I had always wanted to go to Orkney and looked forward to our visit there. Unfortunately we did not book long before our trip and consequently found our choice of accommodation limited, I would recommend planning well in advance to get a decent place to stay. We ended up staying at Houton Bay Lodge. We were so disappointed with the accommodation we left a day early, after two nights there not wanting to face a third. As a B & B it failed to please on both accounts. The mattress was hard and the rubber under sheet, insulting, sweaty and rustled. As a four poster bed it failed to be romantic or even give a restful nights sleep. It felt like a camp bed with a canopy. The breakfast was served in what appeared to be a pool room/ dance floor, with the breakfast cereals on the cloth covered pool table. I found the breakfast average, my husband couldn't eat his microwaved poached eggs and was put off greatly by the offer of the underdone bacon, which he had asked not to have, being offered anyway as 'it would only be a waste and be given to the cat'! The residents lounge was really off putting, housing bizarrely a mask, pair of rubber gloves and some strange implements we couldn't make out what they would be used for! On arrival our hearts sank when we saw the huge concrete 'garden' surrounding the building, more disappointment was to come, when we saw the view from our room, more concrete and a huge pile of black bin bags piled up. There was the interest of looking as the horses in their brick shack, though I was surprised to see the 'chef' coming out of there in his kitchen jacket, one morning and jumping the gate in his rush to get back to cooking the breakfast. We were so depressed by the room that we stayed out as late as we could. It was a strange mix of strangeness - tartan, niceties such as a very small chiller (too small to fit a bottle of wine in), one bathroom robe, one bath towel and one large hand towel, wifi that was very slow, a desk and office chair (the office chairs were also dotted about else where in the hotel, which didn't do much for a holiday feel about the place) a difficult shower, wash hand basin away from the loo/ small bathroom, next to the desk and strangely with all these low points, a small 'decanter' with some sherry in it. It felt that the owner was trying hard to put in facilities that may tick boxes, but didn't really understand that the quality needs to be there too for guests to have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to the Houton Ferry Terminal in the village of Orphir on mainland Orkney, Orkneylodge is modern, all one level, house with free on-site parking by arrangement. Each of the rooms at Orkneylodge include a flat-screen TV with many channels and an en-suite shower room. Guests can enjoy a sea view or garden view from all our front rooms and Grindley Castle and Farm land from the rear of our building. Other facilities offered include a large conservatory with sea views also the Scapa Flow, Marine life and shipping lane on the Scapa Flow. From Orkneylodge, Scapa Flow is a 1 min walk away, the centre of the Village of Orphir is 1.5 miles away, if you like fishing the Loch of Kirbister is 5 miles away and the town of Kirkwall is a 16-minute drive away. Kirkwall Airport is 24 minutes' journey by car. The Bu round church and Orkney Inga Saga Centre 1.5 miles . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orkneylodge Orkney Islands/Orphir