Pools Self catering - Cottage on Hoy

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get to Pools Self Catering?
A: If you take the ferry from Houton to Lyness, on arriving in Lyness take the first left at sign to Longhope - carry along the shore road past the village of Longhope. At the sign to Hackness turn left. Pools is the first on the left . . .
If you take the ferry from Stromness to Moaness, take the road to Longhope - carry along the shore road past the village of Longhope. At the sign to Hackness turn left. Pools is the first on the left . . .

Q: What facilities does the cottage have?
A: The cottage has a Dishwasher, Microwave, A Washing Machine and a Tumble Dryer, a CD player and a TV & Video.

Q: Are there facilities for children?
A: Yes - there is a travel cot (bedding not provided) and a high chair.

HallwayQ: Is the cottage suitable for a person with disabilities?
A: The property is all on one level. The pavement is ramped to the front door. All rooms are spacious and there is a large shower with a base.

Q: Are there shops nearby?
The village of Longhope is approximately 2 miles from the cottage and has a local grocery and post office.

Q: Are there any restaurants or pubs nearby?
A: In the village there is one pub. You can also find the Stromabank Hotel, which has a restaurant and pub, 2 miles from Pools Self Catering.

Q: Are there any petrol stations nearby?
A: Petrol can be purchased from the local grocer in the village of Longhope.

kitchenQ: Can my dog stay at the cottage?
A: No - pets are not accepted.

Q: Do I have to pay extra for heating?
A: No - Oil Central Heating is included in the cost.

Q: Do I have to pay extra for electricity?
A: Electricity costs extra- payable by a £1 coin meter.

Q: Will we need to take our own towels and linen?
No - all bedding and towels are provided.

Q: Is there a telephone in the property?
A: A payphone is available.

Q: How often does the car ferry from Hoy travel to the Orkney Mainland?
A: In the summer there are 6 sailings from Hoy to the Orkney Mainland. There are approximately 4 daily sailings in the winter. Check out the ferry timetable at www.orkneyferries.co.uk.

Q: Can I smoke in the Pools Self Catering?
A: The cottage is non smoking.

Q: Can we stay for a shorter / longer time than a week?
A: In summer (high season) the cottage is a weekly let from Saturday to Saturday. In the low season (winter) 3 nights is the minimum stay.

Q: Can we stay at Pools Self Catering in the winter as well as the summer?
A: We are open all year.

Q: Can we stay over holidays (Christmas / Hogmanay / Easter)
A: Yes.

Q: Are there any good walks to do whilst we stay at Pools Self Catering?
A: There are books and maps available in the property to help you plan a walk.

Q: Are there any sandy beaches nearby?
A: There are two lovely sandy beaches nearby, one within approx. 2 miles (kirkhope beach) and one within approx. 3 miles (aithhope beach). Also well worth visiting is the beautiful beach at Rackwick which is an easy drive to North Hoy.

Q: Are there any activities, events in the evening?
A: The cottage has books, videos and board games - you can also check out what local events are happening by visiting the local grocery store in Longhope Village - posters of upcoming events should be on display.