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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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  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30949

    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 room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Freeview TV. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and 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.

  • Marchmont

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531128
    This bright, sunny third floor holiday apartment is just off The Meadows, one mile from Edinburgh Castle, which can be seen from the kitchen window. With corniced ceilings, wooden floors and working shutters, there are plenty of period details along with contemporary comforts. The apartment is set in a quiet, tree lined street with numerous cafes and restaurants within a few minutes walk and there are great views of Arthur’s Seat from the spacious lounge area. Close to the university and many of the annual festival and Fringe events, there is much to explore from this convenient base.

    Third Floor: The property is all on the third floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with wooden floor, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: Large with microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size, please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Car park ½ mile at cost). No smoking.

  • The Retreat Cottage

    North Berwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29882


    Tucked away in a very pretty, secluded courtyard in the grounds of the owner’s home, this traditional detached holiday cottage was originally the dairy of Abbey Farm. No longer a farm now it lies in the quiet west end of the attractive seaside town of North Berwick just 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, harbour and town centre. Edinburgh is 30 minutes by train for hassle free enjoyment of the city. Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre, the National Museum of Flight, Tantallon Castle which is a spectacular ruin, take a boat trip to the Bass Rock or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the aptly named, Retreat Cottage. There is an unrivalled choice of golf courses nearby. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. 2 steps to kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds.

  • Campbell’s Close Apt

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UGF

    Close to the centre of Edinburgh, yet boasting a quiet location, this attractive and spacious ground floor holiday apartment is set back from busy Canongate, and approached by a small, secure, shared garden with shrubs and trees. Part of an old brewery conversion amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, including the gardens of Canongate Kirk, it is surrounded by the fascinating Old Town, with many shops and restaurants. Within just a few minutes’ walk are Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Abbey. North Bridge, Prince’s Street and Edinburgh Castle are just a 10-minute walk. Border country easily accessible. Shops 20 yards.

    Seven steps to private entrance. Sitting-room with gas ‘living-flame’ woodburner and dining area. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Gas ’living-flame’ woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen included
    • Towels £10 per week
    • Cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared enclosed garden
    • Free parking (6 mins away)

  • The Small Cottage

    Gladhouse Reservoir near Gorebridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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.

  • Manse Cottage

    Corstorphine, Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 19206

    Conveniently situated in the west of the city in the quiet residential area of Corstorphine, an ideal spot from which to sample both the buzz and variety of the city centre and also enjoy extremely easy access to Glasgow, Fife and the Borders. This single storey holiday property is furnished in a comfortable contemporary style, with sun room and enclosed garden. There are shops, pubs and restaurants only a moments walk. Frequent buses into the centre, 15 minutes, where the zoo, Edinburgh Castle, galleries, theatres, museums and activities too numerous to list are yours to enjoy. Shops and pubs 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared enclosed garden. No smoking.

  • Lakeside Retreat

    Innerwick, nr. Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43010

    This holiday lodge is set by a river-fed fishing lake in the grounds of Thurston Manor, Holiday Park. Close to the Lammermuir Hills and within minutes of beaches in East Lothian, and Edinburgh is under 40 minutes’ drive away. It is separated from, but near the shared facilities; indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, bar/restaurant and shop. Walks from the doorstep. Golf courses are a short drive away in Dunbar. Take a boat trip from North Berwick to see the gannets on the Bass Rock. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi in shared leisure area. Private enclosed decking area with furniture. Extensive shared grounds. On-site fly fishing by day permit. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 2 years. NB: Unfenced lake 6 yards.

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