Burrastow House

In ‘an extraordinarily beautiful location’ on Shetland’s wild West coast, ‘charming, unobtrusive host’ Pierre Dupont runs his guest house on informal lines. More

Contact details

01595 809307

Hotel information


7. 3 in extension, 2 on ground floor.




sitting room, library, dining room, conservatory, free 
Wi-Fi in reception and library, in-room TV (Freeview), ‘weak mobile phone signal’, grounds, wedding facilities, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed (under-13s half price).


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £50–£60, D,B&B £85–£95. 
A la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In ‘an extraordinarily beautiful location’ on Shetland’s wild West coast, ‘charming, unobtrusive host’ Pierre Dupont runs his guest house on informal lines. The 18th-century property overlooking the Sound of Vaila, extended over the centuries, is cosily furnished, with antiques and paintings. To stay here, says a fan, is to feel like a guest in a private country house. Regular readers this year were greeted by Mr Dupont and given tea in the conservatory with ‘a gorgeous piece of cake’. The approach to their loft room felt a little precarious (short, wooden steps, no banister rail). The first-floor Laird’s Room, with tester bed, or Vaila, with four-poster, might have been a better bet. Informality cuts both ways. If you want a drink in the lounge, you might have to pop into the kitchen and ask. The dinner menu, decided on the day, is not written but recited. ‘On our second night, four of us heard “steak”; it turned out to be skate.’ In the dining room, though, the relaxed atmosphere works its magic, people start chatting. ‘We all had a great evening.’ (A and HB, and others)

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Guest comments

'Like being a guest at a country house in an extraordinarily beautiful location. We had the splendid and spacious Laird’s Room with stunning views on two sides. The breakfasts were splendid; Pierre keen to give you exactly what you wanted. The kippers were the best I have tasted. Dinner consisted of straightforward, uncomplicated fare – the fish was particularly good. The most memorable feature was the conversations that rose up between guests in the intimated dining room. Pierre was a charming, unobtrusive host. ' - Andrew and Hannah Butterworth - July, 2016
'A beautiful, peaceful location, and a beautiful and unusual place. Pierre Dupont, a charming, helpful man, runs it almost single handed. Our room was modern, light, large, with beautiful views. Good bathroom but non-functional TV! Burrastow operates on minimalist/eco principles, so no fancy toiletries, no towel or sheet change during our stay. Everything is very informal; if you want something, ask Pierre! As much food as possible is home made, with fresh local ingredients. Pierre's cocking is consistently good, and he helps with the serving. The reasonable wine list is mainly French. Breakfasts very good. This is like staying in someone's house; main public rooms are 'comfortable', with a well worn look. Pierre's kindness and hard workare an essential ingredient for the hotel's success. ' - David Birnie - July, 2015

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide