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Reviewed 1 October 2014

Woodwick House is a very nice and friendly B@B in Evie, Orkney, stayed there for one night the 21/9, and we really ilked it. The landlady made us feel very welcome, served nice afternoon tea/coffee with very tasty scones and made us really feel like home! Highly recommended!!

Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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5  Thank 250swede
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Woodwick House is a beautiful place, a little paradise in a grove on the otherwise tree-lacking Mainland. The location is fantastic, in the countryside just by the sea on northeastern Mainland and about an hour's walk from prehistoric village Broch of Gurness, and reachable by public transport from Kirkwall. The manager greeted us with tea and a retelling of the history of the house. The room was very nice, with tea-making facilities and its own bathroom (though some rooms share bathrooms, apparently), very comfy beds (if you like hard beds, which we do) and view over the rather wild garden (which we loved). You can easily cross the garden to reach the sea, and perhaps you'll see rabbits!

What we liked the most about the stay was the general feel of the house and place. It's a bit of a sanctuary with its trees and a garden and beach which is fun to explore, and though the building itself might look stern and grey on the outside, it's warm and colourful on the inside. Woodwick House was built in 1912 and has apparently been a privately owned hotel before, among other things, but now it's a bed and breakfast (not hotel!). You can feel that its a house that has been taking care of people for a long time. It's like it wants to make sure you're comfortable there, just as much as the manager.

There's also a very nice library/sitting room where guests can relax and browse the great amount of books on all kinds of subjects, and plan their Orkney stay with the help of all the flyers and info that's gathered there. Lovely room for drinking tea, reading, chatting with other guests and breathing in the atmosphere of the place.

Would definitely return again, since it was one of the coziest and calmest and most pleasant places I've ever visited.

Room tip: Wifi doesn't stretch to all rooms, but is easily accessible in the public areas. We stayed in a ground floor double room with view of the garden and its on bathroom, greatly recommended!
Date of stay: July 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank cajebo77
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Woodwick House's website describes itself as being "Fine accomodation in Orkney's West Mainland". My husband booked one night her in August. He paid up front but was happy with his choice because the website looked so lovely.
Sadly, our visit did not match the expectations we had from the website. We paid a lot of money for Room 1 which the gentleman who met us described as the best room in the house.
Upon returning from our trip, my husband wrote to the person who he had booked the room through who said "customer care and attention to detail is of a a high priority for us and naturally we are distressed that you had such a disappointing experience." We were also told that the manager had been called away on personal business. I have enclosed some photos of what we found to illustrate the customer care and attention to detail we experienced.
I would suggest that maybe a closer eye to detail and more on hand involvement may help improve what is currently a HUGE disappointment into something which might actually gain it tourist board involvement (We spoke to the tourist board who confirmed that they did not deal with Woodwick House.) A starting point for any future for Woodwick House.

Room tip: Spend your money else where.
Date of stay: August 2012
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10  Thank smileme2you
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Once upon a time locals told me, this was the place to be. A first class restaurant, musical evenings in the large first floor room, and pleasant gardens to walk in.

Not any more. When we stayed in July, we found a hotel that had been stripped of its stars ( unknown to us) and no permanent staff. The only staff were a man there helping out on a temporary basis, and a local lady doing the cleaning and helping in the restaurant. They were very helpful and could not do enough for us, so made our stay enjoyable.

Our room was the main bedroom and was a good size.. However, both it and the bathroom looked very dated, and need of a refresh. It was described as having 'views over the bay'. That may have been true some years ago, but the house is now surrounded by mature trees, and you could not even see the sea, never mind the bay. All bedlinen and towels were clean, as was the room, and any problem was addresed.

The Gardens can only be be described as neglected. On occasions this is descibed as environmental gardens, but in this case they just looked as though nobody cared.

We dined in a couple of times and the food was very good. The guy cannot be described as a chef, but a good cook. That means he provides food you could expect at home- casseroles, fish pies, etc., but very good. He also does excellent desserts.

The rates being charged here are high compared to what we have seen elsewhere, and we also saw a notice on the front door when we arrived that there was a 3% charge for using credit/debit cards., which we had not been made aware of when booking. We were told this was due to the cost of renting the card machine. Obviously, they have not looked for the best deal. Fortunately, this fee was waived for us.

This House has the potential to be the perfect hideawy place,as it is in such a peaceful location, but not without a proper refurbishment. In its current state, and charging the rates it does, We would find it difficult to recommend, and would certainly not go back.

Date of stay: July 2012
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5  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

This was clearly once a delightful large house in a picturesque setting. As others have said, the gardens are very overgrown; to a degree that goes well beyond the "certain state of wildness" referred to in A. Watson's (presumably owner/manager) earlier response.

And it should be clarified that it is not a hotel. It is perhaps best described as a guest house.

We stayed as part of a family group and the house lends itself to that. The bedrooms range in size but all seem reasonably-sized and one certainly couldn't question their cleanliness. Same goes for bed linen, towels, etc.

There is a pleasant 'resident's lounge' - basically the main lounge of the house - which has an extensive collection of books. Great place to gather together at the end of the day.

We understood that there has been some form of problem with managers in recent months. Local gossip suggests that the most recent 'did a bunk'. Whatever, we found some poor bloke left on his own and struggling to cope, with part-time assistance from a local lady, and brought in at short notice to deal with existing reservations. He was doing a first-class job and couldn't have been more friendly or helpful.

We saw a notice on the front door when we arrived advising guests that there would be a 3% charge for the use of credit or debit cards to settle one's bill. There had been no advance warning of this. This is ridiculous, especially in the case of debit cards. The explanation given when we questioned this was that the necessary card readers were being rented from the bank and the bank insisted on the fee. Thankfully, the temporary manager waived the fee.

The cooked breakfasts were excellent and the portions generous. We dined in one night and, again, the food and service was first-rate. However - the food was simple fare. The current Lonely Planet guide refers to "...the courteous hosts do fine three-course dinners..." Be aware that the current manager's culinary skills (breakfast aside) appear to be restricted to shepherd's pie or fish pie. We can confirm that his shepherd's pie is very good but it probably doesn't match most people's understanding of the phrase 'fine dinner'. There was also a very restricted choice of wines available.

At the time of our visit, guests were being charged rates above what we had just paid when staying in a hotel on Orkney earlier the same week. One certainly didn't get hotel-standard amenities, etc. at Woodwick House.

This venue has all the potential to be very comfortable, attractive and what one would want. Unfortunately, given that we live in times when no one wants to waste money or spend more than necessary, I'd think long and hard before I went back. It would, frankly, be too much of a risk. I'd need some reassurance that the House was adequately staffed and resourced and how can one achieve that remotely?

If you have the ability to drop by 'on spec' and check things out before deciding to stay, I'd recommend you do so. You could, like us, have a pleasant stay. If not, then I'd have to suggest you book elsewhere.

Shame - it was obviously once really good. And could be again.

Date of stay: July 2012
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