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“Excellent B&Band Yvonne is a gem”

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Brinkies Guest House
Ranked #2 of 11 Stromness B&B and Inns
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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“Excellent B&Band Yvonne is a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Absolutely first-rate bed & breakfast guest house. Yvonne is hospitality incarnate and very enthusiastic and accurate in describing local things to do. So much so that you worry she will wear herself out.

An excellent idea was to have a kind of Orkney Tapas breakfast of very high quality local produce ( a full English is available on request, and would undoubtedly be excellent). This makes such a welcome change. We saw that Yvonne does sometimes offer dinner by special request and the breakfast makes me think it would be more than worthwhile to try that out - but then she already puts such a lot of effort in to running the best guest house we've ever stayed in.

Room Tip: There arelarger and smaller rooms. We were in a slightly smaller room, but which did have exclusive...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed at Brinkies guesthouse for two nights. The room was very comfortable and spacious. There was a wonderful view from the room. Yvonne was a perfect host and helped us with everything we needed. The breakfast was one of the best we have ever had. The house is with walking distance from the centre of Stromness. If we would travel to Orkney again, we would defenetely want to stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

At the top of a hill with wonderful views and surrounded by birds in the adjoining fields. Yvonne welcomed us with genuine warmth and we were immediately made to feel at home. She cooked us an excellent dinner but the highlight was the wonderful Orkney breakfast, made from local produce. I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending this B&B when visiting Stromness.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed at Brinkies for 5 nights over the folk festival. Yvonne made us really welcome and we all felt at home from the minute we arrived. The breakfasts (Orkney inspired continental style) were outstanding and she was to real effort to source local ingredients and to meet our individual needs. Rooms were comfy and clean and the views were amazing. I could pick bits and bobs that could improve but our stay was so splendid they all seem irrelevant. Thanks Yvonne

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

I am a 30 yo french man well travelled and I have enjoyed the stay at brinkies Guest house for 2 nights so mush that I would have stayed a lot more longer. The localisation is just amazing (10 min of walk from central stromness, up to a hill with a gorgious dominant view over the region). The environment surrounding the guest house is peaceful and tranquil, close to nature, no city noise.The house is impressive almost like a manoir but very functionnal and warn in the inside with a shared living room and 4 private bedrooms upstairs:)
The bedroom itself (room N°2) is modern and cosy with everything you need: towel, bath tube, toilet, café, sofa, touristic information, map of the city, wifi and even a tissue pack to take away.
The breakfast is very good with many different local products. The service is like the rest very enjoyable, you alway get a good advice and a smile whatever you ask and it makes your stay lovely. The ratio quality/price is good compared to most of the hotel. In a word, it is the perfect base of operation to explore Orkney. I am happy to recommand it to all my friends

Room Tip: bedroom number 2 is an ensuite room with toilet and bath tube/shower
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've just spent an exceptionally good weekend with a good friend on the Orkneys and chose Brinkie's Guest House from searching TripAdvisor. At this time of year we were hoping for an escape from London and a relaxing time and we got that! We were made very welcome, and were looked after very well. Great attention to detail from Yvonne. The property is scrupulously clean, newly decorated and thoughtfully set out. We drove off the ferry, following detailed directions and pulled up outside the house within 3 minutes. On both mornings we chose different breakfast (cooked for day one, and Continental for day two). Both were very good indeed! Beds were comfortable and every detail was thought about. Showers in our rooms were electric and I guess you either like them or not. I'm not a fan personally, but it's not a big problem. We had an Indian meal in Kirkwall on the first night and I managed to get curry on my shirt and trousers!! I asked Yvonne if she could wash them for me and she went to extraordinary lengths to get the stains out. Absolutely fantastic effort, and they're now both spotless.

i would thoroughly recommend Brinkie's to anyone. The views are breath-taking, the food excellent, and the service faultless. I hope to be back there again. A really enjoyable experience, and just what a guest house should be.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

We had a really lovely stay here, Yvonne was so friendly and accomodating, the room was comfortable and the breakfasts (and packed lunches) were fantastic. A lot of information on exploring the Orkenys was provided, and Yvonne was also helped us figure out how to organise our Maes Howe tour. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Brinkies Guest House
Address: Brinkies House Brinkies Brae, Stromness KW16 3JN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stromness
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Stromness
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Brinkies Guest House Stromness, Orkney Islands

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