Lovely flat near Portobello Beach

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Portobello High St, Edinburgh, EH15 1EX, United Kingdom

A tiny, comfy space, stocked with everything you need to hang out and enjoy the arty, seaside bustle of Portobello (a suburb with a small town feel). Or make it your base for easy forays into Edinburgh, for history, culture, great eating and more.

The Space

This is a lovely wee (very wee!) flat all to yourself: one bedroom, one dining room/ kitchen, and a bathroom with shower. It's on Portobello High Street, 2 minutes from beautiful Portobello beach, and 3 minutes from Portobello Swimming Baths and Turkish Baths just along the beach.

There is room for 3 people - with a fold down double bed and a fold down single bed in the bedroom. So the maximum we'd recommend in the wee flat is: 2 people using the double bed and 1 person using the single bed (there is also an inflatable sleeping mat stored above the bathroom - to use on the kitchen floor - if you have another kid with you). The flat has been completely refurbished with a new cooker, new bathroom, etc. Duvets, linen and towels are provided.

The flat is on the first floor of a building with a total of three flats in it, and is directly above a British Heart Foundation charity shop. There is free parking on the side streets off Portobello High Street (don't park on the High Street itself or you'll get a ticket!) e.g. on Regent Street and Marlborough street.

Internet connection is through a wireless modem. It can have up to 8 devices (laptops, iPods etc) using it at any one time. Keep it turned on and plugged into the mains, and simply enter the password we'll give you for wifi access.

There is a washing machine in the flat. If you need a computer to access the internet then you can find this at the library (you may need to join the library, it’s free) on Rosefield Place just after the Town Hall (turn right from flat, first left after traffic lights). If you fancy browsing the web over a pint or a coffee then you can do that with your laptop using the free wifi in the Espy family friendly pub at the bottom of Bath Street, or the lovely Jenny Skylark bistro further east along the High Street.

Please note that - although we normally charge £55 a night, £340 for the week, and £950 for the month - during the summer Festival months of July and August we charge £65 a night, £395 a week and £1300 a month; and over Hogmanay (30 Dec to 2 Jan 2) we charge £75 a night.

Interaction with Guests

We generally respond to guests through email and by phone, but we're just around the corner if you need us! We will leave you what you need for breakfast for your first morning, with enough tea, coffee and cereal to last a while!

The Neighborhood

The flat is 2 minutes from beautiful Portobello beach, and 3 minutes from Portobello Swimming Baths and Turkish Baths just along the beach.

There are a couple of lovely pubs on the beach (the Espy with great food, and the Dalriada with great Scottish folk music - especially on a Sunday after 3pm), and there are great cafes like the Beach House at the beach end of Bath Street.

Other places to eat include: a wonderful Tapas bar - the Malverosa - along the High Street, just after Marlborough Street, a pricey but excellent Indian restaurant - Bonoful - on Brighton Place, and a much cheaper but very good Indian take away - Cinnamon - across from the Malverosa.

The fantastic Earthy organic shop is just round the corner on Windsor Place, the Scotmid supermarket is a minute away round the corner on Bath Street, and there are tons of other shops and cafes on the High Street, including the lovely Jenny Skylark bistro just beyond Marlborough Street along the High Street.

First Saturday of every month there’s a lovely Portobello Community Market from 10am to 1pm in Brighton Park off Brighton Place (turn right out of the flat, then left at the lights and it’s a minute up the road).

There are often Ceilidhs (community dances) in the Town Hall, so if you like that kind of thing, it's worth checking out the library on Windsor Place, or the Porty Online website, to see if there's anything in that line happening while you're around.

You can also visit our local Community Orchard, one of the local Transition group's initiatives to build resilience in our community. You'll find it a 15 to 20 minute walk from the flat, right opposite Brunstane train station. And check out the very new (and developing) community garden half way down Bath Street too.

Getting around

The 26 and 15 buses go from just outside into the heart of Edinburgh in about 20 minutes (single ticket £1.50, day ticket £3.50 as of February 2014).

Brunstane train station is a 15 to 20 minute walk away along then beach and then up Brunstane road. The trains are much less frequent than the buses but this is an alternative way into the city centre. The trains take about 6 minutes to get into town and then head on across the Forth Railway Bridge to Fife.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $588 /week
Monthly Price: $1643 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Portobello is lovely and really worth the mini bus trip to get there (literally only 15 mins from Princes street) The wee flat is v wee, but spotless, homely and v sweet. We stayed here for a friend's wedding in the centre of town and were pleased to have made this booking. Though we didn't meet Eva & Justin, booking and keys/directions etc were seamless. Only wish we could have had a few more days to explore Portobello area, go for walks on beach and read some of the v interesting book collection at the flat! ah well, next time ;)

    April 2014
  • We did really enjoy our stay at Eva's place : the flat was perfect and very clean !! Eva is really friendly, always avalaible to help... thank you so much !! If you go to Edinburgh, do not hesitate : this is THE place to stay :-)

    March 2014
    Justin & Eva !
    Response from Justin & Eva !:

    We're so glad you had a good stay Vinz - come again anytime!

  • The apartment is wonderful! While it is about 15 minutes outside of Edinburgh city center it is absolutely easy to get there by many different buses. It was extremely simple and efficient. Perhaps the best thing about the flat though was the proximity to the beach. Even though I was there over Hogmanay I am born beach lover and would walk down there each day just to enjoy the lovely view, which is wonderful!

    The apartment itself is small, which is to be expected, but not ridiculously so. It was okay for 3 people, although I feel it would be better for only two as our friend set up the extra bed in the kitchen so as to have privacy, which was quite small. That being said, the kitchen was wonderfully efficient and useful. We went to the Sainsbury right down the street and grabbed some snacks and breakfast foods. The apartment had a hot water heater, french press, stove, as well as utensils, plates, and cups. The mini-fridge was worked wonderfully as well. Overall, very useful during our stay. The bathroom is great with a nice, hot shower and the wifi worked wonderfully the entire time, even with 3 different people's different devices all connected. There is also a great library in the main room that has a ton of wonderful books!

    The apartment has two space heaters that don't work all that well, and leave the place still a bit cold at night. The whole apartment could use a nice coat of paint as there were quite a few marks and scratches on the walls. Other than that though I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the place. It is wonderfully convenient and, while a bit outdated as it could use a face lift, it is a wonderful price that you can't beat and Justin & Eva are so helpful and friendly. If you need anything at all they were there and answered emails promptly!

    I definitely recommend if you are looking for a great place in Edinburgh!

    January 2014
    Justin & Eva !
    Response from Justin & Eva !:

    Thanks Janee - Glad you had such a great stay! And we really appreciate your feedback and will give it that facelift it needs (as well as better heaters) - you are absolutely right! You definitely came in at the end of the season and its due its annual TLC!

  • Very nice little place, mainly due to its great location, right next to tons of grocery shops, fishmongers, butchers, etc. A bit noisy though, so my advice for Justin and Eva for an upgrade would definitely be double-glazing windows :) Justin and Eva are great and have promptly helped whenever we needed something. Recommended!

    November 2013
  • Had a lovely time in Edinburgh and Justin's flat, was great to come back to the nice Portobello area! Everything we needed was within walking distance and Justin's instructions great. So easy to get to town on the bus and back without the hassle of parking. For us it was also great to go north for day trip! Take the affine scenic route!
    Great thanks Justin

    September 2013
  • We had an extended stay in the Wee Flat. As festival participants, we found the flat a perfect respite from a day of performing, promoting and schoomzing. I absolutely loved the view of what I affectionately called the "Secret Garden", a communal courtyard which we could see from our kitchen. We had everything we needed and Justin and Eva were so helpful and accommodating. I can't even express what a great experience we had. We can't wait to go back and spend another vacation at the Wee Flat.

    August 2013
  • Perfect location for both the beach at Portobello and Edinburgh's centre. Bus stop, bank and shops nearby. Three persons is enough in this 'wee' flat. Lively neighbourhood. If you can't park the car in Regent Street, try near the church on the other side of Portobello High Street. Justin and Eva can be reached easily by phone, text, email etc. and answer back immediately.

    July 2013
  • Nice little flat, as described. Just a bit noisy, from the neighbour and the busy street. A minute walk from the beach and 10/15 minutes from the town centre by bus.

    Un joli petit appartement, comme décrit. Juste un peu bruyant, à cause du voisin d'au-dessus et de la circulation. Une minute à pied de la plage et 10 /15 minutes du centre ville en bus.

    July 2013
  • My fiance and I had a lovely time in Justin's flat. The flat is not in the center of Edinburgh; it is about 35 - 40 mins away by bus in Portobello Beach. The bus stop is really close to their flat, so it was extremely easy to get into the center of the city. It was so nice to be able to walk to the beach and to have a bit of a sea breeze. The flat is tiny, but perfectly comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay!

    July 2013
  • Portobello was such a pleasant surprise. A short busride away from the city centre, it was the perfect place to relax and stroll on the beach. The flat had all we needed. No problem finding the keys and the flat, Justin was very helpful. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend in Edinburgh and Portobello!

    July 2013
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Justin - Social Anthropologist supporting forest peoples in Central Africa; Eva - Transition movement
We live round the corner from this lovely wee flat. We have three boisterous and wonderful boys (but I'm glad you'll have your own flat so you can have a quiet time!). Eva works a lot on community food projects, and we both work in the Transition movement to help make our community more resilient and a better place to be. Justin is an anthropologist (as you'll gather from the number of books in the wee flat) and spends a lot of time working in the rainforests in Africa. The walk to school along Portobello beach must be one of the best routes to school in the world!
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