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Converted chapel -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Rousay, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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rodkersh
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Wish I could live there”
Reviewed 15 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had a fantastic fortnight staying at the Space -
seven of us arrived by ferry and had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery, silence, wildlife, sites and views - life on Rousay is different to anything I or my family had experienced before.
The physical dislocation from mainland UK was the first thing, then everything else followed.
The Space is wonderful and we couldn't have asked for more.
The old Kirk has been sensitively (and quirkily) restored;
Rousay has beautiful clear waters, fascinating beaches, cairns and neolithic burial mounds, mainland Orkney is also very interesting with Skara Brae, stone circles and other places that you can imagine are unchanged for hundreds of years.
Please visit!

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Liked best: 70's style static caravan took me back to being a youngster
Liked least: going home
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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John M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Unique and beautiful island retreat”
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This is an extraordinary, unique property. Beautifully restored old church with all mod cons, in an idyllic setting right beside the sea. Extremely comfortable for 6. For a party of 8, the small upstairs bedrooms would be quite cramped with 2 people in each, but fine for children or young people. On the other hand there are 4 showers/toilets which is quite a luxury. Rousay is perfect for getting away from it all. Hire a bike at the farm and cycle round the whole island (steep hills, you have to be quite fit). Visit the Mid-Howe broch and chambered cairn, both amongst the most spectacular in Scotland. Wonderful walks, specially at the NW and NE corners of the island. We saw seals and puffins, cormorants and an otter. The house is within easy walking distance of the ferry, so a car is not even essential, although very useful for getting to the shop, which is tiny but has almost everything you might need, even petrol. If the weather is bad, take a trip back to Orkney mainland, where there is a lot to do and see. Tingwall jetty to Kirkwall takes only about 20 minutes by car. One of the best holidays ever!

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Liked best: The spaciousness of the church building and the beautiful location right next the sea
Liked least: Upstairs bedrooms a bit cramped if used by 2 people
Travelling group: Large Group
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Terry C
Droitwich, United Kingdom
1 review
“Relaxing and inspirational”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Stayed 1st to 6th July, will stay longer next time.

Intelligent use of recycled materials and fittings gives a unique character - we especially liked the old 1st class railway compartment. Ideal location for exploring Rousey and Mainland, with own beach but were not brave enough to use the kayaks. Relaxed homely feel, particularly in the large family kitchen/lounge/dining area. The building, grounds and views provide an excellent atmosphere for all creative arts. Great for just chilling out and relaxing

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Liked best: Large living area had all we needed for a relaxing week
Liked least: Shame that the external 'gamesroom' was not ready for use.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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troubadou...
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Watch This Space”
Reviewed 13 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I had a great time at The Space mixing 6 tracks for the poetry band Little Machine. For clarity of the mix the Neumann speakers really helped to disentangle the mids and for clarity of the spirit there was the view through the beautiful arched windows of the converted kirk to the sea and the isles beyond. Geraldine and Graham have made it a homely place with a
big kitchen to serve up the porridge and a comfy bed for a good night’s sleep. The beach is truly amazing and the exterior grounds will be improved once the old caravan is moved and the boathouse finished. We particularly loved the 1950s railway compartment, good for late night drunken banter as is the sunken firepit, though the Orkney wind makes sitting in one place for long a bit tricky. If you are in an introspective mood there is the tidy cemetery next door and a whole island to explore but if you get tired of splendid isolation the bright lights and rich cultural history of Kirkwall are a short ferry journey away. Either way, it’s an inspiring place and I hope to return with the rest of the band in the Autumn.

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