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Edinburgh is a city of contrasts, where history and heritage sit comfortably among the hustle and bustle of a sophisticated, modern metropolis.

Scotland’s capital city provides the perfect city break destination that can be combined with rural relaxation in the beautiful Lothian countryside.

Edinburgh is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a multitude of first class attractions, classical and ancient buildings, a thriving city centre and green open spaces. With cottages in and around Edinburgh you’ll be able to both enjoy the city centre experience and explore the surrounding region.

The imposing Edinburgh Castle is one of the city''s most iconic attractions; it sits on volcanic rock and the 1pm gun has been fired on most days since 1861. The National War Museum is set within the Castle, or if you want a little peace and quiet, you could head for the Royal Botanic Gardens, considered to be some of the finest in the world.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a great way to while away an afternoon, whatever the weather. Established in 1835 it’s Scotland''s oldest purpose-built attraction, offering 360° views of the city. A visit to Mary King''s Close is a ''must see''; this warren of streets beneath the Royal Mile was built-over, and has remained frozen in time since the 17th century; now you can step into Edinburgh''s history with a guide to see what life was like for the people who worked, lived and died here.

Put the Edinburgh Fringe Festival into your diary; this renowned event attracts hundreds of visitors annually who come to see the plays, performances and comedy shows.

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  • Filters Cottage

    Linlithgow

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 27228

    This charming, semi-detached holiday cottage, attached to the owner’s home, is in a rural setting, above historic town of Linlithgow, with views to the Forth Bridge from the garden - an ideal location. Centrally placed to explore Edinburgh or Glasgow, 20 and 30 minutes by train, the Borders, Perthshire and Fife. An ideal rural base from which to enjoy Edinburgh Festival. Explore Beecraigs Country Park, the Pentland Hills, Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House or House of the Binns. Golf, 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Ground source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front garden. Small enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

  • Spylaw Suite

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: CC537099
    Take the opportunity to enjoy the glorious surroundings of an apartment within this historic Adam-style mansion, Spylaw House, which was once the home of Sir James Gillespie, a snuff manufacturer and philanthropist. Built in 1773, this apartment suite is an oasis of calm, and with fresh flowers greeting you on arrival, is the ultimate destination for a romantic break. It lies just two minutes’ walk from the historic village of Colinton with its shops, pubs and restaurants. The spacious, comfortably furnished lounge has three beautifully proportioned windows, and several period features include the fireplace, a wrought-iron balcony and sash windows. The acclaimed novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, spent a lot of his childhood in Colinton within the local church grounds in Spylaw Street, where his grandfather was a minister, and there is a statue of him in the grounds of the church. Private parking and a good bus service, around 35 minutes to Princes Street, allows stress-free and economic access to the city’s museums, galleries and shops. Follow the Water of Leith walkway into the city all the way to Leith or there is easy access to the city bypass allowing you to explore further afield.

    Second Floor: The property is all on the second floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: Spacious with Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley-style with electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.Shared gardens with garden bench. Parking (1 car). NB: Unfenced river 7 yards.

  • Kings Stables

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: SHHI

    A unique house in a fabulous historic setting at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, this unusual wedge shaped house is built onto the wall around St Cuthbert’s church, moments walk from Princes Street gardens. Formerly a school house and then the watchkeeper’s cottage, it is furnished in a dramatic, appropriately Gothic style, and only 270 yards from the West End. It is hard to imagine any more central a location. Restaurants, galleries, historic buildings and a Saturday farmer’s market are a few minutes’ walk. Shops 250 yards.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Galley-style kitchen.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/MP3
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wifi internet access
    • Garden
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No
      smoking

  • Newhall Cottages - The Bothy

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30950

    These four beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link bed, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freesat TV. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

  • Links Lodge

    Longniddry, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
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    Ref: 30888

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is set within the grounds of the owner’s home with its own south facing private garden and screened for privacy. It is ideally situated on the edge of Longniddry village - a 3-minute walk from the coast and the John Muir Way and only a 10-minute walk to the village station, for a hassle free 20-minute journey into central Edinburgh. Local bus services within ¼ mile. This delightful holiday lodge has impressive style and very good quality furnishings with French doors leading out to a small, private sheltered and sunny garden. There is much to explore locally, from historic houses and gardens, to seabird watching, boat trips from North Berwick, golden beaches and hill walking. Situated on the East Lothian Golf Coast, there is a golf course 5 minutes away and a further 16 within a 20-minute drive. Beach 300 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Bothy Cottage

    Polton, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 9694

    This 18th century former gardeners cottage is quietly situated on the edge of the ruined William Adam designed Mavisbank Estate. It forms a wing of the owners house, their large attractive walled garden can be gained by a French door in the spacious bedroom. The surrounding area attracts an abundance of wild and birdlife. Tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes an excellent holiday base for touring with easy access to Roslyn Chapel (where ’The Da Vinci Code’ was filmed), the Borders, East Lothian, and Fife. Edinburgh centre, 7 miles. Fishing, riding, golf, dry ski slope nearby. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of large garden with ruined Palladian gazebo and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

  • Garden Cottage

    Linlithgow, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: SYS

    This attractive town cottage has been converted from a former stable and has its own south-facing terrace and walled garden – within walking distance of all the amenities of historic Linlithgow, with fine views over the Royal Palace, its parkland and loch. Delightfully set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it is furnished with antique pine and has great charm and character. Shops, restaurants, bars, leisure centre, canal and a railway station with regular 20-minute links to Edinburgh can all be found within a few hundred yards. Many places of interest in the Forth area, including famous golf courses, outlet shopping, Falkirk Wheel, country parks and Stirling Castle (20 minutes by car). Convenient for Edinburgh, Glasgow and southern Scotland. Cosily heated, this property is ideal for holidays at any time of the year. Shops 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen area.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Private walled garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 1 car only (access from gravel parking area via steps to cottage)

  • Cobble Cottage

    Cramond Village, Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
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    Ref: 28388

    This ground floor holiday apartment is situated in an historic building looking out to the ancient harbour on the River Almond and the tiny islands in the River Forth. With easy access into Edinburgh city centre and over the Forth Bridge to Fife and Perthshire. Discover many walks from the doorstep; across a tidal causeway to Cramond Island, along the river past tumbling falls or along the long sandy beach, this is the ideal spot for a relaxing break. The neighbouring gallery and bistro offers special breakfast rates and there are many good pubs and restaurants nearby. Shop ⅓ mile, pub 50 yards and restaurant adjacent to property.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (no window). Shower room with toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Partial Economy 7, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river 20 yards.

  • Shepherd House Cottage

    Inveresk, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: SQW

    Only 20 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, this charming and well-equipped holiday cottage looks out over the owner’s plantsman’s garden, featured in Rosemary Verey’s Secret Gardens and numerous magazines. Very privately set with its own entrance and small garden, and adjoining the owner’s home, the cottage is in the heart of Inveresk, an 18th-century village with many fine period houses and the NT garden at 17th-century Inveresk Lodge. The delights of the city or the coast are in easy reach with good local shopping and the racecourse in Musselburgh, 1 mile. A vast diversity of entertainment and eating places in Edinburgh, which is equally accessible by train from Musselburgh. Six superb golf courses, including the Open Championship course at Muirfield, within a ½-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

    Traditionally furnished sitting-room with dining area and patio door overlooking garden. Steep stairs to gallery single bedroom (for +1). Modern, well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Large double bedroom (two singles zipped together).

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone at cost
    • Small front garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Clayron Cottage

    Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29526


    Ideally situated for golf, the beach and easy access to Edinburgh, this delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage has a sunny sitting-out area to the rear and a bright sun porch open to the cosy living/dining room. There is a choice of renowned golf courses nearby. Enjoy wonderful walking on marked coastal paths on the John Muir Way, an unspoilt beach within 15 minutes’ walk of the cottage, and both sea-fishing and seal-spotting boat trips from Dunbar harbour. Visit the Museum of Flight to see Concorde, or the Seabird Centre to watch puffins nesting on the Bass Rock. Musselburgh Racecourse makes a fun day out, while riding, tennis, cycle hire and indoor swimming are all available in and around Dunbar, 1 mile. The town also offers a range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and the station for the 20-minute rail journey into Edinburgh city centre. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility area. Sun room. Wet room with toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin), 1 single with additional pull-out single.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SBBU

    With Edinburgh just 40 minutes away and Holy Island, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick within 45 to 55 minutes’ drive, endless sandy beaches and golf courses on the doorstep, this charming, detached stone cottage could not be better positioned for a fun, yet peaceful holiday. Set in a pretty courtyard, within the tiny ancient village of Oldhamstocks, the cottage has views of the rolling Lammermuir Hills all around. The golf options are truly superb with 19 renowned golf courses within 30 minutes. Oldhamstocks is just 10 minutes from the beach or Dunbar railway station, from where visitors can take the train to Edinburgh (22 minutes). Hill walking from the door, a dog lover’s paradise, especially the fabulous Southern Upland Way, and St Abbs Head for diving or bird watching. Ideal location for a peaceful break in any season. Shop 2 miles.

    Living room with open fire. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Garage (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

  • The Small Cottage

    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC531112
    The Small Cottage is a delightful, detached self catering property which has been newly renovated. Formerly a worker’s bothy, the building dates back over 100 years to when the Gladhouse Reservoir was being constructed. Situated in the small hamlet of Gladhouse next to the reservoir, the cottage enjoys a quiet and peaceful location within Mid Lothian. However, Edinburgh city centre is less than a half hour’s drive away. The cottage lies nestled within a lovely garden containing old Scots Pine trees and red brick lined borders. Inside the cottage there is a welcoming open plan living area comprising a fully fitted and well equipped kitchen, breakfast bar area and lounge space with leather sofa. Patio doors lead out into the garden and a tantalising glimpse of the reservoir through the trees. The master bedroom at the opposite end of the cottage has a luxurious leather framed bed and bi-folding patio doors leading out to a small patio area and a further glimpse of the reservoir beyond. The compact second bedroom has twin beds and is ideal for children. The cottage backs onto open farmland with grazing sheep and views out over the Pentland Hills. It is only a short stroll down to the reservoir itself and there are miles of quiet roads and marked trails to walk and cycle within the surrounding countryside.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level heated by gas and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV and DVD, patio doors leading out to garden
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, breakfast bar and seating for four.
    Utility: With washing machine and good hanging space for outdoor clothing
    Bedroom 1: With king size be and bi-folding doors leading onto patio area
    Bedroom 2: With single beds and views over farmland
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableFully enclosed garden. Outdoor furniture and BBQ (coals not included), garden shed for outdoor equipment storage. Boat fishing only permitted at reservoir, guests are advised to book boats in advance (contact Drew on 07515 164 670). Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: 100 yards walk to reservoir shoreline. Property is located next to a working farm and deep water area.

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