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Old School Islay

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Overview
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
3 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
Old School Islay is a beautifully renovated historical building which dates from 1878. It has recently been converted to a luxury holiday rental. The school features four bedrooms, two ensuite, one main bathroom, a large kitchen dining area and a spacious living room. The house is furnished to an excellent standard with local tweed featuring in each bedroom as well as the living room. The dining area is fitted with a modern Porcelanosa kitchen which includes a dishwasher, hob, oven, fridge and freezer. This room also hosts a wood burning stove. The bedrooms and living room have rich dark wooden flooring. The living room is kept lovely and cosy by another wood burning stove. The school is equipped with wifi, sky tv and central heating. As a listed building, the property is etched with hist...Old School Islay is a beautifully renovated historical building which dates from 1878. It has recently been converted to a luxury holiday rental. The school features four bedrooms, two ensuite, one main bathroom, a large kitchen dining area and a spacious living room. The house is furnished to an excellent standard with local tweed featuring in each bedroom as well as the living room. The dining area is fitted with a modern Porcelanosa kitchen which includes a dishwasher, hob, oven, fridge and freezer. This room also hosts a wood burning stove. The bedrooms and living room have rich dark wooden flooring. The living room is kept lovely and cosy by another wood burning stove. The school is equipped with wifi, sky tv and central heating. As a listed building, the property is etched with history. The combination of modern elements with quality traditional furnishings give the ultimate 5 star Islay experience.
House Rules
Kid friendlyNo smoking
Check with ownerPets
Bedrooms
3 Kings2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Full bath2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Lesley H
Hosting since September 2015
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 88%
Response Time: Within a day

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Chris R
Chris R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old School Portnahaven
Had a great stay at the above, very comfortable & spacious. Facilities very Good. Would I stay here again most certainly. The Host Lesley extremely helpful.
Visited July 2021
Written 5 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Happiness619870
Happiness619870
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely holiday house
Beautifully renovated house, with stylish appliances and furniture. Very well equipped modern kitchen which was a lovely space to eat and chat. Beds & duvets were very comfy and the house was warm and welcoming. Plenty of space for wet walking gear. Spacious house for our party of 7 adults set on the outskirts of the lovely village of Portnahaven.
Visited September 2019
Written 6 October 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

marie r
marie r
Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Old School House - Amazing
A beautiful building completely refurbished to a very high standard whilst in keeping with the character of the property and environment. We couldn't have expected more. All facilities provided for our family including a small baby and our family pet. The location was perfect.
Visited August 2019
Written 21 August 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

JD3121
JD3121
Richmond, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding Islay house
The Old School House was exactly as described and more. It was easily the best short-term let I have ever had and I would certainly go back there. The house is in a fantastic location and has been renovated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard. It is very spacious and accommodated our party of three couples easily, with room to spare. Highly recommended.
Visited September 2018
Written 14 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kyle Y
Kyle Y
Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A perfect weekend away
On arriving on the beautiful island of islay after visiting a few distillery’s we made our way to the old school house, The house is very easy to find and once you are in with the fire on you will never want to leave. Especially if you have made a few purchases from the surrounding distillery’s. The house is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need or want with the kitchen fit for a chef. Everywhere is beautifully renovated and I highly advise looking up the old school house website and look at the work that has gone into this place to make it what it is today. We look forward to returning again to islay and even more to the old school house.
Visited August 2018
Written 7 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Helen B
Helen B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beyond Expectations
When we arrived on Islay it was a very tired group of people who were delighted to arrive to such a beautiful place and accommodation which exceeded all expectations. We were a party of 7 adults and there was more than enough room for us all. Indeed we spent most of our time, when not out and about, in the bespoke kitchen/dining area. Every need was met and more. One of our party is blind and disabled and we managed her wheelchair with not problem at all. Perfect location, stunning island, wonderful food and people. We will definately be back. Thank you for a lovely holdiay break.
Visited May 2018
Written 9 May 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Norbert F
Norbert F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sehr schöner Urlaub in einem tollen Haus
Portnahaven, kleiner, ruhiger Ort mit netten Bewohnern. Sehr schöne Umgebung mit der Möglchkeit zum Sealspotting in der Hafenbuch. Die Insel, ein Traum, nicht nur für Whiskyliebhaber. Das Haus ist absolute Spitze. Wir würden jederzeit wieder hinfahren.
Visited March 2018
Written 1 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Paul S
Paul S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mr
We had a fantastic time on Islay and the Old School was a great place to base ourselves from. The facilities are top notch with everything you could possibly want and very peaceful after a mad day of rushing around to see and do everything. If we manage to get back here to Scotland again it will be high on my list of places to stay again.
Visited September 2017
Written 24 September 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

CarmenIJ
CarmenIJ
Utrecht, The Netherlands67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place!
I stayed here with my family (we're 5 people) for a long weekend. We were blown away by the luxury interior of the house, which is a complete surprise if you look at the outside. We all had our own room, and my brother and parents even had their own bathroom. The kitchen is really spacious and amazing (we were all a fan of the super modern oven). The surroundings are really nice too, on one of our evening walks along the cliffs/coastline we even spotted wild seals! We brought some binoculars with us, so we could see them really close! I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Islay to stay in the Old School!
Visited July 2017
Written 27 August 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dougie L
Dougie L
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Portnahaven
This accommodation is first class, an ideal situation in an ideal village. Local village pub is excellent for eating, staff all very nice and helpful. The school house is furnished to the highest standard and you would want for nothing in the kitchen. All very modern equipment. Lots of wildlife, especially seals lazing on the rocks.
Visited April 2017
Written 21 April 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LesleyIslay2002
LesleyIslay2002
Thank you very much for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Old School Islay!
Written 9 May 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Outdoor amenities
  • Private yard
Parking
  • Parking available
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  • Internet access
  • Cable television
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Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 10 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Old School Islay

Old School Islay is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

Old School Islay has 3 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Old School Islay has 4 bedrooms available. See all property details.

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