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Dowies Mill Cottage

Cramond, Edinburgh Grade 3 Star rating View Map
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This cosy, single-storey, riverside cottage is bright and comfortable, ideal for couples and with views of the river.

This riverside, mid-terraced holiday cottage, built around 1690 is now a lovely bright and comfortable studio with the charm and convenience of a historic village setting and the bonus of easy access into Edinburgh. With views of the River Almond, there are herons to watch from the riverside terrace and peaceful walks through the woods to the shore. Shop 1/3 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double bed and additional chair bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area/3 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Close to river (mostly unfenced).

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  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-07-13
    Lovely stay. Exactly what we were looking for. Location was perfect

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-08-14
    OK, I've seen some reviews that have knocked it a bit. So here's balance, its a smallish studio flat, but if there is only two of you then its fine. There is everything there you need, although I agree one toilet roll is a bit poor. Kitchen fine, bathroom ok, bed is alright. The dehumidifier is noisy but we turned it off when we were 'at home' and turned it on when we went out. The boiler is noisy and I doubt you could stay here in winter without it being a nuisance, but as it was summer we only put it on when we needed hot water and turned it off at night. The people upstairs could be heard occassionally but it never kept us awake. AIRCRAFT!! I dont remember this being mentioned in the notes when I booked it but I was worried when I saw other peoples comments. However yest you can hear them but some tissue stuck in my ear and they went away. Neither my wife or I lost any sleep becasue of them (mind you IF you are a light sleeper then it could be a problem) The property is right UNDER the flight path. If you use the property for just sleeping in then there should be no problems. The walk to Crammond is truly beautiful, BUT do be aware that at one point there is a rise of over 70 steps up and 70 down the other side (we go to the gym and we got out of breath) Take a torch if you're out late. Crammond is very nice, good pub and nice walk over the the island. Good bus route nearby to take you into Edinburgh if you dont want to park the car. For what it was it was expensive in my opinion, however I have to bear in mind its high season and the Edinburgh festival was on. Nevertheless I still think it was £100 over what it should have been. Would I stay again, no, i've done it. Would I recommend it? As a bed for the night YES! As a holiday home to sit around NO.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-05-01
    A lovely, secluded, riverside setting, yet so close to the centre of Edinburgh.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-19
    Occupied lower cottage June 12 - 19, 2015. I hadn't realised there was an upper flat where inconsiderate neighbours spoiled the ambience by shoe clad clomping from one side of the wooden floor laid room to the other where they noisily & repeatedly moved a piece of furniture dragging it along the floor. I know the pacing was done to annoy me as it lasted up to 1 hour continuously am and pm and they weren't a young couple. I couldn't hear the tv it was so bad. At one point I wondered if they were line dancing or had OCD and I did wonder if they were blaming me for the following: The boiler was on it's last legs as on the first night it sounded continuously like a helicopter trying to take off. Message on the boiler said 'do not switch off'. Still awake at 4.15pm feeling exhausted I contacted & messaged the caretaker who didn't respond. At 6.15pm I contacted the owner who told me how to switch it off until I needed it in the morning. I didn't sleep at all as the next notable issue was a constantly dripping kitchen tap - I put a tea towel under it to try to mask the noise it made. Am - after 1hr boiler didn't come on & again, had to ring the owner who arrived and adjusted the pressure 1.5hrs later as she had to travel 100 miles. I had to switch it off every night & back on again in the morning because of the noise. The owner was a pleasant lady and we chatted a long while. However she knew the boiler had issues but said she couldn't afford to replace it. Looking at a previous 8/8/14 review the noisy boiler was reported then. The cost of booking the cottage is not cheap and it's not unreasonable to expect good working facilities. Therefore I think some refund would have been appropriate as it took me a few days to recover from lack of sleep especially when the fault was pre-known. Another issue was the bedding - the quilt cover & pillows had dog dirty paw marks on them so had obviously not been washed after previous holiday stayers so I can't verify if the bed sheets were clean. I had flea bites on my ankles which I know are not from my dog who is regularly treated. There are many cyclists, dog walkers, group & lone walkers along the Almond Walk which is beautiful, passing waterfall & leading to Crammond Boat Club and beach promenade. The beach isn't great but the green area is pleasing. It may not be the best walk however for people who have joint issues as there are two steep stairways and another smaller set of steps at the waterfall. After many years of holidaying all over in Scotland 40 years ago I recall it meant tranquillity, friendly locals and mainly poor weather. Gone is the peacefulness here as an aeroplane flies overhead every 1.45minutes. I know because I timed them. I couldn't live there but I do admire the precise accuracy that must go into planning the schedules so that none of the aeroplanes collide!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-01-04
    Me and my partner thought Dowies Mill cottage was lovely. Perfect for a couple. Easy access into city centre via bus. The cottage was different to what I expected having seen the pictures online but was still a comfortable and clean cottage. We were able to access wifi using a BT pay as you go hot spot. I had fill mobile coverage also but I think this depends on network as my partner did not have any . There were planes but did not disturb us. We were also provided with basics (toilet roll, handsoap, tea and coffee etc) which was fantastic, everything that we needed was there. Overall, I personally thought it was great and I would be more than happy to stay here again.

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