This is an unusual hotel and is also a museum and home. If you like an entirely dull, predictable hotel stay (with a TV and en suite), don't stay here. But, if you are the sort who likes to remember special experiences - then this will be one for you.
From the moment you walk to the door, you will discover a house full of wonder - with lots of art and 'objets'. I adored my room - which had original oil paintings on the wall and a comfortable bed.
You will need to share a bathroom with up to one other guest (and try not to be paranoid about the frosted glass in the bathroom door being sufficient to cover your dignity. It is - so don't worry about it).
And the best is yet to come. After a good night's sleep in a comfy bed and a unique room (complete with tea and coffee facilities and, if you need them, slippers) you will wake up to the Best Breakfast in Scotland. This included fruit salad, freshly made juice (orange or carrot) and the most amazing cooked breakfast....complete with haggis! Absolutely delicious! And all served by the owners, who are friendly and very helpful.
The house is wonderfully situated for visiting the sites of Edinburgh, and the hosts (one of whom was the first Japanese-speaking Edinburgh guide back in the 80's) go out of their way to help you plan your day - and your travel by public transport.
There's also a lovely lounge to relax in during the evenings. The owners do want their own space during the day - but there is so much to see and do in Edinburgh that you'll want to be out and about in any case.
I hope this gives you a flavour. All in all - a unique experience and all the pluses and delights of the art and kind hosts make up for the lack of a TV or basin in your room. Read some books or just enjoy the art - and have a break from the whirl of modern life - right in the middle of one the UK's most beautiful cities.
Ask for the Blue Room for some incredible art and plenty of wardrobe and desk space
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28 July 2011
Emma, Thank you for the very kind comments and especially the detail in the feedback, I think your should give up Civil Engineering and become a travel writer, I did read through your comments and did not realise about the frosted glass, I have now added a near full lenght roller blind which I hope solves any concerns over the glass translucidity. I hope you and your family are well and you can all make it up to Edinburgh one December for the Edinburgh Winter Wonderland. John
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