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Holyrood Cottage

UK Scotland South Scotland Lothian Edinburgh

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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...



Available all year.


From £470 a week in winter to £805 a week in summer, with slight variations in between. Short (3-night) breaks available all year except in August for £280–£330. 


Contact Website  07786 262 682  Holyrood Cottage, Spring Gardens, Edinburgh, EH8 8HX

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Getting There

The cottage is a short (£7–£10) taxi ride from Edinburgh Waverley or St Andrew’s Square bus station. By car, from the M8, take the A71/720 exit and follow Calder Rd, then left onto Stevenson Drive, right onto Balgreen Rd, then Stevenson Rd, Westfield Rd and W.Approach Rd and turn left onto Lothian Rd,  then Castle Terrace, Cowgate, Holyrood Rd and Queen's Drive to Royal Park Terrace and eventually Spring Gardens.


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