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The Provost's House

Stromness harbour is sheltered by the high hills of the neighbouring island of Hoy.
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7 reviews
Stromness harbour is sheltered by the high hills of the neighbouring island of Hoy.
Orkney's dramatic scenery is highlighted by its glorious sunsets.
The Provost's House stands on Stromness' main street which winds along the shoreline.
The interior of this historic house has been equipped with modern conveniences ...
... and decorated using a combination of traditional local materials ...
... and bright modern colours.
The lounge windows look out across the bay ...
... where we often see seals lazing on this beach.
Even before you land, Orkney begins to cast its spell ...
... with dramatic scenery including the Old Man of Hoy.
As you explore these magical islands ...
... you will discover secluded coves among the cliffs ...
... enchanted waterfalls in hidden valleys ...
... vast unspoilt sandy beaches ...
... 1000-year-old cathedrals ...
... and 5000-year-old houses.
'Scratch its surface and Orkney bleeds archaeology.'
Viking, ... Iron Age, ...
... and of course Neolithic remains of all sorts ...
... are everywhere for you to find and explore.
The Ring of Brodgar is one of 4 awe-inspiring World Heritage monuments within 5 miles of Stromness.
Walkers and nature-lovers will revel in Orkney's wide open vistas of lochs and land and sea.
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3 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 6
Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
In the heart of historic Stromness, this traditional merchant's townhouse offers modern comforts and views across the bay. Originally built by local hero Alexander Graham over 250 years ago, for much of the 20th century it was the home of the Provost of Stromness, James Marwick.

Stromness is a lively and enchanting small town, the perfect base from which to explore Orkney's wild landscapes and world-famous historic sites. While the town's pubs, theatres and galleries attract musicians and artists from all over the world.
Listing #HL166996
About the Owner
Bob C
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a day
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent location in a spacious house with good basic facilities and a great range of information to help you plan your stay and travel around. Clean, comfortable and good value. There is ample parking a few streets away in the Orkney business centre off Franklin...More

Thank jeaton5
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Julie - it's great to know you enjoyed your stay. I'm sure Orkney will lure you back, and when it does, you're always welcome here. Bob

Reviewed May 20, 2018

Bob sent us lots of really helpful introductory information. The house has good facilities, dishwasher,washing machine, a bath and a comfortable bed. The kitchen was well equipped with mugs,china and utensils.The sitting room is lovely with lots of local information including O.S.maps. The heating was...More

Thank 197yellow
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your lovely review, and for being such considerate guests, leaving the house so clean and tidy - much appreciated. No doubt Orkney will lure you back again!

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

We had a wonderful week staying at The Provost's House. With plenty of time before our arrival the owner, Bob, sent us a message with lots of very useful and detailed information. This was a great help to know, for example, that there is a...More

1  Thank Bridget R
Management response:Responded May 8, 2018

Hi Bridget, Thank you very much for this lovely review. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed such a wonderful week, both in the Provost's House, and out exploring around Stromness and Orkney. Thank you again for taking good care of the house during...More

  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (5)
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(4)
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Full
    4 Twins
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  • Damage Deposit: $128 / stay - Deposit
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About the neighborhood
Stromness is an enchanting small town, with a strong sense of its own history as a base for world exploration and discovery, including Captain Cook's voyages to Australia and the Hudsons Bay Company's many voyages to Canada.

But even today, its solid stone-built buildings and its winding stone-flagged main street continue to attract new generations of travellers, artists and musicians.

Visitors are often surprised that such a remote and small community has such a lively entertainment scene, its pubs, restaurants, galleries and theatres attracting a full calendar of events and festivals throughout the year.

The annual Orkney Folk Festival (now in its 29th year) takes place in Stromness at the end of May. But throughout the year, a steady stream of folk musicians find their way he...
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Kirkwall: 15.5 mi
Railway: Thurso: 24.9 mi
Ferry: Stromness: 0.3 mi
The Provost's House is in the heart of historic Stromness, just 5 minutes walk from the car ferry terminal, where ferries arrive 3 times a day from the port of Scrabster (near Thurso) on the Scottish mainland.

This 90 minute crossing is a great introduction to Orkney, passing the famous landmark of the Old Man of Hoy and the towering red sandstone cliffs of Hoy Island.

On your way to the ferry port of Scrabster, you could consider driving up through Scotland, stopping to explore some other attractions in the Highlands.

Or you may prefer to make use of the frequent bus and train connections via Inverness, which allow you to sit back and relax, while the magnificent Highland scenery passes by your window.

Alternatively, you can fly to Orkney with connecting services from all major UK...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk, Nearest Beach: 1.2 mi.
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