The SpaceWe have two rooms available (not ensuite).
The photos currently show single beds in each room.
One room is now set up as a double, with a proper 5 foot (1.5m) wide mattress on a low wooden base.
The other room has a normal single bed.
For a family booking, we can supply a further (proper, 900 wide) mattress on the floor in either room if required.
These two rooms can both be used by a family or friends in one party.
The rates shown are for one person or two people in one room: if a party of two people wish to have one room each, we will charge the single room rate for each room. For one party of three people, we will charge for one room at double usage, plus one single room (or just a further extra person rate if all three are in the one room). For one party of four people, we will charge the double room rate for each room. These additional costs are payable once here. (This approach is because we do not normally wish to host two separate bookings at the same time, so have not put the second room as a separate listing on the site.) Please get in touch if confused by all this!
The house is modern, spacious and warm, with views across the harbour and surrounding gardens. It also has its own secluded garden you are welcome to use. Guest AccessUse of the house (including bathrooms) shared with the family. Use of the fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities by agreement. Continental breakfast included - let us know in advance if you have specific dietary requirements and we'll do our best to meet these. Informal evening meal (generally vegetarian or fish) with the family may be available on request.
We also have lots of books, DVDs, music CDs and board games, which you are welcome to enjoy whilst you are with us. Interaction with GuestsAs much as you wish and that fits in with busy family life. The NeighborhoodStromness is a historic town with a surprising range of shops and facilities, including the excellent Pier Arts Centre ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), not Sunday), Stromness Muse(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) in summer, daily), swimming and sports facilities, unique craft shops, and wonderful coastal and countryside walks.
Everything you'll need is available within easy walking distance, including a co-op supermarket (open (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) daily), pharmacy, bakery/general store, post office and bookshop. Our house is 70m from the main street, at the top of a quiet pedestrian close.
Meals are available at three hotels and good restaurants within 300m: evening serving times are typically (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Getting AroundWe are within 500m of the Northlink ferry to mainland Scotland, the foot ferry to Hoy, and hourly bus service to Kirkwall and St Margarets Hope (for Pentland Ferries). There is a late-night bus to the Northlink ferry to Aberdeen and Shetland. We are 30km (18 miles) from Kirkwall airport.
Car hire, bike hire and taxis are available in Stromness. This all makes Stromness an ideal base from which to explore the whole of Orkney and everything it has to offer. See Visit Orkney and Stromness Orkney websites. Other Things to NoteOur last check-in time is normally 2130: if you plan to travel to Orkney on the ferry from either Aberdeen or Lerwick (Shetland), and wish to stay with us on that same night, please tell us prior to making your reservation, as the arrival time to Orkney may be too late to fit in with our family arrangements. All other ferry and flight schedules allow you to arrive at us well before 2130.
Our house is not really suited for those with limited mobility, as there are many steps and (when wet) slippery paths in the surrounding area (and stairs in the house).
There is no direct road access to the house. Free car parking is available about 100m away, with a quite steep pedestrian lane to the house.
The house is not suited for young children (no stairgates).
Whilst the minimum stay is one night, we have frequently been told by our guests that that is just not enough time to experience what Orkney has to offer: we suggest you consider spending longer than that in Orkney.