Perfect base for Edinburgh Festival - summer or Hogmonay

Perfect base for Edinburgh Festival - summer or Hogmonay


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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

We would like to give you the chance to stay in our house when we are away so you could visit during the fantastic Edinburgh Festival (August/September), Xmas and New Year/Hogmonay. Our fantastic house is just 30 minutes by bus from this historical yet vibrant city and is situated in beautiful countryside. It can comfortably sleep seven people in four bedrooms (three doubles and one singls). There are three bathrooms, one of which is en suite, all with a great shower and toilet, plus two have a bath. With 24 hour unlimited wi fi, a newly refurbished, huge fully fitted kitchen dining room (including large fridge freezer, electric hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine),beautiful large garden, conservatory and everything else you could need in a home from home, it really is the perfect choice. There are fabulous transport links to our house, and we have a big driveway which takes two cars. If you were happy to include a car swap then we can offer a five seater Voltswagen estate. We also have three bicycles, a family tent, camping gear etc which you would be welcome to use if you wanted to get out of the city for some of your time in Scotland. The bus to the city centre stops outside our door and it takes just 30 minutes. It is also only 20 mins by bus to Heriot Watt University, 15 minutes by car to Edinburgh Airport and under an hour to Glasgow (by car or train). We are in a very friendly large village called Balerno on the outskirts of the city which has a rural feel with a strong sense of community. Balerno has a small supermarket,pharmacy, bank, library and 25 yard swimming pool. It is close to the Water of Leith along which you can safely cycle to the city centre in half an hour. We can also walk/run/cycle into the glorious Pentland Hills from our front door. We are a professional couple (legal and marketing) with three children - 15 year old twins (boy and girl) and a 10 year old boy. The house would be the perfect base for small adult groups, or families of all ages looking for a restful place to return to at the end of a busy day exploring Scotland's cultural sites and scenic wonders. We are flexible regarding duration of home swap and would be happy to consider anything between one and three weeks.


More about us

  1. We are a professional couple with 15 year old twin boy and girl and a 11 year old boy

  2. Neil works as an Advocate (Barrister in Scotland) and Wendy does PR/Communications

  3. We love dry weather, scenery (especially hills/mountains), history (especially around World Wars), big waves on beaches,

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Too many to mention
Cool bars
lot and lot
Cozy cafés
Retail therapy
Edinburgh city centre and Glasgow
Bit of culture
Edinburgh Fringe/International/Hogmonay Festivals, Museums, Castles,
Walks in the park
The Pentland Hills are on our doorstep, water of leith from our village all the way to city centre in an hour, canal paths and forest walks
Spot of exercise
25 metre swimming pool in Balerno village, cycle/run/walk into the hills or along the water of Leith to the city centre
Day tripping
Take your pick - the beaches of East Lothian to the mountains of Glencoe, Loch Tay across the Forth Road Bridge or the Loch Ness Monster near Inverness!

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