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Bed & Breakfast

Wallace’s Arthouse - Bed & Breakfast in Edinburgh

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41-4 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7BG, Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom

Wallace Shaw

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+44 (0)131 538 3320(landline)

+44 (0)7941 343714(mobile)

In Edinburgh’s up-and-coming dockside, a world of casual minimalism, modern art, jazz and humour – brainchild of a fashion designer host

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The apartment door swings open to a world of white walls, smooth floors, modern art, acoustic jazz, and smiling Wallace with a glass of wine – well worth the three-storey climb up this old Assembly Rooms building. Your host – New York fashion designer and arts enthusiast, Glasgow-born, not shy – has created a bright, minimalist space sprinkled with humour and casual sophistication. Bedrooms capture light and exude his inimitable style; the kitchen’s narrow bar is perfect for a light breakfast. Leith is Edinburgh’s earthy side with its docks and noisy street life, but fine restaurants abound and the centre is close. Memorable.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.

Local points of interest from Wallace Shaw:

Local points of interest from
Wallace Shaw:

  • Murrayfield - The iconic home of Scottish Rugby.
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia - The former yacht of the British Royal Family and now a top tourist spot.
  • Trinity House Museum - An amazing collection of seagoing memorabilia.
  • Scottish Museum of Modern Art - two buildings with fine collections of art and also changing exhibitions.
  • Holyrood House - the home of the Queen when she is in Scotland.
  • Edinburgh Castle - where much of the history of Scotland was made and the Scottish Crown Jewels are on show.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"We stayed for 3 nights in February and despite freezing temperatures and all kinds of weather outside, had the warmest of welcomes from Wallace. Everything inside is calm & inspiring, our room was beautiful, there was always lovely fresh fruit and warm pastries for brekkie and Wallace was on hand for local tips & tricks (Leith has some gems) and good chat over coffee. What a find! The ideal launchpad-retreat for exploring one of our favourite cities."

Dan - Bristol, United Kingdom

February 2017
"Wallace arthouse is lightfull, very well designed and very comfortable. Continental breakfast is sumptuous. Wallace is indeed very cheerful and sympathetic. Definitely he is a great host."
July 2015
"We really enjoyed our stay at Wallace's Arthouse. Loved the location in Leith, away from the usual tourist crowd. The room is a good size with a small but very functional bathroom. Nicely decorated as well. The bed was very comfortable. The continental breakfast supplied a good variety of tasty options, including cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice, toast, pastries and tea and coffee. Also, great conversation is on offer! Wallace runs a great establishment. We enjoyed getting to know him and hope to return in the future!"
June 2015
"We stayed here for three nights at the end of January and we are so glad that we decided to stay here: we definitely made the right choice. Our room was beautifully decorated and so comfortable - light and airy, with some lovely decorative touches and objects on display - and Wallace himself is a delightful and engaging host, with a wicked sense of humour. He was always available whenever we needed him (to help with choosing and booking restaurants, recommending activities and attractions, etc.) but is happy to leave you to your own devices should you wish. Would recommend without question."
January 2014
"Wallace's Arthouse is creative, original, personal in the informal district of Leith, with splendid pubs, restaurants and starred cuisine just around the corner. Wallace's rooms are for people who don't necessarily seek the perfect, shiny, glossy, 'typical' location, but who have a sense for creative and artistic details (all over the place) as well as very affectionate care by Wallace. All in all, it's these personal things and Wallace's endearing personality we will keep in mind long after we've forgotten the names of all the Lochs and castles. We would definitely go there again."
August 2012
"We stayed for two nights in Wallace's arts house in Leith. It was just as lovely an experience as we hoped it would be, restful, charming and comfortable. Mostly this is due to Wallace, what a charming and convivial host! he made us feel like friends, couldn't do enough for us, was sympathetic, empathic and delightful company! We would recommend his establishment to anyone capable of climbing a few flights of stairs. We loved it too, that we were a few miles walk away from Edinburgh, close enough to get there easily, but far enough away to feel that we were not in the hustle and bustle of a big city, and we had some lovely meals at restaurants that were round the corner, and delicious breakfasts prepared by Wallace! Fabulous!"
December 2011
"We stayed with Wallace together with our two-year-old and he loved both: accomodation and whom he called "our man". The adulds enjoyed the artistic and tasteful surrounding and our warm and witty host that even cared for us finding an very nice place for dinner. We´d love to come again!"
August 2011
"The house have a beautiful character. The rooms are large enough, well decorated with taste and originality that make it special and unique. Wallace welcome and care for his guests are pleasant and attentive. Five minutes from the house you can have a splendid walk along the Water Leith up to the Dean Village. A very good place to stay in order to visit Edinburgh"
July 2011
"A very comfortable accommodation with a warm Scottish welcome"
June 2011
"Fantastic place - really lives up to the description and Wallace is an awesome host. This place is far enough away from the city centre to be calm and relaxing, but near enough to walk if the weather is nice! And if not then there are some nice local shops and delicious local restaurants to keep you busy! Loads of attention to detail, comfy beds and a fun, interesting place to stay. Thanks Wallace!"
July 2010
"We just spend two nights with Wallace. A very charming and interesting person. We had very good talks together in the kitchen and very much enjoyed the welcome drink after a long day of travelling. Well worth the visit and well worth coming back. Anita + Juergen"
July 2010

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  • 2 Doubles
Price:(i) £120 per night

Singles £95. Extra bed/sofabed available £40 - £45 per person per night.

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Pubs/restaurants 10 yds.


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.


41-4 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7BG, Edinburgh

B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 120 to £ 120 per night

Wallace Shaw

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+44 (0)131 538 3320(landline)

+44 (0)7941 343714(mobile)