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“A well run family hotel in a beautiful location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kettletoft Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kettletoft
Poole, Dorset
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A well run family hotel in a beautiful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

My husband and I along with our family have stayed in the Kettletoft Hotel several times. The Hotel owners Mark and Julia make visitors feel so welcome. The food is first class and nothing is too much effort. The Hotel offers a traditional fish and chip shop on a Wednesday and Saturday evening and we believe you will not get better fish and chips anywhere. The every day menu offers a great choice of snacks and meals and the Orkney Steaks are huge and to die for. The bedrooms are very comfortable and offer tea and coffee facilities. The bar area offers amazing live music and local entertainment from time to time. The island of Sanday is a beautiful place to visit and we would strongly recommend a stay in The Kettletoft Hotel for its location, friendliness, food and warm welcome.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Gwen R
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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sanday uk
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

Had a lovely evening meal with fresh lobster and scallops caught locally that day. I had a large prawn salad. All the food was beautifully presented. A nice selection of wines. Very friendly and helpful services. We all had a great evening, will be going again

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank thomsondSandayUk
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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

Visited the island of Sanday with family,and after working up an appetite walking the beaches, decided to visit the local hotel for a much deserved meal and a pint. The owners are very friendly and made us feel that nothing was too much trouble for them. I had freshly prepared tai green curry (perfect) the other members of my party had the home made Orkney beef burger,and fish and chips. We all agreed the meals had been delicious,and excellent value. The beer on offer was surprisingly varied for a small island,with some of Orkney's own beers available. The public bar lent itself to enjoy one or two pints and enjoy what has to be one of the best views of any pub i have visited to date.
If any one is looking for a traditional unspoilt place to enjoy great food and local beer and a relaxing evening on Sanday i would happily recommend this place,as we all enjoyed our evening here.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Roy S
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

It is 9 pm in February and the central heating has been switched off... we went to enquire and were told that it is the way it is... (apparently it is pre-programmed to stop at a certain time) and that we could use a small totally inefficient electric heater instead. I am sitting in bed fully clothed including a big wollen jumper and a scarf and I am very very cold.

We seemed to be the only guests tonight, there was no one at the bar or in the restaurant. The food was terrible.

The bathroom is clean but absolutely freezing, this is a nightmare of an hotel.
People like these do not deserve to stay in business.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank Christiane J
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

Came here to sample the fish & chips which are on offer a couple of times a week including Wednesdays. When we arrived we were offered the choice of a bar half-full of noisy drinkers, or a small no-frills dining room in which a family with children were already installed. Neither area looked particularly appealing; we ended up choosing the dining/restaurant area which became rather cramped as it filled up. After a while we were able to order the night’s ‘special’, fish and chips, reasonably priced around £5. Orkney beer is proudly offered on a sign outside the hotel, so I ordered a pint. The waiter said it would be from the bottom of the barrel. Would it be flat?, No, but he could not guarantee that there was a full pint left. Of course it was flat when it came, but had a pleasant, fruity flavour. The main problem was the long wait, around an hour, which is not what you expect when fish-and-chips are being advertised as the dish of the day or evening. When the food came, the chips were found to be freshly cooked and tasty. The locally caught fish was certainly fresh, but the batter lacked flavour. Mushy peas are available as an accompaniment. The meal was of fish-and-chip-shop standard rather than hotel quality, which, given the modest tab, was acceptable, if the long wait was not.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Makaris
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

Just want to forget I've been here!! Not being made to feel welcome was the start. A decrepit bar was our dining room ,NO local Orkney beer on draft as advertised outside and NO local produce as advertised on their website. We were asked at half-eight in the evening after our "dinner" if we wanted a cooked breakfast the following morning......and they had to know then!! ...there would'nt be a choice in the morning!! ended up passing on the cooked breakfast and went for the choice of two cereals accompanied by ONE glass of "fresh" Orange.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TheFamousseamus
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

We visited Sanday for a day and looked at the two hotels for lunch with hindsight we chose the wrong one. The bar area was very tired looking and generally unclean and uncared for. Service was poor, with the staff playing on the pool table and swearing. The food was prompt and tasted good we had orkney beef burgers with chips. With its big plasma tv this isn't the place to go for a peaceful lunch. Sadly this bar was a big let down for our day on Sanday and for Sanday itself.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank GillyGillyB
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Additional Information about Kettletoft Hotel

Property: Kettletoft Hotel
Address: Kettletoft Village, Kettletoft KW17 2BJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Sanday > Kettletoft
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kettletoft
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small, family run hotel situated by the sea in the village of Kettletoft. Within easy walking distance of the hotel are the local shops and post office. Fish for trout in the lochs or wander the beaches, visit archaeological sites or watch the basking seals. Sanday offers unlimited opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts both professional and amateur. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Kettletoft Hotel Sanday, UK

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