About this listing
Recently renovated 130 year-old house in a lovely, peaceful and historical area of Edinburgh. Your room has two beds, which can be pushed together to form a double, a sofa and desk. We offer all-day access to kitchen, shared bathroom with hosts.
The room is warm and quiet, with a small wardrobe, desk, and two comfortable chairs. It includes a private bathroom, with a great shower and underfloor heating. We provide towels and bed-linen, and free use of our Wifi. There is a TV in the room with a built-in DVD player, so feel free to bring along some of your favourite films, or borrow one of ours.
If you are a group or family travelling together, you can rent out our twin room as well (see our other listing). It contains two very comfortable fold-down beds with excellent mattresses - suitable for both adults and children (not toddlers, sorry).
If you wish to rent out both rooms, please get in touch and we can let you know what the exact cost will be.
We offer a simple, self-serve breakfast (tea/ coffee, juice, cereal, toast) and you are welcome to use the kitchen at any time of day. We provide a key for your room(s) and the front door so you can come and go as you please.
Interaction with Guests
We like our guests to feel relaxed and comfortable in our house, so whilst we like to get to know people, we also respect their privacy.
With guests who like to chat, we have had some long and lovely conversations around the kitchen table. We have made some good friends through hosting, and hope to make many more, but totally understand that some people like to keep their own company.
As we both work, we may sometimes be out when you arrive, but in order to be as flexible as possible about check-in, we have a key safe by the front door, and will send you the code for it about a week before you are due to arrive.
We live on the ground floor of a "Colonies" house, a style unique to Edinburgh. We have an ever-developing garden with a sheltered patio, which is great when the sun shines (which it does here more than people think!), and are right next to a tree-lined pathway, so we get a sense of being in the countryside even though we are in the city centre (see Street View for a photo). Our guests often comment on how quiet and peaceful it is, despite being so near the city centre.
Our favourite parts of the neighbourhood are the streets where we live, the big park 2 minutes walk from the house, and the canal, on which there are houseboats, barge cafes, swans, ducks, joggers, cyclists and lots of other wildlife!
There are two well-stocked local stores a couple of minutes walk away where you can get most provisions you will need for your stay. You can also enjoy beers and wines from all over the world, as well as great food and a friendly local atmosphere at one of Edinburgh's top ten pubs only 10 minutes walk away. There are also Chinese and Indian restaurants within 10 minutes walk, with many more 15-20 minutes away (or 5 minutes by bus).
We are on a direct bus route from the airport and the two stations. The nearest bus stops to the city centre are about 7 minutes walk away, and it's about a 10-15 minute bus ride into town depending on the time of day. There are between 10 and 20 buses per hour into the city centre.
Alternatively you can stroll along the lovely canal tow-path and watch the barges, swans, ducks, cormorants, etc. float on by.
We don't really set any rules as we like to believe that most people are respectful and honest. However, we hope that people who come and visit us will tell us when there is anything wrong so we can fix it and we will do the same with them.
once again i returned to Edinburgh, to Harriet and Alejandro's appartment/ they were incredible. they are helpful kind, and realy generous! very recomandad acommadation!
Everthing was just great.
Great room, great location, great hosts, great stay.
Tidy, comfortable, welcoming.
Thank you for everthing!
Wir haben uns bei Harriet und Alejandro sehr wohl gefühlt. Beide sind sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Gastgeber. Unser Zimmer war modern eingerichtet und sehr komfortabel. Das kleine, aber eigene Bad wussten wir sehr zu schätzen. Zum Frühstücken stand uns die gemeinsame Küche samt Speisen und Getränken zur Verfügung. Die Lage der Unterkunft ist sehr ruhig gelegen, in einer kleinen Reihenhaussiedlung, und 5 Minuten zu Fuß von der nächsten Bushaltestelle entfernt. Die Busverbindung in die City (Fahrzeit ca. 10 Min.) ist sehr gut - es fahren sogar Nachtbusse die Haltestelle an. Wichtig, passendes Bargeld fürs Ticket, da die Busfahrer nicht wechseln können/dürfen.
Wir empfehlen Harriet und Alejandro als Gastgeber sehr gern weiter.
Harriett and alejandro's appartment is great! We loved it. We are coming back next year. It is quiet, clean, equiped with anything you can possibly need. Harriett and are Alejandro are both lovely and friendly. They give you the feeling that their home is your home. They will give you great advise and privecy if you need it. This is a wonderful bed and breakfast, and any guest who gets to spend time at their house should consider himself lucky!
we had a more than pleasant stay in alejandro and harriets house, the room was excellent , very clean and had the most comfortable bed we found during our round trip through scotland. the city is to be reached very easily by bus and there' s a nice pub nearby in walking distance for the last pint (and some very nice food) of the day. most of all it was the heartly welcome we received that made this house outstanding, i guess you just couldn't find hosts more nice and helpful than alejandro and harriet. we also liked the freedom you have as a guest concerning the breakfast where everything is prepared for you without regarding any time you want to have it. after a lot of B&b's on our trip where you had the breakfast latest at 8.30am this was pure luxury. thanks a lot again, alejandro and harriet, we'll keep these days with us and recommend your house without any doubt.
The room and the house are very clean and comfortable. Alejandro and Harriet were very kind and give us a lot of suggests and a very usefull map with nice pubs and restorant and above all they give us a great hospitality.
We had a lovely stay, the room was very clean and comfortable and the neighbourhood was quiet. We would come back to Harriet's and Alejandro's the next time we come to Edinburgh and recommend everyone to stay at their place!
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About the Host, Alejandro & Harriet
We are a Cuban/British couple living in a lovely Edinburgh "Colonies" style house (we'll explain when you get here if you want to know more!) that we renovated a few years ago.
We speak Spanish, English and French, and welcome people from all over the world. Harriet works in the voluntary sector and Alejandro in front of house at theatres and venues around Edinburgh. Alejandro is a great Cuban dancer (you may get an impromptu dance lesson if you play your cards right) and Harriet enjoys walking, mindful meditation, T'ai Chi, gardening, socialising and, of course, dancing.
We go to Cuba as often as we can to visit Alejandro's wonderful friends and family in Santiago de Cuba - the epicentre of Cuban music and dance. We also like to try and visit other areas of the UK and Europe as Alejandro is really interested in the history and culture.
We like our guests to feel relaxed and comfortable in our house, so whilst we like to get to know people and allow them full use of the house during their stay, we also respect their privacy. We have made some good friends through hosting, and hope to make many more.
We also manage the bookings for the "Casa Particular" of our lovely niece, Adis, and her husband Alberto in Santiago de Cuba. Before managing the Casa Particular, Adis worked in the cultural sector and loves theatre and cinema. Alberto is an accountant at the Cuba Electrical Company and is seriously into soccer - particularly Barcelona.