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Rock House, Edinburgh
Home and studio of early photography pioneers Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, this fascinating house (said to be one of the oldest in the city) with separate annexe and belvedere studio is set in a commanding yet secluded city-centre position near the foot of Calton Hill. Imaginatively restored and skilfully styled it is an attractive take on high-Victorian meets uncluttered contemporary. The flexible space makes it perfect for friends or extended families, with sufficient privacy, whether in a group or separately renting the apartment or studio. There's a garden, courtyard and terrace, but the unique location means parking away from the house with access involving steps, so it's not suitable for those with limited mobility.
Nod off under the gnarly apple tree in the garden, knowing Harvey Nichols is a five-minute stroll away.
Calton Hill is a popular place for walks in the city, and Rock House sits at its foot, with an elevated terrace that looks out over some of the city's most iconic sights. It's also near the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and University of Edinburgh.
By car: The hotel is around 1 hour from Glasgow, 2 hours 40 mins from Newcastle and 4 hours from Manchester. There is no parking on-site.
By train: Glasgow Queens Street to Edinburgh Waverley takes around 50 mins, from Manchester Picadilly it's around 3 hours and from London Kings Cross around 4 hours 45 mins. Rock House is a 10-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
By plane: Edinburgh Airport is 9 miles away.
Style & Character
Families, friends or couples who are looking for a quiet place of retreat, but want the city on their doorstep should stay here. We love the way the house captures the changing light, no matter the weather or time of year - it's a house for all seasons.
Service & Facilities
Although the house is utterly charming, the views - available from every window, front and back - are priceless.
- Lounge with TV
- Family friendly
- Free Wi-Fi
We love the bedroom with the traditional box bed (complete with reading light) and Morris wallpaper. The design of the Photographer's Studio, with its hexagonal sitting room and hidden kitchen, is genius.
Two double rooms and two twin rooms
Facilities include: shared bathroom, hairdryer, free toiletries, books
Food & Drink
Rock House is self-catering, and the kitchen is well-stocked with an AGA oven and plenty of cooking equipment. The property is also close to the wide range of excellent bars and restaurants in Edinburgh city centre.