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The Space

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
3 nights minimum
Converted chapel
The Space is a self-contained, eco-friendly, multi-media facility for musicians and other creative artists. It will appeal to those who wish to develop and realise their artistic project in a beautiful and secluded setting. It can also be used by other groups and individuals, or by family groups and friends who seek a holiday with a difference. The Space houses a magnificent semi-concert grand piano in the main church hall, a separate glass-fronted multi-track recording studio control room with full mastering facilities, and it was officially opened by singing legend, Barbara Dickson in April 2015. The Space can also be booked without the recording studio and as such offers high quality and individual accommodation on the mysterious, historically rich island of Rousay, one of the norther...The Space is a self-contained, eco-friendly, multi-media facility for musicians and other creative artists. It will appeal to those who wish to develop and realise their artistic project in a beautiful and secluded setting. It can also be used by other groups and individuals, or by family groups and friends who seek a holiday with a difference. The Space houses a magnificent semi-concert grand piano in the main church hall, a separate glass-fronted multi-track recording studio control room with full mastering facilities, and it was officially opened by singing legend, Barbara Dickson in April 2015. The Space can also be booked without the recording studio and as such offers high quality and individual accommodation on the mysterious, historically rich island of Rousay, one of the northern Orkney isles. With 4 double bedrooms, a large kitchen/diner with 2 sofas, dining table and 6 chairs, electric cooker and hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridgefreezer. Large church hall with quirky snug created from a 1960's first class train compartment, and many more unique features. The Space boasts full disabled facilities including a double bedroom with easy access to a fully equipped disabled toilet and wet room. 3 other double bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms. Underfloor heating partially powered by ecofriendly solar panels keep you cosy throughout the year, and there are heaters in all bedrooms. The property is situated in a natural wildflower garden of one acre and has its own rocky beach. There are 2 kayaks for use by guests with buoyancy aids provided. The Space has a large parking area which can accommodate several cars. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Up to 2 we’ll behaved dogs are allowed. If you wish to bring more than 2, prior permission should be sought. Guests are requested to clean up after their pets and keep them on the lead outside as there are hens and ducks next door that wander into the garden. On the beach your dogs can be let off their leads safely. Please do not allow your dogs onto beds or sofas. The piano is a precision instrument and should only be used by those who are proficient on the piano. Thanks, Graham and Miriam
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 3 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Graham F
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2015
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Reviewed 28 August 2020 via mobile

As a repurposed church The Space is a great place to relax and find your own pace. On the stunning Orkney island of Rousay, it nestles in a small clutch of buildings overlooking the channel to Wyre. The Space has a cosy, large kitchen and...More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank PaulWellesley
Reviewed 22 September 2019

Seven of us spent a week at the end of July and it was truly heavenly. The location is fantastic, only a short walk to the ferry and cafe/gift shop, right on the shore and amazing views. The Space itself is fabulous, there was plenty...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank RachelG231
Experience573099, VR Owner at The Space, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2020

Thank you Rachel so much for your lovely review. Glad you had a good time. Baking tins for cakes and bread are a great idea and will be there from September 2020. Thanks again, Graham and Miriam

Reviewed 16 August 2019 via mobile

We had a great time at Rousay and enjoyed being at the Space surrounded by the bleating lambs and the crying gulls. A mystic atmosphere! We saw Clare in the Crafthub, and thanked her for all her informative guidance which helped us to find our...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Deb H
Experience573099, VR Owner at The Space, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2019

Thank you Deborah for your lovely review. I’ve passed on your kind comments to Clare. Please do come back another time! All the best, Graham & Miriam

Reviewed 16 August 2019

I was lucky enough to stay with Rachel and 5 other friends in July. From the moment we arrived until the day we left we were in awe of The Space and the views. We were welcomed by the lovely Claire who made sure we...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Freedom747121
Experience573099, VR Owner at The Space, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2019

We hope so too, Ann. Glad you enjoyed yourselves and made good use of everything at the Space. Please do come again soon. Thanks for the great review, Graham & Miriam

Reviewed 9 August 2019

We had a great time at Rousay and enjoyed being at the Space surrounded by the bleating lambs and the crying gulls. A mystic atmosphere! We saw Clare in the Crafthub, and thanked her for all her informative guidance which helped us to find our...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Extraordinary469361
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Reviewed 28 July 2019

Had a cracking 1st week of family summer holiday in The Space, with my two 15 year old kids, my sister and her 15 year old, and my 81 year old mother. Great space for a multi-generational family, with plenty of space for everybody 'to...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Flyer28148689948
Experience573099, VR Owner at The Space, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2019

Thanks for the nice review, Angus. Glad you had a good time and the piano was such a hit with your kids! Graham

Reviewed 14 August 2018

The Space is an experience! It's a lovely accomodation. A beatifully restored kirk on Rousay with a lots of ground around it, along the coast of Rousay. We spent most of our time on the rocks in front of the house looking for crabs with...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Emilie B
Management response:Responded 26 August 2018

Hi Emilie, thank you very much for your lovely review. So glad you all had a good time and we look forward to welcoming you back at the Space in the future, Graham and Miriam

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

My family spent 4 days at The Space and it was a real highlight of our trip to Scotland. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I booked so I thought it might be useful to spend time in this review on the layout...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank James M
Management response:Responded 26 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review. Your points about tidying outside are noted. Sometimes this is due to storms blowing debris around, but improvements in this respect will be in place for 2019, including finishing the patio wall and having a barbecue. Thanks again! Graham...More

Reviewed 5 June 2018

The Space is a wonderfully quirky and relaxing place to enjoy the tranquility and friendliness of Rousay. Our teenagers loved the feeling of freedom The Space gave them with the chance to play the wonderful piano and their guitars in the main hall which felt...More

Date of stay: May 2018
1  Thank 533rachel
Management response:Responded 7 June 2018

Thanks Rachel for your lovely review. I’m delighted you had an enjoyable stay at the Space in all its different areas. Do come again!

Reviewed 20 April 2017

We spent two fabulous weeks at The Space in August 2016. We were actually planning on going to the Outer Hebrides, but once I had shown the photo of the main hall with the piano to my son there was no question - we were...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank rhughes2832
Management response:Responded 20 April 2017

Thanks Richard, delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Space. Not sure why this review has only just arrived in April 17 ! but it is most welcome, and we hope to welcome you back here another time

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Blender
Boat Available
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Freezer
Refrigerator
Housekeeping Included
Housekeeping Optional
Internet Access
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Ocean Views
Patio
Private Garden
Secure Parking
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
VCR
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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Car advised
How to get there
Car to Gills Bay (near John O Groats) then ferry to St Margarets Hope then drive to Tingwall. Then ferry to Rousay. OR: Car to Scrabster (near Thurso) then ferry to Stromness. Then drive to Tingwall. Then ferry to Rousay. OR : Plane to Kirkwall (via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness) then bus or car to Tingwall, then ferry to Rousay. The Space lies half a mile due east of Rousay pier.
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