Experience a more local side to Edinburgh when you stay in one of the city’s most beautiful holiday cottages. From Georgian mansions and Victorian townhouses to seaside homes and cosy houses carved from the rock below Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s holiday cottages are more than just homely. Historic, atmospheric and always quirky, here are the best beautiful holiday cottages in Scotland‘s capital – bookable with Culture Trip.
Live the local life when you book a stay at the Victorian Townhouse at Stockbridge, a family home that’s now a luxury guesthouse in the suburbs of Edinburgh. Make the most of the fully equipped kitchen and keep the fridge and freezer filled after shopping at Stockbridge’s many independent food stores and the lively weekend market. This self-contained property features four spacious bedrooms, making it perfect for a family getaway in Edinburgh.
The Garden Suite is a homely, two-bedroom cottage on Cargil Terrace, halfway between the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh’s historic city centre. If the sun is shining, make the most of the family cottage’s spacious garden; if it’s cold outside you can cosy up next to the log fire in the living room. Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in the kitchen, or head out into Edinburgh and try the best of the city’s restaurants.
You couldn’t ask for a more convenient Edinburgh spot than the Central Cosy Home. This welcoming property at the base of Calton Hill has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely little outdoor space. You can walk to Edinburgh Waverley Station in minutes, while the National Monument, Royal Mile, Holyrood and many more of Edinburgh’s best sights are all a short stroll away.
Immerse yourself in the long history of the Scottish capital with a stay at The Rock House, an old merchant’s home dating back to 1756. The cottage was carved from the rock of Calton Hill, offering two bedrooms and a spacious living area in an unusual yet central location. The modern decor and furniture complement its sense of heritage, while the amenities – particularly the coffee machine and super-soft beds – will keep you comfortable throughout your stay.
The Quirky Cottage in Central Edinburgh is the perfect place for couples or solo travellers looking to explore the city. The cottage has one double bedroom and a vibrantly decorated living room with pop art on the walls. Cook your meals in the small-but-functional kitchen before serving on the wooden dinner table, perfectly positioned against the airy bay windows overlooking the cobbled outdoor area.
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Take the family to the Scottish coast with a stay at Silver Lining, a cottage by the sea. This two-bedroom property overlooks the Firth of Forth in Cramond Village, and is just a short stroll from Cramond Beach and a half-hour drive from Edinburgh city centre. Inside, there’s a large double bedroom and smaller twin bedroom, alongside a combined kitchen and dining area. Outside, you’ll find a spacious seating area lined with colourful potted plants.
Containing its own private garden, this small cottage is perfectly suited for the curious traveller. The property has sleeping space for five, a living, dining and kitchen area, and an unusual entrance. Tall steps lead to the covered front door, while the outdoor seating area is an excellent place from which to watch life in the Edinburgh suburbs pass by.
Experience Edinburgh’s 19th-century history with a stay at the Historic City Centre Georgian Townhouse. This heritage-listed building in Edinburgh’s New Town is more mansion than house, with six bedrooms and four bathrooms set over a mammoth four floors. The bedrooms feature antique furnishings alongside modern amenities, while the walls of the living areas are lined with portraits and paintings that add to the sense of history. As a bonus, the townhouse offers free, secure parking in a private garage – a rarity in central Edinburgh.