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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Simone180...
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely accommodation, and helpful, friendly host”
Reviewed 13 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012
2
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We went to Hoy for two nights and Cantick Head was a bit of a treat. We loved the idea of staying in the lighthouse keepers cottage and were not disappointed in the slightest. Nadia was a very nice host, and was also really helpful before our trip as well as when we were there. She lives next to the cottages, but we did not feel imposed on at all... We stayed in the Principle Cottage and inside was just lovely. The Kitchen was spacious and on the dining table we were greeted with warm apple crumble (which we consumed the next day - yum! Thanks Nadia!)... there was everything we needed down to kitchen roll, cling film and foil, food storage boxes etc etc. I can't even think of anything we might have needed that was not there :)

The house was warm, bedrooms were comfortable, there is a store next to the cottage with videos/dvds/wellies/games etc, which can be borrowed, and also an area where we could put things to be recycled. The Livingroom was a good size and had comfortable sofas... what would have really made it would have been a real fire, rather than electric - but that is no complaint!!

I imagine in the summer when both cottages are booked up it might not feel so secluded and private, but there is plenty of space outside and I imagine it would be a good place for families as well as couples, or friends. I would definitely like to visit again... hopefully soon :)

Date of stay: March 2012
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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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26 Aug 2018
Thanks, we hope to see you again soon!
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AnnandRic...
Arisaig
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A very special place”
Reviewed 30 May 2011 for a stay in May 2011
1
person found this review helpful

We were only at the Lighthouse 2 nights but what a delight. Huge skies, birds flying below us as we sat on the cliff, the lighthouse only steps away from the door...We stayed in the Assistant keeper's Cottge and got a real feeling of history - altough it has been modernised of course! - and an atmosphere of family life in the last century. Perhaps because we knew what the original tenants did.. .The kitchen is tiny but beautifully equipped. Tom and Nadia are so lovely and helpful - Tom sings in the Stromabank Pub Choir and though we missed rhearsal night we heard the choir in Kirkwall Cathedral the following week. We got a lovely rhubarb crumble on our welcome tray!

Date of stay: May 2011
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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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26 Aug 2018
Thanks, we hope to see you again soon!
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cjmcr
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We first stayed here three years ago and...”
Reviewed 9 May 2010 for a stay in May 2011
1
person found this review helpful

We first stayed here three years ago and have returned each year since. The new owners Nadia and Tom are very welcoming and try hard to help you enjoy your holiday. The cottages (there are two) are former lighthouse keeper cottages and as you would imagine are located right by the sea, with stunning views of the surrounding islands.

This is the place to go if you love nature as the local environment is wonderful - go May to August if you love flowers and birds and go anytime if you love wonderful walks of all standards with jaw dropping scenery.

The cottages provided everything we needed, but the main reason for going here is the peace and quiet. We'll certainly be back!

Date of stay: May 2011
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26 Aug 2018
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Celinebeb...
Pattingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 5 March 2010 for a stay in February 2010

We stayed in the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage and had an outstanding time. The lighthouse was literally outside the front door and beyond that nothing but blue sky and the sea. If you are looking for an inspiring journey that takes you to a place that can only be described as heaven, then this is it. Nadia and Tom keep the cottages in excellent condition and the local Stromabank Pub is only a short drive away. I absolutely recommend this accommodation for anyone looking to escape. I know I will go back there as soon as I can.

Date of stay: February 2010
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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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26 Aug 2018
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Culture64...
Sandbach, Cheshire UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The best self catering experience in Scotland!”
Reviewed 3 November 2005
9
people found this review helpful

We stayed in the assistant lighthouse keepers cottage at the Cantick Head Lighhouse at the end of Oct 2005. What a fantastic experience. Absolutely lovely quality accommodation and two hosts Christine and Bill who were a mine of information and exceptionally friendly. I can't recommend it highly enough. My son George 4 loved it! Particularly the two sheep who think they are dogds and the dog which thinks it is a dog called Charlie!

On the first morning we were greeted on the beach by two common seals and their pup! It is a get away from it al place - in luxurious comfort. The kitchen was a little small but hey - it is a lighthouse keepers cottage, not a mansion! Some people wrote in the visitors book that the cottage would benefit from a pay as you go computer with internet access!!!!!!! Why????? don't stay there mate is my advice to that bloke! There is a larger cottage next door and both are great. Both cottages have showers and it would have been nice to be able to have a soak in a bath but again the fittings are immaculate - so we adapted, not problems!

If you need entertaining then don't go there - it is for people who love peace and quiet and can happily amuse themselves with walks on the beaches and a sport of fishing!

We loved it so much we are returning on 26th December for another go!

Get in there if you are interested - once this little gem becomes more widely known you will not be able to get a reservation!

Date of stay: February 2010
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26 Aug 2018
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