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Find cottages in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Whether you’re situated in Edinburgh itself or somewhere nearby, a self-catering holiday in this region combines the very best of city culture and quiet coastal and countryside locations.

Edinburgh needs little introduction as it’s well known as one of Scotland’s jewels in the crown. This majestic city is packed with a wonderful mix of historical buildings that tell the tale of a fascinating past, lovely green open spaces, first class shops and a fine collection of restaurants and pubs. It’s a place to enjoy rich cultural heritage, bustling city life and some of the UK’s most glorious countryside handily placed right on the door step.

The city attracts visitors from around the world who come to see its wonderful architecture and learn about its rich history. The Old Town is well known for the Royal Mile which extends along cobbled streets from Edinburgh Castle to Grassmarket. The New Town is equally fascinating and in contrast with the Old Town has a well ordered street grid layout with wide boulevards and grand neoclassical architecture. In both areas you’ll find national galleries and museums and a host of historically significant buildings. Located just outside the city in Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat offers a relatively easy climb to the top with some spectacular views.

Horticulturalists will love the wonderful array of colours that can be found at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which has one of the world’s largest living collections of plants you’ll find. More regal encounters can be found on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Leith. Despite now being out of service it remains a uniquely fascinating icon from British history.

The Lothians rich heritage extends to the surrounding countryside of west Lothian, with castles and historical sites, rolling countryside and country walks. In east Lothian you’ll find beautiful stretches of quiet sandy beaches and some of the finest golf courses in the world.

So this area serves both those looking for an active outdoor break as well as those interested in a first class city break. A great combination of culture, history, food, drink and the great outdoors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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  • 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
    1
    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.

  • Spylaw Suite

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • The Bothy Cottage

    Polton, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Kings Stables

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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

  • Filters Cottage

    Linlithgow

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Cobble Cottage

    Cramond Village, Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    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
    0
    1
    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

  • Garden Cottage

    Linlithgow, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    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)

  • Tigh Na Geat

    Damhead, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28647

    Under thirty minutes from Edinburgh Castle, this comfortable, semi-detached holiday cottage has views of the Pentland Hills. Close by, you can visit the historic Rosslyn Chapel, or try dry slope skiing and wonderful walks from Midlothian snowsports centre, and much more. There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh whenever you visit - superb museums and galleries, great restaurants and shopping and of course the castle and Holyrood House are widely popular. There is a good pub restaurant under 1 mile and extensive shopping centres are only five minutes’ drive away. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Queenshill

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 19674

    Ideal for a city break

    With wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline from the living room, this spacious third floor holiday apartment, with parking, is in a quiet location, 5 minutes’ bus ride from the west end of Princes Street. Very comfortably furnished and thoughtfully decorated, this is the ideal base from which to explore this fabulous city. Explore the magnificent wide avenues of the New Town with elegant wine bars and restaurants, and the contrasting ancient narrow and cobbled wynds between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Wonderful (free) Museum of Natural History and the National Art Galleries. Queenshill is within a 15-minute walk from Murrayfield Stadium. Also, it is within walking distance of the West End, and has easy access to the airport and main routes to explore further afield. Golf is available close by and the coast is within 3 miles. Shop 20 yards, pubs 50 yards.

    All on third floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car) plus visitor parking. No smoking.

  • Angus Vale

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 24491

    Conveniently located for both city centre and for access to the golf courses and beaches of East Lothian, this traditional, stone built holiday cottage is in a quiet residential area with easy access to the A1, and just 15 minutes walk to Arthur’s Seat and Duddingston Village. Spacious and bright, it has a large enclosed, grassed garden, ideal for relaxing after a day enjoying the city sights. Easy bus route to the centre, for shopping, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. Shop 800 yards, pub 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£50per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture. No smoking.

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