The Quoys of Houton are two historic stone built cottages on Orkney. Lovingly renovated and with spectacular gardens, the cottages are brimming with original features including stone flag floors and wooden beams. Living space is appointed to the highest standard throughout and the cottages are surrounded by pretty wildflower fields and have glorious views towards Scapa Flow. Look out for flocks of Curlews and Oyster Catchers regularly spotted in nearby fields.
The beach is only a short walk away and the cottages are centrally situated for exploring Orkney's not to be missed historic sites including Maes Howe chambered tomb and the Ring of Brodgar. The North Link Stromness to Scrabster ferry services are only a 10 minute drive away.
Owners Kevin and Caroline Critchlow offer the warmest of welcomes and a particularly spectacular feature is the beautiful Quoy Gardens which are open as part of the Scotland Gardens, and they also feature in Ken Cox's book 'Scotland Gardens.
Owners Caroline and Kevin have created a magical garden setting around the two cottages. The Quoy's garden is part of the Scottish National Garden Scheme and is the proud home of the Orkney Garden Festival, a biennual event (the next Orkney Garden Festival runs from 4th July to 14th July). The garden has featured on BBC2 and in magazines including the Scottish Field Magazine and Coast Magazine. We also won Gardeners World Britain's Best Challenging Garden last year and we were finalists for Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for best self-catering.
Dry stone wall building courses are available to guests staying in our self-catering cottages. Courses are available throughout the year and are charged on a half day session basis of 2.5 hours. The price is £50 per person. Discounts are available for 2 or more guests applying and we do have longer courses available on request - please call us direct for more details.
Short breaks, minimum 3 night stays, are available during low season. Changeover day for weekly breaks is usually a Saturday.