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“Something magical”
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Orkneylodge
Ranked #5 of 7 Orphir B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Perfect place to stay.
We Stayed really comfortable. Lyda is a great host. She made our stay perfect. She is really kind and helpful.
The room was clean and really comfortable and the landscape is perfect.
The view from the room is impressive.
A magical stay to repeat.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank mferna48
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We were a little leery when we pulled up to the lodge, tucked behind the Houston Bay Ferry Terminal. The parking lot was very old concrete which we later learned was "listed" as a historical installation from WWII. However, there were lovely gardens and ponds to greet us at the front door, and we were made most welcome by our hostess, Linda.

Breakfast is available at additional charge, and was very good. It was well worth the cost, as there are not any other facilities close by, although dinner can be had about 6 miles or less away or you can go into one of the larger towns.

Our room was a nice size, with free WiFi available, good shower, welcoming sherry (which was delicious), tea coffee and shortbread available in the room. Everything you could ask for in conveniences, such as iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tissues, toiletries, was laid on. Bed was comfortable, window coverings were room darkening, bedside lamps and alarm clock, good TV reception. Linens and towels were good quality.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Jean D
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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4  Thank Mairi54
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Milton1962
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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6  Thank sonia3272
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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6  Thank Jimmy E
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Lynda B, General Manager at Orkneylodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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Address: | next to the South Isles Ferry terminal, 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 #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Orphir
Price Range: £107 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Orkneylodge 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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 Wi-Fi access along with free on-site parking. 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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