Unique pavilion-style oasis in secluded city-centre garden location (sleeps 1–6)

This unique property has a double bedroom and large open-plan living/dining/kitchen space, with two double sofabeds in the living area. The shower room is en suite to the bedroom. Private offstreet parking space is usually available for one private car (on request), and a garden with table and chairs. Central location, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the major tourist attractions, Festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 6Sleeps up to 6
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Ground floorGround floor
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • TVTV
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Onsite parkingOnsite parking
  • Shops within 100 metresShops within 100 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Shared gardenShared garden
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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The living space with sofas and wood-burning stove

The living space with sofas and wood-burning stove


  • sleeps 1–6
  • large bright and spacious multipurpose open-plan living area with polished floors
  • unique Arts and Crafts style pavilion
  • double bed in bedroom and two double sofabeds in living-room
  • shower room en suite to bedroom
  • private offstreet parking for one private car (on request)
  • shared garden
  • log-burning stove

This unique house is a pretty brick-built pavilion in an Arts and Crafts style. The main room is a multipurpose open-plan living/dining/kitchen space with dark wood wall panelling, triple bay window and standard window to the front, large cupola giving overhead light, vaulted ceiling, and polished wood flooring. There's a washing machine and dishwasher, broadband, Sonos music streaming system, and TV.

The sitting area has two sofabeds (one a three-seater, the other a two-seater), which convert into double beds, with sprung mattresses. The bedroom has a standard-size double bed, is carpeted and has a window and door to the garden. There is an en-suite shower room; the shower room is accessible only from the bedroom, not from the main living space. There is a wood-burning stove. This property is not suitable for children under 2-years-old but older children are welcome.

The Pavilion is accessed via a tiled entrance vestibule from the rear garden of the owners' adjacent house. Guests have use of the garden, including a Weber barbeque and garden furniture. (The garden is used by the owners' dogs, both of whom are very sweet and well behaved, and can be shut in if guests prefer not to associate with them.)

The property is located in Newington, just south of the city and minutes walk from Holyrood Park and the Commonwealth Pool. The Meadows is a short walk, and a slightly longer walk takes you to bustling Tollcross and Bruntsfield, where there are cafes and shops aplenty. Summerhall, the arts venue that was converted from the old veterinary school, is a couple of blocks away. Newington itself has a range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and speciality shops. The Salisbury Arms has a lovely beer garden and renowned food; Finnan to Go does the best fish and chips for miles, and a walk towards town takes you past the Queen's Hall and the Festival Theatre, where there are always a range of great performances. 

This property is an ideal base from which to explore the city. It lies on a major bus route and you can hop on a bus into town, which in 10 or 15 minutes will have you in the heart of the city. We recommend that you buy day tickets (buy one on your first bus of the day) so that you can take as many buses as you like over the course of the day. Or if you want to experience more of the city, you can easily walk to the Royal Mile and city centre through the streets of the Southside or via the Meadows, an area of open parkland. The Meadows were originally under water: the Burgh Loch, which was drained in 1740, was one of Edinburgh’s main water supplies. The area is now one of the city’s biggest green spaces, ideal for jogging, walking and other sports. There are public tennis courts, a children’s playpark and Bruntsfield Links Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in the world, where you can have a round of pitch-and-putt. Minto Street is also only a few minutes' walk away from the extensive and rugged open space of Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, which are ideal for an inner city picnic or ramble. You can access Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat via the beautiful Blacket Conservation Area.

On the way in to the city centre, Minto Street leads into Newington Road, which has a great choice of shops and eating and drinking places, and the choice increases as you approach the Royal Mile. Nearby Causewayside has a number of antique shops. The arts centre Summerhall, which has become one of the main focuses of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is a few blocks away, as is a satellite of the National Library of Scotland, which houses the library's map collection.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 15-20 minute bus journey or a 35-40-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 35-40-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre, and there are bus stops nearby for buses to the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

For those arriving by car, there is usually parking available for one private car at The Pavilion (parking is on request so please let us know in advance is you'd like to request it), and there is metered on-street parking on surrounding streets (please check signs and times of parking carefully). This apartment is close to the city centre. (Most of our other city centre / Old Town properties are in areas where you have to pay for parking either in an NCP car park or by using an on-street parking meter.)

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Trams and buses run throughout the city from early morning till midnight, after which there is a reduced night service. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge.

  • “Fabulous hideaway perfectly placed for exploring Edinburgh: The Pavilion is a real hidden treasure, tucked away at the end of the owners' back garden (which guests have access to during their stay). It was perfect for our stay with our two children (8 and 11) who enjoyed the novelty of sleeping on the sofa beds in the high-ceilinged open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, which is flooded with light from the cupola (don't worry, there's a blind for nightime) with light. It is beautifully furnished to a very high standard and incredibly well-equipped with everything you could possibly want. The owners were really helpful - nothing was too much trouble - and friendly, as were their two lovely dogs. We were able to walk easily into the centre and we also had a delicious meal at a restaurant just a few minutes' walk away and recommended by the hosts: No 1 The Grange, and we had an excellent meal delivered from Sora Lella, a local vegan Italian restaurant. We would all highly recommend The Pavilion and would definitely return on our next visit to Edinburgh.”
    LD, Brighton, E Sussex, England English flag
  • “We had a great stay visiting family and friends. Property location is very good for touring the city. Excellent bus service right outside the door. The property is very well equipped with everything you could possibly want or need. Would highly recommend it.”
    IT & co, Springfield, MA, USA American flag
  • “Awesome cottage: Beautiful old cottage with a fabulous large skylight. Comfortable bed and sofa beds. The setup worked well for our family (2 parents + 2 adult children). We were within walking distance to the Royal Mile as well as restaurants & grocery stores. Parking space available as well. [Editor: Note that there is one shower/WC, which is off the bedroom so that if any guest is using the sofabed, they need to go through the bedroom to the shower/WC.]”
    SE & family, Saskatchewan, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Absolutely magical place!: The Cottage on Minto Street is the very best [vacation rental] we have ever stayed in. Not only is the property enchanting, both owners were amazingly helpful and charming. They anticipated every need and desire we might have. We cannot wait to go back!”
    GD & CD, Seattle, WA, USA American flag
  • “Rather than a hotel or B&B we like to have our own space when away. This was perfect! 25 mins walk into centre with lots of buses if needed (we walked everywhere) the accommodation is lovely with everything you need. We loved getting home in the evening and having a G&T and a bite to eat if we hadn’t eaten out. Lovely comfy bed, slept really well! We did the bus tour to see where everything was and the Castle ... museums ... great weekend away! Perfect base! ... Would highly recommend!”
    SP & co, England English flag
  • “Wohlfühl-Atmosphäre: Der erste Besuch in Edinburgh war dank dieser gemütlichen Unterkunft wie ein „Nach Hause kommen“. Im ruhigen Stadtteil gelegen, trotzdem Passagen mit tollen Geschäften und interessanter Gastro in der Nähe.Die Besitzer sind super freundlich und hilfsbereit.”
    CW, Rostock, Germany German flag
  • “The owners are friendly and have created a fantastic place to stay, along with little extras around the place. It's an easy walk from Waverley station or catch one of the many buses up and down the road, they're no more than 30 seconds apart. We didn't bother, we walked, past many places to eat. The accommodation is something you need to see for yourself, a Victorian summer house originally maybe? Access is via the electric garage door straight through to where you stay, in the garden. It's also equipped with Sonos music system, big TV and DVD player. We could waffle on and on about how much we loved staying there. We can't imagine how you could find somewhere nicer. Each morning, rather than use the cooking facilities, we'd wander down to the Royal Mile for breakfast but there is a map provided with other facilities in the area. Have a good stay.”
    DS & co, Immingham, England English flag
  • “Well equipped charming garden cottage: We arrived late in the evening and had a very warm welcome by the owners who had arranged what we needed for breakfast the day after. The cottage is very well equipped, even with soap for the dishwasher and the washing machine, so we didn't miss anything during our stay. We where a bit skeptical about the sofabeds, but they where comfortable and with a large living room they where easy to use. Since the cottage is in a closed back garden we felt really safe staying there. The location where great with a lot of restaurants and pubs nearby. Easy access to the city with buses right outside of the main building. We often walked down to the old town (20 min) and Princess Street (30 min). The owners where very kind and helpful the whole time of our stay. Even afterwards the helped us posting a video game that our son had left behind.”
    JRJ, Lierskogen, Norway Norwegian flag
  • “Gorgeous little building with everything you could need and in easy walking distance of city, Meadows park and lots of nice little shops and places to eat. Had a really nice relaxing weekend here and would definitely recommend it.”
    J & co, Aberdeen, Scotland Scottish flag
  • “We very much enjoyed our stay in the holiday house at the bottom of Sarah's garden. Sarah and her family are very welcoming. The house is just as described. It is a very good, quiet, home from home with a comfortable bed. There is a very frequent bus service which takes you from the door to Princes Street in about 15 minutes. Earthy, which has a cafe and sells organic food, is within a few minutes walk, as is a Tesco Local.”
    G & F
  • “Lovely and unique cottage within easy reach of Edinburgh's Old Town, the University and the Meadows. It was comfortably and tastefully decorated, and very functional. Everything was well explained both before and upon arrival. Sarah was an extremely pleasant and attentive hostess. Returning to the glow of a warming fire after a wet day in Edinburgh was bliss!”
    C & family, Luxembourg Luxembourg flag
  • “The owners made us feel very welcome when staying at the cottage with friends. The cottage is beautiful, with incredible traditional features and modern, good quality furniture. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh.”
    S & friends
  • “The owners are wonderful hosts and the description of the cottage is spot on ... The cottage is indeed very spacious, light and airy. It was a homely feel and most definitely will be staying here every time we come to Edinburgh. It was incredibly clean with modern/new furnishings, everything from the kitchen utensils, bath lotions (Molton Brown: MY FAVOURITE!!) and sound system. It is only 25 minutes walk to the Royal Mile and about 10 minutes in a cab. There is a lovely breakfast place about 2 minutes walk from the property which Sarah very kindly recommended in her welcome pack. It is also 5 minutes to our favourite manor house, Prestonfield House which is an amazing place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!”
    J & L, London, England English flag
  • “Freundliches Wohnen am Rande der Innenstadt: Sehr freundliche Vermieter, ein schönes freistehendes Gartenhäuschen am Rande der Innenstadt und trotzdem ruhig (allerdings hört man gelegentlich Sirenen von Krankenwagen), Busverbindungen fast vor dem Haus. Die Wohnung ist ideal für 2 oder eine Familie mit kleineren Kindern.”
    CP & family, Cologne, Germany German flag
  • “Sarah's cute cosy cottage was absolutely perfect for our stay whilst exploring the Edinburgh Festival. Really close to all the action (10 min walk) but far enough away for it to really feel relaxing. The cottage itself was decorated to a really high standard and the bed was soooo comfy. Sarah was very welcoming and went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. I highly recommend you book this place if you're looking for a perfect bolt hole in this beautiful city!”
    L & S, London, England English flag
  • “We had a lovely time in Edinburgh and the cottage is ideally located. Sarah was very helpful, the kitchen was well equipped, and the care package was a lovely touch. We look forward to staying there again in the future.”
    D, L & co, London, England English flag
  • “We really enjoyed our stay. The beautiful interior provides accommodation that is extremely comfortable & well equipped. It is within easy walking distance of the city centre & we would certainly recommend a visit to the nearby organic shop & cafe 'Earthy'. As a family of four & one small dog we loved our three night visit.”
    B & family
  • “We recently spent approximately one and a half weeks at this location and could not have been more happy with it. The owners were just lovely, and provided all of the information, as well as amenities we could have wanted. Property is very roomy and very comfortable, and all items such as dishes, linens, etc., were top quality. Plenty of heat and hot water. The place was very clean as well. Our stay was quiet and very relaxing which was the purpose, but it was very easy to get out and about when desired. Our stay could not have been better. We hope to be back.”
    SM & MR, Braddock, PA, USA American flag

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