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“A Lovely Place to Stay”
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Orkneylodge
Ranked #3 of 7 Orphir B&B and Inns
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Lovely Place to Stay”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed at Houghton Bay Lodge for two nights and had a wonderful time. Lynda and Alf, the owners, were the perfect hosts and couldn't do enough to make us welcome. Our room was very spacious, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. We had a lovely view towards Hoy and the interesting small harbour with ferries coming and going. The little decanter of sherry was a very thoughtful and welcome extra in our room. The breakfast was very good with an excellent choice of fresh fruits, Orkney cheese, ham, yoghurts cereals and more or a full Scottish breakfast which was delicious. We will definitely stay at this lovely hotel again and can highly recommend it as a great place to stay when visiting Orkney.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Keith, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Linda, Alfie and staff made us feel so welcome during our stay. Their knowledge of the local area helped us find our way around the island with no difficulty. The lodge itself was perfect. Our room was a high standard with a lovely view towards Hoy. A TV/DVD player, fridge, sherry. Reclining chair with a footstool all made for a comfortable stay in the evenings. The breakfast selection was varied with numerous selection of cereals, fresh fruit, ham and cheese.

Having read some of the negative reviews about the lodge I wonder if the people were in the same place as us as I could not fault Linda the owner for her first class service and would recommend Houton Bay Lodge for anyone considering visiting Orkney.

Room Tip: Front of the hotel has the best view. We asked for this and had a lovely view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2013

My family and I stayed there for three nights on our first trip to Orkney. Lynda and Alf were the perfect hosts. They were always on hand to answer queries and could not have been more helpful. We were given a spacious and well-appointed family room with en-suite. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and we slept very well before big days exploring! My husbands and kids had a tasty cooked breakfast every morning while I enjoyed a lovely Continental breakfast. Houton Bay Lodge is in a great location with beautiful sea views and a great base for exploring the islands. We would highly recommend to others and we will definitively be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Troon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

made very welcome at check-in, room was very comfortable and well stocked with extras breakfast and service very good only down side no bar available.
If weather is bad make sure you have a good book or kindle not much to see or do in Houton. Hotel is well-situated for ferry service to Hoy also if arriving at Stromness or St Margarets Hope

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We booked last minute and had a limited choice as a result.We would never choose to stay at this place again and would not recommend it to anyone. Food quality poor, surroundings frankly depressing. We are staggered by the good reviews, haven't people stayed anywhere better than this? Quirky?... it certainly is, and poor value for money. Avoid unless you have no choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank Allyson989
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Thinking_of_y0u, Owner at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Sorry you did not like Houton Bay Lodge. Our property is freshly decorated every year for the start of each season. This year we also purchased new bed linen and towels (Large bath towels and hand towels) also Houton Bay Lodge was fully decorated throughout the whole building. We purchased new beds for our family rooms and added new linen, bed runners and coasters made by hand in Black Watch tartan. We supply fresh breakfast every day to our guests wishing breakfast. We serve freshly purchased, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and many other fresh berries in season, fresh melon, fresh grapes assorted types, fresh pineapple, fresh bowl of assorted fruits, cakes and muffins also Orkney cheese, honey roasted ham and baby tomato's, as well as fresh yoghurts assorted flavours including natural yoghurt. We stock at least 8 different kinds of breakfast serials Corn flakes, Wheatabix, Special K, Muesli, Alphine, Rice Crispies, Coco Pops, just to mention a few. Fresh milk, fresh orange and a wide choice of teas and herbal teas, coffee, hot chocolate and freshly made white brown or seeded bread or mixed toast delivered to your chosen table. Our building was built 11 years ago so is a very new building. If you wish to contact us to discuss your review further then please do so. We refresh every room every day with fresh toilet paper, tea, coffee and sherry and anything else the room requires for our guests comfort. Our building was built 11 years ago so is a very new building. We hope you had a safe journey home and will be happy to discuss and thing you would like to discuss with us about Houton Bay Lodge. There are many pictures on Houton Bay Lodge what it is like inside and out. Tripadvisor and all the other companies we work with have available, photographs for any guest wishing to see what Houton Bay Lodge is like inside and out.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Had a great time at the Houton Bay Lodge. The owners Lynda & Alf were the perfect hosts. Full of local information. Nothing was a bother to them and went out of their way to make my short stay fantastic. Their young assistant Daniel was also a very polite and good natured young man and also extremely helpful. The rooms at the Houton were very spacious with ensuite which was great. The room was kept to an excellent high standard with lovely fresh bed linen and not to forget the comfy bed. I really loved the little nick nacks in the room, the sherry decanter,Orkney tablet etc such a nice touch. I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We were so lucky to find this super hotel, which boasts excellent sea views towards Hoy and lots of interest with the adjacent small harbour. Everything is spotless and the breakfasts were excellent. Lynda, our hostess, was extremely welcoming with a lovely quirky sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely stay at this hotel again and we would recommend it to anyone wanting a central location to explore the beautiful Orkneys.

Room Tip: Try to obtain a room with the fantastic sea views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2015
Dear Houton Bay Lodge Guest, Thank you so much for your very kind Words and Review on Tripadvisor about Houton Bay Lodge. We are go glad to have meet you and we are so happy you had a wonderful experience and loved your time in Orkney, also at Houton Bay Lodge. Please feel free to contact us again if you have left anything behind and would like it posted out to you. Thank you again for taking the time to give us a Review on Tripadvisor. Kindest Regards Houton Bay Lodge Staff :)
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Property: Orkneylodge
Address: Houton | on the Scapa Flow, Orphir KW17 2RD, Scotland (Formerly Houton Bay Lodge)
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Orphir
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Orphir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Orkneylodge 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Houton Bay Lodge is in a rural, farming area also coastal on the Scapa Flow. 1 Mile from The Bu and Viking Center in Oprhir. Many coastal and rural walks. Ferries going to the South Islands near and there are 5 return trips to Hoy and Flotta most days except Sataurday/Sunday when there are only three trips per day. Requires a car. Nearest village Orphir 1.5 miles to nearest seasonal restaurant. 8 Miles to nearest city Kirkwall. 8 Miles to nearest town Stromness. 5 buses per day. No restaurant or bar on premises. We are an accommodation provider similar to Travelodges or Premier Inns. ... more   less 
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