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The Provost's House

8 reviews
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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
7 nights minimum
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In the heart of historic Stromness, this traditional merchant's townhouse offers modern comforts and views across the bay. Originally built by local hero Alexander Graham over 250 years ago, for much of the 20th century it was the home of the Provost of Stromness, James Marwick. Stromness is a lively and enchanting small town, the perfect base from which to explore Orkney's wild landscapes and world-famous historic sites. While the town's pubs, theatres and galleries attract musicians and artists from all over the world....In the heart of historic Stromness, this traditional merchant's townhouse offers modern comforts and views across the bay. Originally built by local hero Alexander Graham over 250 years ago, for much of the 20th century it was the home of the Provost of Stromness, James Marwick. Stromness is a lively and enchanting small town, the perfect base from which to explore Orkney's wild landscapes and world-famous historic sites. While the town's pubs, theatres and galleries attract musicians and artists from all over the world.More
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Bob C
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:May 2011
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Provosts House in Stromness. It was cold when we arrived, but very soon warmed up with the various electric fires provided, and thereafter was a most comfy and pleasant base. The kitchen is well appointed, but various...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Peter C
Wander317375, VR Owner at The Provost's House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm so pleased to hear you all enjoyed your stay here at The Provost's House, and took full advantage of the range of facilities nearby - well, all except the Hamnavoe Restaurant anyway! For my part, I must say that you have been model guests...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018

Excellent location in a spacious house with good basic facilities and a great range of information to help you plan your stay and travel around. Clean, comfortable and good value. There is ample parking a few streets away in the Orkney business centre off Franklin...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank jeaton5
Management response:Responded July 23, 2018

Thanks Julie - it's great to know you enjoyed your stay. I'm sure Orkney will lure you back, and when it does, you're always welcome here. Bob

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Reviewed May 20, 2018

Bob sent us lots of really helpful introductory information. The house has good facilities, dishwasher,washing machine, a bath and a comfortable bed. The kitchen was well equipped with mugs,china and utensils.The sitting room is lovely with lots of local information including O.S.maps. The heating was...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank 197yellow
Management response:Responded July 13, 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely review, and for being such considerate guests, leaving the house so clean and tidy - much appreciated. No doubt Orkney will lure you back again!

Reviewed May 4, 2018

We had a wonderful week staying at The Provost's House. With plenty of time before our arrival the owner, Bob, sent us a message with lots of very useful and detailed information. This was a great help to know, for example, that there is a...More

Date of stay: April 2018
1  Thank Bridget R
Management response:Responded May 8, 2018

Hi Bridget, Thank you very much for this lovely review. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed such a wonderful week, both in the Provost's House, and out exploring around Stromness and Orkney. Thank you again for taking good care of the house during...More

Reviewed July 31, 2017

The location is excellent and especially convenient for the ferry. The accommodation was clean and comfortable . In the immediate vicinity there was a very good restaurant and convenience shops. We would certainly re. book Provost's House on a return trip to the Orkneys.More

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank Janet W
Management response:Responded August 2, 2017

Hi Janet, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I'm very pleased to hear that you all enjoyed your stay, and would be delighted to welcome you back to the Provost's House when the lure of Orkney overwhelms you again - as it surely...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Dryer
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Freezer
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
TV
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Kettle
Toaster
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Would you recommend this vacation rental to someone looking for a modern style property?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Stromness is an enchanting small town, with a strong sense of its own history as a base for world exploration and discovery, including Captain Cook's voyages to Australia and the Hudsons Bay Company's many voyages to Canada. But even today, its solid stone-built buildings and its winding stone-flagged main street continue to attract new generations of travellers, artists and musicians. Visitors are often surprised that such a remote and small community has such a lively entertainment scene, its pubs, restaurants, galleries and theatres attracting a full calendar of events and festivals throughout the year. The annual Orkney Folk Festival (now in its 29th year) takes place in Stromness at the end of May. But throughout the year, a steady stream of folk musicians find their way here from ...
How to get there
The Provost's House is in the heart of historic Stromness, just 5 minutes walk from the car ferry terminal, where ferries arrive 3 times a day from the port of Scrabster (near Thurso) on the Scottish mainland. This 90 minute crossing is a great introduction to Orkney, passing the famous landmark of the Old Man of Hoy and the towering red sandstone cliffs of Hoy Island. On your way to the ferry port of Scrabster, you could consider driving up through Scotland, stopping to explore some other attractions in the Highlands. Or you may prefer to make use of the frequent bus and train connections via Inverness, which allow you to sit back and relax, while the magnificent Highland scenery passes by your window. Alternatively, you can fly to Orkney with connecting services from all major UK airports.
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