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.