The Colonsay

Alight from the ferry on this unspoilt island, and chances are that Ivan Lisovyy, the ‘can-do’ manager of Jane and Alex Howard’s unpretentious 18th-century inn, will be there to greet you. More

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The Colonsay
Colonsay
Argyll and Bute
PA61 7YP
Scotland
01951 200316

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9

Open

mid-Mar–1 Nov, Christmas, New Year, check-in days Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed, Thurs.

Facilities

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

Background music

sometimes in restaurant, occasional live music in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B single £75–£80, double £95–£155. Set menus £13.50–£15.95, à la carte £30.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Alight from the ferry on this unspoilt island, and chances are that Ivan Lisovyy, the ‘can-do’ manager of Jane and Alex Howard’s unpretentious 18th-century inn, will be there to greet you. He is a fine representation of the ‘relaxed hotel’, which is ‘the hub of village life, buzzy with locals and visitors having a good time’. ‘A hands-on character, he answered all our requests with an obliging “Of course!”,’ report trusted Guide correspondents this year. The building is in ‘pristine order’ (though a guest this year thought better housekeeping was called for in her bedroom); public areas have ‘a seaside feel’, plus books and board games in the lounge. In the restaurant – try to get a table in ‘a prime windowside position’ – the slightly daily-changing menu is big on local seafood, perhaps Colonsay oysters or ‘excellent sea bass’. Eat in the bar if you fancy (‘Of course!’), or ask to have drinks alfresco (‘Of course – the best place to have them’). Afterwards, spend the night in one of the modest bedrooms. Some may be snug, but they’re comfortably, if simply, furnished, and many look across the water, to the seals and otters who call this place home. (Desmond Balmer, and others)

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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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