Self-catering rental accommodation in the centre of Edinburgh
about 100 yards from the East end of Princes Street,
sleeping 2 (plus a small child)
The Minnow House
28, Calton Hill
A small romantic garden pavilion for two, on Calton Hill in the centre of Edinburgh, available for self-catering rental.
Rock House (left in the photograph above) is famous as the studio of the early Scottish pioneers of photography David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848), and The Minnow House is named after a photograph believed to have been taken in the garden in about 1839...
The Minnow Pool, c.1839
by David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson.
Salted paper print from calotype negative, 151x112mm.
Courtesy of RPS Collection at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.
Restored and rebuilt from the ruined remains of one of the studio garden buildings, The Minnow House is a stylish and memorable place to stay. The top floor is a light octagonal Sitting Room with kitchen utilities concealed behind sliding doors.
Downstairs is a shower-room and double bedroom with a door which opens onto an enclosed paved garden with a pool and monumental urn.
If you have a baby or small child, owners Lisa and Anthony who live at Rock House can lend a cot/crib, help arrange baby sitters, and generally give advice about Edinburgh.
It's extraordinary to find such an idyllic garden retreat in the middle of a capital city. Behind the house is rural Calton Hill, a public park with a lot of famous Edinburgh landmark monuments upon it, and below, you step down onto the street that leads straight into Princes Street.
Everything you need is close at hand: theatres, galleries, restaurants, food shops and cafés.
The octagonal wooden-panelled Sitting Room has a wood-burning stove, TV/DVD and CD player, books, sofa, window seats, and a slide-out dining table under the window.
The Minnow House has good views of Edinburgh. This photograph of the Royal Mile on the skyline, was taken in December through one of the windows of the octagonal Sitting Room.
Above left and right;
Sliding wooden panels conceal the kitchen utilities: gas hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, cookware, cutlery, etc.
Left and right;
Shower room with power-shower, basin and wc.
Double bedroom with queen-sized bed.
The door opens onto the sheltered south-facing garden with a central pool surrounded by old flagstones.
Free Wi-Fi for your laptop.
June 1 to September 30 (excluding Festival):
Minimum rental 3 nights.
£85 per couple per night.
September 30 to May 31 (excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter):
Minimum rental 3 nights.
£75 per couple per night.
Festival Christmas, New Year and Easter:
Minimum rental one week.
£95 per couple per night.
The Minnow House has full central heating which is included in the price.
Bed linen and towels also included in the price.
A 50% deposit secures your booking with the balance to be paid 4 weeks before your arrival.
No smoking inside The Minnow House please.
Sorry, no pets.
To enquire or to book:
Lisa and Anthony Dickson
28 Calton Hill
Edinburgh, EH7 5AA
Tel: 0131 558 7740
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 131 558 7740
Please tell Lisa and Anthony you found The Minnow House through About Scotland!