About this listing
Original terraced cottage located in the mining town of Loanhead. Located just outside the city bypass within the greenbelt. 2 miles from the Pentland hills, 2 miles from the famous Roslin Chapel & 30 mins to the thrilling Glentress bike trails.
A recently decorated double bedroom within a traditional stone terraced cottage, situated at the top end of Loanhead village, just outside of The City of Edinburgh. This is the perfect location for hill walkers, outdoor enthusiasts or people who simply prefer to stay somewhere a little more quiet and relaxed, but with the added benefit of being just a stones throw away from the city.
Please note that I have adopted two young cats, Myrtle and Methuselah, so unable to accept guests with pets for the next few months.
Breakfast is a buffet style help yourself, which I lay out on the kitchen trolly.
Free range organic eggs, if available from local produce.
Organic Scottish milk, Wholemeal bread, Filter coffee, a selection of teas,
cereal, jam, fruit and orange juice.
Use of internet (WiFi), linen and towels are all included in the price. The property also has double garage, that can be used for the storage of bicycles and outdoor equipment. A private carport parking at rear of property is available for visitors use. The kitchen includes patio doors leading to a private garden with decking and outdoor furniture.
The bathroom and kitchen are shared spaces.
Loanhead; part of Midlothian county, is situated approximately 5 miles from the city centre and is served by a 24 hour bus service.
Edinburgh boasts stunning gothic architecture with panoramic views and traditional cobbled streets. There are myriad of museums and galleries to provide some culture and wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants to refuel the weary traveller. Not to mention the spectacular Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th century and situated in the heart of the city centre.
Loanhead offers all the conveniences of modern life set in beautiful countryside surroundings. A couple of miles walk, or cycle and you’re out in the country where you can enjoy the space and tranquility that Scotland is famous for.
Edinburgh is obviously a popular day trip but there are also lots of activities closer to home in and around Loanhead:
Experience the stunning carvings and mystery of the unique Rosslyn Chapel 30 minutes walk from the house. Made world famous by Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code". Practically every surface of the Chapel is covered with intrigue carvings of figures and scenes.
Explore the network of paths that run throughout the leafy Roslin and Bilsten Glen, which connects onto the Musselburgh to Dalkeith cycle route.
Walk, run or mountain bike The Pentland Hills. Spectacular views of the city with signposted walks and is home to Hillend Snowsports Centre.
Learn about the Scotland's long mining history and experience the atmosphere and noise of a working coal pit at the Scottish Mining Museum (rated 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board)
Explore the Edinburgh's tropical paradise all year round at the world's longest running butterfly house at Edinburgh's Butterfly & Insect World. Walk amongst hundreds of free flying butterflies in the large indoor rainforest. There's also a wide variety of creepy crawlies on display with daily handling sessions.
Please, no smoking
Thank you for looking :-).
Guests will have access to kitchen facilities, bathroom and private carport parking.
If on the rare chance it's sunny, guests are more than welcome to relax outside, where I shall provide table & chairs.
Interaction with Guests
I try to greet guests personally whenever possible. I like to hear about where my guests have come from and their travel stories. Some guests like to chat, some prefer their own space. I'm happy with either and endeavour to provide my guests with a relaxing and homely airbnb experience.
I live in a row of cottages that has a fabulous neighbourly vibe that I'm proud of. We chat over coffee, borrow tools, help out, put each others bins out, feed cats and put the world to right.
(Updated July 2015)
Lothian buses run 24 hours.
The bus runs regularly into the Edinburgh city centre, journey time 30 minutes. Please allow extra time during the Festival (August). The bus stop is 1 minute walk from the cottage.
Single (Adult) £1.50
Single (child) 70p
Day Ticket (Adult)£4.00
Day Ticket (child) £2.00
All Night Ticket £3.00 (midnight - 6am)
Day & Night Ticket £(phone number hidden))
Family Day ticket (2x adults 3x children) £8.50
Airport Day Ticket £9.00 (£4.50 Child)
Please note, Lothian buses don't carry change.
Other Things to Note
If you're unfamiliar with airbnb, then welcome :-). Most airbnb hosts run airbnb as an additional income to their full time job. We do our best to cater to each and every guest, each guest brings a new experience and offers us a chance to improve our service. Sometimes we get it just right, sometimes we fall short of peoples expectations. Please do give back constructive feedback, we value it.
Booking accommodation is a very lengthy and frustrating process, equally creating a listing that covers everything can take months of tweaking.
To help me and other airbnb hosts please include a photo and a brief sentence of whom you are, who you're travelling with and the reason for your visit. We're opening our homes to each other, so please invest some time in this, it means a lot.
Below are a few FAQ:
Is breakfast provided?
Is a cooked breakfast provided?
No, I set the fire alarm off!
Can I check in before midday?
If I'm about and I don't have any guests, then yes that should be fine, please contact me to check though.
I wont be arriving until very late, is that ok?
Yes, that's fine. I just need a rough time to make sure I'm around.
Can I park at the cottage and get the bus into town?
Yes, no problem.
How long do the buses run for?
24 hours. Check with Lothian Buses website for updated bus times and journey planner
How long does the bus take from the centre of Edinburgh to your house?
On average 30 mins but up to 40 mins around the festival times in August.
How much is the Taxi from the airport to the cottage?
Can I put a wash on?
Yes, that's fine.
Can I cook in the kitchen?
Yes, please don't massacre my pans though.
What's parking like in Edinburgh?
Potentially it's a pain and very expensive. The best option is to park at cottage and get the bus in. Free on street parking on a Sunday though.
Thank you for reading.
Please do not smoke in the cottage and during winter it can get muddy outside, therefore it would be much appreciated if shoes were taken off as you enter.