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Edinburgh is a city of contrasts, where history and heritage sit comfortably among the hustle and bustle of a sophisticated, modern metropolis.

Scotland's capital city provides the perfect city break destination that can be combined with rural relaxation in the beautiful Lothian countryside.

Edinburgh is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a multitude of first class attractions, classical and ancient buildings, a thriving city centre and green open spaces. With cottages in and around Edinburgh you'll be able to both enjoy the city centre experience and explore the surrounding region.

The imposing Edinburgh Castle is one of the city's most iconic attractions; it sits on volcanic rock and the 1pm gun has been fired on most days since 1861. The National War Museum is set within the Castle, or if you want a little peace and quiet, you could head for the Royal Botanic Gardens, considered to be some of the finest in the world.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a great way to while away an afternoon, whatever the weather. Established in 1835 it's Scotland's oldest purpose-built attraction, offering 360° views of the city. A visit to Mary King's Close is a 'must see'; this warren of streets beneath the Royal Mile was built-over, and has remained frozen in time since the 17th century; now you can step into Edinburgh's history with a guide to see what life was like for the people who worked, lived and died here.

Put the Edinburgh Fringe Festival into your diary; this renowned event attracts hundreds of visitors annually who come to see the plays, performances and comedy shows.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ashlea Ref: SPPZ

This delightful holiday cottage is on Goose Green in the heart of the village of Gullane, only 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train. One of a small row of three, it is close to a wonderful sandy beach, within walking distance of four renowned golf courses including the world famous Muirfield, and has an array of restaurants, pubs and delightfully individual shops all within a few minutes’ walk. In short, there is something for everyone. Tastefully furnished and decorated, this very comfortable cottage has a bright, sunny living room and well-appointed kitchen. Take a boat trip from North Berwick round the Bass Rock, explore ancient Tantallon Castle or simply savour the peace and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Large living room with ‘coal-effect’ gas fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi available by arrangement at £10per week
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking

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£336-£790
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated on a working farm, 3 miles from the coast, this detached holiday cottage has all the ingredients for a truly relaxing holiday. Designed with comfort in mind for both families and wheelchair users, there is a roomy kitchen/dining room and an adapted wet room. Edinburgh is 20 minutes by train from Dunbar, or visit the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Ideal for golf, walking and cycling. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wet room with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen and wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£301-£866
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Dunsapie Ref: 27910

In a peaceful area near Holyrood Park and Arthurs’ Seat, this detached holiday property has easy access into the city centre and to the A1. The living room is spacious and the dining room is bright and overlooks the garden. A 20-minute walk to Holyrood Palace, the Parliament and the Royal Mile. Visit the museums and galleries (free). Savour the buzz during the festivals and at New Year. Golf at Duddingston. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining/garden room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 double (5ft) bedroom with Velux and sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Utility room in external garage.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£360-£1090
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Bankhead Cottage Ref: W40495

Wonderful views / Jacuzzi bath

Wonderful views

On a working farm in beautiful open countryside with views overlooking the magnificence of the Forth Bridges to Edinburgh beyond, this delightful cottage offers excellent holiday accommodation. It is situated only 3 miles from the silver sands of the beach of the picturesque village of Aberdour, with its fine castle and interesting little shops and tearooms. There is easy access by train from the village to Edinburgh, only 20 minutes away, perfect for sightseeing without the parking stress. Or drive through the lovely fishing villages of the East Neuk to St Andrews. Deep Sea World 5 miles. Golf 2 miles and excellent walking and cycling on the Fife Coastal Path. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, bidet and toilet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Children’s play area. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£458-£1189
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Garden Lodge Ref: SQQW

In a very secluded setting, within the grounds of a working estate, and accessed by a farm track, lies this charming, detached, holiday cottage which is an original Adam design with Victorian additions. Furnished and decorated to retain character and provide contemporary comfort, it is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the renowned golf courses and beaches of East Lothian. Try hill walking in the Lammermuirs, cycling along quiet roads or visit historic Lennoxlove. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Living room with open fire. Well equipped kitchen/dining room. Dining hall. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and feature fireplace. Double bedroom. Two bathrooms, each with over bath shower and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceilings.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, renewable wood energy central heating (supplied from the estate), bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, grassed area with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£303-£1005
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eliza Cottage Ref: 28897

With views of Traprain Law, this traditional, detached holiday cottage on a family farm is just 1.5 miles from Haddington and within easy reach of 19 golf courses and the lovely beaches of East Lothian. Spacious and comfortable, this is a peaceful spot from which to explore, with quiet side roads ideal for cycling, the Lammermuir Hills for great walks, and historic houses and castles to visit. Edinburgh is an easy day out, just 14 minutes by train from Drem, a relaxing way to make the most of this vibrant city at any time of year. Haddington has a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants, 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/1 step to kitchen. 4 steps to 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£281-£805
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Promenade Ref: 27017

This superbly located, terraced holiday cottage has direct access onto the sandy beach in Portobello and is only 15 minutes drive or bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Perfect for a family holiday combining the sights and sounds of this historic city and the relaxation of a beach holiday. Beautifully furnished and decorated in contemporary style and with a pretty enclosed garden opening directly onto the promenade and beach where there are a number of eating places, and a play park. There are a huge variety of attractions within Edinburgh or head out to the Seabird Centre in North Berwick for a boat trip to the Bass Rock, or to try the many renowned golf courses nearby. Shops and pub 250 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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£628-£3003
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Orchard Cottage Ref: W8874

Wonderful idyllic setting

In an idyllic setting, at the end of a quiet country track in beautiful countryside, this 150 year old converted barn, tucked into a sunny flower-filled courtyard is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Situated in East Lothian, this is an excellent base for visiting historic towns and villages, exploring wide sandy beaches or playing golf on excellent courses, including Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar. Edinburgh, the dynamic capital city, with its lively cosmopolitan atmosphere is 22 miles away and Haddington, an historic riverside town is only 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Oil central heating and electricity included (first £10per week included October-March, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Mid Lodge Ref: CC531119
Mid Lodge is a classic detached stone cottage situated in an exclusive and secluded location in the very heart of the idyllic Hopetoun Fallow Deer Park, yet only half an hour’s drive from Scotland’s Capital City Edinburgh. This luxury self catering cottage offers roomy, beautifully appointed accommodation for up to six people. The location is outstanding, providing peace, tranquility and fantastic views. On the edge of idyllic wooded parkland, the cottage is totally private.  Mid Lodge is newly refurbished to a standard and quality befitting stunning Hopetoun. The accommodation is very spacious, yet comfortable and convenient with sitting room, dining-kitchen and three twin bedrooms.  You might be tempted never to leave the Mid Lodge, 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. The cottage will receive free tickets for this event. Mid Lodge may be affected due to the Deer park being used as a car park on the Saturday, from 4pm – 8/9pm.

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

29th May 2015 – 31st May 2015. Carriage Driving. Quite a big event and obtrusive to Mid Lodge guests as there are lots of horses and carriages all dressed up in the Deep park for a few days.

Thursday 17th July – Sunday 20th July – Grass roots event (mini horse trials). Small horse trials event. It may be intrusive for Mid Lodge guests.

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 oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge:  with open fire, TV, DVD and views across the deer park
Kitchen / diner:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer (with ice dispenser), dishwasher, washer / dryer, dining table and chairs, sofa and wall-mounted TV.  Day bed (for +1 by arrangement) in hallway leading from kitchen.
Bedroom 1:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 3:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bathroom:  with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot & highchair available by request. Fire guard provided.Enclosed garden with furniture, BBQ (coals not included). 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 4 cars.

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£435-£1025
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sailor’s Cottage Ref: 30229


Set in an enviable position, looking out to the river front harbour and scattered islands in the Firth of Forth in historic Cramond village. This delightful holiday cottage is part of a B listed, 1605 grain store with river views from the open-plan kitchen and two of the bedrooms, and offers contemporary comfort and style in abundance. It has main door access from a flight of steps linking the harbour to the street above and has a gallery bistro below – perfect for a leisurely breakfast by the riverside. Easy access into Edinburgh city centre, approximately 20 minutes by bus for fantastic range of galleries, theatres and restaurants. Go over the Forth Bridge to explore Fife and Perthshire, or south into the Scottish Borders. Enjoy strolling along the beach, across the tidal causeway to Cramond Island or along to the waterfalls on the River Almond. Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Royal Burgess Golfing Society, located nearby. Beach 180 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 180 yards.

First floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open tread stairs to second floor: Living room with sloping ceiling. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Satellite TV. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Pets free of charge. NB: River 33 yards.

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£365-£1144
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