Graemeshall House
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Graemeshall House

Graemeshall Road, Holm KW17 2RX Scotland
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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OPENING 27TH JULY 2017 Graemeshall House is a unique and historic property sitting in a picturesque setting 6 miles from Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. The property has just been renovated to a very high standard. Views are of the sea and the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm or of Graemeshall Loch and the countryside beyond. Built by Bishop Graham of Orkney in 1626, it is the former home of the Lairds of Graemeshall and was, until recently, a private museum. During a Royal Visit to Orkney in 1956, H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother came to Graemeshall House for afternoon tea. We offer luxurious guest accommodation and a delicious breakfast in our beautiful dining room with wood panelling dating back to 1630. Guests are also warmly invited to sit and relax by the roaring 17th century fireplace in our magnificent library. Guests may visit our private chapel with its interesting historic features which date back to the 15th century. Set within 2 acres, there is plenty of opportunity to go for a leisurely stroll in the fresh country air and take in the beautiful surroundings. Graemeshall Loch is well known for its plentiful wildlife and unusual species of bird. If you are lucky, you may spot a seal or pod of dolphins in the sea at bottom of our garden. Ideally situated to take advantage of the numerous attractions in the beautiful islands of Orkney. Kirkwall airport is 7 miles away. Saint Margaret's Hope Ferry Port is 8 miles away. Guests may be assured of a warm welcome and a relaxing and comfortable stay. We have free unlimited wifi and parking within our grounds.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Complimentary tea
Adults only
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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M Buist wrote a review May 2021
50 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a two night break at this lovely hotel. We had a room with a view of the garden. The room was beautifully decorated with a very comfortable bed , top quality bed linen and shower room with a large shower. Breakfast is made to order and the eggs Benedict were delicious. The host could not have been more helpful and hospitable. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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36sunlover wrote a review Aug 2021
Greater London, United Kingdom66 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We throughly enjoyed our 5 night stay at Graemeshall House - situated in large grounds in a peaceful location, yet adjacent to the roads that lead to the south or north to Kirkwall and beyond. Our host, John, was extremely helpful and provided all sorts of information to help me plan our trip, Once we'd arrived, we enjoyed the comfort of luxurious beds in spacious bedrooms, with beautifully appointed bathrooms and fabulous breakfasts served in the elegant dining room. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Izzy H wrote a review Sept 2021
London, United Kingdom86 contributions32 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best bits about staying on Orkney was this B&B...shhhhh! A house filled with history, which is all about the history of Orkney itself. Our host is also a historian with a love for the subject and the house's association with the past, and so I felt in my element as I love history. The large comfortable sitting room is filled with books, like a library and ancient documents hang on the staircase walls, framed of course. The room we slept in had a huge and very comfortable sleigh bed, I had the best night's sleep ever in that bed. Beautifully equipped bathroom with great shower. Our host prepared the most delicious breakfasts each morning, which we ate in the lovely dining room. I highly recommend staying here if you visit the island.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Max M wrote a review Oct 2021
4 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
John was a superb host and ensured every single detail was in place for our arrival - including arriving at 11.45 pm after ferry docked at Kirkwall!

The house and room furnishings are stunning - a real touch of luxury.

Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. an amazing stay - we shall be back !
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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RMiller wrote a review May 2022
16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Graemshall was the most historically accessible place I’ve ever stayed in, with wonderful character commingling with extremely comfortable and elegant accommodations. We stayed for three nights and wished we had stayed longer. The breakfasts were lavish and served in a gorgeous, grand dining room, and John was the consummate host through and through. Thank you for a relaxing stay, John!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Visit the chapel on-site, and reserve dinners in town we’ll ahead of time.
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Gill M wrote a review Aug 2022
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom66 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 4 nights and had the most amazing and relaxing time. The hotel is beautiful, has so much character and is seeped in history. We stayed in the garden room, which was spacious and well furnished. Lots of nice touches like fresh milk in the fridge, towelling bathrobes, slippers and lovely complimentary Scottish soap toiletries. The public areas are immaculate, with an abundance of fresh flowers. The drawing room and breakfast room are full of character - we felt like visiting royalty. John was a perfect host, serving lovely fresh breakfasts. Nothing was too much trouble eg lent us a corkscrew and wee rucksack and happily put our ice packs in the freezer. All part of the benefit of staying in a beautiful, small family run hotel. There is honestly not one single fault to find with this hotel. Perfect base to explore the Orkney Isles. Can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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amydcrnp wrote a review Jun 2023
Birmingham, Alabama92 contributions55 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an exceptional stay at Graemshall House. We had a suite that was beautiful, comfortable and cozy. The bed was very comfortable. The space included a small refrigerator and a lot of little extras like dainty little brownies. The bathroom had a lovely claw foot tub by a window overlooking the sea. It was so peaceful and the view was breathtaking. The host went out of his way to help us including helping us with a flat tire. The breakfast was delicious with a good variety of options to choose from. The only drawback is that the B&B is near the far end of the island from Stromness, but in our opinion, it is very much worth the drive.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Matthew F wrote a review Jul 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful bed and breakfast in a lovingly restored historic home. The Laird's Suite was a spacious 4-room suite with water views and very comfortable furnishings. John was an extremely kind host and made us feel very welcome during our 4 night stay. The location is very peaceful, with spectacular scenery right outside, but it's worth knowing that at 10-15 minutes drive from most major towns, you'll likely want rent a car or be prepared to call ahead for cabs like we did. We loved our stay and would happily return next time we visit Orkney.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tony P wrote a review Jul 2023
Preston, United Kingdom46 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a week at this beautiful property. It is a very upmarket bed and breakfast. We enjoyed the use of a suite of rooms (The Lairds's Suite) which included a double aspect bedroom with four poster bed, a bathroom with slipper bath and shower plus a sitting room with TV (there's one in the bedroom as well. All the furnishings and decorations are of a high standard which our stay comfortable and warm. The original house is sixteenth century but the part we were in is mid nineteenth century, very tastefully updated to twenty first century comfort whilst retaining its period features.

The house is on the edge of Scapa Flow, overlooking the sea and surrounded by trees.

The owner, John, provided excellent breakfasts in the dining room as well as a wealth of local knowledge.

Though near St Mary's it's only 25 min drive to Kirkwall and all the Mainland sites are within 40 mins.

An excellent place to stay which we'd thoroughly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure you reserve tables for Kirkwall restaurants in advance. It's unlikely you'll get a...
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kiwimaxwell wrote a review Jun 2021
Auchterarder, United Kingdom249 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for four nights and had a fabulous time. Our room was spacious, extremely comfortable and well stocked. The breakfasts were excellent with great choices and very high quality. Highly recommend the eggs benny. In terms of location we found it perfect, centrally located and close to everything we wanted to see and do. The hosts were very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is on the gravel drive at the front of the house. The turn into the drive comes up...
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Answer from CD_ZD
Elgin, United Kingdom
Very easy to get to, has good directions. Nearest port is St Margarets Hope, which is about 1 hour crossing from Gills Bay on mainland. Suggest you book as early as possible as this is a real treasure.
Tony P wrote a tip Jul 2023
Preston, United Kingdom46 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you reserve tables for Kirkwall restaurants in advance. It's unlikely you'll get a table otherwise. "
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RMiller wrote a tip May 2022
16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Visit the chapel on-site, and reserve dinners in town we’ll ahead of time."
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Lou B wrote a tip Sept 2021
Leeds54 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Perhaps ask John to light fire in library and whether ok to have a glass of wine or whisky there"
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kiwimaxwell wrote a tip Jun 2021
Auchterarder, United Kingdom249 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is on the gravel drive at the front of the house. The turn into the drive comes up quickly and is a sharp left near a wind turbine."
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Karen M wrote a tip Jul 2019
23 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try for the room that the Queen Mum herself stayed in back in the 50s. It's amazing!"
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PRICE RANGE
£145 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandOrkney IslandsMainlandHolm
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about Graemeshall House
Which popular attractions are close to Graemeshall House?
Nearby attractions include The Italian Chapel (0.7 miles), Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre (3.0 miles), and Sheila Fleet Jewellery (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Graemeshall House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Graemeshall House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Graemeshall House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Graemeshall House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sheila Fleet - The Kirk Gallery & Café, The Sands Hotel, and Polly Kettle.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Graemeshall House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Graemeshall House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Churchill Barriers (0.5 miles).