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Amazing stay at The Storehouse - Tripadvisor Review August 2020
2020 has been a stressful time for all, with most people in great need of a break away from home and a chance to relax and recharge. This was exactly why my husband, 11 year old daughter and I booked our stay at the Storehouse in Kirkwall, after shielding from COVID since the start of March.
From first entering the building we were absolutely delighted by the air of warmth, calm and welcome by both the beautiful surroundings and the smiling staff. Whilst showing us to our 2 rooms, the owners David and Judith took great trouble to tell us all about the history and restoration of the building, and more about the naming of our rooms - Norn and Radwick. The building has 8 rooms over 2 floors with stunning interior decor throughout all areas of the building. It has a long history in Kirkwall and photos of the transformation can be seen around the building - it's quite simply a work of art to merge the age of the stone and timber against the comfort of the soft furnishings and traditional Orkney furniture (especially the large woven chairs which my daughter fell in love with!)
The individuality of the hotel is amazing, with lots of nooks and crannies to come across and enjoy.We had a large room, with a massive bathroom, walk in cupboard and lots of personal touches. Both bedrooms were decorated to exceptional standard in hues of natural sea colours in tune with the island.. There was so much attention to detail - a fantastic selection of teas and coffee, genuine Orkney shortbread, fabulous fluffy towels and dressing gowns - I was spoilt for choice which was my favourite thing in the room. The decor had lots of real Scottish touches, and all the bathroom amenities were made in Orkney too. We really couldn't have asked for more.
Breakfast was Continental - fresh and plentiful and a choice of having it in your room or the restaurant .... what a treat! The restaurant is a fantastic open space with lots of charm and character, and the bar area was full of comfortable seats, a fire, and a full range of wines, whisky and local beers. The lighting and space made you feel so relaxed, and once again the owners made it feel like you were invited to their home, by their warmth, knowledge and welcome. We got lots of great tips of special places to visit off the tourist map - quiet coves, beautiful beaches and areas to meet some of the local wildlife like puffins.
After 5 nights in the Storehouse, I felt like part of the family ..... and a serious need to revisit ASAP! Thank you so much David and Judith - we'll be back.
Nine out of Ten rated by The Times Cool Hotel Guide - not bad !
In a nutshell -Judith Glue had long admired a run-down Victorian herring-curing storehouse in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney’s lively capital, where the knitwear designer runs a popular shop and café. “It was crying out for something to be done with it,” she says. “And we thought it would make a fantastic small hotel or restaurant.” After an ambitious £1.4 million restoration, it is now both. Working with her husband, David Spence, an architect, she has created a showcase of vibrant contemporary design and craftsmanship celebrating Orkney’s sweeping scenery.
To read more https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-cool-hotel-guide-the-storehouse-kirkwall-orkney-vnzbxfh5p
They don't open new hotels very often in Kirkwall – this is the first one to open for eighty years! – but when they do, they seem to be right on the money. This new restaurant with rooms, housed in a characterful old building, it is not only a great place to stay but a decent place to eat too, with a first-class restaurant that is just the ticket for the centre of Orkney's historic main town. The hotel occupies a converted herring store from the late-19th century, which had seen other uses until renowned local knitwear designer Judith Glue and her husband David Spence bought it seven years ago. They run Judith Glue and The Real Food Café, also in Kirkwall, so they have a track record in hospitality, and they've done a brilliant job not only in converting this historic, listed building with sensitivity and style but also in having the determination to see it through – just getting planning permission took five years!
What they have created has been worth waiting for – a very special boutique hotel with just eight en-suite rooms and a ground floor occupied by a contemporary restaurant that celebrates local cuisine and ingredients.
To read more https://www.coolplaces.co.uk/hotels/uk/scotland/scottish-isles/orkney/9285-the-storehouse
Walking in through the old stone arches, you can’t help but be amazed at how it has all turned out. A bar and reception area leads into the Leonards Restaurant with its open kitchen, and the more intimate Aurora-themed dining room, which can be booked for private parties. The entire space is bright and airy, with a welcoming feel and beautiful fixtures and fittings.
To read more https://www.orkney.com/news/storehouse
“A traditional barn newly renovated into a hotel. The Storehouse keeps much of its original woodwork and stone arches. The cosy rooms have individual contemporary styles but all feature low beamed ceilings and wooden flooring. The innovative kitchen serves local produce. A charming stay. ”
To read more https://www.thehotelguru.com/en-gb/hotel/the-storehouse-orkney
"Award winner in the 2020 IIA Awards" review by Orkney Islands Council
Last Monday the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) funded project, the Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms, was recognised in the biennial ( IAA ) Inverness Architectural Association Awards.
The project won highly commended in the ‘new life for old buildings’ category.
The project was part-funded under the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative which was supported by Orkney Islands Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.
Councillor Graham Sinclair said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in the restoration of the Storehouse for winning the design award this week.
“The Storehouse was part of a £3.5 million major restoration project that ended in 2019 that was set to put some lift into some old buildings within Kirkwall. The aim of the project was to help restore buildings within the centre of Kirkwall, making it a more attractive place and to create more jobs.”
Architect Leslie Burgher said: “I am delighted that the project and David and Judith's vision for it have received this recognition from the profession across the Highlands and Islands.”