At Edinburgh Spotlight, we don’t cover accommodation in the city since we have homes on opposite sides of town and personally visit every place we review. However, my in-laws were paying a visit from Australia recently and since we didn’t have room for them we opted to rent them out Craigwell Cottage for the week.
I chose the cottage due to it’s location and facilities, but the owner of the property, Susan McNaughton dealt with my in-laws direct. She couldn’t have been more helpful when dealing with the booking and offering information on things to do in Edinburgh. Visit Scotland awarded the Cottage 4 stars which is maximum for this type of property. It sleeps 4 people in one double and one twin room.
I visited the property many times over the course of the week my in-laws were here, but felt I had to make myself known to Susan before doing this review. So over a cup of tea at Craigwell Cottage, I got to know the woman offering this fabulous accommodation in the heart of the city with all the touches of home.
The website of Craigwell Cottage covers everything this property offers and the pictures are very true to life with nothing mis represented. The reviews on flipkey give Susan full marks and you can only review if you stay here via flipkey, so completely accurate from guests who have spent time here.
I can’t express enough what a gem of an accommodation find this cottage is. It is situated off Calton Road, which is nestled between the Royal Mile and Regent Road (which leads to Princes Street). Although everywhere is walkable, it’s extremely handy to have the car parking space if you are staying for a while and doing day trips from Edinburgh. It is towards the Holyrood Palace end of Calton Road which makes it perfect for a walk around Arthur’s Seat a must see in Edinburgh.
The area is safe and completely residential, with the added bonus of having your own front door and not part of an apartment block where others may disturb you.
It’s all the extras that make this place so special. Susan meets and greets EVERY guest arriving at the cottage, so you can be shown the facilities and how everything works. She also kindly offers her number should any problems arise during your stay or for any questions on Edinburgh should the information pack she supplies not be enough.
If you’re arriving late at night, you can take advantage of her shopping offer, where she fills the cupboards with food you’ve requested to save you a trip to the supermarket ! Tea, coffee, sugar and milk are in abundant supply as a matter of course. If you prefer to eat out, there are plenty of restaurant choices to choose from in the city centre.
The cottage is decorated tastefully with subtle touches of Scotland throughout. It is child friendly and comes equipped with a DVD player for relaxing time at night. It has an open plan design, with the kitchen, separate dining area and lounge forming the upper floor.
The sofas are very comfortable and perfect after a long day of sightseeing around Edinburgh and the kitchen has every appliance possible for a homely stay for example, a coffee machine and laundry facilities.
The bathroom is spacious with both a shower and bath to soak in. Both bedrooms have wardrobes and plenty of storage space for luggage.
I really can’t praise the property highly enough, you could live here quite easily with the only downside to Craigwell Cottage is having to leave!
Should you need any more reassurances that this is the best place to stay in Edinburgh, then have a look at Susan’s recent video tour round Craigwell Cottage.
I have my relatives staying again in 2010 and we have reserved Craigwell Cottage already. The only decision to be made this time is who stays in it ! I quite fancy a week of living in this home from home in the heart of the city and they can have ours 😉
Suitable for disabled ? The property is not wheelchair accessible because it is over two floors, but the bathrooms and bedrooms are both on the ground floor with an excellent hand rail on the stairs for those who might have minor mobility problems.