The “House on the Hill” – was built in 1976 and has been a family home until 2016, when artist owners, Chris and Matilda, set it up as a self catering holiday house.

Stackaldbrae was purchased in 2004 and provided a home for Chris and Matilda to live and raise their three sons, while renovating and extending the house during this period. With parking for two cars at the rear of the house, Stackaldbrae faces south east and sits in the midst of a secluded and well-tended, terraced garden, with a washing line and a footpath leading guests directly down the steep hill into the nearby town below.

From the house and garden, guests can enjoy magnificent views across Scapa Flow, Stromness, the Holmes, Hoy, Graemsay with its lighthouse, Flotta and the Orphir hills.

Both of the fully modernised public rooms and three of the bedrooms, share aspects of this lovely view. The living room has a multi fuel stove, a writing desk, a tv and bookshelves stocked with a variety of books and games suited to people of all ages. The well-provided kitchen-dining room is furnished with a large, circular wooden table, six chairs, an antique dresser, a Stanley range as well as conventional fan oven with halogen hob and a microwave. There is an upright fridge and a separate freezer upstairs in the utility room.

A unique feature of Stackaldbrae is the large collection of local and contemporary art and a Bechstein baby grand piano (can be unlocked for guests on request). A small utility room adjoins the large rear entrance hall, providing full washing and drying facilities for guests as well the upright freezer and hooks for coats and a rack for shoes and boots. Stackaldbrae is a split level house and there is a small, pretty bathroom upstairs and a large shower room in the middle with underfloor heating. There are heated towel rails and all room radiators are thermostatically controlled.

For further information and booking please contact:

Heather Wilson (manager)
Telephone: 01856 850695

Owners: Chris Prendergast & Matilda Tumim

The small, historic town of Stromness has much to offer the visitor and is welcoming and cosmopolitan. Throughout the year the harbour is busy with boats servicing the renewable energy sector, dive boats exploring the wrecks in Scapa Flow, fishing and Creel boats and a busy marina for visiting yachts and sailing boats.the large Northlink Ferry, the Hamnavoe, the Graemsay foot passenger ferry and the odd visiting cruise liner, all play a significant part in the comings and goings that make Stromness a busy working town. There are bars, restaurants and cafes for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Stromness has its own unique cultural heritage, from literature to art and music. Having been local artists for nearly thirty years, Chris and Matilda will vouch for the Pier Arts Centre as one of the best Museum/ Galleries in Scotland. With a famous art collection of its founder, the late Margaret Gardener, the redeveloped Pier Arts Centre won the RIAS Award for the best building in Scotland. There is an excellent independent museum at the south end of the long, flagged main street and new artists studios have been provided by the organisation WASPS for the thriving artist community. Stromness also has a new public library and a variety of shops and restaurants, including an excellent butcher, delicatessen and pharmacy and several high calibre craft shops selling local arts, crafts, clothing and wool. The atmospheric town hall boasts a Steinway piano and hosts many local and international cultural events from monthly film club nights to concerts and plays.