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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Bridge House Ref: S4619

Perfect for a relaxing break, offering country living at its best, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach and within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city pleasures, these two stylish and delightful properties sit near a picturesque lake within 150 acres of stunning parkland and woodlands surrounding the elegant Georgian mansion of Broxmouth. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, spotting roe deer among the trees and enjoying trout fishing on the lake and stream or simply relaxing at the water’s edge, watching out for the local heron swooping in to pinch the fish. The main house sits close to the site of the Battle of Dunbar and the grounds themselves are steeped in history – the mount from where Cromwell commanded the battle is located in the garden and a beautiful cedar tree in the park was planted in 1878 by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert. Set beside Dunbar Golf Links – with its wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and out to Bass Rock – and within a short drive of many other courses, Broxmouth Park is also a golfers’ haven, whilst its location at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills affords numerous opportunities for keen walkers. The John Muir Way links this area to both Edinburgh and the Borders, with magnificent walking on marked coastal pathways. The coastline abounds with glorious, unspoilt beaches and both sea fishing and seal spotting boat trips depart from the harbour at Dunbar. Home to Concorde and many other aircraft, the Museum of Flight (9 miles) is well worth exploring and at the Seabird Centre at North Berwick visitors can watch the puffins nesting on Bass Rock or gannets diving into the sea. Musselburgh Racecourse (24 miles) offers a great day out, and horse riding, tennis, cycle hire and an indoor swimming pool are all found in and around Dunbar (1 mile), which also offers a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a station for the 20 minute train journey to the centre of beautiful Edinburgh city. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

5 steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Oil CH inc. Garden with patio and furniture

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 150-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. Fishing foc. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£1794-£1794
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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 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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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
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Perfect for a relaxing break, offering country living at its best, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach and within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city pleasures, these two stylish and delightful properties sit near a picturesque lake within 150 acres of stunning parkland and woodlands surrounding the elegant Georgian mansion of Broxmouth. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, spotting roe deer among the trees and enjoying trout fishing on the lake and stream or simply relaxing at the water’s edge, watching out for the local heron swooping in to pinch the fish. The main house sits close to the site of the Battle of Dunbar and the grounds themselves are steeped in history – the mount from where Cromwell commanded the battle is located in the garden and a beautiful cedar tree in the park was planted in 1878 by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert. Set beside Dunbar Golf Links – with its wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and out to Bass Rock – and within a short drive of many other courses, Broxmouth Park is also a golfers’ haven, whilst its location at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills affords numerous opportunities for keen walkers. The John Muir Way links this area to both Edinburgh and the Borders, with magnificent walking on marked coastal pathways. The coastline abounds with glorious, unspoilt beaches and both sea fishing and seal spotting boat trips depart from the harbour at Dunbar. Home to Concorde and many other aircraft, the Museum of Flight (9 miles) is well worth exploring and at the Seabird Centre at North Berwick visitors can watch the puffins nesting on Bass Rock or gannets diving into the sea. Musselburgh Racecourse (24 miles) offers a great day out, and horse riding, tennis, cycle hire and an indoor swimming pool are all found in and around Dunbar (1 mile), which also offers a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a station for the 20 minute train journey to the centre of beautiful Edinburgh city. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with sleigh bed and additional double sofa bed, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Z-bed available.

Gas CH inc. Gas Aga. Garden and furniture.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 150-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. Fishing foc. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£1522-£1522
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Golden Oak Chalet Ref: CC531118
Located within 400 acres of working farmland nestles Golden Oak; a detached timber chalet offering self catering holiday accommodation. Situated only 2.5 miles from Dunbar in East Lothian, Golden Oak enjoys open views towards the coastline, Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth.

Ground Floor: 3 Steps to entrance then accommodation is all one level has LPG heating and comprises;
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With TV, DVD and sofa bed (for + 2)
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With bunk beds
Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedDecked balcony with furniture and open garden area. Horse stabling and dog kennels available on the farm. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£255-£410
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 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rowan Cottage Ref: 30480

Conveniently located to the west of Edinburgh city centre, just 20 minutes by bus to Princes Street with a frequent service, this terraced holiday cottage is on a peaceful residential side street. The light and comfortable living room is an ideal spot to relax after a day exploring the city. Edinburgh Zoo is just 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage and is well worth a visit. There is easy access to the airport, Glasgow and Perth are 50 minutes away and just over an hour away is St Andrews. The main road is just a 2-minute walk away with direct buses to both Glasgow and Stirling. For those who are wanting to visit Murrayfield Stadium, this is just a 10-minute bus journey away. There are superb theatres, museums and restaurants to suit all tastes within the city and good pubs within walking distance. Edinburgh is especially vibrant during August for the Festival & Fringe and at New Year for music and fireworks, but there is lots to see and do any time of the year. Shop and pub serving food ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£269-£931
Shortlist
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

WAS
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£303-£1005
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Queenshill Ref: 19674

Ideal for a city break

With wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline from the living room, this spacious third floor holiday apartment, with parking, is in a quiet location, 5 minutes’ bus ride from the west end of Princes Street. Very comfortably furnished and thoughtfully decorated, this is the ideal base from which to explore this fabulous city. Explore the magnificent wide avenues of the New Town with elegant wine bars and restaurants, and the contrasting ancient narrow and cobbled wynds between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Wonderful (free) Museum of Natural History and the National Art Galleries. Within walking distance of the West End and Murrayfield, and with easy access to the airport and main routes to explore further afield. Shop 20 yards, pubs 50 yards.

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.

All on third floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car) plus visitor parking. No smoking.

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£367-£1020
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
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