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“New Built as B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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Avalon House
Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 23 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
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“New Built as B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

Opened in June 07 purpose built B&B.
Hosts had managed a hotel and when they built this they knew what people would want and the got it right... almost.
The rooms are not large ..but not cramped. One room was quite large with a whirlpool tub. I didn't get that room another in our party did. The only thing they forgot or omitted on purpose is that there is not a central room for meeting or relaxing in. No extras like afternoon tea or drinks. Of course there was a tea service in the room. That is standard in the UK (a most civilized custom) The location is a bit hard to find... as if sits in a neighborhood at the back of some other houses.
You need a car here and they have ample parking at the door.
This is a good spot to base out of as you explore the Orkney Islands.

  • Liked — New build priced 54 GBP per room B&B
  • Disliked — No common room for relaxing .
  • Stayed September 2007, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

Located just over 15 mins walk from the center of Kirkwall. Avalon is a new building near the shore and has been built to a really high specification, quality showers, furniture.

The breakfasts are also great and well cooked featuring a large selection of local food, plenty of fruit, muffins, herbal teas etc.

The couple who run it, ran a Hotel in Orkney previously and are very experienced hosts.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2007

My family and I stayed in a lovely new purpose built Bed and Breakfast just outside of Kirkwall, about 20 minute walk to the main street. I have stayed at numerous places during the years but must congratulate Jane and Alister for the wonderful stay in Orkney at the Avalon bed and breakfast. Everything was so clean and tidy we had a lovely fresh room decorated to a very high standard, with tea and coffee facilities, also biscuits, bottled water, a TV DVD and freeview access, a proper single bed for my son to sleep in and a genorous double bed for us with plenty floor space. We also had an ensuite bathroom with corner bath and walk-in shower with good quality shower and shampoo available there were also face flannels and Radox bubble bath if you fancied a soak in the bath. There was a nice little cupboard which housed extra pillow and blankets also an iron and ironing board which came in useful as we were there for a wedding. The breakfast was freshly prepared and served to you in the nicely decorated dining room. The rates very reasonable for the good quality accommodation. As has previously been mentioned Orkney hotels are rather dated and in need of care and attention, this bed and breakfast was more like any four star hotel.

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Additional Information about Avalon House

Address: Carness Road, Kirkwall KW15 1UE, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Avalon House Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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