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“Inganess for Ingeborg” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Straigona B&B

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Straigona B&B
Ranked #1 of 26 Kirkwall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vienna, Austria
Level Contributor
41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Inganess for Ingeborg”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

Everywhere they will say that they'll offer you a warm welcome. But a real warm welcome is when they turn on the heat for you, and that's what Julie did. Julie and Mike are a wonderful couple, owned by three cats which - much to their dismay - are not allowed into the rooms or the guest lounge (be careful, however, when moving the car!).
All bedrooms are on the upper floor. We had the room "Inganess" which is the largest of the guest rooms in the house, with a direct view onto Kirkwall airport (never mind, this is not London Heathrow!). The room has an en-suite which is quite spacious as well. The hospitality tray is well stocked, and - as the breakfast buffet - includes homemade treats.
Cooked breakfast itself is made to order and you will be spoilt for choice.
Julie and Mike are also very knowledgeable about lesser known local attractions on Orkney - just ask.
This house only leaves us with one problem: now we know two great places to stay in Kirkwall.

Room Tip: we can recommend Inganess
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lykos1
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you for your kind review - loved the comments about the cats!! Glad you enjoyed your stay and visiting some of the lesser known 'gems' on Orkney. We so enjoyed our evening chats - thank you for asking us to join you - they were very interesting. Look forward to seeing you again another year.
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Durham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Can't fault this lovely couple Julie and Mike, they did everything they could to make my stay in Orkney a wonderful experience. Julie also provided me with a welcoming dinner each evening which was much appreciated by a worn out but very happy camper who saw all that awesome Orkney had to offer in the company of the fantastic guide Kinlay Francis from orkneyuncovered. Room was very comfortable with many extras provided including hairdryer, dressing gowns, towels, toiletries and more. Many thanks Julie for the Groutie Bucky and baked treats and I hope one day to return and stay with you again

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Geraldine E
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you Geraldine, it was a pleasure to meet you and have you stay with us. You will be pleased to know that the stairwell is being wallpapered this week - at last! Hope you come back and stay with us again, there's still plenty for you to see and lots more things on our menu to try! BRgds Julie & Mike
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Scarsdale, New York
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45 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

2nd stay at Stragonia, again a very warm "old friends" welcome from Julie and Mike and I must say even though Mike was struggling with a Hernia (operated the day after we left) this didn't stop the good hospitality or the delicious food, Julie's lamb was gorgeous and tasty but Mike's duck was world class, I have eaten at many high end restaurants on my travels but would say that was up there with the best of them, wow!

This time I was staying in the "Skaill" room, it had recently been updated and was spacious, tea/coffee facilities, super comfy (big) bed and a nice sized bathroom.

I will definitely be booking Stragonia again when I visit Orkney again. I would highly recommend this B&B for any sort of trip, thanks again Mike and Julie for another relaxing stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Louis T
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Love the heading - not sure Mike does - ha, ha. Great to have you stay again and look forward to another visit soon - Cheryl needs her groatie buckie hunting day now she has her eye in! BRgds Julie
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Port Washington, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

This was our first visit to the Oakney Islands. We had a great time despite the rain. Julie was helpful, and accommodating. The room was bright, clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend having Julie do your wash if you are traveling as we were over a two week period. It was a godsend to have fresh things to wear. They were hung out on the line and then allowed to rest inside a while to warm up. They were outside our door the next morning folded and ready to go. When we had to leave especially early the last morning and could not stay for breakfast Julie sent us off with a yogurt and a spoon.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jackie O
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you for your kind review and sorry for the delay in responding, I don't know where the time goes. Glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to return the spoon. Sorry about the rain and sorry it followed you! BRgds Julie & Mike
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Gloucester, Virginia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed two nights at Straigona. Mike and Julie are awesome hosts! We were in the Inganess Room, which had a lovely view. The beds were very comfortable and cozy, and the room was big enough for three adults (Mom, Dad, and adult daughter) to move around without feeling cramped. Julie has a wealth of knowledge about the area, and even provided a recommendation for dinner, along with a discount coupon! We took her recommendation and were not disappointed. They provided a map for us to use for the duration of our stay, which was most helpful as we did not have a satnav with us. Breakfast was awesome, and gave us a good start to the day. Julie had homebaked goodies available at all times, which made for a nice evening snack. I could go on and on but I'll finish by saying that if you visit this B&B you will not regret it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mele2000
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review! It was great to meet you all and we really enjoyed chatting to you. Hope the rest of your visit went well. BRgds Julie & Mike
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Julie met us at the door with a warm welcome. The room was lovely and quite comfortable. Food and service were excellent. The view from our room was very nice. It is a ways from Kirkwall and although we had a car, we decided to taxi to dinner rather than negotiate the roads in the dark. The taxi turned out to be quite expensive so just be aware and prepared. Julie was very helpful in the way of making dinner reservations as well as confirming our ferry passage back to the mainland. I highly recommend Straigona and would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandy P
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Straigonabandb, Owner at Straigona B&B, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you for your review Sandy, it was great to meet you both and I hope your cold cleared up quickly and didn't spoil the rest of your holiday. BRgds Julie
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

We stayed for one night at Straigona but would have stayed for two nights if it hadn't been booked up! Comfortable, clean room and a warm and friendly welcome. Excellent breakfast with some great home baked goodies too.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank l_upt0n
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Property: Straigona B&B
Address: Tankerness | Tankerness, Kirkwall KW17 2QR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Kirkwall
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Straigona B&B is ideally situated 5 miles from Kirkwall and close to the airport, enjoying stunning views over Inganess Bay and the island of Shapinsay. All rooms are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities, TV with Freeview and DVD, free WI-FI, hairdryer, toiletries, bath robes, individually thermostatically controlled radiators, shaver point. ... more   less 
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Straigona B&B Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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