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Warm And Peaceful House In The Heart Of Mainland Orkney

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Stromness House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Beautiful Views

Next door to the famous and friendly Fursbreck Pottery. Formerly the old Schoolhouse, the house sleeps six people and has been fully restored and upgraded in 2011. Peaceful, countryside situation but only a short drive from the Stones of Stenness, Maes Howe, Skara Brae and Stromness. Panoramic views across open countryside to the beautiful hills of Hoy. Panoramic views across open countryside to the beautiful hills of Hoy.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Andrew and Sigrid Appleby
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016

About Andrew and Sigrid Appleby

Andrew Appleby is well-known locally as the 'Harray Potter' and has lived and worked in Orkney for 35 years. Together with his Danish wife Sigrid, they run the Fursbreck Pottery. Andrew is a keen archeologist and very knowledgeable about the island and all things Neolithic. Sigrid ran an art gallery in Kirkwall and is very active in the busy local arts scene.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Warm And Peaceful House In The Heart Of Mainland Orkney
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

A perfect gem!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful peaceful and beautiful location and property. Perfect for creatives - writers, poets, Painters, musicians. In the heart of Neolithic Orkney and all of its inspirations. Every comfort is here to make this the perfect creative retreat. You will need and want to hire a car. Fabulous hosts!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful, comfortable surroundings perfect for exploring Mainland

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place from which to explore Orkney. Centrally located between the two main towns, minutes away from most of the important Neolithic sights. A good butcher and supermarket within a five minute drive. And that is just its logistical advantages .

The house itself has plenty of room, excellent amenities, beautiful art work on every wall, full of light and peace.

Andrew is a wonderful host providing guests wth farm fresh eggs, and Orkney salmon , smoked to his own specifications and even showing up with fresh plaice for dinner. His lovely pottery lines the kitchen shelves providing for memorable meals. He is a font of knowledge about Orkney and a delight to speak to on any subject.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a great pleasure to welcome such appreciative folk. Sometimes we e see tired and weary faces on arrival. How relaxed and content they become through their stay. Orkney does that. Andrew and Sigrid.
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Quirky but very comfortable and good value for money

  • 5 of 5

We found the property extremely well positioned for all the sites. Andrew was a perfect "host" and his property certainly carries his stamp on it. Very comfortable and the smoked salmon and freshly laid eggs in the fridge from the on-site chickens on our arrival were thoroughly enjoyed.

We would recommend the Smithfield Hotel in Dounby, a 5 minute car ride away. Food fabulous, especially the haddock and chips.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Brilliant place to stay - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

My daughters, their friends and I stayed in Andrew and Sigrid's lovely house for a week. It's a great position, ideal for anywhere on Orkney and ferries to the islands, and was really comfortable and spacious for five adults. We shall definitely be back in Orkney, which is such a magical place to visit that, even on my 3rd visit, there are so many interesting things left to do, and I shall certainly want to return to Fursbreck Pottery House another time. Andrew and Sigrid were very welcoming and keen to help. And even the weather and the light in Orkney is magical, with lovely long evenings in August...

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We try to make our home your home for the time that you are with us. Then you can take your memories and keep them for all time. We are so lucky with our guests, who we welcome with open hearts. A&S
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Lovely spacious cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 4 children for a week, plenty of space and great facilities. A warm welcome from our hosts with smoked salmon and eggs in the fridge was a wonderful way to start our holiday. Orkney has so much to see that we didn't manage it all in a week and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this kind review. It makes providing our holiday home so worthwhile for our appreciative guests, Our hens are so happy too to provide the breakfast eggs!
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We loved it

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Andrew and Sigrids cottage. It is nice and warm. You have everything you need.

Orkney is an amazing place. We loved it so much that we are planning to go back next summer.

Liv Helena and Lucio with three girls, Graziela, Silvia and Luciana.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Fursbreck House is right in the middle of Orkney's mainland with easy access to the historic sights of our World Heritage Site, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Standing Stones of Stenness, Maes Howe, Skara Brae and the Broch of Birsay. Beautiful beaches at Birsay and Skaill and stunning cliffs at Marwick and Yesnaby. Stromness and Kirkwall an easy drive or bus ride away.

Next to the world renowned Harray Potter, which you are invited to visit. There is Orkney's wonderful Brewery, with guided tours and restaurant.

It is easy to visti other Islands for day trips. Rousay, Shapinsay, Hoy, Flotta, Graemsay. Tour the South Isles to The Italian Chapel, Tomb of The Otters and Tomb of Th Eagles over The Churchill Barriers.

There are excellent Museums, Kirkwall, Stromness, Burray.

You will find Orkney completely full of surprises, yet a place of utter peace. You will always want to return. I vist to orkney is not time out of your lives... It will be the time of your life!


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Stromness House Rental Rates

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Autumn 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Happy to consider longer rentals. Please email to discuss.

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Stromness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Ground floor has wheelchair accessible wet room with shower. Upper floor has shower room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 child bed , Bunk beds
  • Three bedrooms - one double (upstairs), one twin and one room with bunk beds (both ground floor).
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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