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“A great place to stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #8 of 24 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Half Moon Bay, California
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“A great place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

We recently spent 2 nights at the Bellavista. We booked with short notice and just got rooms as there was the annual Science Festival starting that week. We appreciated the friendly and prompt emails we received from Angela and Patsy.

My husband, our 3 year old and I stayed in room 5 (a family room). It consisted of a decent sized bathroom, a small main room with a double bed and another small room with a bunk bed - both rooms had window seats, a TV and were exceptionally clean.

My parents stayed in room 7 (a double room), a nice room with a double bed, and a small shower room.

There is a lovely sitting room downstairs with a fridge for guest use and a computer in the hall for guest use and/or free wifi.

Angela and Patsy were wonderfully friendly and helpful. The breakfast was a fantastic mixture of traditional Scottish and other items. They were very accomodating in providing anything we needed especially relating to our son.

The B&B itself is just on the shore near Kirkwall - a very quick drive or short walk into town. The town is beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather.

Everyone should make the time to go to Orkney - and when they do, they should stay at the Bellavista. If we get back, we will!

  • Liked — Cleanliness and breakfast!!
  • Disliked — We had to leave....
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lothians
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173 reviews 173 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

Friendly service, comfortable room and a welcoming guest's lounge make this a very good B&B to stay in.

The breakfast is superb, freshly cooked at the time you request. Excellent choice of cold food including Orkney cheeses and home made jam.

An easy drive in and out of Kirkwall, ideal for anyone who has a car with them during their stay in Orkney.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing to complain about....
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Perthshire
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2008

Stayed at the Bellavista during the rugby sevens and hockey tournament weekend.
Accomodation, hospitality,food and atmosphere first class.


Thoroughly enjoyed the view and the walks into town.
Taxi service to and from the B&B when required was prompt, reliable and inexpensive with good humoured and helpful taxi drivers.

Excellent service, accomodation and obliging proprietors-would thoroughly recommend this accomodation.

  • Liked — Accomodating, clean,friendly, good food, relaxing lounge area
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orange County, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2007

We began our stay at Bellavista with a communication problem regarding the 3 rooms we requested, but were very glad that we stayed. Bella Vista is run by two lovely women... Angela & Patsy. They provided very clean rooms, excellent breakfasts, use of the internet, knowledge & information about the Orkney Islands, and a comfortable environment. Breakfast included Orkney foods... oatcakes, the best porrige ever, Orkney cheese, and other delicious choices. One of our traveling companions celebrated a birthday while there and they went out of their way to make it a special one. They allowed us to hang a banner in their dining room and surprised him with a small cake and candle at breakfast. Great place!

  • Liked — the helpful owners, the dining experience
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2007

Stayed for one night in June 2007. A quiet, lovely place to stay. Rooms new feeling, large bathroom, close to windy waterway. The breakfast was generous and varied. The only slight issue is the distance from town (only a mile or so but a bit too far in the cold for a stroll to and from dinner). We asked for a triple and were given a two room room with a double in the main room and double bunks in the other. We would happily stay there again.

  • Liked — quality of room
  • Disliked — distance to town centre
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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NW USA
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2006

Stayed for only 1 night in May 2006; would have loved to stay for a week! About 1 mile from Kirkwall center, quiet location on Carness Road. Immaculate room, beautifully decorated, large comfortable bed and excellent breakfast made to order. Helpful and friendly hostess. Very good value.

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Additional Information about Bellavista Guest House

Address: Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Bellavista Guest House Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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