The Colonsay

Carefree informality and an unpretentious ambience reign at this white-painted 18th-century inn, minutes up a single-track road from the ferry. More

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The Colonsay
Isle of Colonsay
Colonsay
Argyll and Bute
PA61 7YP
Scotland
01951 200316
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

9.

Open

mid-Mar– 1 Nov, Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

conservatory, lounge, log room, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi on ground floor, accommodation unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

sometimes in restaurant; local musicians play folk music on Friday nights.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £75–£155, D,B&B £30 added per person. À la carte £25–£30.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Carefree informality and an unpretentious ambience reign at this white-painted 18th-century inn, minutes up a single-track road from the ferry. It is owned by Jane and Alex Howard; Ivan Lisovyy manages a ‘young, friendly’ staff. Rub elbows with locals and tourists in the ‘buzzy’ bar (malt whiskies, locally brewed island beer, occasional Scottish music evenings); ‘the lounge is cosy when a lovely log fire is burning’. At dinner, find fresh island produce – Colonsay shellfish, salad from the kitchen garden. ‘We liked the unusual house-cured beetroot gravadlax; scallops and a generous portion of langoustines were delicious.’ Trusted Guide readers this year noted ‘variable’ meals over a short stay. Simply furnished bedrooms have a homey feel; some can be snug. ‘Our large, well-lit, sea-facing room had two comfortable armchairs, plenty of storage; a modern bathroom (but a feeble shower). Two windows looked across to Jura.’ Breakfast in the ‘bright’ dining room is uplifting: ‘good OJ and coffee; lovely scrambled eggs, hot-smoked salmon’.

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The Colonsay
Isle of Colonsay
Colonsay
Argyll and Bute
PA61 7YP

Guest comments

'A relaxed hotel, the social hub of the island. Ivan Lisovyy is a hands-on manager, meeting the ferry, serving drinks and meals, chatting to guests. The same menu was generally available in the bar and the restaurant. In the restaurant we ate delicious sea bass; the vegetables were good; in the bar excellent fish and chips and perfectly good burger. Although the redesign was completed in 2007, the building was kept in pristine order. The public areas have a seaside feel; a lounge has sofas and armchairs, board games, books, etc. The atmosphere is buzzy with locals, hotel guests and other visitors having a good time. ' - Desmond Balmer - July, 2016
'Nice simple rooms, spacious and comfortable public rooms, and plenty of attentive staff. The food was competant but not special (apart from the local honey). The staff were attentive but not polished. Some of the pricing was a little quirky. A truly stunning island. ' - - May, 2012
'On a hill, with stunning views all round. The staff are very welcoming. Our room was large, simply furnished but comfortable. The public rooms have good sofas and plenty of light. Wood-burning stoves give a cosy feel. The dining roon was informal and relaxed. The menu changes little each day but there are always local huge oysters, scallops and other seafood. The food is simply prepared and delicious. Not a luxyry hotel but it is right for the setting. ' - JT - April, 2012

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