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“Pure magic, like coming home. Essential to any Orkney visit!”

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Eastward Guest House
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Halifax, Canada
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37 reviews
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“Pure magic, like coming home. Essential to any Orkney visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

This was my second trip to Eastward Guest House in two years, and I strongly suspect it will not be too long before I return. I was wowed on my first visit, and my second visit was just as good, if not better. A truly great B&B, in my opinion, has three great things going for it: great location, food, and comfort. Eastward redefines the meaning of all three.

First, the location. Orkney isn't very big, so Eastward is a short drive no matter which ferry you take. It's about 45 minutes if you take the CalMac, but even better it's about 10 minutes if you take the Pentland ferries (which are far less fussy and have shorter crossing times). Also, it is minutes from Tomb of the Eagles, and fairly short drives to every other attraction you might want to see. I think I may have driven 45 minutes max to get to anywhere. Although it's about a 30 minute drive or so into town, if you choose to eat outside of Eastward (and you should NOT), there are a few decent little pubs/restaurants within about a 10 minute drive. For a location, you couldn't ask for much more.

Comfort: EVERYTHING around Eastward is centred on your comfort. I have never, ever, been pampered so well and so thoughtfully. The rooms are all located upstairs, with lovely, comfortable beds and pillowy warm duvets. The beds even have electric bed warming sheets right on the mattress - absolute heaven if you've been trekking about all day (it does get cool in Orkney, it's fairly far north). Great big soft, thick, heavy bathrobes are found in your closet - not the little paper thin shifts you get in hotels, PROPER robes. Each room has an alarm clock that will also fit your ipod (great touch), and you are also provided with little toothbrushes, soap, etc. Only a couple of rooms are ensuite, but I never found this a problem as generally you'll still have a bathroom to yourself. Water is piping hot and pressure is great! Also, the guest lounge is outstanding - I've never seen anything like it. The best sound system I think I've ever listened to, lots of DVDs to watch, Sky TV, a dining table, free computer access and wifi, a coffee/hot chocolate/tea station, a little fridge stocked with Coke and water, etc - how much more spoiled can you get? What a wonderful place to relax in!

And if you aren't swayed yet, then let me finish it for you: the food. Oh my god the food. I've rarely eaten in restaurants with food this fabulous! They basically cater to EVERYONE - vegans, paleo, diabetics, whatever you want. Breakfast is an experience. You will not need lunch. Farm fresh eggs are delivered every morning (I know, because I took them from the lady one day!), salmon, sausages made especially for Eastward, fruit cocktail that is prepared daily, the most delicious oatmeal in Scotland, and a selection of cereals, yogurt, etc. And that is just one day - there are many other full breakfasts to choose from, including a vegan special that you would not believe. Patrick and Keiko also packed us a little snack pack to take during the day, as my father is diabetic and needed to eat fairly regularly. I wish they'd pack me a lunch every day, it was so delicious!

Upon booking, you are able to book suppers. Do this. Do NOT miss out on evening meals at Eastward. We had three suppers while we were there, and I still remember every bite. Our first meal was a Japanese one, light fare ( I forget the name), with an app of tofu, main of salmon, and a green tea chocolate fondant cake for dessert. I still salivate about that tofu. I never ever thought I'd utter that phrase in my life. Also, I confess that I HATE salmon, absolutely hate it, but Patrick prepared it with such expertise that I happily hate 90% of it. It wasn't doused in a heavy sauce either - just lightly seasoned and marinated, and served with dishes that perfectly accompanied it. We also repeated our choice of the French traditional (well worth it!), and dined in on another couple's Italian night. The spoiled brat writing this review is not a big lover of seafood, so Patrick gave me chicken pasta instead of the seafood masterpiece everyone else got. It was sooooooo amazing. I still am trying to figure out how I can recreate it. Every meal is cooked with the freshest, high quality ingredients. I can't begin to do it justice. I certainly spent far more money in restaurants in Scotland and didn't get half the experience I did at Eastward. Get the food. COME for the food!

To sum up, staying at Eastward cements the magical experience of Orkney. Patrick and Keiko, the hosts, create such atmosphere of comfort, luxury, and ease that makes everyone feel like royalty. They go above and beyond to make your stay fantastic, and they are highly engaging people to be around. My only regret is that Eastward has become so travelled that I had to share them with other guests!

All in all, one of the most memorable stays I've had. Ever.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Eastward Guest House, execptional on all fronts. Made to feel at home from the moment we were greeted. Presented to our bedrooms firstly which had everything you could ask for. Then shown the lounge area, which is ideal for a nice chill-out, everything you required was in there.

We had chosen to have food and this was the 'Izakaya Meaty', the food was amazing every course was cooked to perfection and had great presentation. They cooked for 11 of us in total and everyone thoroughly enjoyed each course and everyone was more than satisified with the quantity.

Enjoyed a great sleep after being well fed. In the morning we had a 3 course breakfast, which we were offered a time we fancied to eat at. The breakfast was amazing and very unique, a must have.

I was highly recommend this to anyone and would describe it as faultness and very unique. I will most definitly stay here again.

Many thanks to Patrick and Keiko

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

Our stay at Eastward House was a most enjoyable one, Patrick and Keiko were generous with their home and food.

Our bedroom was very comfortable, spotlessly clean and provided everything we needed and more,

Our evening meal 'Izakaya Meaty' was outstanding , fresh high quality food, well presented and ultimately delicious to eat.

After a superb nights sleep we were treated to a wonderful breakfast.

Thanks you for making my birthday stay very special, and a big thank you to the girls for their lovely rendition of Happy Birthday.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

I heard about this more than a year ago and it sounded a bit too stuck-up to me until friends went there. My husband and I went and did the whole thing of dinner a room for the night and breakfast. When I arrived I was a bit put off by having to swap my high heels for flat slippers because of their clean house policy. They explained that the slippers were sanitised each day. Although that is a bit weird when you’re relaxing on big settees in the lounge before dinner It all feels very comfortable.

I don’t consider myself a connoisseur although I have eaten good food in many parts of the world. All I can say is I ate the best dinner of my life. The next morning I didn’t think I had room for much food, but couldn’t stop eating a three course gourmet breakfast that my husband had chosen for me. With the dinner we did save a lot because we brought our own wine and also because we did not have a taxi to go there or come back the room cost wasn’t really that much different to what we could have spent elsewhere with taxis and high priced wine. If I could go every week I would. There have been special occasions in the past where I have been South to Edinburgh for special occasions, but I think the Witchery have seen the last of me now. The people are alright and down-to-earth and are good fun. They deserve brownie points as everything is just perfect. Everything you touch or use is high quality, so if you feel like a treat and want to spoil yourself, this is definitely the top place to go.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

We knew that we had found something different right from the start when we completed an online form and received a telephone call in response because our wnquiry was not very clear about dates.

Trip advisor comments had raised our expectations about hospitality and food but we were stll surprised by what we found. It is a high class expereince that you dont get from many top hotels these days. The gormet breakfast range is incredible, with a your personal bowl of hand prepared fresh fruit, flloowed by what can only be described as sensatonial porridge and then the real breakfast. I had hot salmon cooked in wine with spinach and duck eggs and my husband had Orkney steak with all the trimmings in a provencal sauce!

We really did benefit from hte talk about how to use our limited time on the islands - it all made perfect sense once we started touring.

Evening dinners are not usual b&b food. Eating is an experience. We had eaten at some impressive places in the Scotland but nothing gets near to the quality, delicacy and sblime flavours of their food. It is michelin standard or better.

Our thanks also to Jean and Derek from New York who had been there for the week and made our visit so much fun.

Room Tip: we booked two places to reduce travel: it was a mistake we should have stayed all of the time at Eas...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Eastward Guest House for our Wedding Anniversary. We were greeted by the hosts Patrick and Keiko both of which were very well mannered and made us feel instantly at home. After being recommended the Eastward by a colleague we thought we would book.

We are real foodies and this guesthouse does the best food in Orkney. We live in Orkney and have been to every restaurant and I can truly say that the food here is AMAZING!

We chose to go for the 'Izakaya Meaty' Japanese menu, which was without a shadow of a doubt the most delicious, scrumptious oriental food we have eaten in the UK. We particularly liked the 'Seared Blue Fin Tuna' which Patrick and Keiko kindly put on with a couple of other dishes for our Wedding Anniversary.

Eating here is an experience and we thoroughly enjoyed Patrick giving us a full overview of the food, flavours and technical cooking skills used in creating the masterpiece dishes to which we had 12!

The guest lounge is beautifully laid out, very comfy seating with tea/coffee facilities, deluxe biscuits, fridge with soft drinks and much more. We loved the 'Bang Olufsen' sound system to which we listened to the Rolling Stones. Awesome acoustics in this converted old church.

Our room was the 'Lotus Flower' which had a super king size bed which was heavenly to sleep on, a great bathroom and other amenities. Patrick gave us some homemade Mayan hot chocolate which was like a knock out dart. As soon as my head hit the pillow I had the best 8 hours sleep I have had in ages.

The breakfast was delicious from fresh fruit salad, to homemade porridge, to 'Fisherman's Plight'. I shall say no more you will need to stay there to experience this gourmet breakfast.

Patrick and Keiko are wonderful hosts and they did so much for my wife and I in making our Wedding Anniversary so special. We are already planning our next stay.

If you are looking for the best place to stay and eat in Orkney this is it!! Take it from a local, this is a class above the rest!

Thank you Patrick and Keiko for a fabulous stay.

Room Tip: Go for the 'Lotus Flower', brilliant!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

We were recommended this bed and breakfast by our friends when we told them that we were visiting Orkney.
Although this guest house is not within the village, the ferry from Gills Bay arrives at St. Margaret's Hope and is just 10 minutes drive from the pier so it was convenient as we were arriving on the last ferry and also leaving early in the morning.
The dinner was beyond expectation and cannot recommend any more. They have so many menu to choose from that we could not taste all in our four days stay. The same for breakfast. We had different breakfast every morning, never knew 'English full breakfast' is not the only breakfast you can have at a B&B.
On our last day we had to leave before 7am, but the hosts kindly prepared fruit salad and coffee then take away rolls with gorgeous smoked salmon. We were so glad our friends recommended, now we are recommending Eastward Guest House to all of our friends even they are not saying that they are visiting Orkney.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Eastward Guest House
Address: St Margaret's Hope, St Margaret's Hope KW17 2RN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > South Ronaldsay > St Margaret's Hope
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in St Margaret's Hope
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eastward Guest House is a destination for lovers of good food seeking a unique dining experience with excellent cuisine in a happy atmosphere. Great food and genuine friendship are equal partners in a house of warm hospitality that creates memorable occasions. The business is also widely known as The Missing Bell. ... more   less 
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Eastward Guest House Orkney Islands, Scotland

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