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Northend Road, Stromness, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Stromness B&B and Inns
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“Best of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

We stayed at a lot of B&Bs over our five week trip to Scotland and while there was some stiff competition, without a doubt this was the best of the best.

The owner Joy provided a supremely comfortable king sized bed with a range of pillows, crisp sheets and fluffy towels. The bathroom was large, with heated towel rails, and the shower we had been dreaming of since we left home five weeks ago. None of those infuriating little electric things with dials and a dribble of water - this water blasted out hot and strong! Our room had a great view over Stromness and the port. There was comfortable seating in our room as well as a guest lounge with TV and books if we wanted to use it. And we were warm, with individually controlled heating in the room so it could be adjusted to personal needs.

Joy cooked a wonderful breakfast in the mornings, as well as providing bannocks, pancakes, fresh rhubarb and plums and cheese from the farm's own cows, which usually strolled past the conservatory window on the way back from milking while we were having breakfast.

Joy is a charming hostess, warm and sincere and ready with good advice. Stromness is an excellent base for touring Orkney, within really easy driving distance of anywhere on the Mainland island, and we thought prettier and more atmospheric than Kirkness as a location. We stayed five days and really were not ready to move on!

  • Stayed May 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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Joy and Robbie welcomed us warmly and, even though we'd arrived later than expected, offered cocoa and settled us in our rooms. My daughter and I stayed 2 nights and loved it. I felt as if we were members of the family. Joy even arranged for my daughter to watch a calf being born in the adjacent barn! This is without doubt the most pleasant B&B I've ever stayed in, with the kindest and most welcoming proprietors. The bathroom floor was heated! The food was homemade and excellent. I can't say enough good things about Burnside Farm.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Just perfect, luxury/beautiful rooms, luxury/unforgettable breakfast with choice of fresh fruits / pancakes / home made bread / cheese from own milk / smooked Haddock and much more.
And next to all this, Joy and her husband are giving you a warm welcome.
The best B&B I've experienced untill now.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Sure, we didn't visit any other B&B on Orkney,but we where quite sure this is number one. We've visited several B&B's around Scotland, this one had it all. The views are fantastic and the scapa room has a brilliant shower. Home made breakfast and packed lunches are delicious. But above all, Joy and Robbie made us feel really welcome. Arriving in seasick the first evening, Joy made us some fresh warm milk to make us feel better. I think that is the best example of the hospitality we enjoyed so much!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

Great room, with fabulous view overlooking the harbour & luxury bathroom.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Nice and varm room (nice change from many of the hotels which are freezing). Lovely host couple! Beautiful shower and what a view. Top marks!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

We stayed on two seperate occasions and the standard and hospitality were second to none and helped make our holiday special, we were made to feel extremely welcome and the location is fantastic with views from the breakfast table and two of the rooms over stromness and scapa flow. highly recommended if visiting the orkney islands.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: Northend Road, Stromness, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Stromness
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Burnside B&B is family-run and part of a working dairy farm. We have stylish and comfortable rooms (2 en-suite, 1 private facilities) with delicious breakfast a specialty. Close to town with impressive views. Freeview, WiFi, pets by arrangement. ... more   less 
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Burnside Farm Stromness, Orkney Islands

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