Furso

 

This traditional Orcadian Langhouse has been in the Flett family since at least the 17th Century. The original character and many original features were kept intact, but modern comforts are also included - meaning your stay here will be a truly unique experience.

 

  • Sleeps 6, across two bedrooms plus traditional box bed in sitting room

  • Private garden with picnic bench

  • Linen and electricity included in rental cost

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Pets welcome

End Bedroom
End Bedroom

The main bedroom, located at the far end of the cottage, is furnished with a cast iron double bed. Photo provided by Orkney Heritage.

Middle Bedroom
Middle Bedroom

The other bedroom, in the middle of the house, has a traditional Orcadian box bed which is a small double bed.

Front Door
Front Door

The patio outside the front door offers a beautiful sun trap to relax in.

End Bedroom
End Bedroom

The main bedroom, located at the far end of the cottage, is furnished with a cast iron double bed. Photo provided by Orkney Heritage.

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Facilities
 

Furso has two bedrooms. One has a cast iron double bed, and the other has a traditional box bed; there is also a box bed in the sitting room. Each box bed can sleep two people. We can provide additional fold out spring beds and a cot for babies if required. Linen and towels are included in the rental fee. 

The sitting room has an open fire which will be cleaned and ready to use if desired. Fuel for the fire in the form of paper, wood, peat and coal is provided. There is a freeview television and a radio in the living room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric cooker, fridge, washing machine, microwave and utensils. 

The bathroom is equipped with a modern electric shower, which complements the decorative cast iron bath.

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History
 

The Flett family have lived in Furso since at least the 17th century. It was still used as a family home until the 1960s and as a summer retreat until the late 1980s – despite not having electricity or mains water until the early nineties. It has been used as holiday accommodation since around 2001 when it was sympathetically renovated by the Flett family. 

 

As you look through the house you will see many of the original features and clues to Furso's past, such as the grain store above the bathroom, the girnal in the sitting room (used for storing beremeal) and the original crane over the fire, which was used for hanging cooking pots over the hot flames.