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" Athens of the North" - a compact walkable cosmopolitan city where history meets the 21st century - surrounded by farmlands & open countryside, hiking trails & hills. Edinburgh has a long history hiding many secrets and stories to be discovered

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Entry area to garden and front of flat

Entry area to garden and front of flat

The Space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $28 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $101
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

PROFILES: Please complete your profile as ABB requests before booking room to save time and inconvenience - thank you

*** NOTE - VAT TAXES: Airbnb charges VAT on its service fees for users from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and South Africa and JCT on its service fees for users from Japan. This has nothing to do with me, please understand. Thank you.
Welcome to Edinburgh! A tranquil city-center hideaway..
+++Reduced Rate for 3+ guests: Please ask+++
In these past 4 years there have been visitors from East and West:
*China * Singapore * Korea * Taiwan * N Zealand
* Sri Lanka * Pakistan * India * Australia * Vietnam
* Norway * Sweden * Netherlands * Germany * Italy
* Austria * Belgium * Switzerland * France * Spain
* and even England!
* Canada * Chile * Brazil * USA
* Russia * Dubai

" Athens of the North" - a compact walkable cosmopolitan city where history meets the 21st century - surrounded by farmlands and open countryside, hiking trails, and hills. Our city has a long history hiding many secrets and stories waiting to be discovered again and again.

Locals say it's like a big village - frequently you meet someone you know when you're out. There is much green space in the city, as well as the historical Old and New Towns. Every August the Arts Festivals attract half a million visitors from 'round the world to experience the festivities.

The guest room is in my flat, which is ideal for 1-3 persons, and up to 5 persons if needed - great for families and theatre companies.

The garden flat is a 22-minute walk from Waverley Train Station and Princes St, and 30 mins to the Royal Mile. There are many local bus services nearby. We are in a relaxed setting hidden behind a tall gate 35m from the nearest street, surrounded by 110-sq mtrs of private garden and a terrace with mature trees. Fresh herbs are for the taking.

There are 3 single beds (a single and a bunk bed) and TWO EXTRA MATTRESSES WHICH CAN BE PLACED ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO THE BEDS if required (Minimal floor space with mattresses in use)

Families with children are welcome. All bedding and towels are included. There are a chest of drawers, writing desk, comfortable arm chair and closet. The room is just across the hall from the shared bathroom, my room is adjacent near the kitchen.
A Continental breakfast is included (Rolls/bread, jam, butter, coffee/tee, maybe fruit and/or muesli). Guests may use the kitchen by arrangement. For 1-3 persons breakfast may be taken at the small half-round kitchen table (phone number hidden), or by arrangement, and larger guest groups will have breakfast at the 200 year-old Scottish farm table in the lounge.
Oriental rugs scattered throughout on wool fitted carpets ensure a rich and cozy ambiance.

All linens/bedding/towels, wireless broadband, gas central heating, 'power-shower', hair dryer, washing machine and drying closet are provided. Children ( DISCOUNT for CHILDREN UNDER AGE 16, please ask at time of booking) and pets welcome. We are also gay-friendly. There is an extensive collection of photographic arts and Oriental carpet books, as well as maps and guides of Edinburgh and Scotland available.

• Wide range of cafes, restaurants, cinema & shopping . Edinburgh has an eclectic range of locally-owned shops (avoiding the mass-market identical chain stores found in every UK city), restaurants and so many delicatessens and coffee shops, not to mention pubs!
• Good bus transport very near extending throughout Edinburgh incl Service 100 from/to Airport the new TRAM
• Edinburgh is a very walkable place. It is an easy walk or bus to Princes Street, the Olde Town, Hollyrood Palace, Scottish Parliament, Royal Botanical Gardens, Museum of Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland, Museum of Modern Art, City Arts Centre, Hollyrood Queen’s Gallery and Waverley Train Station all in central Edinburgh.
• Excellent international restaurants: Bengali, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Scottish, Polish, Thai, Chinese, French, African - Edinburgh offers it all.
• Local places of worship: Muslim, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Sikh, Scottish Episcopal, Jewish +. more
• Public gym and swimming pool in Leith, a 10-minute walk
* Parking: there is free on-street parking a 7-minute walk away or meter parking on the street. I’m delighted to share with you my insights and tips about Edinburgh. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Nearby buses:
1. Closest is No 36, 150m from door, crossing Princes St, connecting with Airport No 100 and Tram at SHANDWICK PLACE (3 min walk)
2. Leith Walk/London Road- (phone number hidden) minute walk)
3.Broughton St/Bellevue/Inverleith Row past Botanical Gardens - 8
4. Inverleith Row/Canonmills/Botanics- 23, 27 (15 min walk)


Be Warned about prices!!! The system tries to extract as high a price as possible from the traveling public. However with a little planning and knowledge you can very often travel much cheaper than buying on the day of travel from the station or machines, particularly long distance.
SPLIT-TICKETING: On longer journeys big savings may be made by shopping carefully
1. Buy in advance on-line
2. Check if your journey can be cheaper by 'split-ticketing' - breaking up your journey into 2, 3 or more segments, usually at 'junctions'.
Example: Edinburgh to Leamington Spa on 15 April, 1251 Virgin Rail service, was £138.40; but BREAKING the journey tickets at 1. Wolverhampton (£45), (2) then WVH to Coventry (£5.90), (3) and then COV on to Leamington (LMS) (£4.70) gives a total cost of £55.60, a saving of £82.80!!! This is legal - and you do not have to get off other than to change trains at WVH from Virgin to Cross Country service; just be sure you have the necessary tickets in your possession It is also usually less expensive to buy 2 SINGLES than a return as well. Search on line for more information about this.

Guest Access

Bathroom, private garden & terrace, kitchen

Interaction with Guests

Enjoy chatting, becoming acquainted, music

The Neighborhood

Very quiet, yet convenient to local shopping, transport and city centre. Near to Water of Leith river walk, open playing fields, public parks, children's playgrounds, supermarkets and local specialty shops. Royal Botanical gardens, train station, Scottish National Gallery a 15-20 minute walk.

Getting Around

Nearby buses are:
1. Closest buses are: No 36, 150m (4 min walk) from door,. Approximately every 20 minutes. Connects with TRAM at Shandwick Place
1a. No 13, through city centre to Museum of Modern Art
2. Leith Walk/London Road- No's (phone number hidden) minute walk)
3.Broughton St/Bellevue/Inverleith Row past Botanical Gardens -No 8
4. City Centre from Inverleith Row/Canonmills/Botanics- No's 23, 27 (12 min walk)

Other Things to Note

A good way to start an Edinburgh tour is to get a good view of the city, the North Sea, Arthur's Seat & Hollyrood Park and mountains to the north from atop CALTON HILL, a short walk from 'home'.

Cafes, good restaurants, as well as mini- and super- markets, also 2 Chinese supermarkets for Oriental foods are all within walking distance.

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House Rules


• PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR ARRIVAL TIME IN ADVANCE. If you are delayed, please telephone. I will wait for you arrival up to one hour past your expected time if I must go out.
• no smoking inside please - garden outside is available, but dispose of butts in bin
• Please leave shoes in shoe rack at the door
• Shower/Bath: Please limit showers to ten minutes, and not after 11pm
• please wash up dishes when finished, keep kitchen tidy
• usual common courtesies of being a guest in a private home
• keeping reasonable hours
• enjoying your stay

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector

1 night minimum stay
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Member since October 2011


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