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Lagavulin Hall from the carpark.

Converted Chapel | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Probably the most interesting holiday-let house in the Hebrides, Lagavulin Hall was built in the first years of the 1900’s as a parish church. It is on the South East of Islay in an attractive sheltered position, with views across Surnaig Bay to the ruins of the 14th Century Dunyveg Castle.

The building was converted into a house and remains virtually unchanged on the outside. It has been painstakingly restored and redesigned on the inside to provide a comfortable living space, which maintains the original simple style and grand scale of the interior.

Islay is one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean islands and is famous among bird watchers and especially whiskey connoisseurs. There are whiskey distilleries all over the island and Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg distilleries are all walking distance from the house. Most of the distilleries offer visitor tours, which are very interesting and finish with a taste of the end product.

There are numerous sandy beaches and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and walking. The Machrie golf course is also a well known feature of Islay and there is a swimming pool in the main town, Bowmore, which is housed in a disused distillery warehouse and heated by surplus heat from Bowmore distillery. There are many sites of historical interest including the famous Kildalton Cross which dates from the 9th Century.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Islay Glenegedale 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Interior has original wooden panelling and Gothic windows.

Very light and open with original double height ceiling in kitchen and dining room with galleried upstairs living room.

There is a piano, which is regularly tuned and the acoustics of the building are great.

Kitchen has original quarry tiles floor and hand-made pitch-pine units with white marble tops.

Original cast-iron radiators throughout.

Further details outdoors

Parking for several cars.

Large wild garden.

2 miles from Port Ellen just outside Lagavulin.

Further details

Half of rental payable on booking and balance 1 month before letting period.

Weekly rentals Saturday 4pm to Saturday 11am.

The Hebrides/Skye region

There are many islands off the west coast of Scotland and Islay is the most southerly. The climate is mild, although can be wet and windy.

Islay is also close to the Island of Jura, which is very wild and remote and well worth a day trip.

There are many sites of historical interest including the famous Kildalton Cross which dates from the 9th Century.

Isle of Islay

Islay is one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean islands and is famous among bird watchers and especially whiskey connoisseurs. There are whiskey distilleries all over the island and Lagavulin Distillery is only 5 minutes walk from the house. Laphroaig and Ardberg are both within walking distance. Most of the distilleries offer visitor tours, which are very interesting and finish with a taste of the end product.

There are numerous sandy beaches and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and walking. The Machrie golf course is also a well known feature of Islay and there is a swimming pool in the main town, Bowmore, which is housed in a disused distillery warehouse and heated by surplus heat from Bowmore distillery. There are many sites of historical interest including the famous Kildalton Cross which dates from the 9th Century.

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Review 1-10 of 11

10 May 2014

5/5

"Perfect"

The moment I saw this on internet while looking for accommodation for our Islay trip I knew I had to get this. What is more exciting than an old church. And it was an experience. Beautiful place and v… More

31 Mar 2014

5/5

"Wonderful Islay Stay"

Lagavulin Hall was a fantastic choice for our stay. We enjoyed the grand living space and could see it offering excellent space for larger groups.The kitchen and bathroom could use updating (and a sec… More

5 Jan 2014

5/5

"Perfect place to stay in Islay"

Great stay had over New Year! Beautiful building with good facilities and cosy log fire. Easy to arrange and very close to three distilleries and Port Ellen.… More

29 Jul 2013

5/5

"Why stay anywhere else?"

We stayed a week at Lagavulin Hall at the start of June 2013.It is a very unique building and must certainly be the most unusual place to stay in Islay. They have done an excellent conversion job on t… More

16 Oct 2012

5/5

"The spirit of Islay"

Lagavulin Hall is a grand location from which to explore Islay. A church house, full of character, loving attention to detail, inspiring deep conversation over glasses of whisky. When you are lucky to… More

6 Jul 2012

4/5

"Unique rental close to Islay's best Distilleries"

I enjoyed a lovely 4 night stay with my parents at Lagavulin Hall. The old converted chapel makes for a unique rental with plenty of space and old world character. Central heating is complemented wi… More

29 Nov 2011

5/5

"Beautiful house in a wonderful setting"

The house was warm and wecoming for our party of 3. The main dining room could house many more and had a piano with great acoustics. We were within easy walking distance of 3 distillaries, (Ardbeg had an excellent restaurant, Lagavullan had excellent whisky). The sea was a few minutes away on foot. We had lots of country walks and explored much of Islay, though there is still lots more to see. We loved Islay!
The house retained the original features of the church. The step up to the kitchen might make it difficut for people with disabilities, but 2 of the bedrooms are on the groundfloor, and we found it excellent in every way.

15 Nov 2011

5/5

"Utterly gorgeous and completely unique"

We arrived in May to find this stunning converted church surrounded by a thick carpet of bluebells and with a deer roaming around the garden. It has three very comfortable bedrooms sporting lovely furniture (4 poster!) and original period features throughout. There's a huge hall for entertaining and a snug living room for cosying up in the evenings. The location is perfect, right by the sea which was a wonderful sight from the breakfast table every morning and it's just a a short walk from the distilleries. Ardbeg distillery is just up the road and it offers a delicious lunch with a menu that changes daily and feaures locally sourced produce.
I had a fantastic family holiday here with three generations of my family and we all fell in love with this unique holiday let. I couldn't recommend it enough.

6 Nov 2011

5/5

"cosy church near some of the greatest distilleries"

For the third time I have stayed at Lagavulin Hall an it always impresses when you enter the church
We will be back next year

3 Nov 2011

4/5

"An original place to stay, a great location to explore the island."

Lagavulin hall is a great place to stay. Here you can fully enjoy the tranquility of the island and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of living in a little church. I think it is the best location on Islay. Only one request: we would advise to renew the mattresses, they had their best time already some time behind them.
On Islay, we loved the phenomenal views and the beautiful nature. We also enjoyed our visits to the single malt distilleries and their hospitality. Islay has a place in our hearts!

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