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7 reviews
Coillabus Cottage
Coillabus Cottage
Coillabus Cottage
Recycled wellies
Living Room
Living room
Well-stocked book cases
master bedroom
a quiet corner in the master bedroom
master bedroom
twin room
twin room
Bathroom
hideaway with a good book in the garden room
cuppa tea!
viewover to Kintyre
Coillabus Cottage
Coillabus
The Oa
Fabulous flora
Sandy beach The Singing Sands just 10 minutes away from the cottage
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
The Oa, Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland

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KScott171...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Homely very comfortable, well equipped accommodation, spectacular views, peaceful location”
Reviewed October 22, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Great comfortable cottage, with spectacular views extremely well equipped. A car would be recommended as it is a more remote location but that adds to the peace and tranquility. Amazing views over to Mull of Kintyre, with awesome sunrises.
Very easy to get anywhere on the island and very comfortable homely accommodation to come home to.
Highly recommend this property.

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Liked best: Peaceful location with easy access
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
23 Oct 2016
Thanks so much for taking time to write this lovely review . I'm glad you found the cottage comfortable and well-equipped. Yes the autumn sunrises really are something else.
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Angus H
San Carlos, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awful experience”
Reviewed August 19, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Our experience with this rental was the worst I have had in 25 years of self-catering properties in Scotland and England. So bad that we upped and left after one night. The proprietor was in absentia, off in Italy and failed to inform us that 10 days prior one of the two Cal-Mac ferries had crashed into the pier, and was non-operational, leaving even those with reservations unable to get their vehicle across to the island for days. When we finally got to the house (car-less) we were not met by anyone, and found ourselves 4 miles out of town in a remote farmhouse. The house was in a disheveled state, with a strong mildew smell (that smell West of Scotland houses get when they are empty and unheated 6 months of the year) and given the dimensions of the dust-bunnies in the main room, had not been given a spring-cleaning in a long time.

This is not a location you can possibly enjoy Islay from without transport, and we had no desire to be stuck for four days in a frankly depressing, ramshackle location full of cast-off furniture and decoration.

When we asked for a refund we were offered nothing other than a laughable, tone-deaf offer of "extra nights" (an offer easy to make given nobody else was booked the remainder .of the high season August month).

So we bailed out the next day, and I recommend others do the same rather than rent this property, whose owner we consider to be negligent of her duty as a host.

For comparison, our prior three nights had been spent in beautifully furnished and maintained farmhouse on the Kintyre peninsula (at similar price), whose owner communicated consistently with us via email and welcomed us graciously at her home. I have been in enough rentals to know we should have expected similar service here and we did not.

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Liked best: wifi at least worked
Liked least: Customer service of owner
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
20 Aug 2016
The ferry situation this August has been frustrating for islanders and visitors alike. However, as we state on our website- and as Calmac state on theirs- it is advisable to book your car on the ferry. While I understand his frustration I do feel that this guest’s determination not to break his lifetime habit of never booking a ferry was unfortunate.
Had he booked as advised the wonderful staff at Calmac would have done their best to keep him informed of the status of his booking (albeit that the guests didn’t have access to a mobile and were out of email contact for several days). Updates were also posted on the Calmac site and app. As an accommodation provider we do have to leave guests to communicate themselves directly with Calmac or Flybe over delays and disruption as this is the best way to ensure accurate information is received. It is rarely helpful to second guess or interfere with often complex logistics. We do however ask guests to let us know when they plan to arrive.
Most of our guests do bring cars and we recommend this. Car hire for a couple of days would have been readily available – a not ideal but simple solution which I suggested but was dismissed with vigour when I phoned the guest from my own holiday. The cottage enjoys a rural location but there’s plenty to do for a family at or within walking distance of the cottage. We have a fishing rod and permit and our guests have the use of a boat on a nearby loch; we have a Jacques croquet set, lots of jigsaws, games and a rainy day drawer with craft materials, well stocked bookcases and a star gazing kit. There is excellent low level walking and an RSPB reserve, bicycles can be hired in the village for family fun and we would have been happy to help with this.
I feel it is beneath my dignity to grace the reviewer’s comments on the state and style of my cottage with a detailed response. The style of the cottage can be seen by all prospective guests on our website. I can assure future guests that the cottage is thoroughly cleaned between lets and has a three-star quality rating from VisitScotland. This review was published just hours after I informed the guest that I had been unable to relet- and therefore refund -his booked nights.
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annettebm...
Stirling, United Kingdom
1 review
“Comfortable accommodation, breathtaking views and access to fantastic scenery.”
Reviewed June 9, 2016 for a stay in April 2015

We have been to Islay several times and each part of the island has given us a different experience. Had a fantastic experience at Coillabus. The scenery was breathtaking and we had easy access to fabulous countryside to explore. The accomodation was very comfortable and had eveything we needed.
We will definitely return.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Jun 2016
Thanks for taking time to review your stay. I'm delighted you enjoyed your holiday at the cottage . Yes there are lots of good walks and amazing views from the cottage itself and more to explore with just a short drive. We're looking forward to welcoming you back and hope you'll enjoy the added comfort and convenience of our new upstairs second bathroom .
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Sven L
Hurth, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 29, 2018 for a stay in May 2018
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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modo14
Poissy, France
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed June 28, 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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Management Response
24 Aug 2017
Merci Bien! I'm delighted you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the cottage. Please send us lots of wonderful French guests like yourselves.
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Yvonne v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Liked best: Locatie en compleetheid van het huis
Liked least: niets
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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