Awards and Reviews
"Posting on behalf of my parents Rob & Barbara Withers. They had a super time. Staff, food and accommodation were great. Such a lovely atmosphere. Thanks for organising the birthday cake too, much appreciated. They are already looking at when to come back."
Rob and Barbara Withers, May 2023
"We stayed for a few nights for a friend's wedding at the end of April. We thoroughly enjoyed being at the hotel & found it to have bags of character. Very friendly & helpful staff. Special mention must be made of the barman (name escapes sorry) & front desk lady, Abbie. Room was warm, clean & nicely decorated. Food was good & the desserts were wonderful, especially the cranachan! A well stocked bar & excellent barman. We would love to return."
Sarah B, May 2023
“Situated on the shore of Loch Awe this is a lovely welcoming dog friendly hotel with great staff. We have just spent 4 nights in a loch side apartment with stunning views.
We were provided with a breakfast hamper on the first morning as we preferred to have breakfast in the apartment. Could not fault the generous contents. The food in the restaurant was superb especially the quality of the meat. I also felt the drinks were very reasonably priced. We had brilliant weather which is always a bonus and our dog, Lola, loved it as well. We have already recommended the hotel to friends."
Robin M, April 2023
"An idealic 4 night break and well looked after! As a party of 4 we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the hotel. The restaurant service and menu choice was excellent with very healthy portion size - check out the lamb curry!! It proved a perfect base for the activities we had planned in a location to die for."
Roam, May 2023
"We had a lovely time at the hotel. It was clean and warm and the staff were friendly. The views from the restaurant enhanced the dining experience. The silence by the Loch was awesome."
Gloria J, May 2023
“A little bit of heaven. It's a 'homely', welcoming place. Blissfully quiet, with country walks and good food. There is no need to say anything further, we returned having had an enjoyable time the first time and we would certainly return again."
Marianne S, April 2023
“We had a Lovely 2night stay in one of the loch side apartments which are very spacious with fantastic views over the loch.
We went for dinner in the hotel which was lovely and the staff were very welcoming
and to top it off the weather was fantastic!"
Vicky, April 2023
"Stayed here last week and it was a great break. Lodge was excellent and everything we needed lovely big bath a bonus. Slept like a log all I could hear was Loch Awe so relaxing. Views stunning and great location for trips out to Oban, Mull and Glencoe. My four legged Polar Bear was made very welcome lots of fusses from staff. All in all very happy value for money room and meals very good. I would recommend for a peaceful location that is accessible."
Lorraine B., May 2023
“This was my sixth visit to Portsonachan and my friend's fourth. We both said it feels like coming home. The hotel is comfortable and in a beautiful setting. The restaurant staff have increased in number since our last visit and were supervised expertly by Beatrice. Her welcome when we arrived was great and genuine. Sam on front desk was very helpful as usual. A good place to stay for touring around or just to chill and relax. Have already bought a voucher fof trip number 7 in july."
Beverley D, May 2023
“Had a fabulous relaxing stay in one of the self-catering apartments overlooking Loch Awe. The staff are all friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. There is a good choice of food in the restaurant. The views are stunning and it is an ideal place to relax and unwind. We will definitely be making a return visit."
Helen H, April 2023
"Absolutely fantastic! The staff were so accommodating & welcoming. The facilities were exceptionally clean, the room was just perfect! We had the most incredible weekend. Exactly what we needed. Stunning location! We’ve actually booked again for April before it’s fully booked.
Thank you so much for an incredible stay! Cannot wait to return in April."
Derek L, February 2023
"Spent two nights for the Burns Supper weekend. Nice greeting from reception and shown to our apartment which was huge and in pristine condition. The hotel itself has been tastefully refurbished with log fires and antiques and paintings. The Supper was very professionally done. Lovely meal and excellent entertainer. Look forward to going again."
Allan Weir, January 2023
“Had a fantastic time at Portsonachan for New Year. Lovely gala dinner on New Year’s Eve with music and dancing, then bagpipes and poems courtesy of John Hunt. We brought in the bells with fireworks, more bagpipes and dink of champagne/ whiskey. Wonderful service from all and nothing was any trouble, quick turnaround when we had a wee mishap with the toaster, special thanks to Daniel for bringing it over so quickly for us. We stayed in the Lochside apartments this year and they were well equipped with everything we needed and even had some lovely highland shampoos ect the the shower. The views were amazing and my dog had a brilliant time, thank you for being such a dog friendly/ loving hotel. Can’t wait to book again for next new year and will hopefully book a summer trip when it’s even more beautiful. Thanks gain the team for a fantastic stay.”
Cheryl, January 2023
"After a long drive we were delighted to find the hotel relaxing, friendly and layed back. The views over the Loch from the front of the hotel are amazing. The staff are very helpful and accommodating and the food is lovely at reasonable prices. Most of the guests we've spoken to love it here and are regular visitors. We will definitely be staying here again."
Rachael C, February 2023
"Had a a great stay at The Porsonachan hotel. Lovely apartment and very dog friendly. The staff were brilliant and very helpful especially B? The waitress, bartender from Romania and the young guy who served breakfast. The food was amazing! Will definitely be returning and highly recommended."
Jan B, January 2023
“The Loch side cabin was comfy and very clean , the views are outstanding and the staff were extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble . Its the perfect place to have some rest and relaxation or explore the highlands.”
Lisa Wood, January 2023
“What a beautiful place in a beautiful part of Scotland,stayed there two nights and wish we stayed more,really friendly helpful and welcoming staff,excellent food room was clean and comfortable and the place to go to chill out after the stresses of life gets you down,one place we will definitely be visiting again and again well done to all who work there.”
Malcolm Keeton, December 2022
"Staff very friendly and helpful, good food and super beer! Apartment was clean and had everything we needed. Extra comfy bed. Oban was pretty, and there is a train to that or Glasgow near (15 mins drive) from Dalmally. Inverary is a pleasant stop, in season the castle is well worth a visit. We have an electric car, and the hotel charger made a big difference to our stay."
Voyager, January 2023
“From the minute we arrived on Boxing day we were made so welcome. It was great to take our dog Maisie who everyone made a fuss of. David made me some amazing cocktails. Beatrice was so friendly nothing too much trouble. She loved Maisie and fussed her everytime she saw her. Compliments to the chef the food was so good. Definitely will return."
Tony and Dee Cummings, January 2023
“I drove up with one of my best friends for a mini break away together and this place ticked all the boxes. Definitely a great place to stay, especially for these two Harry Potter fans! The hotel is a gorgeous old house, the food was lovely and they happily catered for gluten free (I’m Coeliac) and veggie. The staff were so lovely to chat to and really accommodating! There was a homely feel to the place, especially the lounge area with the fire on and a cuppa tea and book - felt like we were in the Gryffindor common room! Our room had all we needed, and the views were stunning! HIGHLY recommend, we will 100% be returning! Thank you for a great stay :)”
Sammie W, December 2022
“Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and fount it to be the perfect getaway we needed. The apartment was perfect from the view to amenities and cleanliness with modern fixings etc. The main hotel was warm and welcoming with period features, log fires in the bar and lounge and presentable eating areas where we enjoyed faultless meals and breakfast. The staff were friendly and made us feel welcome and also advised us on places to visit and information on the area. Overall a relaxing stay and a very pleasant break from city living. Thank you all.”
Jamie C, December 2022
"A fantastic peaceful stop loch side. Lovely welcome,stunning location and good food. Loch side road a bit treacherous but we were on motorbikes. Gorgeous setting worth traveling to.”
Ali, September 2022
“Excellent as always been many times and always look forward to coming back. It's like home from home. Liz and the staff are brilliant.”
Joyce Boynton, October 2022
“Hotel Portsonachan was one of our top experiences during our travels! It’s just what we needed when we were ready to escape the cities and unwind with nature. The beauty is incredible there & the staff made our stay even better! We enjoyed the welcoming feeling of it being like a home away from home-especially since we were a long ways from home! Highly recommend!”
Ryann, September 2022
“The hotel is very unique and historic in a beautiful setting. Staff was very friendly. Plan to make reservation for dinner, food was delicious!”
Jill, August 2022
“Really enjoyed our couple of days stay at Portsonachan. Staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Our room in the coachhouse building didn’t really have a view but it didn’t in any way spoil it. Views from the hotel and patio absolutely magical. Our two Border Terriers were made very welcome which is important to us. Staff always had a greeting for them and a wee dog treat. The meals were delicious and plenty of choice. This wee hotel is indeed a little corner of tranquil heaven. Thanks to all the staff. You really make it special.”
- Eileen Mackin, October 2022
Eileen Mackin, October 2022
"Relaxing Beautiful Vacation. Excellent on all levels. Scottish hospitality was abundant. We arrived at the train station and the staff came to collect us and was constantly available to assist us with travel and tours. Food was amazing. Atmosphere and scenery stunning! Worth every pence!”
Susan, August 2022
Portsonachan's Favourite Review
“This was the perfect weekend getaway. So peaceful, so relaxing, so perfect - just what was needed. An oasis in the middle of nowhere! We like staying at independent hotels, and this was a good choice - about two and a half hours from home, making the two night stay just about right.
The hotel itself has all types of accomodation to suit all needs, and is perfectly located on the side of Loch Awe with views of Ben Cruachan. We were in the main building on the second floor, with lots of twists and nooks and crannies! The room was a good size, the bed amazingly comfy, and the bathroom was bright and clean, with loads of hot water. Like most of the houses along this side of the Loch, the hotel has its own water supply - which is incredibly peaty! So, it comes out brown, and is fine for washing in, but not drinking. Bottled water for the kettle and cleaning your teeth is supplied. Not a problem in the slightest!
The décor is typically Scottish hotel, but you're not really there for that. You're there to watch the world go by, and look at the water! There are plenty of places to do just that...
The bar has a good selection of gin (even for a fussy git like me!), and the husband was very happy with the whisky selection. The wine selection was much better than we were expecting, and I did partake of the bubbles! All very reasonably priced.
The food was very good - some nice starters (prawn cocktail was lush, as were the creamy garlic mushrooms), and the meat was lovely (steak one night, lamb rump the next - yum!). Breakfast was good - the Continental is included, but there is a small cost for cooked food. The scrambled egg with smoked salmon was lovely. So, all in all, traditional fare, but very nicely done, and massive portions!
And the staff were lovely! So friendly, professional, and can't recommend them highly enough.
We have already decided that we will be back. A perfect place to recharge the batteries.”
Tash, July 2022