We have just returned from a week long stay at this superb cottage and we all agree that we could not have gotten better on the island, the owner Grieg ensured that we settled in by showing us round the place.
The whole farmhouse was modern, clean, spacious with beautiful rooms, it also had a good standard of electronic gear with a large flat screen tv ( something most of the other places we have stayed have fallen short of ) DAB radio, docking station for ipods and Dvd player.
This is the second time we have stayed here and we will be back again.
We were lucky. Riff Farmhouse had just been finished when we booked our holiday to Orkney. It has been done up to a really high spec and is really spacious and comfortable. When we arrived there was a lovely array of local products on the kitchen table- Orkney fudge, biscuits and oatcakes as well as cereals, and milk in the fridge. Everything was provided: fairy liquid, soap etc. The kitchen has all mod cons, and no expense has been spared on the fittings and fixtures in there or in the bathrooms.
We loved all the furnishings too.
We had a really comfortable stay and Greig was always on hand to help us with any queries. He lives next door with his family. The Farmhouse is amongst a group of houses/cottages on a farm, with sheep right outside the door and hens wondering about. It is very peaceful and not full of people or vehicles though.
We loved the view from the large windows in the sitting room and could walk down to the beach from the Farmhouse. The beach was full of seaweed but we did manage a quick dip.
It was wonderful to have free Wifi, so we could find out about what to do on the Island. If you havenít been, there is plenty to do! We loved Skara Brae, the Neolithic village, and the standing stones of Sterness, as well as the burial mound of Maes Howe. We took a trip to see the Old Man of Hoy, a lovely walk to the famous sea stack, and took in the Scapa Flow Museum. The beaches, the wildlife, and the odd really hot day made our trip utterly memorable. The cottage was central and perfectly situated for our extensive tourist forays! We found the people on the island to be utterly welcoming and lovely, and would be keen to return again. We have no hesitation in recommending Riff Farmhouse to anyone, old or young alike.