I am a designer from Scotland. I work for an English design company called Fired Earth. I love to travel, paint, listen to music, food & pilates.
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Staying at Karen's flat was an absolutely great experience.
Though it's 15-20 min away from the city centre but the bus stop is across the street .
It was very comfortable for my family of 3 pax. Karen is very responsive on the mail. She even dropped in late one night when we faced a small problem.
The apartment made our Edinburgh visit very comfortable .
The house of karen is very nice. The neighborhood quite quiet! We found everything we needed and we were quite confortable. Karen was quite flexible about our time of arrival and departure and we did appreciate that. Nice living room and lots of space in the house.
While the location and general standard of the property were good there were a few basic things that we felt could have improved our experience. It would have been good to have toaster and microwave facilities in the kitchen and also the bedding was old with mildew on the duvet inner and cigarette burn holes in the sheet and very old pillows. It would also be nice to have a welcome booklet of sorts that advises things like what to do with the boiler when there's no hot water and perhaps local places to get groceries etc. Also the shower consists of a handheld rosette for use while sitting in the bath which wasn't what I expected. Felt a bit let down that there was no toilet paper, dishes were in the sink and dishwasher and linen cycling in the washing machine which was leaking and I had to mop up. Didn't really feel like much care had been given to preparing the house for our arrival and I appreciate that the owner had been away on holiday arriving back the night before. Still, worth pointing out these areas for improvement for future guests to make them feel like they get value for money. The host was helpful and friendly and the house itself is cosy and just a few small things that would have made an overall good experience a lot better.
My experience at Karen's has been great! It's a nice, comfy, clean apartment with a lot of natural light in a quiet residential area. It's fitted with all you need (wifi, linen and towels included), even essentials like salt, tea or coffee and some bathroom stuff. Hot water always available and good heating. Karen made everything easy for us by leaving notes with instructions around the flat and provided a lot of good recommendations about pubs and restaurants.
Although it's a bit further from the city centre (around 40 minutes walking / 15 by bus), it's very well connected with several buses. Summarizing: great relationship quality/price.
For this great price the apartment is packed with everything you might need: great kitchen with essentials like salt/oil/sauces was very much appreciated, you get a dishwasher, washing machine, iron and hair dryer, basic bathroom stuff like shampoos, which can make you backpack extra light. Hot water any time you need + very good heating.
It is a bit further from the centre than I expected, but the bus connection and diversity is unbeatable.
I must notice the double bed with coil mattress was not quite comfy for me. Though there are couple of other beds you may use in the apartment.
Karen's home was the perfect location for our stay in Edinburgh and it was so very easy and quick to communicate with Karen about anything! She gave great recommendations for restaurants and places to explore. Instructions for everything were clear and exact. We highly recommend Karen's home for a stay in Edinburgh!
Karen is a convivial and cheerful hostess, providing a perfect welcome to Edinburgh after a long transatlantic flight. The neighborhood is convenient to bus lines into Stockbridge and Edinburgh. Parking is no problem as there is a space next to the apartment. The apartment was clean and in good condition, with lots of hot water as there is an on demand hot water heater. WiFi connection was speedy.
Karen's place is the upstairs of just two flats in a building (hers and the downstairs). It has plenty of room, is quiet, warm and cosy. Its outside the centre of the city but really easy to reach on the very regular and cheap local buses. The bus stops are a minute away and the journey to the city centre is 15 mins. Stockbridge is closer and has lots of pubs and shops.
Karen was an excellent host with lots of information on local facilities. She was very pleasant, helpful and accommodating with arrival and departure arrangements. Thanks very much Karen.
Excellent place to stay, very accessible either by bus or by taxi to and fro city centre!
Karen's place was perfect for the four of us. The location was good, enough out of town to get the cheap price, but close enough to just hop on the bus.
Stockdale (5 mins bus) is a lovely little town and I would highly recommend the pulled pork roll for breakfast one morning, from the cafe by the bridge.
The 3rd bedroom is up a very steep ladder and probably not suitable for under 10s, but the other two bedrooms and the living and dining room were more than comfortable.
The kitchen was clean and more than adequate for our stay.
I would recommend this place to friends and family. A very good price and great location.
Having known Karen for years, I would happily recommend her as a guest in your property. Smart, friendly and articulate, Karen is easy to get on with and takes pride in her surroundings,so you can be confident your property will be well maintained and tidy; as an airbnb host I know how important this is!