This ground floor semi-detached property, in the middle of a small housing estate close to the modern Kirkwall Grammar School, was extremely well equipped and came with a welcome hospitality tray of local produce as well as a selection of teas, coffees and other drinks to ensure we could settle in easily. The local guidebooks and selection of DVDs were an unexpected bonus. The property is very conveniently and quietly located for exploring Kirkwall and Orkney Mainland whether by hire car (which we had) or by public transport - there is a bus stop a few metres away outside.
We were met by Kathleen, the property owner, who showed us around and explained the facilities as well as handing over the keys. She had earlier offered to meet us at the airport if we did not have a hire car. She had also made herself available by email to answer any queries before we had arrived in Orkney, and once there and in residence, she made herself available by telephone to answer any further queries. She also provided information for an Orkney-wide local food event that was happening the next morning at the Grammar School and which we would otherwise have missed.
Spent 3 nights in this lovely accommodation, we were met by Kathleen who took time to explain things and left us complimentary goodies which was such a welcome touch. Kathleen has thought of everything and this is the most well equipped self catering property we have possibly stayed at. Many thanks Kathleen, we hope to return.
Great accommodation, clean tidy with all the facilities you could want and a comfortable bed. Before we arrived we used the genealogy service which was brilliant. Kathleen was in the property to greet us and provided a welcome pack. It was an easy 10 minute downhill walk into Kirkwall. Highly recommended.
Within easy walking distance of Kirkwall, this house was an idea base for us and great to come home to each night. It was warm and comfortable and had everything in it we could possibly need. Kathleen gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived and supplied us with some lovely local produce which was much appreciated. Everywhere we planned to visit was easy to drive to from here and we had a fantastic week.
The location met all our needs using it as a base for visiting family. Quality of the house was very excellent and we were very happy with all the items included in the facilities
Perfect location for exploring Orkney! The home is very clean, modern and lovely. It is right across the street from a small shop where we bought everything we needed for a home cooked meal. It is a short 15-minute walk to Kirkwall center, with its shops, pubs and restaurants, including a great Italian restaurant run by Italians! We had a car and it was easy to navigate to/from Stromness and all the sites to see, including the World Heritage Sites of Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. If you don't have a car, the bus stop is also right across the street. I really appreciated Kathleen's recommendations on dining at the Merkister, an off the beaten path and delightful place to watch the sun set. The other great amenity was the washer and dryer! After traveling around Scotland for weeks, I truly appreciated being able to clean and completely dry my clothes before we headed off to our next stop!
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