful cottage that became a dream home for a week.
The lodge is immaculately kitted out - from the sauna, to the very comfortable beds and luxury linen, and the very well equipped kitchen! Even the outdoor bath was well used.
A perfect and blissful week.
Now some 8-9 years since Hester Ross (who’s family have long owned this part of the Oa Peninsula on Islay) these lodges will not dissapoint anyone seeking comfort and luxury in a remote wilderness. Well equipped with sauna two large double bedrooms each with a well appointed bathroom nothing is left to chance.
Our two Terriers, Brandy an Irish and Meg an Airedale loved the location and the fact that the area around the Lodges is livestock fenced ensuring the many sheep, hares, rabbits and cattle are safe from worry from visiting dogs is a bonus.
Our 7 days devoid of other humans in an Island still extremely wary of “strangers” with the ongoing anxieties of the C19 pandemic all too soon passed. We explored Islay and Jura fully, covering almost 500 miles of driving whilst there and miles and miles of hillside and loch walks/hikes.Many places remain closed so we totally self catered.
A long planned for 50th birthday celebration and it was down to the wire whether the Scottish government would relax lockdown so we were both able to stay in self catering accommodation but also get the ferry. So we made it just days after and a big thank you to Hester for her patience and also Hazel for the virtual welcome. Absolutely 100% no problems. Kintyre Lodge catches the morning sun and everything is of exceptional quality , so much so it can be difficult to leave if there is Scottish liquid sunshine sweeping across the amazing views. Sauna and additional outside morning bath (star gazing) add to the luxury , as do the 3 golden eagles in the valley below. Great, wild location yet easily accessible (4x4 not needed). The Island was still slowly unlocking, so most of the distilleries were closed as were some of the pubs etc. But the best things in life are free, so the beaches and wildlife don’t recognise lockdown so it was truly a full holiday in superb accommodation. Do go and support the island, everyone was very, very welcoming.
Excellent accommodation. We stayed 5 nights in the West facing lodge and experienced wonderful sunsets over Glenastle Lochs and the Atlantic. Superb facilities, including a sauna, air source heat pump, and everything you could wish for. Ideally located, but then Islay is not a large island to travel. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to get away from it all.