“ Address: 111 Swanston Road / Edinburgh / EH10 7DS / Scotland „
As I have mentioned in a couple of reviews Dave is currently working in Edinburgh and I have come up to keep him company for a fortnight. When he originally got the contract he looked at hotels in the area but the prices were very high and then he had to add the cost of an internet connection which, in hotels, is astronomical! He then found a site www.swanston.co.uk where there were long let holiday cottages available. The one bedroomed cottage was available for the five weeks that he needed from mid November until 12th December 2008 at a cost of £290 per week, including VAT, less a discount of 10% because he was booking for more than four weeks. What was included in the price? The price includes all bedding and towels, gas and electricity. There is also a television with Freeview and full broadband internet access. This in itself made renting the cottage a lot more cost efficient! Where is it? It is about five miles from the centre of Edinburgh just outside the Edinburgh Ring Road. To find it you just have travel along the A702 towards Edinburgh, turn left onto the B701 and then left again into Swanston Road. What is the cottage like? Well I could have told you this information from the website but that wouldn't have been fair even though Dave had told me all about it so I waited until I was here so I could give a personal review, which after all is what Dooyoo is all about! The cottage that we are using has a small entrance hall with a little radiator and a cupboard for coats and shoes. A door leads to an open plan kitchen diner and lounge with stairs leading off. The lounge has a two seater sofa and an easy chair, two small tables, a coffee table, a bookcase and a 22 inch television. There is a nice big mirror over the fireplace which houses an electric fire and there is a radiator on the wall below the window. The kitchen is separated from the lounge by a set of floor and base units with a gap in between so that someone standing in the kitchen can see straight through into the lounge. This run of units contains the sink, a washing machine and a dishwasher both of which are built it. The upper units have glass doors on both sides which add to the feeling of space. On the opposite side of the kitchen area is an electric cooker with a gas hob, extractor hood and a built in fridge freezer. There is a small dining table and two chairs to the side of the kitchen area and a small microwave on two brackets mounted on the wall. There is also another radiator at this end of the room. The cupboard under the stairs contains the central heating controls, an iron and ironing board together with a dustpan and brush and a vacuum cleaner. The back door leads out of the kitchen area into a small, lawned back garden. Upstairs there is a large double bedroom with plenty of wardrobe space and a nice dressing table with mirror. There is a television point up here although there isn't a second television. We brought a spare one from home so that we could have TV in the bedroom! There are windows either side of the bedroom looking over the garden and the front courtyard and radiators beneath each one. The bathroom is quite big for the size of the house as well. There is a bath with a good shower over it, a toilet and a sink. There is a towel rail which is linked into the central heating system. The window in the bathroom is a skylight in the roof of the property. What is the area round the house like? Well the house is one of nine set round two adjacent courtyards with plenty of parking for all the cars. The courtyards are set with nice shrubs so the outlook from the front of the houses is very pretty. There are also offices in some of the buildings as well so there is a mixed occupancy. What is the immediate area like? The houses and offices are on the same site as Swanston Golf Club which is a hundred yards or so up the road from the complex so the views are lovely. The golf course and driving range are on the other side of the road to the houses and offices. The club house is set at the bottom of the Pentland Hills which is also the view from the back of the house. Behind the club house is a small collection of houses which is know as Swanston Village, which was once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson. The club house has a lounge bar and restaurant, a fitness suite and a golf shop which are all available for use by the general public. I haven't been up there though so I can't comment on the facilities. There are also livery stables on site where horses can be looked after but I don't know what facilities they have for riding and lessons as it isn't really something I am interested in. Midlothian Ski Slope is next to the golf course and provides facilities for both beginners and advanced skiers. What's it like then? Well it is a very comfortable little house for my break here in Scotland. The bed and the suite are both comfortable, the shower is good and the heating keeps the place lovely and warm. The heating is actually set to come on and off twice a day in the morning and evening but we have been overriding the switch off whilst we have been here as the temperature has been dropping well below zero! I have found it very comfortable to be here whilst Dave is at work. I have been out for walks down to Morrison's and up to the golf club for a look round although I haven't been in! Being out of the general hustle and bustle of the city centre it is very quiet here which is very nice! The cleaner comes in at the weekend to change the towels and bed linen and give the place a general once over although we do keep it clean during the week! What else do I need to know? There are no shops here on the farm site so you need to bring plenty of stuff with you. There are branches of Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's within driving or bus riding distance. Morrison's is actually within walking distance being about a mile away. To catch a bus into Edinburgh you just have to walk back down Swanston Road to the main road (B701) at the end and there are one or two buses that go into Edinburgh. The cost is £1.10 for any journey of any length or £2.50 for a day ticket and it takes about half an hour to get into Edinburgh by bus. Conclusion Both Dave and I are very impressed with the accommodation. It's very comfortable and the views around here are beautiful, especially as we have had some snow whilst we have been here! The situation is ideal for Dave working on the outskirts of Edinburgh and he has already made enquiries as to the availability for when he returns to Scotland in the New Year! Update He has now stayed in three different houses here and they were all excellent.