The Colonsay

On an island of white-sand beaches and rocky inlets (human population 135; seals, otters and eagles unnumbered), Jane and Alex Howard’s 18th-century inn sits at the centre of village life, with quiz nights and live music. More

Contact details

The Colonsay
Colonsay
Argyll And Bute
PA61 7YP
Scotland
01951 200 316

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9.

Open

mid-Mar-1 Nov, Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

conservatory, 2 lounges, log room, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi on ground floor, in-room TV (Sky), 1-acre grounds, ground-floor public rooms and toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

some in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

1 well-behaved dog allowed in 2 bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single from £80, double £110-£160. Pre-ferry set menus £15-£18 Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, a la carte £28.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

On an island of white-sand beaches and rocky inlets (human population 135; seals, otters and eagles unnumbered), Jane and Alex Howard’s 18th-century inn sits at the centre of village life, with quiz nights and live music. Ivan Lisovyy is the endlessly accommodating manager. Public rooms have an airy ‘seaside feel’, with leather armchairs and tasteful contemporary tones juxtaposed with old black-and-white island photographs. Bedrooms are simply furnished and not huge, but have Designers Guild and Colefax and Fowler fabrics, along with views of the hillside, whitewashed church and sea, across to neighbouring Jura. The atmosphere is free and easy – eat in the dining room with wood-burning stove and harbour outlook, in the bar, or where you will. At lunchtime there are soups, steak-and-ale pie, organic salad leaves from the kitchen garden. New chef Salvi Batalla sources ingredients as locally as possible for such dishes as casserole of Balnahard beef and Colonsay ale; pan-seared Colonsay salmon; spring vegetable risotto with wild garlic pesto. A children’s menu might include local fish with chips, organic chicken. ‘It more than matched my expectations.’ (D and JB)

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The 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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