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A romantic city bolthole for two.
This small mid-19th-century one-level cottage, tucked away by Edinburgh's green and leafy Holyrood Park, is a bit of a hidden gem – an easy-to-miss tranquil cottage oasis that makes an ideal romantic city bolthole for two. Less than a ten-minute walk from the sights of the city centre, it's furnished in a crisp, contemporary style, with whitewashed bricks, tongue-and-groove woodwork, polished wooden floors and window shutters, yet is as cosy as you like, with a wood burning stove and lots of attention to stylish details – good lighting, coat hooks by the door, throws, decent wifi, and, er, knitting wool and needles (owner Rebecca is an keen knitter!).  It has a high-ceilinged open-plan living space, divided between a lounge with a leather sofa and chaise longue, warmed by  a wood-burning stove (and an unlimited supply of logs), and a bedroom with a super-kingsize bed (which can be arranged as 2 singles if you prefer), high quality cotton linen, cushions and a throw. There's a separate kitchen with a little table for two and everything you might need, including a fridge, oven, hob, microwave and Dualit toaster, dishwasher and washing machine, while a wee bathroom sports a smallish bath with a power shower and a set of luxury toiletries; there are robes and slippers too for that real home-from-home feeling. Perhaps nicest of all, at least if you're here during summer, is the bright conservatory which leads out to a small patio garden that gets lots of sun. There are plenty of shops nearby and free on-street parking in Spring Gardens, although you'll find the the house well stocked on arrival with essentials like milk, bread, butter, jam, oil, teabags, coffee and sugar, even a bottle of wine (not to mention dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid and washing liquid).

All in all Holyrood Cottage is a terrific place to come back to at the end of a day's sightseeing or shopping in the Scottish capital; and the ever-resourceful Rebecca has also arranged for guests to use the local gym and pool for just £5 per person in case you feel like a workout.  The closest sight to the cottage is actually one of Edinburgh's best – the former volcano of Arthur’s Seat, which you can climb for amazing views over the city and far beyond, while a short stroll through the park leads to Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the foot of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh is yours for the taking...

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