Self Catering in Strathclyde - Oban
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Pricing From: £311.00 - 761.00
This end-terrace stone cottage is set on the island of Easdale and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
33 Easdale Island is an end-terrace 19th century stone cottage situated on the small island of Easdale. This cottage sleeps six people and has three bedrooms consisting of one ground floor double, one double and one twin as well as a family bathroom. There is also an open plan living area with a fitted kitchen, dining area and a sitting area at this cottage. Outside is a rear front and rear garden with furniture. No cars are allowed on the island, so a short ferry crossing is required. 33 Easdale Island is an ideal holiday home for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
RECENT CUSTOMER REVIEWS
disappointed and annoyed
The island itself is amazing and the people there seem lovely.
Stunning location, the holiday cottage was basic but adequate.
There were however a couple of issues which significantly effected our stay.
Firstly there were no curtains or blinds on the upstairs window/ skylight which was situated directly above the only double bed in the property and so both us and our kids were woken at 5am when the sun came up. The downstairs curtains were also poor and let in lots of light, as did the poor quality curtains in the other small twin bedroom at the front of the house.
When we arrived the log burning stove also had a sign on on to say 'not in operation' and a warning not to use it which was a disappointment. As it turned out, it didn't matter too much on our trip as we had great weather, but it can still be nice in the evenings, or if there are colder/ rainy days of which we had one or two.
We holiday a lot in Scotland and we usually try to pick somewhere with a log burning stove. The properly was advertised as having a log burner so we should have been made aware on booking the property that it was not in operation as in all reality we'd have chosen somewhere else at that early stage. The boiler is also potentially temperamental, we had one evening with no hot water for some unexplained reason when I went to bath kids. It then seemed to kick back in and we had hot water for the rest of the holiday without any other issues...
The recent new owner of number 33 Chris Sellars was on the phone during our stay to try to figure out what the problem was with the boiler. At that time I raised with him the other issues effecting our stay, mainly the total lack of curtains in the upstairs bedroom, poor curtains in all bedrooms and burner not working.
I told him that curtains were a basic requirement of a holiday cottage... The quality of the curtains on the downstairs bedroom was also poor and let in lots of light but no curtains or blinds at all in the main bedroom was not on.
He told us at the time that he was aware of the issue but as he'd not had any previous complaints and was getting away with not fixing it. (but bizarre to admit I thought)
We also raised the fact that we'd not been made aware that the log burning stove was not working on booking the property.
At that point, he then of this own volition asked what he could offer to remedy the situation, I said that was up to him to decide what what he was willing to do, I even suggested that he go away and think about what he felt might be appropriate... At that point he said that he would fix the issues and then, "no if's ands or buts" we could pick a week that we'd like to return to the cottage and he would give us a free week of our choosing to remedy the situation.
We thought that offer was really generous of Chris to offer this, and more than made up for the issues we experienced.
We sorted the dates there and then during that week. All good...
I then received an email from Chris Sellars a few days ago, saying that he'd not been able to fix any of the issues, that he had a lot of 'remedial' work to do in the property including sorting the stove, rewiring and a new front door in order to bring it up to 'insurance standards' (not 100% sure what he meant) he then said that after the season was over he was going to stop letting the property as it was too much hassle so he was retracting the offer to us of our previously offered free booked week with him.
Incredibly surprised he would go back on his word 6 weeks before our holiday and on further pressing, he then admitted in the next email, that actually, he'd just decided he'd been too generous in the first place and didn't want to loose the income as someone else obviously wanted to book the
property at that point.
He also suggested at that point that we should have had the foresight to bring out own blinds on holiday with us if we wanted to ensure good sleep.
We have holidayed in Scotland for 10 years, we have never made a complaint about any other holiday cottage, or in fact any holiday we've ever been on either in this country or abroad. In fact, this is our first ever review on trip advisor!
On his final email to us Chris called us ?professional compensation-seekers'.. Considering I at no point asked him for compensation, but he offered it freely himself, and also considering I have never complained in my life about a holiday, this was a bizarre and undeserved insult.
The general experience with Chris has left us feeling disappointed and annoyed.
The issues themselves would be all relatively easy fixes I would think and apart from those issues, the cottage itself is pretty basic but fine, but it was Chris and his attitude toward is that gave us a such a bad experience in the end.
Such a shame, as there was no need for this to be the case.
As mentioned stunning Island, awesome wild swimming places, nice locals, great vibe, lovely local cafe with great local food.
If we return, we'll just find a different property.
Electric central heating with additional heating from storage heaters in dining area and sitting area and multi-fuel stove in sitting area
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games and CDs
All fuel and power included in rent
Bed linen and towels included in rent
No cars allowed on island, parking is available on the mainland
Front lawned garden
Rear lawned garden and patio with furniture
One well behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 2 miles (includes 200 yard ferry transfer)
Pub 2 mins walk
Note: No cars are allowed on the island
A short open ferry crossing is required to reach property with a return trip costing £
Note: The first floor is accessed via steep open ladder stairs
Note: The first floor double and twin bedrooms both have sloping ceilings
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