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Dovecot Cottage

Edinburgh - Midlothian

Spectacular 17th century stone cottage for up to four people. Rustic-chic and quirky - it was once a home for pigeons!

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
£130-270 per night
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

How to book...

Dovecot Cottage is owned and managed by Sarah Oliver.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Sarah Oliver.

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  The Highlights...

  • Stunning bedroom in tower with view of large mature garden
  • Bespoke cedar-wood kitchen and cosy sitting room
  • 15 mins walk to Edinburgh city centre
  • Sunny guests terrace within private walled garden

  You should know...

  • Dovecot Cottage is thoroughly cleaned between stays, with particular attention to touch-points, then sprayed with isopropyl which is the alcohol-based sanitizer recommended for killing viruses, in adherence to Government guidelines on Covid19.
  • There is contact-less check-in and Sarah the host will greet you in line with social distancing guidelines.
  • There is parking for 1 car, but it is not suitable for long or high vehicles
  • This is a non-smoking property
  • Pets are not allowed
  • This property is not suitable for children under 12.

  The Detail...

Formerly home to hundreds of pigeons, this self-contained stone cottage is architecturally and historically fascinating. As you stroll down the path, through the large mature garden, dappled light under a rose-arch and a magical calmness brings a sense of anticipation. A glass door leads into an enchanting serene atmosphere. You will be intrigued to glimpse a mysterious ancient cavern beneath part of the floor.

Inside Dovecot Cottage is a fabulous marriage of sophisticated design with the unchanged characterful pink stone. Light pours through attic windows in the high eves of the sitting/dining room. Underfloor heating provides a soft warmth throughout, and there is also a cosy wood-burner facing a pull-out sofa-bed. Rafters house a subtly located pull-down TV. There is a wonderful bespoke L-shaped kitchen with microwave and oven, two-ring gas hob and hidden fridge. The cedar wood counters and table were hewn from a huge tree that once grew in the large garden.

Youll find similar craftsmanship in the bathroom - a large wet-room with two kinds of shower. Exquisitely designed, surprisingly spacious and warm underfoot, you will be tempted to linger, looking up at views of apple tree branches.

Up in the tower, a double bed, with Egyptian cotton sheets, fits snugly between smooth cedar wood and a whole wall of original nesting-boxes that are magnificently illuminated. This quiet little room looks out over the mature garden. Oozing with historical charm, it is secluded and romantic - simply a delight.

The nearby districts of Morningside and Bruntsfield are lively and fashionable with a wide selection of 40+ cool cafes, brunch bistros, and good restaurants, as well as specialist food shops and the main supermarkets. Its difficult to believe that all this is 5 mins walk from the tranquil seclusion of the amazing Dovecot Cottage. A 15 to 20 minute scenic stroll through Bruntsfield Links and The Meadows parks is the best way to reach the heart of the historic city, where attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens, the National Museum of Scotland, National Gallery, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle.

You will be talking about this enchanting place long after you leave, so treat yourself to a stay in the charismatic Dovecot Cottage and see Edinburgh as no one else can.


Essential Features
  • Heating
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • No Dogs
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Coffee machine
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
  • Satellite TV/Freeview
  • Television
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Off road free parking
  • Walking distance to pub

Underfloor heating throughout. Adjacent secluded terrace within private mature walled garden. 20 mins walk through park to city centre. 5 mins by taxi.


  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Markets
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Nightlife (low key)
  • Pub/Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Supermarket/food shop
  • Swimming pool (public)
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Zoo/Wildlife park

Secluded, yet within 5 minutes walk of the upmarket, lively, fashionable districts of Bruntsfield and Morningside where there are plenty of cool cafes and good restaurants plus supermarkets and specialist shops.

  On the map...

  Nearest Airport

Edinburgh Airport is 25-30 mins by taxi, 45 mins by tram or bus then taxi.

  Detailed Pricing Information...

Prices vary according to the time of year. January and February are the cheapest. August is the most expensive.
Requests for payment will be via PayPal.



Have you stayed at Dovecot Cottage?

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Janice Stewart says...
"Dovecot Cottage is a delight, an oasis of calm in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. No matter how much we chose to do in Edinburgh, we could retreat to this wonderfully cozy, unique cottage set in the beautiful garden of an elegant house. All the original features have been wonderfully incorporated into the design, I loved the chequerboard wall. All decor very sympathetic to the building and setting, while managing to have up to date facilities, eg great shower! The cottage was spotlessly clean, we had all we could want. So much available locally in easy reach. Public transport is easily reached. Sarah has extremely comprehensive information, including the history of the cottage , well presented on the nicely designed table. All photos are a truthful representation of the property.
Sarah Oliver is warm, welcoming, and helpful while not being intrusive. We would highly recommend Dovecot Cottage."
(Stayed: November 2019 )
Cally Gent says...
"I really cannot recommend Dovecot Cottage enough.
Even from enquiring, Sarah was ready to help and there to answer any questions that we had.
Upon arriving, she gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the cottage which is set in a beautiful secluded garden within a 20 minute walk of the city centre. The cottage included the basic home comforts such as tea and coffee but also some which we were not expecting such as shortbread and Scottish oats.
The cottage itself also had a great deal of history of which Sarah had made an effort to prepare information cards which my partner and I found very interesting.
I would recommend this for any occasion as I have never stayed somewhere so welcoming and comfortable. I would definitely return!"
(Stayed: November 2018 )

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£130-270 per night
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

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How to book...

Dovecot Cottage is owned and managed by Sarah Oliver.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Sarah Oliver.

Message the owner  
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