Southside of Edinburgh, a 20 minute walk from Princes Street but on all main bus routes. There are some good local restaurants if you don't want to head into town and Ross will recommend one to suit.
There are nine rooms. The theme is dark wood furniture, floor length drapes, wall to wall dark oatmeal carpets, all of which give a real feeling of luxury. iPod docking stations, digital radio and LCD TVs come as standard.
In contrast to the traditional feel of the bedrooms the ensuites are modern, sleek and feature raindrop showers. Bathrobes and Seakelp toiletries are provided too.
In late 2010 there are three rooms being upgraded even further, with hand-carved Tudor-panelled feature walls, Roth stereos, underfloor heating in bathrooms, and sound boarding to ensure peace and quiet.
The Drawing Room has a juice bar and computer for guests' use. There are large leather sofas and chairs, open fire, stripped dark wood floor and library of books.
The Observatory is for families at the top of the house so the kids can make as much noise as they like as you hide downstairs with a drink and a book. There's a telescope too so you can observe the stars late at night or Arthur's Seat - our extinct volcano! There is also a Nintendo Wii for the kids (or the adults who behave like them).
Eating and drinking
The choice for breakfast is great, it's fresh local produce all the way. Black pudding from Stornaway, rare breed pork sausage, free range eggs, Arbroath smokies, pancakes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, porridge or a simple continental: it's all available. There is also a daily special as if that's not special enough.
The specials board from a recent visit read: toasted muffin, porcini mushrooms, poached eggs, Stornaway black pudding topped with virginia cured streaky bacon.
Ross, your host, cannot do enough. He loves this busineess and it shows. His thorough research and knowledge of Edinburgh makes him the perfect person to help you plan your trip. He can guide you towards a personal guide to the city, who you can book to take you out and about as well as being able to recommend local restaurants and bars if you want to just wander out in the Mayfield area rather than head into the city centre.
He gets a lot of repeat business and has won several awards, which sums the place up.
Who stays there
Everyone: couples, families, friends of all ages. And, because of parking - a rare commodity in Edinburgh - drivers.
This place offers exceptional value. And if you stay for more than a couple of nights in low season Ross will give you a discount.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Ross, the host
- Parking on site
- Free WiFi
- The breakfast choice is huge and executed brilliantly
- A 20-minute walk into town