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Reviewed 24 October 2007

With a late booking, we stayed in the twin room and to be fair to the owner, were advised that we would be sharing a bathroom. However, what we didn't know was that we would be sharing the bathroom, which had one bath with a shower attachment over it, with 7 (SEVEN) other people. To add to our discomfort, our room was right next to this communal bathroom so that were kept in touch with the other guests "personal plumbing noises" throughout the long nights.

On our second morning I called the owner, James, up to see the hair and detritus in the bath from the last person to use it and he then cleaned out the bath himself.

Our room was very small and basic with only one chair, which we couldn't sit on because it had a broken leg. We also had to ask for a kettle to make tea in our room.

The dining room was very cramped and the food was only of very average quality and so we ate out on our last night of three. On the first night the potatoes with the main course were mashed with horseradish, which is fine if one likes horseradish but not everybody does and we didn't.

All in all, this was one of the worst B&Bs/Hotels that we had ever stayed in; so concerned were we, that we complained to the Orkney Tourist Bureau in Stromness who later wrote to us about this hotel.

In summary, this hotel is a very poor advert for the Orkney Islands.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank cleold
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

We were terribly disappointed with this place.
We arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon, soaked to the bones due to a heavy rainshower, only to find the place totally abandoned. It is not even recognizable from the outside that Woodwick is a hotel.
We waited for an approximate hour, left a note and then headed off again which totally messed up our itinerary.
After they finally contacted us, we went back.
The room was a bit niffy but alright, but the shower was filthy and very greasy - hence very slippery.
No amenities whatsoever - no shampoo, no biscuits, no tea, no coffee, kettle and hairdryer only on request.
The chairs and tablecloths in the dining room were stained with food and candlewax all-over.
The food again was ok but didn't live up to it's reputation. Basic breakfast.
Overall disastrous value for money - we stayed at places for less than half price an had all we lacked at Woodwick House.

Try the "Mill of Eyreland" instead, a B&B in a converted Millhouse close to Stromness. The place is enchanting and serves enormous breakfasts in a fantastic atmosphere!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank TowerMUC
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Reviewed 24 February 2007

Woodwick House is tucked away in Evie, about15 minutes from Kirkwall and 20 minutes from Stromness. It is really centrally located for access to all. There is a bus stop at the end of the lane that will take you into Kirkwall. Cars and cyclists find it easily.

It is a small country house hotel that will lodge only 12 people a night, some shared baths and some ensuites. Entering the drive you pass through castle like columns and cross the racing burn (stream) that is dappled with fuschia blossoms that grow like bushes along its bankc and come upon the circular drive surrounding the sundial.

Then you enter the sunny foyer and are greeted by James. He tells you about the short walk down to the bay where seals may be sunning and introduces you to Jodee the chef who makes the most delictable organic or local fare meals. If you choose to have dinner there, (also available to non-residents if booked ahead) you have 3 choices for 3 courses served on handmade pottery!

Bed and breakfast includes the traditional British sausage et al. and kippers, porridge or organic yogurt. Meals can cater to special needs and vegetarians!

Woodwick House is not on the beaten track, but it is well worth finding it. It is a retreat away from all. You can nestle amongst the few trees that stand on the island and imagine yourself in a fairy glade!

Average price for 2 meals and lodging is about $160 or so. They have been know to allow dogs, but I never heard or saw them. Same with newborn humans.....saw but never heard them. You may also arrive when there is a wonderfully quirky concert planned. Music from all over the world finds its way to Woodwick house. Last year I heard a traditional Macedonian gypsy band from Tasmania, as well as a Klezmer - type band from Brooklyn!

Choose this place and you will not be sorry! It is truly enchanting.

4  Thank RoseCrossing
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Reviewed 24 August 2006

Quirky, bohemian little hotel in a beautiful rural location in Orkney (not that there are a lot of non-rural locations in Orkney, to be fair). The service was laidback but very friendly, although it took us a little while to realise that if we needed to speak to a member of staff we had to stick our heads around the kitchen door. Our room was B&B with a shared, clean bathroom, and fabulous views down the garden to the sea. The communal living rooms were very comfortable, with a good library and lots of thoughtful little touches and lots of art work on the walls. The food was brilliant and the dining experience relaxed. All in all we had a wonderful stay and found it good value for money. The antithesis of the slick commercial hotel experience, and all the better for it. We'll be back.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank treehavn
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Reviewed 9 August 2004

A very basic B&B, We had booked a late evening and were only offer a bowl of soup.
A shared bathroom straight out of the 1960's down the corridor. The 60's/70's theme was maintained in the bedroom with cheap old white painted furniture.
Orkney has a lot better to offer than this.
Limited choice for breakfast.

  • Stayed: May 2002
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8  Thank Lewisjml
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