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.
dining room part of dining room/ kitchen (looking out over quiet back green from this 1st floor flat
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 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.
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.
Please arrive any time - literally any time - after 3pm (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!
Nice wee flat, in a good location, free nearby parking, would stay again and recommend to having a short trip to Edinburgh
Eva has been very helpful responding promptly via email. The flat is small but very well equipped and organized (we even managed to squeeze with two other friends during Hogmanay). The area is nice and having the sea 3 minutes away (and the OceanCafé) has been great! Bus n.26 is very convenient to go into the centre! We would definitely recommend staying at Eva and Justin's!
We had a lovely stay. Justina and Eva were so helpful. We had a little problem and they came to rescue even thought it was Christmas eve! The apartment is small but clean and functional. IT's on high street so good location, plenty of shops nearby. Also in kitchen we found cereals, oil, milk, tea coffee etc.. very close to beach, just 2 mins. Going to Edinburgh town centre is easy as the bus stop is just 2 mins. Parking is easy too. We were 3 adults, and very happy with our stay. Will definitely recommend.
The host offered us very good directions to follow and we were able to find the flat even though we reached the place after dark. The flat was small but a very comfortable and neat place as promised. It had everything as promised i.e. bedding for three people, breakfast stuff and other usual household stuff.
Also the location was excellent, very near the beach. Overall it was a great experience and will recommend it for a trip to Edinburgh!
We enjoyed our stay at Justin and Eva's place. It was exactly how they described it. Lovely nice little place, very clean and quiet. Parking was easy and we were very close to the beach. It was a bit smaller than we expected but since we were only there to sleep at night it didn't bother us.
They had left for us some food and coffee / tea which we appreciated. I would definitely book this place again.
Wonderful flat!!! Very cozy, clean, comfortable, and very well equipped! Me and my friends were very pleasantly impressed by the flat. Would totally recomend to anyone willing to go to Edinburgh. It is just a very short walk away from the beautiful beach of Portobelllo, and 30 metres from the bus stop. The city center is only a little bit over 20 minutes from the flat if you take the bus 26, so distance is not at all a problem. There is a Sainsbury supermarket less than a minute walk from the flat. The surroundings are very calm and silent.
Justin & Eva were five-star hosts! They provided us very detailed instructions of how to get hold of the keys and about some other things we might need. They also answered our emails and enquiries promptly and were very nice and friendly.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Edinburgh you can stop looking. There is no better place than this flat.
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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!