First, I have rated this 5 stars based online the type of Holiday home I enjoy and my own circumstances, however, there are many who would disagree based, and rightly so if you have different expectation.
The bits which we loved, were the location, total seclusion if you don’t count the odd cow walking past your window, and not far from historic Kilmartin, with other places like Oban, and the Isle of Jura within easy travel distances. The Drive to Oban was stunning, and a highlight for us.
The Barn itself has everything you could require, fully fitted kitchen, all necessary pots, pans, utensils. Comfy (if a little well used) seating etc. Some watchable channels on the very small TV (with such a large room, the TV is lost), DVD player, music centre etc. Comfy bed (again this is subjective), but we did find it a tad on the small side (small double?). The outdoor space is good, plenty of space for the dogs to run around safely as the whole area is enclosed. Our dogs preferred to spend all their time outside the barn and mostly only came in at nighttime, even though the doors where all open.
Some bits that we found a challenge. The internal beams had been sealed some time prior to arrival, and as others have mentioned in previous reviews, this left a very accrid and unpleasant smell in the Barn. It was akin to creosote and left a burning sensation in the nostrils and throat. We tried all sorts, leaving all the doors open, using air fresheners, candles etc, but ultimately we could not address the problem an therefore we cut our stay at the barn short and left after a couple of days despite being booked in for the week. Again, this is purely personal choice, and it would be unfair to mark the property down on this point, I am sure there are many who it would not have affected, but I raise it as if you are sensitive to this sort of thing, as we were, you may want to double check with the Owner prior to booking. The other challenge was the size of the bed, it really did feel super small to us, which was a shame, especially as the bedroom area is huge and could easily accommodate a Super King and still have lots of space. I found myself sleeping on the pull down, just to give us extra sleeping space.
Some points to prospective stayers
If you are at all precious in anyway towards your car, do not try to drive up the farm track unless you have a AWD or at least something with good ground clearance. The Farm track is extremely muddy in parts, and rocky in others (were not talking stones here but Rocks!) Although the owner makes sure renters know its a farm track up to the property, I would go further and state it is NOT for normal vehicles. Yes you can drive up in a family saloon if you drive very, very slowly, but in my honest opinion, you are risking your tyres and or suspension with every journey even if you drive with great care.
Be careful when opening the key safe. It has been sited in a location that if the key falls out when you open it, it will take some effort to retrieve it (as it did us on arrival). Don’t want to say much more than that as it would give the location away. Just be careful :-)
Do ask the Owner to confirm location of bins. For the life of us we’re could not find the location referred to. We could only find glass recycling bins where it was stated. (Still don’t know where they are)
There is no local shop in Kilmartin anymore, it closed quite some time ago, so If you need anything you will need to drive down to Lochgilphead, which is about a 30min round trip, not too bad, unless you get back and realise you forgot something, like I did :-)
Although there are a few points here that would put people off, I would still rate it 5 stars, just for the good points, and as I said, our challenges, would not necessarily be challenges for others, so shouldn’t be dinged for those. It is however an honest review, and should allow people to make their own decision on wether our challenges would be theirs challenges and book accordingly.