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“Great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland   |  
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“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Cleatfurrows is one house split into two separate apartments; Sea View and Palace End. Both are well kitted out but Palace End has some limitations.

Palace End: small galley kitchen, fridge in hall, and small living room with table in corner. bedrooms upstairs are fine and spacious and bathroom okay. Shower had mildew and should be re-grouted, simple but would make a difference. It is okay for 2 adults but another two adults or two kids would make the downstairs space very crowded; depends on what you are used to I guess. Overall a nice apartment but limited compared to Sea View and you can hear the people in Sea View bedroom (it is right below the double room).

Sea View; as name suggests it has a great sea view (from kitchen). This is the better apartment by far and is quote simply nicer and more spacious. Kitchen is large with a sea view and table and chairs for 6. Living room has space for 4 adults comfortably with two sofas. Main bedroom is ensuite (toilet and shower) and other bedroom has bunks. Toilet and shower room in hall. A very nice apartment with all mod cons, dishwasher, internet, etc.

Overall both apartments are nice but Sea View is simply nicer, better laid out and better equipped.

I gave a "very good" rating overall as Sea View is very good. Palace End is would give "average" due to size and lay out downstairs.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cleatfurrows, Owner at Cleatfurrows, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for the lovely review! We too love Cleatfurrows very much. We have only owned it for 2 years and it has been a totally pleasurable experience.

In this time we've updated all the bedding and linen and continue to update furnishings & contents. We have also taken on-board our guests notes and so we plan a few new improvements for 2013.

In the Palace End we are fitting a new bathroom (with a bath!) and a dishwasher for the kitchen, and opening up the galley kitchen wall above the sink into the living room. We hope this will make it feel a little more sociable and functional and light... In the Sea End we are updating paint works also getting a Piano!

We also hope to have the new low Sea wall completed on the garden, so guests and passers-by can all sit on the wall and watch the lovely sunsets...

Long term plans are to become greener and improve the efficiency of the heating, which is still oil-based and of environmental concern to us. As Orkney is a world leader in generation of renewable energy it is clearly an anathema to keep on oil. We hope to have this sorted by Easter.

Many thanks - Cleatfurrows
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Cleatfurrows

Address: Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Birsay
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Birsay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shore, overlooking the sea on one side and the historic Earl's Palace on the other, Cleatfurrows Farmhouse has been transformed into a well appointed self catering house. It can be let as either one single 4 bedroom house or as two separate two bedroom properties. The house has two well equipped kitchens and two lounges and these public areas feature laminate flooring. Beds are all made up with 100% cotton linens and the feeling is one of lightness and brightness throughout. WiFi Internet is provided. You'll find this a tranquil place and a great base for a holiday in either summer or winter. Enjoy awe-inspiring walks, the magic of the past in Birsay's archeological sites, lake and sea fishing or wildlife spotting. You'll also find good food close by. Open all year. Rates from £300 per week per half house. Pets welcome in the Seafront lodgings for an extra £20 per pet. ... more   less 
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Cleatfurrows Birsay, Orkney Islands

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