I am a native of Islay who left the island 60 years ago. My American wife and I returned for a three-week vacation and chose Ellister Lodge through TripAdvisor. We also had three other family members spend time with us.
The house was the best furnished and best equipped of any home-stay we have ever experienced. It is located five miles south of Port Charlotte, two miles from Portnahaven and is located on a working farm. We thoroughly enjoyed that aspect, especially the fresh eggs from the free-range chickens, and waking to highland cows grazing in the fields outside. The house was spotless, quiet, the beds comfortable, the showers all worked, and the washer AND tumble dryer were much appreciated. There is plenty parking for several cars. A comprehensive instruction manual for most appliances was provided. The large kitchen was perfect for our home-cooked meals. When we had minor problems with equipment, they were quickly resolved by a phone call to Ian, the owner. The sheets and towels were changed for us once a week - thanks Rebecca. We appreciated the food basics that were provided when we arrived late in the day, milk, eggs, tea, coffee. sugar, butter, oatcakes, etc. The two bicycles provided were in good shape and tools were available for normal adjustments.
This house contributed enormously to a lovely vacation. I highly recommend it.
Stayed in this wonderful place for a week during the Feis Ile 2018. Had lovely weather, so the use of the decking, barbque and bikes was highly appreciated. This is a fantastic house with a comforting feel and amazing views. Would recommend to anyone, especially if wanting to go to the Whisky Festival.
Just returned from another lovely week at Ellister Lodge... wonderful time was had by all.. can't wait to go back
Stunning views from a beautiful lodge. Home from home well stocked with everything you need and more. Very spacious even for six adults that like their own room. Will return in the future.
Very satisfied with all aspects of booking and information supplied by Ian the owner.
Thanks again for a perfect stay.
Spent a week in Ellister using it as a base for a cycling trip with two friends. The house is beautifully located, spacious and comfortable with amazing views. We particularly enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped and amazing kitchen, enjoying the late afternoon sun on the extensive decking, watching the inquisitive local wildlife (stoats, deer, birds) and relaxing in the lounge next to a warm fire. Ian was a great host responding to any requests immediately and providing clear directions & instructions. Highly recommended!