Corks is a traditional Orkney dwelling house which was completely restored and renovated in 2005 with the addition of two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The main living area takes up the whole of the original cottage with the kitchen and dining area to one end and a multi-fuel stove and comfortable seating at the other.
The cottage is floored with recycled oak and has underfloor heating throughout. There is a double bedroom with a Queen size bed and a second small bedroom with two full size bunk beds. The bathroom has a shower over the bath, wc and basin.
Corks is in an elevated position in the West Mainland of Orkney with the sea approximately one mile to the west and spectacular views from the front of the house over several lochs to the far off Harray hills in the east. The location is totally peaceful except for the call of curlew, oyster catchers and geese. If the wind is up the sound of the sea can be heard.
The cottage is a short distance away from Orkney’s main archaeological sites of World Heritage status – the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the ancient burial mound at Maeshowe amongst others. A cliff walk at Marwick (10 minutes from the house) has many thousands of nesting sea birds in the early summer. There are sandy beaches at Skaill Bay and Birsay (both 10 minutes from the house). The Brough of Birsay is a small tidal island reached on foot at low tide where there are remains of both Pictish and Viking settlements. Loch fishing is free and boats can be hired from a couple of the nearby hotels.
Island hopping: other islands in the group are well worth a day trip and can be reached by the regular ferry services.
Shops: there is a good local shop at Quoyloo and a Co-op 5 miles away in Dounby and also good butcher selling local lamb and beef.
Arts and crafts: In Stromness the Pier Art Centre has a very good collection of St Ives paintings together with contemporary art. Craft studios can be found all over the islands.
Eating out: there are several good restaurants that specialise in local produce.