I don't know if I can add anything to what others have already said about Joy, Robbie and Burnside farm but I will have a go.
we had a fantastic time with Joy and Robbie.
we arrived to be greeted with home made cake and a very warm welcome from Joy. She loaned us books about Orkney and told us about places to visit and lots of local info (pubs with no windows!) and gave us the wifi code. she also gave us a list what we could choose for breakfast and offered to chill any wine we bought so we could enjoy drinking it in the sitting room on an evening. We immediately felt at home.
Our room was fantastic, we stayed in Hoy which was en suite with had a huge bed (with The White Company bedding) that was very comfy. our room also had home made shortbread biscuits that melted in your mouth and chocolates along with 2 bathrobes (take note Holiday inn), shower cap and hair dryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk if we wanted it, and other thoughtful bits and bobs.
the en suite shower room was very modern, contemporary and came complete with very nice Scottish milk toiletries. the shower was huge and the most powerful one I have ever been in, plenty of hot water too, no worries about running out here.
All immaculately clean and fresh!
Breakfast was all home made and freshly cooked to order, stewed rhubarb or fresh red berries along with yoghurt, cereals, proper porridge and a full Scottish breakfast with home made bread, bere bannocks and preserves - Joy is a busy lady. The butter and cheese made from milk from their cows was delicious. we really liked sitting at one big table and chatting to the other guests.
On an evening after we had been out for dinner we used to sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the sitting room and chat to Joy and Robbie which was much nicer than just being sat in your (admittedly lovely) room
By the end of our stay we felt like we were staying with friends and we were incredibly sad to leave, it's spoiled us for staying in other places, I don't think we would have had better service or food at a 5 star hotel.
nothing was too much for Joy, and she goes the extra mile to make sure her guests are well looked after and comfortable. It's that attention to detail that makes this place so special.
if Heniken did bed and breakfasts this would be it.
The only downside as far as we are concerned is that its so far away from where we live, if it was closer we would visit a few times a year.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Burnside Farm Stromness, Orkney Islands