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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

If you’re after an intimate and luxurious guesthouse vibe, this boutique hotel, a 10-minute stroll from the West End, is the answer.

Family-run and friendly, it’s peppered with personal touches, such as the old photos of island life hung by its Orkney-born owners.

Two hotels in one, there are 35 rooms split between this William Playfair-designed mansion and Hampton House across the road.

The open-plan lounge and bar has deep velvet sofas and a scattering of tables where you can grab a light bite or settle in with a dram.

It’s a bit like staying with wealthy Edinburgh friends – a home-from-home with benefits – and free parking. Not to be sniffed at in Edinburgh.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

Edinburgh’s impressive hilltop castle, with bags of history and a bird’s-eye view over the capital.

Best for ages: 4+ | £1,750

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[2.4 miles]

Scotland’s history, culture, art and design, science and technology – under one state-of-the-art roof. Special exhibits include the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Dolly the sheep.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

exterior facade of the building with imposing pillared entrance

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

Grand, neoclassical Modern One, and Modern Two opposite – once a 19th-century orphanage – showcase an impressive permanent collection, changing exhibitions and Moore and Hepworth-studded sculpture park.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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market stalls on the street with blue and white striped awnings

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.6 miles]

In the shadow of the castle, the original farmer’s market has jauntily striped stalls stocked with sauerkraut, smoked salmon and Arbroath Smokies. Held every Saturday from 9am-2pm, 3 mins walk from Edinburgh Castle.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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A photograph displaying medals awarded to Sean Bell in the National War Museum at Edinburgh with museum goes in the background

National War Museum

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

Housed inside Edinburgh Castle, this free museum gives an insight into the Scots’ warring relationship with the English, the difference between Highland and Lowland soldiers and an overview of 300 years of military history.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Camera Obscura - two people inside a mirrored room

Camera Obscura

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[2.1 miles]

The city’s oldest purpose-built tourist attraction, at the top of the Royal Mile, is topped with a periscope that transfers images of Edinburgh’s skyline onto a table-top.

Best for ages: 4+ | £16 | Around 1 hour 45 min

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Edinburgh Region, United Kingdom (UK)

Capital treats abound, from mighty castles and royal palaces to gourmet restaurants and arguably the world’s best performing arts festival.

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