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“Perfect Peace and Isolation”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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karenlf
Tywyn, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Perfect Peace and Isolation”
Reviewed 5 December 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Be aware that to reach the cabin you have to drive a single track winding road to Dalavich, whichever way you approach it. Be aware there is no phone reception for about 20 minutes either way (how does Irene's mobile phone work?? It is a mystery to me!) This is all part of what I was looking for, but I know it matters to others.

I really loved this place - I've always loved Loch Awe, and this cabin was perfect. It really does have everything you need - except a DVD player! I think I maybe just couldn't find it, because there were DVDs there, and it was advertised as having a player, and had a booklet giving instructions on how to use it. It didn't matter, didn't affect our stay. When I got there, I was horrified to find I had forgotten to bring teabags - but there were some there in the 'tea' container - I was so grateful! There are books to read on rainy days, and games, although we had brought our own. It really has a homely feel.

The wildlife and seclusion are wonderful. We didn't see Fingers the Pine Marten, but the naughty red squirrels were regular visitors. The weather was pretty dire whilst we were there, but there was sun enough to visit Kilmartin Glen (a spectacular walk through a prehistoric landscape) and to get lost in the forest. Seriously, we only found our way back by heading to the loch!

Because it was so late in the season, I had been a bit worried about heating, but no need, it was lovely and warm, the heaters worked well. The bathroom is small, but not problematic, and although it isn't a power shower, it worked fine and wasn't just a dribble. My son loved the view from his top bunk in the bunk bedroom - the window extended from his bed level to the ceiling so he could watch the stars the one night they were out, and he often went and sat to read up there, looking out over the forest.

There is a coffee shop nearby with groceries for essentials (but no newspapers).

It was easy to book, and the instructions sent were clear. I was a little bit confused which house to get the key from, but that was because I couldn't log on to my booking due to lack of phone reception (my own fault, didn't think it through!), and there were only two houses by the gate, so the process of elimination was speedy enough.

I really hope I get the chance to come back. The rental was the price of a B and B, but it has so much more to offer, and we didn't want to leave. If you want modern and minimalist or boutique-feel, then this isn't the place for you. But for what it is, I cannot give it less than 5 stars.

Date of stay: October 2015
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Liked best: The seclusion, peace and quiet, widllife
Liked least: It too far away from me to go all the time!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Mar 2016
Hi and thanks for your kind review.
The road to Dalavich is quite winding but it is a beautiful drive and the price we pay for peace, quiet & seclusion.
Phone signal is very good for Vodafone, ok for 3 but not great for ee I'm afraid.
There is a DVD player in the TV itself.
Hope to see you again soon.

Regards, David
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Clairevau...
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great place to stay but go in season as all amenities were closed.”
Reviewed 29 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Such a relaxing and amazing place to stay.. Irene the site manager was fab and so friendly and helpful.. take a touch for night walking as no park lights and go in season as bar and resturant closed and on site shop closed Sunday,Monday Tuesday and Wednesday but when open staff couldnt do enough to help u..and nearest shop was
20 miles away but even that was a delightful due to the scenery... will definitely be booking again.

Date of stay: November 2015
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Management Response
11 Mar 2016
Hi Claire & thanks for your review.
Loch View Bar & Grill (which is very good) goes onto winter hours up until Easter, which is basically weekends.
The village shop / café is good for basics and a coffee & cake.
Hope to see you again soon.
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Smunchkin...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Lovely week spent at Strae cabin.”
Reviewed 12 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We spent a lovely week at loch Awe in a cosy cabin in an amazing part of Scotland!
Strae cabin was compact but very cosy and I just loved the leaf wall lights! It was clean and had everything needed, only thing that did let it down was the pans most of them had seen better days and the ones that were ok didn't have lids but the owner has assured us they are to be replaced.
The area itself has lots to offer and the Oban sea life centre was a highlight for our youngest son, the loch and the forest walks leading from the site led to a very happy contented dog!
So all in all was a really fantastic week even having a BBQ in the rain was fun! would definetly recommend this cabin to anyone as it's so tranquil and relaxing, never thought I'd enjoy bird watching so much!!
Also a visit on the first morning from a red squirrel on the veranda made our day!
Lovely holiday, lovely memories!

Date of stay: October 2015
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Management Response
12 Nov 2015
The saucepans have now been replaced, thanks for pointing them out.
Next time you visit try leaving some bread and Jam on veranda for Fingers the Pine Marten. You may have to wait up for him but well worth the wait, he's a beautiful creature.
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Yanina C
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Enjoy the magic!”
Reviewed 15 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Have to mention the weather because we didn't get one drop of rain, just gloriously sunny for the week, which made a magical holiday in the forest. The local village, Dalavich, is so pretty and accessible by foot from the cabins. We used the local bus service to Oban for a day out, very easy service to use and staff very helpful. The community centre and the village shop and cafe have very friendly staff, full English breakfasts available from the cafe...brilliant!! The forest walks and tracks are well signposted, the views of Loch Awe and Loch Avich are truly breathtaking. There are red deer, red squirrels, pine martens, ospreys, buzzards, woodland birds, ravens, sparrowhawks among the oak, pines and silver birch. The foresters are active with logging, large piles of logs ready for collection to Europe and for fuel etc. There are boats for hire across the Loch to visit various castles. Kilmartin which lies south is well worth a visit, it has the oldest pre-historic site in Europe. The Cabin is cosy and comfortable, but the bathroom could be a bit tricky for maneuvering if you happen to be six feet tall!! The cabin contains all the necessary equipment and items for a stay. Beware of the midge....best to try and make friends with them...if you can!

Date of stay: September 2015
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Liked best: The aspect of the property, it was on the end of the track.
Liked least: SOme noisey neighbours that left their lights on into the early hours.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
11 Mar 2016
Hi Yanina & thanks for your review.
You seem very much to have enjoyed your stay, just a little confused why we only got a 3 / 5 score however.

Regards, David
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Adrianndi...
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The most peaceful place I've been to”
Reviewed 21 August 2015 for a stay in May 2014

Ideal location for a quiet retreat nothing but birds squirrels and trees you can see the other cabins around but most of our time we didn't see anyone the cabin offers a unique and quirky lay out with everyday essentials situated ideally for day trips

Date of stay: May 2014
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Liked best: It was so quiet
Liked least: The midges
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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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