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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
2
Pets
0
Angus Vale Ref: 24491

Conveniently located for both city centre and for access to the golf courses and beaches of East Lothian, this traditional, stone built holiday cottage is in a quiet residential area with easy access to the A1, and just 15 minutes walk to Arthur’s Seat and Duddingston Village. Spacious and bright, it has a large enclosed, grassed garden, ideal for relaxing after a day enjoying the city sights. Easy bus route to the centre, for shopping, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. Shop 800 yards, pub 1/2 mile.

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

Gas central heating included (£50per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£338-£958
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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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This beautifully light, comfortable garden apartment, just 30 minutes by bus from Edinburgh’s Princes Street, is an ideal holiday destination to make the most of this vibrant capital city and also to enjoy walking from the doorstep to the Pentland Hills, or along the Water of Leith. Visit the lovely border countryside or over the Forth Road Bridge to the fishing villages of Fife. Also readily accessible are galleries, museums, great shops and restaurants, ancient castles and palaces. Shop, pub and restaurants 220 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£237-£1021
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Redshill Cottage Ref: 28890

Set in its own grounds on a family run farm at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, 1 mile from the beautiful conservation village of Gifford and 6 miles from the market town of Haddington, this traditional, semi-detached holiday cottage has a galley kitchen and makes a peaceful retreat. With a 9-hole golf course at the end of the farm road, and many others nearby, this is golfing heaven. Great walking and cycling locally. The beach at Gullane, 11 miles, and the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick make a great day out. Edinburgh is a 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio to front, decked sitting-out area and furniture to rear. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store (at farm, 100 yards). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£449-£449
Shortlist
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
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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£250-£410
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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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
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Torduff Cottage Ref: 29374


This holiday cottage offers the best of both worlds, it is within 30 minutes of the city centre but also on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, with 65 miles of paths to explore. Adjoining the owners’ home, it has been created to give maximum privacy and features a private garden with patio and swings. There is easy access onto the bypass to visit Hopetoun House, Forth Bridges and many other attractions. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are to be found ¾ of a mile away in historic Colinton Village. A regular bus service to Princes Street, is a 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive from the property. There you can savour Edinburgh’s unique atmosphere with wonderful museums, galleries, restaurants, shops and monuments. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

Two steps to entrance. All on ground floor. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Swings. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps from road to garden.

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£317-£735
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
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