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Edinburgh Hideaway in the Pentland Hills near Balerno

Bedrooms 1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful Retreat 40mins from the Edinburgh City Centre (10min Walk + 30min Bus)

"Serenio" ( Serene Studio ;) is purposely built to host our relatives when staying with us in the beautiful scenic surroundings of the Pentland Hills close to Edinburgh. More and more friends-of-friends have discovered our hideway so we are now managing it through this portal.

It's setting is idyllic and private in 2 acres of woodland also providing space to enjoy and for our chickens, goats and pig to roam. Located about 300m above sea level there are fantastic views over the hills down to the Firth of Forth with Edinburgh Castle in the distant skyline.

We are in the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park where you will have straight from "Serenio" access to an abundance of nature, hills, streams, lochs, hiking trails, mountain bike tracks etc, but most of all peace and beauty.

Nevertheless it is a short walk to the small nearby conservation villages with local shops, but where one can take the famous double-decker bus (every 10 min at daytime and also a Nightbus) which takes you in 30 minutes into the city centre. The City of Edinburgh is beautiful, historic and bustling with an abundance of (free) museums, architectonic beauty and cultural events.

In one sentence: raw nature and cosmopolitan experiences combined and we ourselves never fail to discover something new and interesting after the almost 20 years we now lived in Scotland.

It typically sleeps 2 and has en-suite bathroom facilities, but the setup is flexible with two double daybeds. With its full facilities and kitchen it is available to rent as self-catering accommodation.

For children there is plenty of play equipment scattered around the woodland including a massive trampoline, swings, tumble bar, flying fox and the various tree houses.

There is also an option to order your breakfast basket with fresh eggs from our hens, local produce and home-made bread of choice.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Balerno in City of Edinburgh

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • En-Suite, with Electric Shower, Sink (cold water only) and Toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Two Double (Day)Beds. Best to suit 2 persons in either one double configuration or as twin setup. Please contact for alternative arrangements.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Edinburgh Hideaway in the Pentland Hills near Balerno
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

I can not rate highly enough. The place is wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We have just had 4 days of bliss. The lovely family welcomed us with genuine friendliness and were pleased to help in any way. They introduced us to the pet pig, chickens, goats and rabbits who were adorable and became a big part of the charm of the place.

The accommodation is superb. There is a welcome breakfast basket and the use of a few larder items if you have forgotten anything. The kitchen is well equipped and even has a dishwasher and tablets. There is plenty of room and features the use of two double beds that convert back to sofas but we had plenty of room when we left ours out. The accommodation would suit a family with younger children who are prepared to share a double bed behind a curtain. You all share the same space.

Outside you will find a trampoline, a zip wire, a tree swing, a slide/swing set and a set of stocks (I was tempted). There was also other play equipment and it was all close enough for you to watch over the children as they play. The location is rural and would suit walkers but it is close to a lovely village which is easily reached by car or by foot.

If Edinburgh city is part of your plans the accommodation is close enough to travel in but far enough away if you want peace and quiet.

I can not recommend this place highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It was a real pleasure to have you as guests and your enthusiasm for the place and it's animals was fantastic. Betsy says hello too and she would love to see back some time or welcome your friends. With the very best regards, Resy
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wonderful hosts. wonderful clean chalet. Wonderful friendly farm animals. Will be going back again.

  • 5 of 5

neat, tidy and clean chalet. All basic essentials provided. Perfectly located for walks and frequent public transport to access central Edinburgh.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed her for 3 nights in April and had the best time. Resy was so lovely and the cabin if fully equipped with everything you need. We were greeted by Betsy the pig, chickens, rabbits and goats! We mentioned it was a Birthday trip and Resy surprised us with a homemade cake, card and little present...a lovely touch. I would highly recommend staying here if you want a fantastic cabin in the gorgeous Pentland Hills along with a lovely host and animals on your doorstop. We will be booking again 100%.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leamington Spa

A Hygge hideaway with animals

  • 5 of 5

I really loved staying here for 3 nights and was sad to leave. Resy, the owner was so lovely and welcoming. We literally had everything we needed while we were there, it is such a beautiful place. Every day we got a visit from the chickens who were a real highlight of the stay as was Betsy the pig. This is not your typical holiday home, it is a hideaway built for Resys family on her farm and it really shows. I thank her very much for letting us stay, it was a real treat. I would recommend to anyone but especially those who love animals.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Helen for your lovely review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Very best wishes, also from Betsy !!
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Lovely. Beautiful. Wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

This little house, which isn't such little as it seems, lies in one wonderful and quiet place. The house owner is a very kind and amiable person and also very helpfully. It was us a pleasure to stay a few days.

The beds are comfortable, there is enough space for 3 to 4 people, the bathroom is absolutly sufficient, the kitchen is very good equipped. You can travel by bus (Line 44 aktually 1,70 p.P.) in 20 min. to Edinburgh. You have to pay exact with coins. The bus drives every 10 min or so. Or you can hike or cicle to the lake and nature near by. And when you don't wanna go, you can just watch the chickens and goats or the little wild rabbits each morning in front of the house.

Price-performance ratio is very good.

Dieses kleine Haus ist wesentlich größer als man denkt. Es liegt in einer wunderschönen und ruhigen Gegend. Die Vermieter sind sehr freundliche und liebenswürdige sowie hilfsbereite Menschen. Es war uns ein Vergnügen dort zu verweilen.

Die Betten sind komfortabel, das Bad ist mehr als ausreichend und die Küche ist wirklich sehr gut eingerichtet. Man ist schnell mit dem Bus in Edinburgh (Linie 44 aktuell 1,70 p.P.), welche ca. alle 10 min. fährt. Achtung man muss passend mit Kleingeld bezahlen. Oder man wandert oder fährt zu dem nahe gelegenen See oder in die Natur. Wenn man nicht weg möchte, kann man auch einfach die Hühner oder Ziegen beobachten. Morgens haben wir meistens Wildhasen direkt vor dem Haus gehabt.

Preis Leistung: sehr gut.

I think we will see us again!

Hearty greetings,

Maik and Melisande

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Einfach SUPER

  • 5 of 5

Unser Urlaub war sehr schön und wir haben die Zeit bei Resy, Betsy und Co. sehr genossen!

Resy ist eine sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Frau.

In der Unterkunft ist alles wie beschrieben vorhanden und sehr schön eingerichtet. Die ruhige Umgebung lässt einen von dem Stress in der Großstadt abschalten. Auch wenn wir fast jeden Tag nach Edinburgh gefahren sind ;)

Für Urlauber, die es gerne ruhig mögen und wandern gehen wollen sehr zu empfehlen.

Der Weg bis zum Bus (15 min. bergab) und vom Bus wieder zurück (15.-30 min. bergauf - je nachdem wie gut man zu Fuß ist) ist zu bewerkstelligen, wenn man kein Auto hat.

Alles in Allem einfach Super !

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Greyhorse Inn
Nearest Ferry
130 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Curriehill Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Postbox Bistro
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Balerno, Edinburgh and Lothians

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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