We're close to the city centre, to Leith Links, Leith Walk, the Shore and Portobello. You can easily access (on foot or by bus) all the famous Edinburgh attractions, such as the castle, the palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Yacht Britannia. You can also stroll on Leith Links and there is a "hidden" loch (after which the nearby area Lochend is named) just around the corner. There are supermarkets and convenience stores within easy reach too, and a farmers' market at the Shore every Saturday.
We have a roomy double upper villa on a quiet terraced street. There's a small garden out back where we grow salads and vegetables. This is a peaceful area, yet we're close to both Edinburgh city centre, the Shore and the seaside at Portobello.
The guest bathroom was completely overhauled in 2015. As of June 2017, we've just got some new super-soft hand towels and large bath sheets to snuggle into.
The bedroom, which was redecorated in 2016, has a double-glazed sash and case window, with a blackout blind to ensure you get a good night's sleep, and there's plenty of storage (wardrobe with hangers, drawers and bedside tables). The bedlinen is Egyptian cotton and there is a dual-control electric blanket.
Our living room also has double-glazed sash and case windows, and we also have a wood-burning stove, so we can stay snug in the colder months. The kitchen has a Rayburn stove, so that's a pretty cosy space too. In September we're closing our doors to guests for a few weeks to renovate the kitchen, and should be back online with a much better equipped space later in the autumn.
Zugang für Gäste
You'll have your double room, with exclusive access to the bathroom next door (with a shower over the bath, and hot water on demand). You are welcome to relax in the living room (we have good wifi, cable TV and lots of books). And in the colder months we'll get the wood-burning stove going!
You can also access the kitchen, where you can help yourself to a continental breakfast available every morning. If Christine's had some time cooking, there'll be homemade bread and jams* on offer, alongside yoghurt, homemade granola, fruit, teas and coffee.
*At the moment, we have apricot jam, Seville orange marmalade, and blackcurrant jam.
Interaktion mit Gästen
We'll give you a short introduction to the place when you arrive and then leave you to settle in. We'll be on hand for a chat and to answer any questions.
You'll have your own set of keys so you can come and go as you please and we'll respect your privacy when you need peace and quiet.
We both work in the week (we're both normally out of the house by 8.15am), and Christine is sometimes away travelling with work, but one or both of us is usually around evenings and weekends.
If we are not here when you arrive we'll greet you in spirit! We'll make sure we have communicated fully before you arrive, we'll leave information for you, and you can contact us via phone, text or email - we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
We've lived in Edinburgh for many years (20+ in Christine's case) so we can recommend bars, restaurants, sight-seeing, walks and other visits.
In case we're not around, or you want some more portable information, we have left a series of guides, bus timetables and other information in the guest bedroom. And you can use our wifi to consult the internet too...
Weitere wichtige Infos
Please note that to access our house you need to climb a flight of steps once you're through the front door, so our accommodation is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.
Our cleaner, Kasia, comes every Tuesday at around 930am - we would ask that you are out of the house at that time so you're not being hoovered around!
We have neighbours, so we'd ask you to keep the noise down and be respectful when you are coming and going from our house.
Check in time is 5pm onwards, and check out from 11am, but if there are any issues, just ask us in advance - we'll see what we can do!
- First and foremost, please let us know about any problems so we can try to fix them - it's important to us that you are welcome, comfortable and happy here so you can enjoy your trip!
- Keep the noise down after 11pm please - we both work and we need our beauty sleep!
- No guests after 9pm please.
- Our cleaner, Kasia, comes at 930am on a Tuesday - we ask that you are out of the house while she is working.
- Please treat the place with respect as it's our home, and leave the shared areas as you found them. Any questions, just ask!
Christine and Neil have been in Edinburgh for many years (22 in Christine's case, 18 of which have been spent in Leith). Neil is a musician and music teacher (double bass, cello and bass guitar) and Christine works in research at the British Council.
We enjoy theatre and music, and we both love to cook as well as eat out, and we're always keen to share tips on restaurants, cafes and bars around the city, as well as recommend interesting events. Favourite spots in Edinburgh are the Shore (about 15 minutes' walk) and the beach and surrounds at Portobello (15 minutes on the bus). There are also some lovely walks we can share with you.
Christine loves to cook and hopes to offer guests a good breakfast to prepare them for a hard day's sightseeing... She enjoys yoga and is happy to suggest good places in town to practice. She's a Hibs (Hibernian FC) fan too - we're only ten minutes on foot from the Easter Road stadium. Also a GAA (Irish sports) fan, and of Kilkenny hurling in particular. She has travelled around the world with her work and loves to share stories about places she's visited - and is always keen to hear from others about their journeys. You can follow her social media musings on work, food, sport and anything else here @SonicWhirls
Neil is originally from Northern Ireland. He's a keen golfer so will happily talk golf with anyone, and recommend nearby places to play. Also a Hibs fan, and a keen fan of most sports.
As you can probably tell from our guidebook, we love good food, wines, beers and so on and can share our thoughts with guests as much or as little as you want!