Accommodation, art and performance under one roof. This stunning mansion with views over Kirkwall was built as a residence for James Grant, the whisky baron, when he owned the world famous Highland Park Distillery.
The building has been restored to create unforgettable accommodation. Each of the bed and breakfast rooms has been individually furnished with antiques and original artworks. No two rooms are the same, but typically you might be sleeping in a Victorian iron bed with luxurious quilts and surrounded by period furniture and details. The en-suite rooms have modern bathrooms attached.
Highland Park House is more than just accommodation; it is the home of Creative Escapes. With a gallery space, teaching studio and a dedicated performance/rehearsal space, the building is becoming an important part of the local arts scene. There are regular displays of art and craft work and the building hosts a wide range concerts, theatre events and meetings.
A programme of future events is available on the Creative Escapes website (www.artistsholidaysorkney.co.uk) and this is constantly being updated. The downstairs gallery can be used as a meeting space and at that time of writing, restoration work is on going with plans to bring the upstairs library back into use as a larger space for meetings and study. There is a small garden room/conservatory and a parlour gallery equipped with tables, chairs and vintage china. These spaces are available for hire for appropriate events.