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“A wonderful place for a tranquil Orkney holiday.”
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Cleatfurrows
London, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful place for a tranquil Orkney holiday.”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We stayed in Sea View for a week in late June. We have stayed in many cottages in Scotland and other places, but this is definitely one of the best. A superb location - we saw seals swimming in the surf from the garden. The graveyard next door and the mediaeval palace across the road adds to the atmosphere. The cottage is very close to the Brough where you can see lots of birds, including puffins. There are also many lovely coastal and inland walks. Although the village is tiny, there is an excellent post office and shop 2 minutes walk away and a highly rated tea room about 10 mins walk. There is also a hotel within 5 mins drive that does homely meals and also serves good real ale.

The cottage itself is spacious, comfortable and well furnished. The kitchen/diner looks out onto the garden with a lovely view of the sea and the Brough. Lovely leather sofas to flop into with a large glass of whisky after long walks We cooked a lot during our stay and the kitchen is very well equipped for this. Also lots of well chosen books and DVDs if the weather is bad!

We can't wait to go back.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Cleatfurrows is one house split into two separate apartments; Sea View and Palace End. Both are well kitted out but Palace End has some limitations.

Palace End: small galley kitchen, fridge in hall, and small living room with table in corner. bedrooms upstairs are fine and spacious and bathroom okay. Shower had mildew and should be re-grouted, simple but would make a difference. It is okay for 2 adults but another two adults or two kids would make the downstairs space very crowded; depends on what you are used to I guess. Overall a nice apartment but limited compared to Sea View and you can hear the people in Sea View bedroom (it is right below the double room).

Sea View; as name suggests it has a great sea view (from kitchen). This is the better apartment by far and is quote simply nicer and more spacious. Kitchen is large with a sea view and table and chairs for 6. Living room has space for 4 adults comfortably with two sofas. Main bedroom is ensuite (toilet and shower) and other bedroom has bunks. Toilet and shower room in hall. A very nice apartment with all mod cons, dishwasher, internet, etc.

Overall both apartments are nice but Sea View is simply nicer, better laid out and better equipped.

I gave a "very good" rating overall as Sea View is very good. Palace End is would give "average" due to size and lay out downstairs.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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cleatfurrows, Owner at Cleatfurrows, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Thank you for the lovely review! We too love Cleatfurrows very much. We have only owned it for 2 years and it has been a totally pleasurable experience.

In this time we've updated all the bedding and linen and continue to update furnishings & contents. We have also taken on-board our guests notes and so we plan a few new improvements for 2013.

In the Palace End we are fitting a new bathroom (with a bath!) and a dishwasher for the kitchen, and opening up the galley kitchen wall above the sink into the living room. We hope this will make it feel a little more sociable and functional and light... In the Sea End we are updating paint works also getting a Piano!

We also hope to have the new low Sea wall completed on the garden, so guests and passers-by can all sit on the wall and watch the lovely sunsets...

Long term plans are to become greener and improve the efficiency of the heating, which is still oil-based and of environmental concern to us. As Orkney is a world leader in generation of renewable energy it is clearly an anathema to keep on oil. We hope to have this sorted by Easter.

Many thanks - Cleatfurrows
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Additional Information about Cleatfurrows

Property: Cleatfurrows
Address: Cleatfurrows Cleatfurrows Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Birsay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Birsay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shore, overlooking the sea on one side and the historic Earl's Palace on the other, Cleatfurrows Farmhouse has been transformed into a well appointed self catering house. It can be let as either one single 4 bedroom house or as two separate two bedroom properties. The house has two well equipped kitchens and two lounges and these public areas feature laminate flooring. Beds are all made up with 100% cotton linens and the feeling is one of lightness and brightness throughout. WiFi Internet is provided. You'll find this a tranquil place and a great base for a holiday in either summer or winter. Enjoy awe-inspiring walks, the magic of the past in Birsay's archeological sites, lake and sea fishing or wildlife spotting. You'll also find good food close by. Open all year. Rates from £300 per week per half house. Pets welcome in the Seafront lodgings for an extra £20 per pet. ... more   less 
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