Holyrood Cottage

Edinburgh
Self-catering


A peaceful, very stylish bolthole for 2 on the doorstep of glorious Holyrood Park, with Edinburgh’s sights a stroll away

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

Wake to daylight streaming through the shutters – and Princes Street a lovely walk or short bus ride away. This couple’s retreat, on the northern edge of Holyrood Park, is so quiet you could be in the country.

Step into a fresh, whitewashed, open-plan space, with a sunny conservatory, a leafy patio garden, and a chic little kitchen to the side. The wood-burner is a wintery delight, and the bed is curtained off at night. Slip into robes after a drenching shower, relax to music or try your hand at knitting – Rebecca leaves you a rummage bag of wool.

Start the day with a hill walk in the park around Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh’s extinct volcano. Feed the swans on the pretty lochs; relish the views of the city and the sea. Foodie temptations are a stroll away: patisserie at Manna House Bakery; a la carte lunch at the eclectic Gardener’s Cottage, or try the Sheep Heid Inn, the oldest pub in Scotland.

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We think you'll love

  • Having Holyrood Park, a walker’s paradise with views, right outside the door
  • The natural light and the warm contemporary décor
  • Free street parking – an Edinburgh plus
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You should know

  • Princes Street, heart of Edinburgh, is a 20-minute walk (or short bus ride)
  • It’s not for families but babies up to one year are welcome (ask for a travel cot and highchair)
  • The cottage is not large, but perfect for two

Essentials

  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
10.30am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £470
1 Cottage for 2
From £751 bed1 bedroom

Reviews

Lovely Rebecca is waiting to welcome you to this amazing quiet little gem. Surrounded by green hills but only a short walk to Edinburgh's main sights, it's perfect. After a busy day exploring, return to the log burner on a winter's night or the south facing garden for summer evenings with a glass of wine in hand. Lots of lovely little bistro places nearby, so food lovers won't be disappointed.

Jane, Sawday's inspector

Holyrood Cottage was immaculate, lovely and comfortable and beautifully and thoughtfully appointed. With its own little private garden and spacious living area, it is a perfect weekend or short stay bijoux place for two, right next to Holyrood Park and within easy walking distance of the city. Rebecca was a superb host, responding immediately to any questions and going to lengths above and beyond to make our stay as easy and comfortable as possible. The cottage is top of my list for a place to stay whenever I am in Edinburgh. Thank you so very much.

Joanne, Brighton

Ideally located, extremely comfortable & beautifully presented cottage. The owner Rebecca was so thoughtful, from leaving bread, milk & wine (the essentials!) in the fridge to even picking us up from the station! We had a wonderful stay & would highly recommend it.

Sarah, Oxford

Excellent hostess Rebecca who provided a wonderful welcome pack.spotlessly clean and very well equipped accommodation. Great attention to detail even dressing gown and slippers.Very good location directly behind holyrood park and Arthur's seat. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and very much look forward to returning.

Linda, Barcelona

What a fantastic place. It is immaculate and just as gorgeous as it looks in the photos. It has everything you need and has been really well thought out, with lots of lovely touches, even the log fire was laid ready for us to light it. Rebecca was lovely right from the first contact, very helpful and welcoming. It's in an ideal location just yards away from Holyrood Park and walking distance from the city centre. We would highly recommend it and we're already planning our next visit!

Caroline

What a gem. Every need catered for. Immaculate facility with an eye to detail and style. Superior hosts who made our stay so welcoming. Log fire great, bed soooooo comfy. I could go on but it would all be in the same vein. We will return without doubt. Thanks Rebecca for a great stay.

Cyril

We have just had a wonderful weekend at Holyrood cottage and would highly recommend it., in fact I would say it was the best ever self catering accommodation we have stayed in in the UK. We had a warm welcome from Rebecca when we arrived and she was really helpful. She has really put a great deal of effort into making sure visitors have everything they need. The cottage is absolutely lovely and we will definately return.

Helen

Holyrood Cottage is a truly fabulous place to stay. Rebecca could not have been more helpful from initial contact right through to wishing us a safe journey home. I would not hesitate to recommend Holyrood Cottage and hope to be making a return visit soon.

Sharon

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Location

The neighbourhood

The park and Royal Mile are outside the door. In ten minutes, you are at the Palace, in 35, at the Castle. A walk around the hill brings you to the very old Sheep Heid Inn – they do a great Sunday roast. Closer to home, buses, shops and restaurants are a five-minute stroll and an arrangement with a local hotel means you can use the gym and swimming pool.

Local points of interest from Rebecca McFarland

  • SWIM & GYM! We have arranged with a nearby hotel (10-15 min walk) for guests to use the gym and swimming pool for the special rate of £5 per person per visit. (The hotel provides towels.)
  • The cottage is within easy walking distance of the city centre. It's situated on the edge of lovely Holyrood Park (a runners and hillwalkers’ paradise) with its three small lochs and giant hill – Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh's extinct volcano.
  • The 50-minute walk around the hill gives you breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and the sea. Feed the swans in the lochs then head back to the cottage, light the stove and snuggle down in front of it with a glass of wine – you've earned it!
  • A walk around or over the hill brings you to the super-cosy Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh’s oldest watering hole, established in 1360. Or wander down Holyrood Rd for Swedish pub, Hemma, Holyrood 9A for craft beers and burgers and Hendersons for veggie nosh.
  • Tour the Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyrood House, the Queen’s official Scottish residence – a stone’s throw from the cottage. Scottish Parliament tours are free, but book online in advance.
  • The Parliament and Palace sit at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Walk up the Mile and you’re at the Castle – and in the city centre with its abundance of restaurants, shops and attractions.

Introducing

Rebecca McFarland

Rebecca lives next door with her family. Having bought the cottage in a swirly-carpeted, down-at-heel state, “it scrubbed up nicely.” She has been welcoming guests since 2012, many of whom return. “It’s so nice to know they love Edinburgh and the cottage as much as I do.”