The Chapel has fantastic views over Loch Fyne, with ever changing skies. The surrounding area is very peaceful and quite remote. The Chapel provided spacious accommodation with an extremely well equipped kitchen. There was a comprehensive information folder, maps and books on the local area at the property. However, the standard of cleanliness was very disappointing with living area surfaces very dusty and kitchen area surfaces with food debris from previous occupants. The flooring was not clean and on arrival it was necessary to hoover the carpets and sweep the tiles. On the Castles and Cottages website, the property is given 5 stars which is not appropriate for the condition that we found the property in on arrival.
Owners Response: "We are so sorry the cleaning doesn’t appear to have been up to our usual very high standard. Thank you for alerting us to this and we will take it up with our cleaners; as you can see from other people’s comments, and the visitors book, The Chapel is normally spotless so we are not sure what went wrong on this occasion. If visitors do have any sort of problem, we appreciate a call at the time so we can arrange to rectify it immediately. We hope it didn’t spoil your holiday."
Mr Booth - September 2016
The Chapel was a fabulous base from which our daughter was married on 3rd September- beautiful surroundings in Kilfinan which has immense family connections/history ( her new husband's family actually used to own the house which is why we booked it for such a special occasion). layout of house and quality of fittings/furnishings all excellent, ambiance of the place quite exceptional
Mrs Macleod - September 2016
My husband, two sons (ages 6 and 9), and I stayed for a week at The Chapel in July 2016. It was even more beautiful that it appears in the photos. The quality of the renovation is astounding, as is the thoughtfulness of the owners. The kitchen is beautifully appointed, the games chest was wonderful, and their library made me wish we could stay for months longer. This is an absolute treasure -- a place that is far from our life in Los Angeles, California, but full of the comforts of home. The fact that we had no WIFI made it even more of an escape! (Although I think the guest book said they are getting Wifi in 2018, sadly!) The pool and spa at Portavadie is a must. Tighnabruaich is lovely, with a lovely cafe, market, and art gallery. We were lucky and saw the Highland Games at Inverary. Tarbert is very nice, and a drive around Kintyre is well worth it, especially the beaches on the western side. We heard wonderful things about Gigha and Arran. A daytrip to Mull and Oban was wonderful. All in all, Scotland is glorious and you cannot do better than The Chapel! I hope we can stay there again someday, sooner rather than later!
Mrs Woodson - Boulton - July 2016
A thoughtful conversion, well equipped and comfortable, with great views.
Mrs Aspden - May 2016
A quality conversion of an old chapel in a stunning location with views of Loch Fyne, fully equipped with everything one requires for everyday living. We took a risk visiting in March but were lucky to have beautiful sunny days making the scenery even more spectacular and we even had lunch on the summerhouse decking.
We took various trips out along deserted single track roads and walks to beaches without a person in sight. It was always a pleasure to come home to such a beautiful house and wait for the gorgeous sunsets.
We bought fish from Robbie and also had an excellent meal at the Oyster Catcher at Otter Ferry which had just opened under the new ownership of a young Scottish/Australian couple.
We felt we could have stayed for ever and will certainly go back again.
Mrs Robb - March 2016
The Chapel is very nicely designed and kitted out - welcoming and comfortable with quirky and interesting touches. The views are stunning and the setting is exceptionally tranquil. It's worth knowing that it's a 6-7 mile drive to the nearest shop and that the roads are winding and often single track.The Oyster Catcher pub was a favourite with us for amazing mussels and proved to be the perfect spot for crabbing but there are plenty of good eating places in the region where you can sample Loch Fyne's celebrated seafood. Kilfinan beach was difficult to find, and a good twenty minute trek along a track from the road but magical once your are there - oyster sands and amber seas coloured by the run-off through the peat hills that surround it.
Mrs Rose - July 2014
We're a family with 3 boys aged 2 to 10. The first thing about the Chapel is the view, which is incredible, very refreshing and relaxing. I'm sure it would be a paradise for a watercolor artist! The house is amazing, very confortable. The boys loved playing with the toys provided, on the woolen carpet in the living room. We enjoyed the numerous books shared by the owners of the place. The kitchen is huge, and you'll find everything you need in it. It's not the first thing you think of when you rent a holiday house, but as a mother of 3, I really saw the difference to have to cook for everyone in excellent conditions. It made my stay much easier and confortable than in other places! On a rainy day I even could bake fairy cupcakes! The location of the Chapel is quite remote. It really is the end of the world from France! The village store is not very far, but you do need 15 minutes to drive there, it's small but we did find everything we needed, including diapers! The other sights we visited all needed quite a drive (45mintues to more than 1h30 to drive to Oban), but the view is so magnificent along the lochs' coasts that we very much enjoyed our days out. We also enjoyed many walks around the Chapel, we regularly walked down to the loch's side (rough sand beach), and the kids could play in and round the water (with or without rubber boots depending on the weather, a lot of fun in both cases).
Mr Bruneau - July 2014
We had a lovely time in this family holiday home. The house was equipped as if the family had been living in it and left their possessions for us to share. There was a well-stocked library for wet days and a decent reference library for getting out and about. We enjoyed visiting the Woodland gardens, getting to Benmore, Ardkinglass, and Achamore. The trees and the views were awe-inspiring. Our day on Gigha was a joy, and we always enjoy a ferry trip across a loch or to an island.
Mrs Barker - June 2014
All aspects of this small home made this one of the best trips ever to Scotland. The location is superb—quiet, along a single track road with a panoramic view along Loch Fyne—the interior brilliant and comfortable. A well-equipped and super clean kitchen, comfortable bedding and living room furniture, and thoughtful information provided by the owner combine for a great dwelling. The owners were simply geniuses to envision this space. There's easy access to the ferry to Tarbert, the little town of Kames, and groceries, with the loch and the Kilfinan Hotel within walking distance. The road is not heavily traveled, so foot travel is undisturbed for the most part. Do include dinner (or just drinks in the welcoming bar) at the Kilfinan. We had an excellent meal there with local seafood, game, and fowl, plus vegetables grown there at the hotel. Duncan's grocery in Kames is fine for what you need right away, and the Co-op, Larder, and Londis in Tarbert will supply the rest, just a ferry ride away.
Ms Urquhart - June 2014
The Chapel was a wonderful and relaxing holiday for us, very remote but that is what we like. Tighnabrauich is only 5 miles away and is a lovely little town. We found Duncans' store in Kames (4 miles away) which was perfect for all kind of groceries. Also the Kames hotel did a lovely meal. Most places for eating are hotels which serve dinner from 6pm. The Chapel itself was wonderful with fantastic views from every window, (the most spectacular being from the French windows) it had everything that we needed and more, very spacious but also very homely. This is a credit to its owners they have put a lot of effort into this amazing holiday retreat. We hope to return. Regards, Carol
Mrs Pringle - May 2014
We loved our time in the Chapel, there was everything we needed to feel warm and comfortable when it rained and we loved the peace and tranquility of the surrounding area on dry days. There are some great cycle routes nearby, we loved lunches at The Barn I nearby Millhouses, dinner at the Killfinan Hotel and especially loved the fresh fish from Robbie and his fish van. Excellent salmon! Come prepared with staples as the local shops are small and a drive away.
Mr Watts - April 2014
This was the most wonderful week! The Chapel is delightful as a holiday home.It is very well equipped, characterful and comfortable with a mix of elegance and homeliness that made us feel entirely relaxed as soon as we arrived. Don't plan to take too much to read - there are super books to make use of - cookery, art, history,fiction,nature..... and lots of things for children on rainy days. I can't praise it enough for comfort and welcome. There is practically no useful TV reception ( which we were fine with) but a collection of DVDs if you want moving pictures for a bit.There are games for kids and families. We didn't have any rainy days and every morning I stood on the balcony looking at the view with my morning tea. Complete bliss! Around The Chapel we saw a family of pine-martens, deer, mice,and lots of birds. the swallows and house martins being the most entertaining as they nested in the eaves. The Cowal was jaw-droppingly beautiful.We will have to go back because a week wasn't enough and we didn't travel far at all preferring to stay pretty locally. We went to Inverarary for the Highland Games which were great fun. We particularly recommend the following:- Don't bother food shopping in Dunoon - Duncan's shop in Kames has pretty much everything especially if you add in a trip up to Loch Fyne Oysters. Do go for a boat ride with Donald from Tighnabruaich (the leaflet is in the folder the owners helpfully leave.... there are lots of brochures/leaflets and ideas) Do eat at the Kilfinan Hotel - very nice, very friendly and only a short walk. Take the walk to Kilbride Bay - it's about a 20 minute but worth every step. Have a walk beside Loch Fyne and sit outside the Oystercatcher for a drink/meal. Inverarary looked interesting - we spent all day at the Games and will have to explore next time, The Chapel is a pearl of a place. We highly recommend it and will hope to go back.
Mrs Spooner - July 2013
The Chapel is beautiful located, a very cosy, yet spacious and welcoming getaway, with a nice terrace to watch amazing sunsets. Fully equipped kitchen, big libary, nice soul music collection, comfortable bedrooms, fireplace - there is nothing more to wish for. We enjoyed exploring the peninsula, taking a boat trip to Isle of Mull, Iona and Staffa, visiting Mull of Kintyre, eat Bute-Festival on Isle of Bute, Inverary Castle and taking it easy at the many beaches.
Mr Märten - May 2013
We spent a week at the Chapel at the beginning of May this year. The weather was less than good but the Chapel was very good. The accommodation was good and well equipped apart from the leaky kettle. Ideal location for walking from and for driving to other parts of the area. On the down side we would have liked wi-fi, the bungalow next door being so close was a bit of a surprise but in the event was not detrimental. The uncomfortable sofa mentioned in previous review must have been replaced as we found the sofa very comfy! All in all just the rest and recuperation we were looking for, watching the otters was a high light on a lovely walk south of Otter Ferry. The Younger Botanic Gardens at the southern tip of Loch Eck and was also well worth a visit to see the redwoods. Less said about Dunoon the better!
Ms Swan - May 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Chapel, and wouldn't want to change anything about it. It was cosy, clean, very well equipped and had the most amazing view. We visited Kilbride Bay which is a lovely beach with stunning views across to Arran. Portavadie Marina is a great place for walks and having drinks or a meal. It is all very modern and unexpected in that quiet part of Argyle. Nearer to The Chapel is the Kilfinan Hotel, with friendly host and customers. Unfortunately at quiet times it doesn't open every day. All in all a wonderful holiday and we will definitely be going back.
Mrs Maclean - April 2013
Difficult to fault. Comfortable, clean, warm and very well equipped, The Chapel has a great view over Loch Fyne. Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry has great location and, on the night we visited, a warm welcome and ok food. Didn't eat at Kilfinan Hotel but bar was cosy. Kames Hotel has good location and food and drink were good. Good beach at Kilmartin.Small cafe/craft shop at Millhouse enjoyable - ask about the gunpowder works.
Mr Armstrong - September 2012
The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and attractive with stunning views. It is in an isolated location which adds to the air of tranquility. We liked that there are plenty of walks from the cottage and enjoyed the beach at Kilbride Bay. We also went up to Fort William to take the train to Mallaig - a stunning trip but involved an overnight stay as it is a long drive over the mountains. All in all a lovely cottage in a beautiful location.
Ms Cooper - July 2012
The Chapel is an outstanding holiday cottage - clean, very well equipped, light and airy and with absolutely stunning views. The location itself is quiet and probably best suited to those looking for a relaxing, away from it all holiday but still within travelling distance of Inverary, Dunoon, Tignabruaich, Portavadie and a short ferry trip to Tarbert. We ate at the Kames Hotel one evening and can certainly recommend the food which was freshly prepared and reasonably priced.
Ms Johnson - June 2012
Just loved the Chapel. The location is idyllic and tranquil. The Chapel itself is very cosy, even with the open plan layout with high ceilings. Wood burning stove adds to the cosyness. Well equipped kitchen. Comfy bedroom. If I were to nit pick, a more comfy sofa would be a good addition, mainly because we were so relaxed that we spent so much time there ! Would highly recommend The Chapel for a very relaxing, enjoyable break.
Miss Harper - October 2011
The Chapel is very well equipped for all your needs, its located in a very quiet location with lovely views over the loch, the only thing I would say is that the settees need updating they were a bit shabby and some of the cushions on a rattan chair had seen better days.
Mrs Petticrew - June 2011
The Chapel is stunning. My family fell in love with the house, unfortunatly it was booked for the week we wanted to go back this year.
We will definitly be back again.
Mr Cuthbertson - July 2010