Comfy ensuite double in quiet area

Apartment - Private room · Almondbank Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1SS, United Kingdom

Alejandro and I look forward to welcoming you to our newly renovated 130 year-old house in a lovely, peaceful and historical area of Edinburgh.

The Space

The room 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!

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.

If you wish to rent out both rooms, please get in touch and we can let you know what the exact cost will be.

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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).

Getting around

We are on a direct bus route from the airport and the two stations. The nearest bus stops to the city centre are about 5 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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Alejandro and Harriet are really helpful, the room is very clean and the place is in a very good position to connect with the city centre!
    Thank you guys! You made us feel like at home!

    April 2014
  • Harriet and Alejandro are formidable hosts. They are very welcoming and friendly. They make you feel at home in their house. My mother and my auntie stayed with them for one week. They both had a limited command of the English language (they are French) but Harriet and Alejandro speak very decent French so they managed to have good conversation and get to know each other. Thus their good level in foreign languages makes it easier for guests to establish themselves in the house and gain confidence within the new environment they are in. Moreover the en-suite room is clean, comfortable and the location is perfect, in calm area but close enough to the centre. I can pretty much guaranty that anyone who wishes to stay at Harriet and Alejandro will not regret their choice.

    April 2014
  • Our room was very comfortable and clean and Harriet did everything she could to make us feel at home. Recomended

    March 2014
  • My sister and I had a fantastic stay at Alejandro and Harriet's house - the bedroom was gorgeous, cosy and clean and it was great having access to the kitchen and breakfast provided. They were both extremely friendly and helpful and we really felt at home. It was nice staying out of the city with an easy bus ride into town to explore Edinburgh. We really appreciated their hospitality and would definitely recommend to anyone.

    March 2014
  • I had a lovely time staying with Alejandro and Harriet! My room was cozy, comfortable, and quiet -- and just a 10-minute bus ride away from the heart of Edinburgh. Alejandro and Harriet seem to instinctively know when their guests want privacy, and when said guests want to chat -- and are happy to accommodate either way. My first few days in Edinburgh, I was feeling quite independent and wanted to figure things out for myself, but by the end of my trip, I was happy for some company, so Harriet and I had a lovely pizza-and-wine dinner my last night there! This room is really good value, and I highly recommend it and Alejandro and Harriet.

    March 2014
  • We really loved our stay with Alejandro and Harriet in their lovely home. We loved Edinburgh also. The room was spacious, and the ensuite bathroom was great. The kitchen is huge! We used the handy clothes washer.

    We were sorry we couldn't spend more time with them. They are a very nice couple. Everything was great in the house. The buses to center city were only a 10 minute walk away. The TV in our bedroom was very nice also!

    We highly recommend anyone going to Edinburgh, should stay with Alejandro and Harriet.

    February 2014
  • Super clean and very comfortable room with loads of privacy
    A bit out of town but very frequent bus to town 5min away

    February 2014
  • I booked this accommodation as a surprise for my cousins from Hull and they absolutely loved it! Great location, incredibly friendly and helpful hosts. They liked it so much that they even are thinking of returning during the Commonwealth Games! You cannot say much more than that. I am very, very happy. Cheers.

    February 2014
  • Harriet and Alejandro are wonderful hosts. Very helpful, friendly and just genuinely nice people. The room, the kitchen and the location are also fantastic. We had a great stay.

    February 2014
  • Alejandro et Harriet ont été d'excellents hôtes, disponibles, gentils, tout en étant discrets!!!
    La chambre était parfaite, bien aménagée et confortable, la salle de bain quant à elle était très propre et il y avait ce qu'il fallait.
    Le petit déjeuner était excellent, Alejandro et Harriet ont mis de nombreuses choses à notre disposition.
    Depuis l'aéroport le bus est direct et il nous emmenait directement dans le centre de la ville ainsi que tous les lieux touristiques.
    En bref, je vous recommande cette chambre et ses hôtes et je les remercie de nous avoir si bien accueillis.

    January 2014
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We are a Cuban/British couple living in a lovely "Colonies" style house (we'll explain when you get here if you want to know more!) that we've just renovated. We speak Spanish, English and French, and welcome people from all over the world. Alejandro is a great Cuban dancer (you may get an impromptu dance lesson if you play your cards right) and Harriet enjoys walking, meditation, yoga, gardening, socialising and, of course, dancing. Harriet has just taken up Qi Gong too. 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.
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