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Whether you're situated in Edinburgh itself or somewhere nearby, a self-catering holiday in this region combines the very best of city culture and quiet coastal and countryside locations.

Edinburgh needs little introduction as it's well known as one of Scotland's jewels in the crown. This majestic city is packed with a wonderful mix of historical buildings that tell the tale of a fascinating past, lovely green open spaces, first class shops and a fine collection of restaurants and pubs. It's a place to enjoy rich cultural heritage, bustling city life and some of the UK's most glorious countryside handily placed right on the door step.

The city attracts visitors from around the world who come to see its wonderful architecture and learn about its rich history. The Old Town is well known for the Royal Mile which extends along cobbled streets from Edinburgh Castle to Grassmarket. The New Town is equally fascinating and in contrast with the Old Town has a well ordered street grid layout with wide boulevards and grand neoclassical architecture. In both areas you'll find national galleries and museums and a host of historically significant buildings. Located just outside the city in Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat offers a relatively easy climb to the top with some spectacular views.

Horticulturalists will love the wonderful array of colours that can be found at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which has one of the world's largest living collections of plants you'll find. More regal encounters can be found on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Leith. Despite now being out of service it remains a uniquely fascinating icon from British history.

The Lothians rich heritage extends to the surrounding countryside of west Lothian, with castles and historical sites, rolling countryside and country walks. In east Lothian you'll find beautiful stretches of quiet sandy beaches and some of the finest golf courses in the world.

So this area serves both those looking for an active outdoor break as well as those interested in a first class city break. A great combination of culture, history, food, drink and the great outdoors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Westland Cottage Ref: 26090

This cosy, characterful holiday cottage is situated near a working farm yet surprisingly, on the edge of the city, and is the end one of a row of stone-built cottages with an enclosed sunny garden to the rear. With a bright, contemporary interior and a cosy woodburner, this charming property is perfect in any season. Convenient for buses into the city centre, 20 minutes, with its historic castle and Royal Mile, theatres, shops and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (zip and link). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Friday to Friday.

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£212-£805
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Tigh Na Geat Ref: 28647

Under thirty minutes from Edinburgh Castle, this comfortable, semi-detached holiday cottage has views of the Pentland Hills. Close by, you can visit the historic Rosslyn Chapel, or try dry slope skiing and wonderful walks from Midlothian snowsports centre, and much more. There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh whenever you visit - superb museums and galleries, great restaurants and shopping and of course the castle and Holyrood House are widely popular. There is a good pub restaurant under 1 mile and extensive shopping centres are only five minutes drive away. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towles included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£307-£854
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This 18th century former gardeners cottage is quietly situated on the edge of the ruined William Adam designed Mavisbank Estate. It forms a wing of the owners house, their large attractive walled garden can be gained by a French door in the spacious bedroom. The surrounding area attracts an abundance of wild and birdlife. Tastefully furnished and decorated, it makes an excellent holiday base for touring with easy access to Roslyn Chapel (where ’The Da Vinci Code’ was filmed), the Borders, East Lothian, and Fife. Edinburgh centre, 7 miles. Fishing, riding, golf, dry ski slope nearby. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of large garden with ruined Palladian gazebo and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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£238-£617
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bank Park Lodge Ref: SGGU

In a superb location making the most of the magnificent golf courses and beaches of East Lothian and only 10 miles on the A1 to Edinburgh City centre, this stylishly decorated and furnished, detached holiday cottage is privately set in very extensive gated walled garden grounds. On the edge of Tranent, close to the Firth of Forth, there is a good variety of activities nearby, such as horse racing at Musselburgh, go karting at Longniddry, the seabird centre at North Berwick, historic houses at Lenoxlove, Dirlton and the memorable ruins of Tantallon, Museum of Flight at East Fortune, NT gardens in Inveresk, along with hill walking in the Lammermuirs or The Saltire Trail, fishing and cycling. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Living room with gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire. Kitchen/dining room with door to garden. Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Z-bed (for +1 child)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Broadband connection
  • Own garden area with summer house and furniture
  • Shared access to large, extensive walled garden grounds
  • Grazing and stabling available for one pony
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Wheelchair access (ramp available)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£350-£1060
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lakeside Retreat Ref: W43010

This holiday lodge is set by a river-fed fishing lake in the grounds of Thurston Manor, Holiday Park. Close to the Lammermuir Hills and within minutes of beaches in East Lothian, and Edinburgh is under 40 minutes’ drive away. It is separated from, but near the shared facilities; indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, bar/restaurant and shop. Walks from the doorstep. Golf courses are a short drive away in Dunbar. Take a boat trip from North Berwick to see the gannets on the Bass Rock. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi in shared leisure area. Private enclosed decking area with furniture. Extensive shared grounds. On-site fly fishing by day permit. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 2 years. NB: Unfenced lake 6 yards.

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£242-£699
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
Shiells’ Loft Ref: W43013

Situated in the historic heart of Haddington, just 18 miles east of Edinburgh and 5 miles from the coast, this very spacious loft, situated above the owner’s apartment, is startlingly contemporary within its ancient walls. All one light and airy space, the living area has a cosy gas ’woodburner’, open to a very stylish kitchen which in turn leads to a spacious bedroom area. Wood and tile floor throughout. A wide range of activities are nearby, with renowned golf courses, the Seabird Centre and Bass Rock cruises, Museum of Flight, beaches, Aberlady Nature Reserve and the John Muir Trail, castles and gardens, all within 10 miles; hillwalking in the Lammermuirs, cycling the backroads and cycle paths, surfing and windsurfing. Good public transport links. Shop, bars, restaurants all within 50 yards.

All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double (6ft zip and link) bed. Shower room with toilet.

Gas ’woodburner’ in living room included. Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Public car park 250 yards. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Goose Cottage Ref: CC531006
Goose Cottage is a delightful terraced, converted stone steading, situated in the countryside within the heart of West Lothian. This is a fantastic location giving you wonderful countryside views, overlooking rolling fields but also with easy access to public transport and motorways to explore further afield. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are a half hour drive away and Perthshire can be reached within an hour. The cottage is attractively presented, with good attention to detail. The lounge has a leather sofa and two easy chairs. The lounge and kitchen are open plan and boasts a wood burning stove.  A picture window looks out into the west facing courtyard. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped and from here there is access onto the private, fully enclosed east facing garden. From the garden you are looking out onto open countryside and on a clear day you can see Arthur’s Seat at Edinburgh. Both first floor bedrooms are beautifully coordinated and have coombed ceilings with velux windows. This lovely cottage sits in a quiet converted steading and is only a short drive from shops and eateries.

Ground Floor: Property has electric heaters and comprises:
Open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen
Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Free View TV, DVD, iPod docking station and radio and selection of DVDs
Dining Area: With circular table and chairs
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed 
Bedroom 2: With super king size bed (zip n link which can be split into two single beds if required)

All power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of wood for stove supplied. Cot, high chair, stair gate and fire guard available on request. Wireless broadband connection available.Bike store. Enclosed garden with outdoor seating, bench swing and BBQ (coals not supplied). Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£300-£630
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Dairy Cottage Ref: 28369

Just over 100 yards from Rosslyn Chapel and with a ley line running through, this delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage was created from the original dairy which supplied milk locally in days gone by. Attached to the owner’s home, it has a secluded private entrance and sunny rear courtyard garden designed to give maximum privacy. The lovely, bright living area, which opens directly out to the garden in summer, is a perfect place to relax whatever the time of year. There are lovely walks in Roslin Glen and very easy access into Edinburgh with a good bus service, or park and ride nearby. Shops and pub ⅓ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom, and controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£709-£709
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Tucked away in a very pretty, secluded courtyard in the grounds of the owner’s home, this traditional detached holiday cottage was originally the dairy of Abbey Farm. No longer a farm now it lies in the quiet west end of the attractive seaside town of North Berwick just 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, harbour and town centre. Edinburgh is 30 minutes by train for hassle free enjoyment of the city. Visit the Scottish Seabird Centre, the National Museum of Flight, Tantallon Castle which is a spectacular ruin, take a boat trip to the Bass Rock or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the aptly named, Retreat Cottage. There is an unrivalled choice of golf courses nearby. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. 2 steps to kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters and electricity included (first £30 electricity included, remainder by meter reading October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Saturday to Saturday (until September 2014). Friday to Friday (from October 2014). NB: Unfenced pond in grounds.

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£248-£592
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Thatched Cottage Ref: CC531120
The Thatched Cottage is truly a fairytale setting for a hideaway self catering holiday for two, yet only a few miles from Scotland’s Capital City Edinburgh. The location for this charming self catering accommodation could not be more picturesque; a pretty detached stone cottage with authentic thatched roof in a sunny glade surrounded by Hopetoun woodland in the heart of central Scotland.  This newly refurbished cottage has a beautiful, spacious sitting room with log fire, bedroom with lovely views and a well appointed bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. The kitchen is adjacent to the sitting room with 3 steps leading down to it and has every facility you might require. Every room is furnished with care and style, in tune with the original character of the cottage and the heritage of Hopetoun. you might be tempted never to leave the Thatched Cottage, but immediately out of doors are lovely woodland walks, cycle paths and the splendid Hopetoun House Stately Home all waiting to be explored (all guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the House grounds during opening hours).  While you are staying in this luxury cottage you can also have access to a wide range of pre-bookable activities within the estate, including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking.


Events at Hopetoun House in 2014-2015


Saturday 1st November 2014 – Our annual Fireworks display. Guests receive free tickets for this event. (Thatched Cottage shouldn’t be too affected unless the traffic management is particularly busy.)

17th May 2015– Race for Life. Run in aid of cancer research goes through the estate, may have some traffic restrictions.

29th May 2015 – 31st May 2015. Carriage Driving.

Thursday 25th June- Sunday 28th June - A large event, Horse Trials. This a particularly busy time on the estate as there are hundreds of horses, horse boxes and caravans staying and camped out in the deer park.

Thursday 17th July – Sunday 20th July – Grass roots event (mini horse trials). Similar to the large Horse trials event, but smaller scale in that there is no fair to accompany it.

For these events listed the guests will receive free admission. However, for the events at the house- such as: Wedding fairs, Christmas fair, shows etc, they will not receive free entry into these.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: with open fire, TV, DVD, radio/CD player, large corner sofa and dining table and chairs.
3 steps down to…
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, dining table and chairs
Bedroom: with king-size bed and i-Pod docking station
Bathroom: with shower over Jacuzzi bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot and highchair available by request. Fireguard provided.Dogs welcome (must be keep on a lead at all times - livestock in surrounding area). All guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the house grounds during opening hours (Hopetoun House is open from Good Friday to the last weekend in September). Visitors also have easy access to many pre-bookable activities which take place at Hopetoun including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking on the estate and there is a golf course nearby. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£285-£555
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Greenpark Ref: 29858

An ideal base for discovering Edinburgh, this comfortably furnished, ground floor holiday apartment with parking is in a quiet development near Liberton golf course. There are frequent buses taking approximately 12 minutes to the famous Princes Street. Explore the wonderful museums, galleries and historic buildings of this vibrant city, which is particularly multi-cultural during the festival in August and at New Year. Extensive range of restaurants, pubs, entertainment and shopping, all there to be enjoyed. Not to be missed are Edinburgh Castle, and the now decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia. There is also a supermarket just 10 minutes away. Beach 4 miles. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned area. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£505-£1046
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Dean Terrace Apartment Ref: CC531001
Situated on a peaceful leafy terrace adjacent to the Water of Leith, this charming garden apartment is beautifully presented. The Garden apartment, within a terraced Georgian house, in the hugely popular Stockbridge area offers a warm and cosy welcome from the hustle and bustle of the city. For those with an interest in history and architecture, there is much to whet your appetite with Edinburgh Castle, the medieval old town and the Georgian new town to name but a few of the magnificent sights.

Ground Floor: Basement Level
Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With gas fire, TV, DVD, radio/CD and single bed settee suitable for teenagers only.
Dining/Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge and combined washing machine/ tumble dryer.
Bedroom : With double bed.
Bathroom: With power shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.On street parking (Metered Mon - Fri 8.30 - 5.30).

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£0-£0
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