The Provost's House
About the home
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.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Warebeth, 2km|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
The Orkney Isles region
Orkney is world-famous for the extraordinary quality and quantity of its archaeological remains. But just as many visitors are drawn here for the wildlife, the tranquility, and the dramatic landscapes.
The great surprise to most visitors is Orkney's unique climate. Bathed by the Gulf Stream but in the rain-shadow of the Highlands, Orkney is both warmer and drier than its location at the North of Scotland would suggest.
In fact, it has a remarkably mild year-round climate, as the many palm trees thriving in Stromness gardens can confirm. It is neither too hot in summer, nor too cold in winter. Indeed, winter temperatures are significantly warmer than those of Southern England, with frost and snow virtually unknown.
The Stromness area
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 around the world, and impromptu sessions are likely to break out in one or other of the local pubs several times a week.
Other forms of music are also strongly represented with an annual Blues Festival, an annual Jazz Festival, as well as frequent events featuring everything from heavy metal to Gilbert & Sullivan.
As for the visual arts, a strong and growing artistic community has been drawn to the area, not just by the quality of the light, but also by the presence of the internationally-famous Pier Arts Centre. As well as painting, photography, and all kinds of graphic arts, this gallery has a particularly strong reputation for sculpture, due to its close association with Barbara Hepworth.
Beyond the town itself, walking, cycling, or the local bus services make it easy to explore most parts of the main island. Specifically, the four major monuments that constitute the Neolithic Heart of Orkney World Heritage Site are all within five miles of Stromness.
You can enjoy an excellent day's walking on the islands of Hoy or Graemsay, by taking the local ferry direct from Stromness pier, while the other islands can be reached by a combination of bus and ferry, or by plane from Kirkwall airport.
How to get there
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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.
Activities near Stromness
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
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|Summer 2013||4 May 13||28 Sep 13||£ 420||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
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