Barony House

Bed & Breakfast

An 1887 townhouse with cheery owners dedicated to interesting design, good food and genuine bonhomie, a short walk from the bustling centre


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Come to be well looked after: a welcome white chocolate and raspberry cake or banana cake is served up in the club room with its comfortable oxblood chesterfield, Harris tweed cushions and a James Bond selfie chair. Paul can give you a tour and explain the Ruskin connection, one of Susan’s ancestors – fascinating pictures, photos, plates and antiques line the stairs so it may take some time.

Breakfast is lavish: homemade pancakes and bread, freshly made pastries, homemade cake, a full Scottish, Australian pikelets dripping with butter. Happily there’s a taxi butler in the hall – just press the button – and you’ll be set down in Princes Street. Bedrooms are in the main house or in the servants’ quarters (which also has its own sitting room and garden) but all are large with Susan’s exquisite headboards and hand-painted friezes.

Take your pick of restaurants nearby, return to a decanter of house sherry in your bedroom.

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We think you'll love

  • Being looked after and cooked for so well
  • Discovering the history of the house and John Ruskin
  • Free parking - a rare joy in Edinburgh
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You should know

  • It's a very sociable, joining-in sort of place
  • You may hear occasional noise from children playing


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 3 nights in high season. Children over 10 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £110
Damage deposit
4 Twin/doubles
From £110
3 Doubles
From £110



Come to be cossetted and explore Edinburgh by foot and return to homemade cake, enormous breakfasts and hearty greetings from Paul and Susan - plus enjoy the beautiful things which Susan creates.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Such a genteel, peaceful neighbourhood, yet the city centre is only a mile away. Explore Princes Street with its cashmere shops and regular booming canon, wander Holyrood Park and admire Arthur's Seat, visit the superb Botanic Gardens or the Scottish Parliament Building. A short taxi ride will take you to the Port of Leith and a fascinating tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Local points of interest from Susan & Paul Johnson

  • The Royal Mile, 20 minute walk to our North. Our road splits The Royal mile in half, so luckily, it is only Half a mile up to Edinburgh Castle or Half a mile down to Holyrood palace! We also have a Priority Taxi Button ordering a Black London Taxi Quickly
  • Craigmillar Castle is the most intact castle ruin in all of Scotland. It is literally right on our doorstep and is not "advertised" because of a dispute over parking between Historic England and Local Government! The bus / taxi will get you there in 5 min
  • Surgeon's Hall Museum is The 1st Surgeon's college on the planet! Made famous by Burke and Hare & The Body Snatching business of old. Really, a quick walk up the road & Robert Knox's windows was furiously "stoned" by The Peasants of the age. A pity.
  • Don't forget Rosslyn Chapel to our South. Plenty of FREE Parking and it is home to the mysteries of The Masons and The Knights Templar. Privately owned, you are assured of a great experience!
  • Arthur's Seat is only a 19 minute walk away. Voted the #1 attraction in Edinburgh and there is a lot to be said for this. Nobody really knows where the name came from, King Arthur is the Myth but reality is something to be explored.
  • Duddingston Village hosts "The Sheep Heid" est in 1360. The only pub visited by our Queen. Well worth the quick trip to this old cobblestone village, a quick £7 taxi ride to our East.


Susan & Paul Johnson

Susan and Paul, both from Brisbane, came to Edinburgh on holiday and fell in love. Not just with the city but with the idea of running a really friendly B&B where Susan could showcase her considerable talent for ceramics, screen printing, upholstery and more, and Paul could exercise his love of meeting guests. "People give me energy," he says. They especially love meeting people from all over the world.