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“(Literally) Brilliant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages

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Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Hoy
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“(Literally) Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Our family of four stayed for three nights in the Principal Lighthousekeeper's Cottage.

The views out over the sea are amazing, the waters from Scapa Flow and the Pentland Firth playing out an endless back-and-forth battle under the cliff. We were really hoping to see lots of wildlife, and weren't disappointed - on our second day we saw two Orcas coming into Scapa Flow in the morning, and others (the same two?) leaving that night. The next morning we saw a pod of harbour porpoises in the sea beneath the lighthouse, and of course there were seals and seabirds galore. The kids really enjoyed watching the wildlife and going beachcombing on the rocky shore nearby (lots of sea urchins to be found!).

The cottage was unbelievably warm and cosy (they certainly knew how to build them back then...), and the kitchen was very well kitted out. Our host (Nadia) was very welcoming, and we all enjoyed the rhubarb crumble left for us on arrival!

The rest of the world felt a million miles away whilst we were on Hoy, and it would be wonderful to go back, for longer next time!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

We first stayed here 5 years ago and return at least once a year. It is just the perfect place to relax. The cottages are particularly well furnished/ equipped and are very cosy -we've even been here in winter when the storms are spectacular.
Tom and Nadia -the hosts are really lovely genuine people who could not be more welcoming and helpful.
The view from the window of big sea, sky right across to the Pentland Skerries would be hard to beat and it doesn't matter when you come or what the weather does-there is always something to look at. Wildlife birds, dolphins, whales, seals and ships of every shape and size that are back and forth along the Pentland Firth. The sea itself where the Firth meets Scapa Flow is mesmerising-changing colour/direction/flow as you watch it. Truly beautiful.
We love this place and have brought our children and friends here. We cannot recommend this place highly enough. If you love nature especially the sea - you must go to Cantick!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

We went to Hoy for two nights and Cantick Head was a bit of a treat. We loved the idea of staying in the lighthouse keepers cottage and were not disappointed in the slightest. Nadia was a very nice host, and was also really helpful before our trip as well as when we were there. She lives next to the cottages, but we did not feel imposed on at all... We stayed in the Principle Cottage and inside was just lovely. The Kitchen was spacious and on the dining table we were greeted with warm apple crumble (which we consumed the next day - yum! Thanks Nadia!)... there was everything we needed down to kitchen roll, cling film and foil, food storage boxes etc etc. I can't even think of anything we might have needed that was not there :)

The house was warm, bedrooms were comfortable, there is a store next to the cottage with videos/dvds/wellies/games etc, which can be borrowed, and also an area where we could put things to be recycled. The Livingroom was a good size and had comfortable sofas... what would have really made it would have been a real fire, rather than electric - but that is no complaint!!

I imagine in the summer when both cottages are booked up it might not feel so secluded and private, but there is plenty of space outside and I imagine it would be a good place for families as well as couples, or friends. I would definitely like to visit again... hopefully soon :)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

We were only at the Lighthouse 2 nights but what a delight. Huge skies, birds flying below us as we sat on the cliff, the lighthouse only steps away from the door...We stayed in the Assistant keeper's Cottge and got a real feeling of history - altough it has been modernised of course! - and an atmosphere of family life in the last century. Perhaps because we knew what the original tenants did.. .The kitchen is tiny but beautifully equipped. Tom and Nadia are so lovely and helpful - Tom sings in the Stromabank Pub Choir and though we missed rhearsal night we heard the choir in Kirkwall Cathedral the following week. We got a lovely rhubarb crumble on our welcome tray!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2010

We first stayed here three years ago and have returned each year since. The new owners Nadia and Tom are very welcoming and try hard to help you enjoy your holiday. The cottages (there are two) are former lighthouse keeper cottages and as you would imagine are located right by the sea, with stunning views of the surrounding islands.

This is the place to go if you love nature as the local environment is wonderful - go May to August if you love flowers and birds and go anytime if you love wonderful walks of all standards with jaw dropping scenery.

The cottages provided everything we needed, but the main reason for going here is the peace and quiet. We'll certainly be back!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Nottingham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

We stayed in the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage and had an outstanding time. The lighthouse was literally outside the front door and beyond that nothing but blue sky and the sea. If you are looking for an inspiring journey that takes you to a place that can only be described as heaven, then this is it. Nadia and Tom keep the cottages in excellent condition and the local Stromabank Pub is only a short drive away. I absolutely recommend this accommodation for anyone looking to escape. I know I will go back there as soon as I can.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2005

We stayed in the assistant lighthouse keepers cottage at the Cantick Head Lighhouse at the end of Oct 2005. What a fantastic experience. Absolutely lovely quality accommodation and two hosts Christine and Bill who were a mine of information and exceptionally friendly. I can't recommend it highly enough. My son George 4 loved it! Particularly the two sheep who think they are dogds and the dog which thinks it is a dog called Charlie!

On the first morning we were greeted on the beach by two common seals and their pup! It is a get away from it al place - in luxurious comfort. The kitchen was a little small but hey - it is a lighthouse keepers cottage, not a mansion! Some people wrote in the visitors book that the cottage would benefit from a pay as you go computer with internet access!!!!!!! Why????? don't stay there mate is my advice to that bloke! There is a larger cottage next door and both are great. Both cottages have showers and it would have been nice to be able to have a soak in a bath but again the fittings are immaculate - so we adapted, not problems!

If you need entertaining then don't go there - it is for people who love peace and quiet and can happily amuse themselves with walks on the beaches and a sport of fishing!

We loved it so much we are returning on 26th December for another go!

Get in there if you are interested - once this little gem becomes more widely known you will not be able to get a reservation!


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Property: Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages
Address: Longhope, KW16 3PQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Hoy
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Hoy
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You have a choice of two self-catering cottages: our Principal Cottage sleeps 4 people and our Assistant Cottage sleeps 4 people. Short breaks are welcome all year. Pets are welcome. ... more   less 
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Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottages Hoy, Orkney Islands

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