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The Steading

Longhope, Orkney (Ref. 1115566)

Luxury Holiday Houses rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • First-floor Kitchen/diner
  • Utility room
  • First-floor sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, and coffee machine
  • Smart TV with Netflix, WiFi, table tennis
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed line and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, decking and furniture, wrap-around balcony
  • Boat house with table tennis table
  • Two well-behaved dogs allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Post office 0.3 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: There are steps up to the property from the decking
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out from 10am

The property

The Steading in Longhope has an enviable position overlooking the sheltered bay which forms part of Scapa Flow. Locally known as ‘The Irn Bru House’ due to the steel girders used in the construction, this stunning property was designed and built to maximise the seafront location and the panoramic views. The large windows on the first floor where the kitchen, dining room and lounge are located provides an ideal vantage point to spot bird and wildlife along the shoreline and beyond. Easily accessible from mainland Orkney serviced by two separate ferries running throughout the day. One from Stromness to North Hoy and the other, closer to Longhope, from Houton. A visit to Hoy has plenty to offer for those looking to explore the island's rich history, wildlife, and culture. It played an important role in the Second World War, and this continues to leave a lasting impression on the island today by being the best preserved and least disturbed WW2 defence landscapes in the UK. The landscape on Hoy is varied with sweeping moorland, dramatic clifftops, stacks and beautiful beaches. There is an assortment of birdlife including puffins, fulmars, red-throated divers, skuas, hen harriers and razorbills make this island their home. You may even be lucky enough to spot a white-tailed eagle or golden eagle. Rackwick is a must-see with a golden sandy beach and huge, coloured sandstone boulders overlooked by pink cliffs. This is where the walk to the Old Man of Hoy starts which is approximately 6 miles. Seals can be spotted all year-round and twice a year there is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of their pups. Autumn is the time that grey seals pup and early summer for common seals. Remember to always stay well back especially when seals are with their pups. Be sure to take a trip to mainland Orkney where exploring the towns of Stromness and Kirkwall you will discover the myriad of local produce that Orkney celebrate. During your visit look out for the selection of events which are widely publicised during the year including arts and crafts, festivals, culture, as well as music and dance. Known worldwide for some of the finest examples of Neolithic settlements, follow in the footsteps of these early settlers and include Skara Brae and Maeshowe. On the ferry crossings to, from and within Orkney, and on coastal walks, you could see whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Satisfy your Island curiosity by spending time in this splendid house. You will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - a pleasure worth travelling for. EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Hackness 2.5 miles; Lyness 7.7 miles; Hoy 18.2 miles.

Located on the island of South Walls, one of the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland is the important coastal settlement of Longhope. Renowned for its rich maritime history dating back to the Napoleonic wars, the island South Walls is connected to Hoy by the Ayre causeway making it the second largest island in the Orkney Archipelago. Originating directly from the Old Norse word for ‘long bay’, Longhope’s main draw is its tranquil surroundings. Set in its own peaceful seclusion; you can tour the island and visit the impressively restored lifeboat museum that offers rich history on WWI and WWII or relish a hearty meal and cold beverage at one of several pubs on offer. Well-positioned to visit Hoy, Lyness and Rackwick Beach, one of the most remote and beautiful beaches to be found in Orkney, Longhope is an incredible location that is sure to stay with you long after you leave.

Note: Highchair and cot available on request - linen for cot not provided
Note: Though electricity is included, charging for electric cars is not included in the rent
Note: Please bear in mind that this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane (The nearest airport is on mainland Orkney in Kirkwall) or ferry. Links from mainland Orkney to Hoy are by ferry.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

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