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“Worst hotel in Orkney”
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Woodwick House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Evie
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Friends and I were traveling historic scotland for the entire summer until last week. We booked at woodwick house because the photographs and the site sounded amazing. Do not fall for it. The property is very lovely but you can tell that they are in need of a grounds keeper because a lot of things seemed like they were barely kept in a good state. Once you step into the house you are welcomed by the smell of cat urine, should have guessed it after seeing 4 or 5 cats walking around the property before entering.
The room was small and cramped and the bedding smelled as though dozens of sweaty people had slept in it since the last wash. Needless to say we left the hotel after the first night. Luckily we had not paid in advance because I would have abandoned my money if I had to to get away

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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10  Thank Adam L
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OrkneyislandWoody, Owner at Woodwick House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2011

It is seems incredulous that anybody can claim that any hotel could be the "worst hotel in Orkney" if they have not stayed in all the hotels on the island. They did not bring these problems to the attention of the management at the time of there stay. This looks and feels like a malicious review and can only damage tourism here in Orkney.

I have checked and there is no record of an Adam L ever having stayed at Woodwick House.
There is no record of anyone leaving after one night in September.
I myself have just returned from having stayed at Woodwick.
There were six other people staying all very well pleased with accommodation, cleanliness, food and hospitality. Two of these were a young couple from Italy who wrote an ecstatic note in the visitor’s book.
The present managers have very high standards and I am sure would not ever consider leaving linen on a bed from one guest to another. There are no cats kept there. The bed linen was immaculate and the bathrooms thoroughly cleaned daily. The only thing that can be acknowledged is a certain state of wildness in the grounds, which some find delightful and in keeping with the magical quality of the place, however there are plans, I understand to gently tame a portion to make them more accessible.
A. Watson

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Reviewed 31 August 2011

This place is heaven. Quiet, full of character and comfy. Trees, sea at the bottom of the rambling garden, chickens to trip over and good books to delve into. Now run by a delightful very welcoming couple with lots of excellent ideas to make it even better. If we go this way again this is where we will stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Annemarierobinson
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

As an Orcadian wedding planner I would like to say that I have just organised a wedding ceremony at Woodwick House on 2nd August and found the new managers (who had just arrived in Orkney) to be very efficient. The bride and groom who had travelled from London with their family did not stay at Woodwick House as by the time they made contact with me to plan their wedding, they had already booked self-catering accommodation elsewhere. Woodwick House is a lovely location for a relaxed wedding ceremony and it was a pleasure to work with John and Sandra.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
1  Thank OrkneyWeddings
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

We stumbled across Woodwick House by chance .... as we drove in to the place it was just like a hidden magical place everything bursting into life. I didn't know there were so many trees in one place Woodwick has it's own river and burn with small water falls right down to the sea. It has it's own beach with views to die for.
The view from our bedroom was stunning.
We had a hearty breakfast the next morning and we had to leave for the ferry or we would have stayed longer. The couple who run the place were so welcoming it felt like home.
We will be back in 2012

Room Tip: We stayed in room number 1 .... wonderful
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Countryboy59
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

The main thing to know is that the website is one thing and the actual place quite another. The website describes Woodwick of the past, when it was clean, welcoming and had a restaurant. The actual is rather grubby (and, yes, does smell of cat wee as other reviewers have noted), unprofessional (they lost our booking although confirmed by email and phone) and barely serves breakfast. In breach of the trades description act in our opinion. Only gets two stars for the cheerful and willing Jake.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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4  Thank LondonOpenminded
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Hazelwood-House, Owner at Woodwick House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2011

We are delighted to announce that Woodwick is now under new management.
Sandra and John will be happy to make your stay an enjoyable one.

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Reviewed 30 June 2011

The first time in Orkney we stayed at the Woodwick house and felt amazed as we passed the stone gates. This time when the door opened and we were stuck with the new garrish decor and terrible smell we could feel something was wrong. The new managers were not up to the task. Our room was not cleaned, no new linen, garbage not taken out. We brought guests and were embarrassed for asking them to stay. Other guests left angrily. Website offers much which is not the case. Avoid. Better off in a tent.

Room Tip: Terrible experience
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank BillBro115
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Hazelwood-House, Owner at Woodwick House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2011

We are delighted to announce that Woodwick is now under new management.
Sandra and John will be happy to make your stay an enjoyable one.

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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We stayed at the Woodwick House last September and fell in love with the grounds, the lovely staff, the evening candlelit dinners and friendly greeting cat. We returned last week So deeply excited to utilize the Woodwick as a restful base for the St. Magnus Festival and even invited friends to join us. To chime in with the previous reviewer, as we entered the overwhelming stench of chemical air freshener could not dampen the small of cat urine. And the horrid color of pinkish purple on the walls was just so sad! We were told when we arrived that they were not chefs and could maybe cook up a chicken if we liked. Since we were severly admonished by the lady of the house for sending back uncooked sausage we decided dinner was a bad idea. The bedding went from wonderful clean cotton with the last caretakers to horrid polyester. The room was never cleaned, no new towels and we had to find a place to bring trash. The current man of the house did negotiate the price down after we had a sit down. But not before the scary lady of the house came screaming in the room that one of us had breakfast in bed and she was going to call the police. It was actually frightening. I only wish I could find the actual owners to let them know this lovely and important Orkney home stay is being run into the ground. Stay Away unless you really need material for that horror story you are looking to write!

Room Tip: Just stay away! Avoid the stress!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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8  Thank ConeyIslandMermaid
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Additional Information about Woodwick House

Address: Woodwick House Woodwick, Evie KW17 2PQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Evie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Evie
Price Range: £33 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodwick House is a warm & welcoming historic country house overlooking the island of Gairsay, offering comfortable accommodation and home cooked food. Set in an extraordinary, peaceful location with bluebell woodland, a cascading burn & a secluded bay on this sheltered part of Orkney, within easy reach of the main historic sites, bird reserves and sandy beaches. Step into a unique and special place and make yourself at home, We love Woodwick’s energy with its sea air and the flowing water with the wind in the trees and bird song. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Woodwick Hotel Evie
Woodwick House Orkney Islands/Evie

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