The site of the Old Manse and Glebe was originally called Brinnigar (Brown's Garth) - the name it retains on O.S. Maps - and was recorded as a functioning farm from the late 1500s. From the late 1700s onwards, the Minister for both Stromness and Sandwick parishes lived here, and the Glebe was the farmworker's cottage attached to the manse.
The farmhouse you will be staying in was built as a 'But and Ben' (a traditional Scottish term for a two roomed cottage). Newly renovated to a high standard, we have endeavoured to keep as many of the original features as possible including the stone walls, door spaces, and, most pleasingly, the windows - each one a different shape and size, framing individual views of seascape and hill.
Slightly out of keeping with the original 'But and Ben' style, we have added a comfortable shower room alongside the traditional double bedroom and living / kitchen space.
In order to make use of as much natural light as possible, we have also installed sun pipes which lighten the rooms even on a grey day. These, coupled with the original windows, let Orkney's light spill into the living room in unique ways.