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2 Mins Walk from Edinburgh's Best Beach!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Portobello - Portobello Townhouse

4 Beds, Living Room and formal Dining Room

This is a wonderful, spacious, traditional seaside townhouse, built at a time when wealthy Edinburgh families also bought a house by the sea in order to cool off on those hot summer days.

Laid out over 3 floors, plus a mezzanine level, the wide staircases are a feature, particularly the winding staircase between the first and second floors. The drawing room is positioned on the first floor, as was the norm for the time, with 3 large windows that let the light stream in. From the top floor there are views to Arthur's Seat from the front and across the Firth of Forth to Fife at the rear.

The house has undergone an extensive renovation to a very high standard and boasts 4 bedrooms, drawing room, dining room, new fitted kitchen, family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, a WC on each floor, full gas central heating, high pressure hot water system, new fitted kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite, fresh decoration throughout, tuned Yamaha piano, free WiFi, cable TV, video and DVD, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, linen and towels. Everything you need in a self-catering house near Edinburgh!

Note: Min charge per stay of £350 inclusive of cleaning, utilities etc (plus refundable damage deposit)

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About The Owner

I am a lover of old houses and moved from Edinburgh City Centre when I fell in love with what was then a very dilapidated house with a lot of potential. Having spent all my spare time (and money) on the house for 5 years, I got a job in Italy and had to leave it behind in 2010. Not being able to part with it, I decided on holiday rentals.

Since 2013 I returned to the UK, but now I live in London. I still try to get back to Portobello as much as possible, which isn't often enough.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Edinburgh

It's a real home. Many guests have commented on that. This could be because of all the dedication and love that went into its restoration!

It's bursting with character and many original features have been retained or reinstated, along side modern twists with lighting and art.

What makes this house unique

It's difficult to say what in particular I fell in love with when I first saw the house. It may have been the stairs and the light. There was a lovely feel to the place. The first floor living room with 3 big windows and original fireplace is a favourite, as is the wee room at the top with a view across the water to Fife.. Or the big bedroom at the top with a view to Arthur's Seat.


based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

2 Mins Walk from Edinburgh's Best Beach!
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Well equipt & comfortable house. Excellent location for transport into city & beach.

  • 4 of 5

Owner very helpful. House is lovely and spacious. Bus links brilliant, great restaurants nearby and so close to the lovely beach.

Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I can't find enough positive things to say about this property and the charming little village of Portobello. We were two families, each with two children staying here, and there was enough room that we didn't feel as though we were tripping over each other. The property is extremely well equipped, we were all very satisfied with every aspect of this stay. Would highly recommend this property to anyone planning a visit to Edinburgh.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Great location,very spacious,everything is there,excellent for bigger group and the owner allowed us earlier check-in as my family was arriving earlier!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay in a great location, I would definitely recommend and will certainly be visiting again.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Extremely spacious and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of room for 6 adults. The piano was a bonus, as was the jacuzzi bath. Despite the kitchen extension, the space around the sink was extremely tight for two adults to share the washing/drying up. The shelves of books provided a wide range of material. These would prove useful if the weather were to become inclement. The Sonos sound system was great. The Bluetooth connection to the phones was easy, and it proved entertaining for all the guests.

The property was well situated between the Main Street and the sea-front.The buses to Edinburgh were every 10 minutes and the bus stop was a 3 minute walk away, so this meant that we rarely used cars for the week; which was a bonus. Lots of good local shops within a very short walk. Takeaway from Bonoful was beautiful!

Now, on a less positive note, a few points to improve future stays.Some of the kitchen utensils have seen better days e.g. baking trays. Similarly, where had the barbecue gone?

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your feedback, it's always appreciated. I guess you're right about the sink. I have never thought about that before, as I tend to go for the lazy option myself and use the dishwasher most of the time! Thanks for letting me know about the baking trays. I'll add some new ones next time I am at the house. I'm really sorry you were expecting a BBQ and didn't find one there. I had provided a BBQ in the past following a request from a previous guest, but it hadn't been used for years and was recently damaged by wind, so I took it away. I didn't replace it as it just wasn't getting any use at all. I'm glad you enjoyed the house and had a good stay. Please come back and enjoy the improvements and if you want a BBQ, I'll be more than happy to get you one! All the best Patrick
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and welcoming on arrival, this house is very clean, obviously looked after and has everything guests will need on holiday. It has a spacious light lounge ample room for our large party, a modern kitchen - loved the contemporary lighting and a pretty decked patio ideal for soaking in the early morning sun.

The location was perfect for us, able to go on the beach and walks along the prom to some friendly bars with good food and live music (spotted seals one night) Yet only 10 mins away from Edinburgh by bus or car. Some lovely cafes and ample shops in area as well. Went to Galashiels for the gala day and spent time with family there and also enjoyed visiting the Scottish museum. We have stayed in Edinburgh a lot in various locations but this was a family favourite.

Hope to return one day

The Pryde family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Espy plus many others
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
10 courses within 10 miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Restaurant
The Espy, Dalriada, Bonoful, Select etc
Nearest Beach

Portobello is a charming and distinctive part of Edinburgh with a busy, traditional high street offering fishmongers, delicatessen, fine wine shop, award winning butcher plus various restaurants and takeaways - everything you need for a self-catering holiday! There is a wide variety of interesting architecture within the conservation area and a stroll through the local streets never fails to reveal something of interest.

The sandy beach, which is approximately 2 minutes walk from the house, boasts beautiful coastal views, good pub/restaurants and cafes, boats and canoes for hire, restored Victorian swimming pool with Turkish baths and gym, soft play area, outdoor playgrounds plus additional seasonal art installations and attractions. Portobello is very well connected to Edinburgh city centre with several regular bus routes operating day and night on the 3 mile journey between the two locations and a taxi ride.

This traditional seaside resort, with a vibrant community spirit, is a fantastic location offering peace and calm from which to explore the city of Edinburgh as well as the surrounding countryside and attractions.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Portobello, Edinburgh

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
27 Aug 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jan 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
14 Jul 2017 - 3 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
4 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
26 Aug 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Shorter stays and flexibility on check-in days may be possible, please enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Portobello in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • town
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Mezzanine level (between ground and first floor)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Ground floor wc with small sink
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor ensuite to bedroom 1
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1st Floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd floor, en-suite shower room with wc and wash hand basin
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor, 2 single beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Ground floor
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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