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Harbour House Stromness

Scotland / Stromness, Orkney
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Full description
An enchanting Orkney retreat steeped in maritime heritage, with sea views, a private pier, and a quirky boathouse for feasts and games alike.

Boasting a rich maritime heritage, a dramatic coastline, and fascinating sea-stories that travel all the way back to Viking times, Stromness is every water baby's dream destination.  

Characterised by stone houses nestled around a sheltered harbour, the picturesque Orkney town is the perfect setting for a tranquil break that feels blissfully far from the hustle and bustle of real life.

And Harbour House Stromness, which boasts its very own pier and slipway, is the perfect base from which to immerse yourselves in this fascinating part of the world.

Sleeping up to eight guests, you'll find the luxurious home in a designated conservation area, with mesmerising sea-and-sunset views that promise to relax you almost instantly. Simply pop the kettle on, then snuggle on the sofa and gaze out of the windows in the ridiculously cosy first floor sitting room.

You'll discover plenty of historic features throughout, including a beautiful, listed iron staircase, and a quirky boathouse that was once used to build traditional Orkney Yole boats, now transformed into an al fresco dining area and games room.

There is also a whole wealth of space for everybody to be as social or as private as they like, with a second lounge on the ground floor, and a light-filled kitchen and dining room to break bread together over a bottle (or two!) of good wine.

Bedroom-wise, you'll have three to choose from. There's a sea-and-street-view kingsize room on the first floor, complete with ensuite bathroom and room for a cot, and two second floor rooms.  One of these is a cosy double with bunk beds and street views, and the other a sumptuous kingsize with sea views.

Both second floor rooms share a sea-view bathroom with Jack and Jill doors, and with an extra shower room on the ground floor, nobody will have to queue for that all-important morning freshen-up.

Prepare a hearty home-cooked breakfast to enjoy at the dining table, or perhaps outside on the pier when the sun is shining, surrounded by those amazing views.

Afterwards, why not challenge your loved ones to a game of snooker or ping pong in the boathouse, or explore the charming beach that's directly below?

Of course, you could always get to know Stromness a little better, by wandering its timeless network of flagstone streets and lanes that are home to independent shops, galleries, and artists' studios galore.  

It's here that you'll also find the world-renowned Pier Arts Centre, a VisitScotland five-star art gallery and museum that's a must-visit for culture vultures. Oh, and with that magnificent Stromness coastline to explore, not to mention a bustling regular calendar of festivals and galas to take part in, you may find that one visit just isn't enough!

Things to note

Check in from 3pm, check out by 10am. Bookings run from Friday to Friday only, in 1, 2 or 3-week stays. Pets are not permitted. £80 cleaning fee and £400 security deposit.

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The basics

The basics

Region: Stromness, Orkney
Cost (from): £280 per night
Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Minimum stay: 7 nights
Property ref: 1859

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Luxury harbour house, sleeps 8 guests.  Entrance hall with listed iron staircase, space for coats and shoes.  Ground floor: sitting/TV room with sofa, Smart TV/DVD player, well-equipped kitchen with pantry and washroom, access to boathouse and pier, dining table with 8 chairs, small shower room with wash basin and WC.  Stairs to first floor: kingsize bedroom with ensuite bath, basin and WC, space for a cot/toddler bed, second sitting/TV room with sofas/chaise, Smart TV/DVD player.  Stairs to second floor: double bedroom with bunk beds, bookshelves, built-in wardrobe, kingsize room with built-in wardrobe and dressing table.  Jack-and-Jill adjoining bathroom to second-floor bedrooms.  Outside: pier, slipway, beach, converted boathouse with outdoor dining table, ping pong, snooker table, communal parking courtyard area.

Local Activities

Coastal walks, swimming, museums, independent shops, cafés, restaurants, galleries, festivals

At a glance

At a glance

  • A historic and picturesque harbour house sleeping up to 8 guests, with its own pier and slipway in Stromness, Orkney.
  • There are three bedrooms to choose from, one ensuite first floor room, and two second-floor rooms with sea and street views.
  • Relax in one of two cosy sea view sitting rooms on the ground and first floors, or why not head to the quirky boathouse for a game of snooker?
  • The boathouse is also equipped with a dining table and chairs for al fresco dining... or wander into Stromness and enjoy the charms of the local cafés and restaurants!
  • The town is also home to independent shops, galleries, and museums - Stromness Museum is just opposite the house - and you can take endless walks along the dramatic coastline.

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