About this listing
A very small, very lovely space that sleeps up to 4 (or a young family of 5), stocked with everything you need to hang out and enjoy the arty, seaside bustle of Portobello. Or make it your base for easy forays into Edinburgh, for history, culture, great eating and more.
This is a lovely small flat all to yourself.
A new platform bed (as of January 2017) means there is room for 4 people (or a young family of 5) in this one bedroom.
There is also 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. Minimum stay 2 nights.
There is room for 4 people (or a young family of 5) with the new platform bed, a fold down double bed beneath it, and a fold down single bed, all in the same small bedroom.
So the maximum we'd recommend in the wee flat is 4 (or a young family of 5) but be aware that it is a very tiny flat, though very lovely. The flat has been refurbished with a new cooker, new bathroom, etc. 2 double duvets, 1 single duvet, 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. The flat does not have a TV license so you are not allowed to watch live TV (now, from 2016, including BBC iplayer).
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 Skylark bistro further east along the High Street.
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 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 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, Wash House, and elsewhere, 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.
The 26 and x15 buses go from just outside into the heart of Edinburgh in about 20 minutes (an adult single ticket is £1.60, adult day ticket is £4, a family day ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 kids is £8.50, as of January 2017 - exact fare only).
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.
Other things to note
Please note it is a minimum stay of 2 nights. At the moment (as of January 2017, we can't have folk staying between 11am and 5pm on Sundays).
(1) £55 a night in the winter months
(2) £65 a night most of the year
(3) £75 a night during the summer Festival months of July & August
(4) £85 a night over Christmas & Hogmanay (21st December to 2nd January
Please arrive any time - literally any time - after 3pm (except for Sunday's, when it is any time after 5pm). If you want to arrive earlier to leave luggage that may be possible, but you will need to have arranged that with us first.
Please leave by 11am to give us a chance to clean the flat and get it ready for the next guest. Please remember to leave the keys on the table when you leave. Please leave any duvets/ pillows/ sheets you've used on the double bed sofa so we know what needs washing!
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017 the minimum stay is 4 nights.
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!