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Hildeval Bed & Breakfast
Easthill, Kirkwall KW15 1LY, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 24 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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57 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at Hildeval B&B while working in Kirkwall, Orkney.

My only regret is that i was only at the accomodation for 8hrs or so as i got off the ferry at 11pm and was back at work for 7.30 the next morning.

The place is spotless clean, all up to date facilities and the breakfast was great. I'll be back again next year hopefully for a couple of nights next time

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was our first trip to Orkney, and while Hildeval would have been our first choice, we left booking too late to secure a room for our entire stay. As it turned out, we spent our last night there, after three nights in a perfectly adequate, but very "average" guest house. What a difference! Gerry and Shirley have that perfect blend of being very friendly, welcoming and helpful yet unobtrusive. The property is large, bright and simply but tastefully decorated.
Loved the huge bed and spacious shower. Unfortunately the foggy weather was such that we did not get to enjoy what would have undoubtedly been a stunning view. Shirley made a point of introducing all of the guests which made for easy and enjoyable conversation. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of Orkney, and we will definitely return to enjoy the outlying islands (and will make sure we book early enough to get a room at Hildeval if we are in Kirkwall).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Hildeval B&B is a modern house; and it is a perfect place to stay near Kirkwall, and to explore the Orkneys. We have stayed in room #6; first floor with giant windows and fantastic views (when weather cooperates). The room itself is large, the bed comfortable. Also the dining / breakfast room has same great views. Breakfasts were excellent, hosts very accommodating and friendly. Fresh fruits were a nice touch. You would like to have a car, and there is enough parking space. If not, taxis are easy to get.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This B and B is like many other good ones - it is well-appointed and clean. What set this apart on our recent two-night stay was the friendliness of the place. Sadly we did not meet Gerry, but Shirley and her breakfast assistants, Laura and Fiona, were all just great. They were anxious to make everyone comfortable and breakfast was a lovely affair with the opportunity to chat with other guests.
Hildeval is a bit of an uphill walk out of town but if you want to leave the car and have a drink (or the Orkney weather is misbehaving) there are some excellent taxis for about £4.50 for two (each way).
I am not sure of other places to stay in Kirkwall but, thanks to super-Shirley, this cracker will take some beating.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Shirley and Gerry have found the perfect balance at their delightful B & B: warm and welcoming hospitality, great food, magnificent views, yet privacy when required. I believe it is more than a 10 minute walk to town though, so I caught a taxi from the quay in Kirwall - 2 pounds 80p. I had a small but snug single room on the ground floor, with a beautiful ensuite and reliable wi fi, and a delicious breakfast as well. Unfortunately I could only stay 2 nights but would highly recommend this perfect spot, whether it's for one night or 10. You will be well looked after. [Note for smokers: you can smoke just outside the front door, or in the back garden - filled with birds and beautiful plants. If it's raining, Gerry kindly let me smoke in the conservatory which was also filled with beautiful plants and flowers, many of which would be familiar to other travellers from the "colonies".] Don't bother researching other places: just book this one!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Fantastic stay at this excellent B&B in Kirkwall. Gerry and Shirley made us feel very welcome and couldn't do enough for us. The room was great, clean and very comfortable. The breakfast area and the guest lounge has the best view in the world. You could just sit there all day and look at it. Breakfast was great and Gerry even made us smoked salmon and eggs. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. Thanks Gerry and Shirley!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

There are many places to stay in Kirkwall but one like the Hildeval won't be matched. It is tempting to keep this jewel to oneself but the service, hospitality and quality of acommodation has to be praised accordingly.

Location is superb, just off the beaten track (a 10 minute walk), excellent views, quiet and contemporary whilst keeping in with the sense of place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Easthill, Kirkwall KW15 1LY, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hildeval - 4 Star Bed and Breakfast Accommodation set in picturesque Kirkwall, only a short walk from Orkney College and the town centre. All of our rooms are en suite, with flat screen tv/radio/dvd, wifi access, hair dryer, steam iron and ironing board. Breakfast is served in the dining area which has stunning views of Kirkwall bay and Orkney's North Isles. At Hildeval Bed and Breakfast, we try our best to go the extra mile to make your stay at our guest house a pleasant and memorable one. We look forward to your visit. ... more   less 
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