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Skaill House

Skaill House Breckness ESTATE, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
+44 1856 841501
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Peerieskaill self catering apartment

We stayed for a week in Peerieskaill, one of two refurbished self catering apartments in Skaill... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Richard T
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Reading, United Kingdom
Manor House beside Skara Brae

The house dates from the 17th century & is full of interesting exhibits & furniture. The dining... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
44AlanS
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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850. Covering thousands of years of history, Skaill House is renowned for its contribution to Orkney's diverse and exciting past. The house was originally built in 1620 by Bishop George Graham (Bishop of Orkney 1615-1638), and has been added to by successive generations over the centuries. In its 400 year evolution, all 12 Lairds have been related, contributing to the history and collections in the house. Today, after careful restoration work, the house is open to the public and entry is included in a joint ticket with Skara Brae, which is just a 200m walk away. There are many rooms to explore and stories to uncover. Visitors can experience a family home as it was in the 1950s, and discover the items collected by the family since the 17th Century. Neolithic and Iron Age finds, Captain Cooks's dinner service, the Bishop's bed , and Stanley Cursiter paintings are a few of the many fascinating items on exhibition here. Children are very welcome here at Skaill House, and can join in our much loved Viking hunt as they explore the rooms of the house. The house abounds with ghost stories to capture their imagination during their vis
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Skaill House Breckness ESTATE, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed for a week in Peerieskaill, one of two refurbished self catering apartments in Skaill House. Our apartment had been refurbished to a very high standard and was spotlessly clean. It was comfortable and well kitted out with all mod cons. The staff were...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The house dates from the 17th century & is full of interesting exhibits & furniture. The dining room is laid out as it was for a visit by the Queen Mother & you can see the menu & shopping list. Unlike some country houses it...More

Thank 44AlanS
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SkaillHouse, Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Skaill House. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit, and hope that you will come and see is again soon. Best wishes Fraser (Manager)

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed my visit to Skaill House. There were many interesting items within the home to look at. They also had hidden items within the home for children (and adults) to look for. There was also a nice gift shop inside.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Lovely Skaill House is a well preserved mansion near Skara Brae. Well worth the effort to visit and wander through the rooms and gardens of this lovely old house.

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SkaillHouse, Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Skaill House. best wishes Fraser (Manager)

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

This home is just a short walk from the Skara Brae visitor center. William G. Watt was the man who found Skara Brae beneath all the sand. The house is fully furnished with numerous historic items from its habitants since 1620. There is a gift...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Skaill House is adjacent to the archeological site of Skara Brae, and your ticket includes admission to both. It was quite interesting as manor houses go (and a welcome shelter from the rain & wind!), but we really found Skara Brae more interesting than Skaill...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We visited this home while in the area to see the nearby ruins. The home is a treasure trove of items and stores about the area. We had a guided tour and found it quite interesting.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This historic manor was built in 1620. It had a complete restoration in 1997 and has been open to the public since for a fee. The two storey house has so many rooms filled with what seems like original house wares and furniture. With so...More

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SkaillHouse, Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

thank you for your kind review, and we're delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to Skaill House. Best wishes Fraser (Manager)

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

An interesting old Manor House with links to Royalty nicely preserved and full of interesting artefacts so you can feel the human history of the place

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SkaillHouse, Manager at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for your kind comments, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. best wishes Fraser

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Entry to this house was part of the entrance fee for Skara Brae. It was interesting to go around this house.

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SkaillHouse, Owner at Skaill House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Thank-you for taking the time to leave us a review. Every comment means a lot. We hope you enjoyed your visit with us and to Orkney in general.

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