Verracott is said to be the oldest croft on the island and has a traditional flag roof and kiln.Verracott is a comfortable, stylish and contemporary  home from home that has retained it's original character and feel.
Verracott - island bolt hole
Verracott - island bolt hole

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Stone-built croft house sensitively renovated, retaining original character and feel. Verracott has traditional features such as a flagstone roof, box bed and kiln; as well as a modern, spacious kitchen and bathroom. Fantastic location with stunning sea views from every window. Wood burning stoves and resident hens. Original Orkney art work throughout the house. Ideal place to relax and unwind after a day exploring this fascinating and beautiful island.

The space

Verracott is said to be the oldest house on North Ronaldsay and sits on it's own in a wonderful private but easily accessible location, looking out east to the North Sea and west over the Atlantic. Verracott sits between the crofts of Antabreck and North Manse on either side but they're both a few fields away. There's a small but well-stocked shop on the island down at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory (head for the pier and take a right at the cattle grid), it's open daily from 12-2 and until 5 on Tuesdays and also have a cafe and off-licence. Groceries can also be ordered from Kirkwall and sent out on the freight plane or boat - get in touch for further details. During the summer months there's also a wonderful cafe, gift shop and heritage centre open in the lighthouse buildings. Verracott has a travel cot, high chair and buggy available. There's no central heating but a radiator in the bedroom and cosy stoves in the sitting room and kitchen. Some wood and coal are included in the rental price (depending on length of stay) and there's more available to buy should you need it.

Guest access

Guests can access the whole house but are recommended not to enter any outbuildings.

Interaction with guests

I'm happy to help with anything that I can during guests stay and delighted to share tips on places to see and things to do and also offer guided tours, tailor-made to suit visitor's interests and fitness levels. Please message for further details. We're also delighted to recommend and help organise some delicious local Orkney produce for your stay.

Other things to note

Please ensure that you organise your travel to and from the island before you book your stay at Verracott. You can fly or sail to North Ronaldsay. Loganair operate an 8 seater Islander plane which flies 3 times daily in summer and twice daily in winter from Kirkwall Airport. The flight takes 15 minutes and costs £21 return. It's a beautiful flight out over the North Isles and Fair Isle and Foula (Shetland islands) can often be spotted on the horizon too if it's a clear day. For further details see (URL HIDDEN) Orkney Ferries operate a service from Kirkwall on Tuesdays and Fridays. For further details on Orkney Ferries sailings see (URL HIDDEN) There is also a moorning bouy in Nouster Bay for private boats.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 queen bed

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: House
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Doorman

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Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $34 CAD
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $106 CAD / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is flexible


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

25 Reviews

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Dominik User Profile
August 2017
Staying at the Verracott was one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Pure serenity, everything was quiet and peaceful. Our host was super accommodating with groceries and informative on flights and nearby dining and grocery info. The cottage itself is located in amazing countryside, we did some amazing seal watching and had many long walks along the shores and on the island. We will be back!
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Response from Helga:
Thank you so much Dominik for being such wonderful guests and for your lovely review :-) We would be most delighted to host you again sometime in the future.
August 2017

Gary User Profile
August 2017
A beautiful house on a beautiful, friendly and peaceful island. The house had a calm feel to it with everything you need. Hired bikes at the lighthouse to see more of the island during our short stay. Cafe at lighthouse does great food and check out wool art in shop. Bird observatory has a small shop and kindly fed us delicious soup on the first evening after our flight in was delayed. Walked a lot of the coast (rocky, with some sandy bays). Lots of seals basking on South East, and inquisitive seals in the sea elsewhere. The flight to/from Kirkwall on a tiny plane is spectacular. Loved being there and can't wait to return.

Rosie User ProfileRosie is a superhost.
August 2017
Helga's place is very special and we loved our week here. The croft itself is perfect for comfortable island life. The fuel burner was on when we arrived and kept the croft the perfect temperature. I loved most the lack of TV :) The bathroom and kitchen were well equipped and there were some essentials in the fridge on arrival. Extras such as OJ and bacon were a lovely surprise. I personally loved the decor throughout and the selection of books about the island as well as bird books were useful. I could go on and on about how amazing the whole experience was but people need to experience for themselves. I: walked around the island as well as explored segments in more detail; twitched at birds, hundreds of birds; swam, usually joined by seals; read in the garden whilst drinking wine; read in the little nook in the living room whilst drinking wine; went to the top of the lighthouse and touched an original Fresnel lense and so much more. Helga would have made herself available if we'd needed her but everything was set up for self-check in and other info was available inside. So our paths didn't cross until, just by coincidence we met at the pier for the ferry. A friendly and quick 'hi and goodbye' - nice that I could thank her in person. Thanks so much for sharing this special place Helga, it will be difficult to get back into a routine on our return. We hope to visit again! All the best
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Response from Helga:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review Rosie :-) So delighted you enjoyed Verracott and your week in North Ronldsay :-) Lovely to meet you on the pier and do hope you return :-)
August 2017

Franciska User Profile
August 2017
What an amazing place! Gorgeous house, amazing island and the plane flight was an experience on its own. So happy we went to Verrracott. I will always remember this place. Thank you for sharing this place to the public.

Alison User Profile
July 2017
Even the briefest glimpse of life in Verracott on North Ronaldsay was nourishing for us and our kids. The easy, too-brief flight was an essential part of the adventure. Helga and her family made sure we were tucked in. Everyone we met on the island helped us. The skies were spectacular, the air filled with birdsong. We wandered free, rode bikes to dinner and, as instructed, let the sheep lead us to the beach. Verracott itself was a marvel - like the fruit of a rock wall, with a shockingly downy inside. Croissants and coffee in the cozy kitchen were the best breakfast in a long time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Response from Helga:
Thank you so much for you kind review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. It was really lovely to meet you all :-)
July 2017

The flight to and from North Ronaldsay, exploring the island by foot and cycle and staying at Verracott were the highlights of our visit to the Orkneys. Helga's place is simply charming with everything you could wish for. Helga was kind enough to meet us at the airport- in teaming rain- and to deliver us to her home which was warm and cosy with the fire going. Do yourself a favour and spend at least two nights on this fascinating island which has a fantastic record of its history - make sure you spend time looking at the Exhibition in the New Chuch. Thank you Helga, we will never forget our days spent roaming in the sunshine and watching seals basking on the rocks.
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Response from Helga:
Thank you Julie and Denis for your kind words and taking the time to write such a lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay, it was a real pleasure to meet you both and host you :-) Enjoy the rest of your trip - sounds wonderful!
July 2017

What a wonderful place. The house is a real gem. Wonderful renovated and really cosy. Helga sent us all informations we needed. Thank's for all!
Helga User ProfileHelga is a superhost.
Response from Helga:
Thank you for your kind review, glad you enjoyed your stay at Verracott :-)
July 2017

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