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“Cosy and eclectic with superb breakfast” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mill of Eyrland

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Mill of Eyrland
Ranked #1 of 3 Stenness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Swansea, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Cosy and eclectic with superb breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

A charming converted mill in a peaceful location, great for exploring the western side of Mainland. We stayed in the Mill Burn room which, as well as the four poster bed had a lovely chaise longue and two comfortable chairs. After a busy day sightseeing it was relaxing to laze and read with a cup of tea, listening to the burn babbling away outside. The water pressure in the shower room was a bit feeble, meaning that the cistern took a while to fill, but that’s the sort of quirk you have to expect in an old building. There are no locks on the bedroom doors – as there were no other guests there when we stayed it wasn’t a problem, but it might make some people uneasy. Both the guest lounge and dining room had some of the original mill equipment still in situ, along with a large number of antiques and junkshop finds. We loved this eclectic approach – so much to look at, wonder about and enjoy! Breakfast was a splendid affair – excellent quality, plenty of variety and more than you could possible eat even if you’d already decided not to have lunch! The dining room has one big table (beautifully laid) which must be a nice way to meet and chat with other guests. You need a car to stay here, as there is nothing except scenery within walking distance, but Stromness is only a short drive away to get an evening meal.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

A historically charming B&B wonderfully situated within easy driving distance from Stromness and even Kirkwall. The owner, Morag, was extraordinarily helpful in making sure our arrival was easy and comfortable and gave wonderful advice about interesting places to see and go in Orkney. We stayed in the Mill Burn Room which was large and filled with cozy antique furniture. However, it should be noted that during our stay Wifi was only available in the lounge area due to the thick stone walls of the old Mill. In the morning the breakfast went above and beyond, including fresh, local products along with a delicious Scottish breakfast spread. On the whole the B&B was cozy and charming and Morag a welcoming and helpful host.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank m1ta4
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Scotland
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55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

This must be one of the most fascinating, charming and romantic bed and breakfasts in the UK, let alone Orkney. Morag is a wonderful source of information and so friendly. She has done a tremendous amount of work on this old mill and it is just full of wonderful details and 'relics' of a working mill. We stayed in the malting floor room, and yes while there is a lot of furniture - it's really wonderful stuff and makes the room so cosy and just authentic!
We stayed 4 nights and it was such a luxury to be able to be at the mill. It's close to so many of the amazing sites on Orkney. And it really felt like we were coming 'home' to another of those amazing sites each time we were back at the mill.
The breakfasts are phenomenal, and Morag really went out of her way to bring us local cheeses, breads and home bakes.
Loved our stay there. Would return in a flash. Orkney is such a fabulous treasure, and such a surprise, we really didn't know what to expect, but in so many ways it blew our expectations clear out the water.

  • Stayed September 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sohappyincuba
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

A lovely little place that is situated in a convenient place for getting to Stromness, Skarra Brae etc. We had a good welcome. The lounge is upstairs full of old mill things and other items. In the mill stream can be seen trout and eels.
Being over 6' I did have to be very careful of the light fittings as the ceilings are low and the lights dangle down a bit.
The wifi is readily available in the lounge but not in the bed rooms as the walls are thick stone and absorb the signals.
Care does need to be taken getting onto the road from the drive as vehicles do tend to zoom along it. No noise problems in the bedrooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Roger F
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Benalla
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77 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

The attention to detail makes everything about The Mill of Eyrland a pleasure to experience and savour. Make sure you book in advance. The rooms are beautifully appointed, so comfortable even if ours was a little cosy shall we say! No problem, there were lots of other features to enjoy like the beautiful and extensive breakfast on both mornings of our stay. The others staying there also commented as we sat down to try and do justice to local fare that Morag had prepared. The guest lounge and breakfast room are so welcoming, with comfortable lounge chairs but on Orkney who is going to sit around with so much to see and the Mill is well situated to use as a base. Morag has lots of advice, is most hospitable and obliging. We shall be back to complete unfinished business and highly recommend this B&B to all.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Les H
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

We had no idea what to expect from Orkney. The Mill turns out to be ideally situated to get to all parts of the main island. We brought our bicycles and hopped around the many neolithic sites as well as taking the ferry to Hoy in order to see the Martello towers.

Morag was our main trip advisor with great suggestions. We felt included in the family and really enjoyed having someone to cheer at the local agricultural fair.

Breakfasts were feasts and jolly as everyone shares their previous day's experiences. Morag's experience and skill at running a B&B are second to none. You are in for a treat.

Room Tip: We left the choice up to Morag.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank parkerpictures
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Dunoon
Level Contributor
38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

First of all Orkney was just fabulous. As soon as you land, you feel the oldness of the island. It's just so different from anywhere we'd been. Morag had given us very detailed directions which were daunting at first but were accurate down to the second reflector on the left. She even noted the mistakes people make, alerting us to the fact that we had turned too soon. The Mill of Eyrland was the perfect place to start a three week trek around the Hebrides. She was welcoming and helpful without being smarmy about it. We had the large room at the top of the mill. It had all sorts of little rooms and areas. All were decorated with antiques that were functional as well. The heater worked which is a plus in Scotland. The bathroom was huge, by B & B standards with a tub and a shower. The first morning we wanted to sleep in since we had flown in from NY the day before. Morag was so accommodating and served us breakfast after the kitchen was supposed to be closed. She set us up with maps and directions and gave great advice on what to see and when. She provided excellent recommendations for dinner. At the same time, she is working a full time job. We never felt neglected or ignored. The last day we were there a problem developed with the hot water heater in our room but we still had hot water in the shower. Morag was up front about it and it was not a problem. The breakfasts were huge and the food was good. We met different guests each morning and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Mill of Eyrland.

Room Tip: The large room on the top floor was just wonderful with many quaint aspects. The stairs were no pro...
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  • Stayed August 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mill of Eyrland
Address: Stenness, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Stenness
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Stenness
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Mill Of Eyrland Orkney Islands/Stenness

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