It was bliss to return to Annie's Place. The flat is exceptionally comfortable and welcoming and so well equipped. The weather was not so kind but I love being able to go out the door and up the path to sit and gaze at the wild (or calm!) sea, take in the amazing views and watch the seabirds and waders. There are stunning walks from the flat without using my car. I travel alone but feel exceptionally secure at Annie's Place. Younger family members also love the flat. It is no wonder I already have my next visit booked!
Tip: Having the Palace Stores literally next door is a joy - such great cakes and fresh sandwiches which are hard to resist. Lots of beautiful craftwork too. I bought all my Orkney food from here. You need to book well ahead but a meal at the Foveran restaurant in Orphir is a true treat. There is so much to do in Kirkwall. Visit the Archive in Laing Street and have a meal or coffee there too. An Italian evening meal at Lucano was delicious. I never miss visiting The Pier gallery in a Stromness and love The Tearoom in Graham Place - delicious scones, cakes and light lunches. Check the opening times. I could go on and on ...... My stays are never long enough!
13th October 2017, guest from Leeds
Excellent from start to finish.
Tip: Merkister Hotel, Birsay Tea Room and much much more to enjoy exploring.
21st September 2017
Although we didn't meet during our stay, we did however speak on the phone. You have provided plenty of information on the workings of white goods, contacts, and places of interest and the village of Palace itself.
Tip: We enjoyed having our evening meals at Annie's place. Everything you needed in the kitchen was to hand. We made packed lunches/snacks as we wanted to take in as many as the sites a possible in the short time we had. We did however have a lovely Italian meal in Lucano's in Kirkwall. Don't miss out on the Broch of Gurness and definitely make the trip across to the Brough of Birsay. Must book for Maeshowe. Aside from the major attractions, there is so much to see on the mainland. Birsay itself has a lot to offer, the Palace, Kirburster farm (stepping back in time, excellent), worth the visit. If you want to get to some of the other islands, you need more than just a week. The 'A' Roads, excellent. We did cris cross on the 'B' (single track), but excellent scenery.
5th September 2017, guest from South Queensferry
We enjoyed a warm welcome (and the welcome pack is a lovely idea and most appreciated) from Robin and Anne and found the property to be extremely comfortable. It was probably the best equipped self-catering property we have ever stayed in - every need was provided for! It is in a great location and we made the most of the bench overlooking the bay on the sunny evenings. Thanks for a great week!
Tip: Take advantage of the free guided tours at the Ring of Brodgar and Stenness. They are really informative. The local walks are lovely. We will need to come back earlier in the year to see the puffins, though!
31st August 2017, guest from Glasgow
Lovely location, great accommodation, friendly and helpful hosts.
Tip: Great village shop next door. Loads of historic sites, beaches and lovely scenery.Great base to exploits from.
23rd August 2017, guest from Berwick-upon-tweed
Another fantastic stay at Annie's place - our second family holiday there and we've already re-booked for next year! The house is comfortable and well equipped - so much more than a typical holiday-let. Anne and Robin are charming and hospitable hosts, who do their utmost to ensure that guests enjoy their stay.
Tip: An incredible location. Within just 50 metres you have: the beach; explorable (free of charge) ruins of a bishop's palace; an interesting old church; a well-stocked, good-value general store and friendly neighbours who treat you as a welcome visitor, rather than a tourist! Within easy walking distance there's the spectacular Brough of Birsay, the fascinating Barony Mill and the superb Birsay Tea Rooms. All of this is on hand before you even begin to explore the further afield attractions of the islands in general.
21st August 2017, guest from Hassocks
If you want beauty over convenience to towns on Orkney, this is the place to stay. With a magnificent garden and access to the beach with views of Marwick and the Brough of Birsay, Annie's Place is the place to be. There are several walks - to the Brough, to Marwick Head (but watch out for the cows), and to the Whalebone, Skibi Geo and Northside - you will really enjoy the scenery and wildlife, including Puffins. Anne and Robin are perfect hosts, there if you need them but unobtrusive otherwise. They are wonderful and interesting folk. There is a nice store next door and Tea Room down the road. It is a bit of a drive to the tourist attractions, but if you want peace and wildlife, like I did, this is the place for you. PS, ignore the Google Maps view and street view. It is old and they have really fixed it up since then.
24th July 2017, guest from Hattiesburg
The perfect host who have Annie's place feeling like home so welcoming and full of info for the surrounding are and further a field.
Tip: Brough of Birsay (saw puffins on this trip thanks to Anne and Robin), Old Man of Hoy (watched the climbers), Ness of Brodgar (free guided tour), Yesnaby (my favourite spot).
10th July 2017, guest from Glasgow
Lovely, well appointed flat, immaculately clean and cosy, very generous welcome hamper. We appreciated the use of beautiful garden. Lovely sea view to back. Anne & Robin are very welcoming, friendly and hospitable. We had a great week. Thank you.
Tip: Lots to do in and around Birsay. There is a good comprehensive collection of leaflets on local attractions and places to eat. There is also a booklet for guests to write comments on eating places they have tried - a very useful idea. Transport essential but there is a good (free!) car park just across the road from Annie's Place. There is a local store next door for supplies.
5th July 2017, guest from Clarkston
The property is very comfortable and well equipped and the location superb. The owners are extremely helpful and their hospitality was much appreciated.
Tip: Superb views over the bay to Brough of Birsay a few yards from the property. Great walks to the Brough in one direction and towards Marwick Head in the other. Within easy driving distance of many of the main archaeological sites and nature reserves. We liked the Orkney Brewery for lunch and a tasting tray of excellent beers.
12th June 2017, guest from New Milton
Very friendly and helpful. Lovely to be able to walk out and straight onto the beautiful coast.
8th June 2017
Thank you for a simply wonderful stay. The flat is so comfortable and well equipped. Cooking meals and eating in were a pleasure after long walks and sea air. Your cosy lounge and comfy beds rounded off our days. Words are inadequate to describe the breathtaking scenery and wildlife literally on the doorstep - so much birdlife and amazing seas. I have stayed the length and breadth of beautiful Orkney but Annie's Place and Palace Is now my favourite place to stay - bliss!
Tip: Numerous walks to and the circular walk around the Brough of Birsay are called for. I was delighted to see an early puffin amongst the many seabirds - Orcas too! Walk along the beach towards Marwick Head and enjoy the seals. The walk up to the Kitchener Memorial is spectacular. We spent a long time here on Marwick Head enjoying the views and the wheeling fulmars. We were spoilt for choice for things to do and see in Orkney but the Broch of Gurness, St Magnus Cathedral and the town of Stromness were favourites with everyone. Our Spanish and Italian guests loved the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness. Last but not least, I was able to buy food, treats and gifts by walking next door to the brilliant Palace Stores. I could very happily stay a week at Annie's Place and not use my car!
8th May 2017, guest from Leeds
Fabulous welcome, lovely stay. Will definitely be returning. Top class.
Tip: Great park and rustic crazy golf for the children in South ronaldsay.
16th April 2017
The accommodation is very comfortable, clean, warm and very cosy. The decor is tasteful and welcoming. The dining kitchen offers the opportunity for lovely family meals made from wonderful local produce. The sea front is right outside the garden. There are lots of sea birds, seals and boats to watch. Anne is a fabulous host with lots of great tips on things to do in Orkney. The welcome pack is great - there was even a bag of treats for our dog.
Tip: The location of the accommodation is great - the Palace Store is just next door and packed with everything you could need and plenty of wonderful local produce. The Birsay Bay Tearoom is fabulous - booking recommended. There's tons to see and do right on the doorstep - beach walks, cross the tidal causeway to the Brough of Birsay, visit the Bishops Palace, Skiba Geo and the Whale Bone cliff walk. Further afield there's the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, Skara Brae, the Brough of Gurness, tomb of the Eagles etc. Local produce to try - local beef (Dounby butchers), local fish and seafood (Jolly's just outside Kirkwall). Cheese - Grimbister - a mild soft cheese that is great on local oatcakes. Bakery produce Argo Bakery (sold in many establishments throughout Orkney mainland), selection of home baking from Place Store. I could go on..
12th April 2017, guest from Cumbernauld
For those cold, wet days (and evenings), a wider choice of dvds' would be useful. The cottage is a wonderful place to stay - we'll definitely be back to Annnie's Place if we return to Orkney.
14th November 2016, guest from Burntwood
Anne and Robin are wonderful, friendly hosts. We enjoyed speaking with them during our stay and were glad of the suggestions of things to see and do. They left a lovely welcome hamper and even a treat for the dog! Annie's Place was the perfect base for our family to explore Orkney. The apartment had everything we needed and was very warm & cozy. Lots of great walks and wildlife right from the door. We loved watching the birds, seals and sunsets along the beach . . . a minute from the door! Hope to come back to see the Puffins someday! The Palace Store, was great too- lots of wonderful local food/drinks/gifts . . . a very well-stocked shop!
18th October 2016, Guest from Chapeltown, Ballindalloch
I found Annie's Place such a comfortable, peaceful and welcoming place to stay. I travel alone and appreciated the friendliness of Robin and Anne which was never intrusive. The flat is so cosy, clean and well equipped. The location is idyllic with the sea and amazing walks on the doorstep - I did not drive the car for five days! I have already booked my return in Spring - I think that says it all!
- 26th September 2016, Guest from Leeds
Fabulous little cottage with everything you could need and more. Great location. Website does not do it justice, owners go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Very clean, a home from home, highly recommend this is the place to stay. Thank you for a great place.
- 11th September 2016, Guest from Sunderland
Lovely location: a stone's throw from the beach, and you can see the Palace from your windows! It's very clean and comfortable, and had everything we needed. Anne and Robin were so welcoming and helpful, we had a super time. Thank you! x
- 6th September 2016, Guest from Whaley Bridge
Anne and Robin are a lovely couple, so friendly and helpful.
- 31st August 2016, Guest from Hull
A fantastic house in a superb location. The owners couldn't be more welcoming and hospitable. A real home-from-home.
- 26th August 2016, Guest from Hassocks
Very welcoming and helpful
- 19th August 2016,Guest from York
Great place to stay. Beautiful landscape and views. Anne and Robin are really lovely and accommodating people.
- 10th August 2016, Guest
Excellent accommodation. The best we have experienced on Orkney so far.
- 19th July 2016, Guest from Dunkeld
The flat was lovely and in a great location. We had a great time and will definitely be back as there's so much we haven't yet seen. Your friendliness and helpfulness made our holiday even more special, thank you both
- 20th June 2016, Guest from Ryton
Great Place, Great Views , Great Atmosphere around the village.
If you like Beautiful places, Astonishing coastline with seals on the shore, A castle and a church 20 metres away. My wife and I will go back to Annies Place
- 31st May 2016, Guest
Spotless well equipped cosy apartment. Very comfortable beds.
Information about island enabled us to get the most out of our visit and was much appreciated.
- 17th April 2016, Guest from Glasgow