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“10/10! Couldn't fault the property!”
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Stunning Old School Islay
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17 reviews
Stunning Old School Islay
Finlaggan Bedroom
Islay Bedroom with two single beds
Main Bathroom
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Portnahaven, Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Lauren H
1 review
“10/10! Couldn't fault the property!”
Reviewed 28 February 2016 for a stay in December 2014

Stunning property with everything you could require for your stay. Portnahaven is scenic and the harbour is lovely to walk around. The owners were prompt in responding. The house is extremely cosy with 2 woodburning stoves. A car would be advantageous however, the property does have parking facilities for 5 or so cars.

The bathrooms were equipped with shampoo, shower gel and soap from the local business, Spirited Soaps and each guest were given pieces of Tablet which was a lovely gesture.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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143hamish
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“The most luxurious island stay I have ever experienced.”
Reviewed 27 February 2016 for a stay in September 2015
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I would use the word luxurious to describe my stay at the Old School House. It is unlike any property I have ever stayed in while exploring the Scottish islands. The property is a prominent feature of the island with every local I had the pleasure of coming across fondly referring to its history and friendly owners who have beautifully renovated it from it's original derelict state. The building still features it's historic features while embracing modern comforts and the most up to date technology.

The Old School House itself is so wonderful you will not want to even venture out to explore this stunning island however if you can tear yourself away from the property you will have a number of beautiful scenic walks right on your door stop. There are local amenities within walking distance including a small shop and a pub. I would definitely recommend visiting a few of the world class distilleries while visiting and Yan's Kitchen is a must visit for some delicious fine dinning.

What sets this rental apart from many others are the personal touches. On arrival each room was welcoming with locally produced fudge and soaps, while those amongst your group who love a dram will be happy to hear there is a wide selection generously left to sample. My entire party had the most wonderful stay here and we cannot wait to return again in 2016.

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Liked best: The way in which beautiful historic features were preserved and enhanced with modern comforts seamlessly in style.
Liked least: I could not fault anything.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mcmk1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Beautifully Decorated, Excellent Stay!”
Reviewed 25 February 2016 for a stay in July 2015
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Stayed here for a few days and really enjoyed. Really nicely decorated, lovely and clean, and the surrounding area is fantastic. Overall a very relaxing stay. Locals are super friendly, and there's lots of things to do/see. Local restaurants are great too! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an island escape.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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JuliaMcV
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Trip”
Reviewed 25 February 2016 for a stay in October 2015
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person found this review helpful

The schoolhouse combines the history of the old school in Portnahaven with the modern features of everyday life in the most beautiful way. The setting up above Portnahaven provides a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the peaceful island that is Islay. I think the subtle touches make this place - from the handmade local tablet and single malt toiletries to the bespoke tartan finishings. I cannot wait to visit again. Thanks !

Travelling group: Friends
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Norbert F
1 review
Reviewed 1 April 2018 for a stay in March 2018
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