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The Stevenson House

17 Heriot Row New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6HP Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 09/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#54 of 415 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
A very central family home which welcomes you at all times of the year.Experience Edinburgh like a local,walk to the sights and let us help you make the most of your visit.Especially suited for family vacations as we have active children ourselves.French,German & Afrikaans, Literature and History spoken.An atmospheric,multicultural experience in the childhood home of R L Stevenson awaits you !
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Charlie M wrote a review 4 Jul
The Stevenson House is absolutely stunning - a classic and beautifully decorated New Town house in the perfect position to explore Edinburgh. John, Felicitas and their family could not have done more to make us feel welcome. They even gave us some bubbly so celebrate the first night of our honeymoon. The bedroom was very comfortable, not least the incredibly deep bath. Thank you, John and Felicitas!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Kirstin Z wrote a review Mar 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
As a little girl brought up on a Pacific island (PNG) who loved RLS books; first his children's stories and later his travel writing, this visit was so special. I usually treat myself to a week off for my birthday to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In August 2020, as the festival went online (due to COVID-19) I decided to spend a night at the RLS House, and watch some of the sessions there. I was welcomed with a glass of white wine, and after a chat with the the host, left to take up residence in the library, a room filled with books and art. The house offers two rooms to let: the master bedroom once used by Robert Louis’ parents, which features a huge four-poster bed, and the twin bedroom on the second floor overlooking the Firth of Forth, once used by Stevenson’s beloved nurse, Cummy. I chose to stay in her old room, where, like much of the house, the decoration is eclectic. There is a large, ornate 19th-century German wardrobe, artefacts accumulated during the the host's wife's life in South Africa, and two beautiful wooden beds covered with snug purple blankets, perfect for chilly east-coast summers, when the haar creeps in off the sea. There was an on-suite bathroom, and a bookshelf full of Stevenson's books to read in bed. Breakfast at the property was continental: a half-moon of ripe camembert, charcuterie and cured salmon, thin rectangles of toasted rye and sesame seed toast (home-made, as is the jam). There was only one other guest, and I joined them. It's that kind of place. The historical charm is undeniable, but underpinning it all is the warmth of a big family home.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Carmen wrote a review Oct 2020
What a pleasant stay. All people in Stevenson house gave me a memorable experience, I am looking forward to come back again! Food, books, tasteful decoration, paintings etc... All of them are wonderful!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
V_KeenTraveller wrote a review Mar 2020
Perfectly located in New Town opposite Queen Street gardens, just a brief walk from the city centre, this beautiful period home is a wonderful B&B option with a personal touch. I stayed in a spacious twin bedroom which is very comfortable and well appointed with a desk, large wardrobe and chest of drawers and has views of New Town rooftops right to the Firth of Forth.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
L Holliday wrote a review Feb 2020
Staying at the Stevenson house truly made our few days in Edinburgh a memorable, wonderful experience. The MacFie family were truly fantastic hosts and we loved getting to know them and learning from them about Edinburgh and the house. Our young kids were entranced by our lovely hosts and their home. We would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a truly special travel experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from John Macfie, Owner at The Stevenson House
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Thank you for the kind words: it was a delight to have you and your family to stay. I hope we may see you back again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Stevenson House
Which popular attractions are close to The Stevenson House?
Nearby attractions include Escape Hunt Edinburgh (0.3 miles), Exit Plan Edinburgh (0.2 miles), and Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe (0.3 miles).
What food & drink options are available at The Stevenson House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Stevenson House?
Conveniently located restaurants include One20 Wine Cafe, The Table, and The Pakora Bar.
Is The Stevenson House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to The Stevenson House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.1 miles), The Real Mary King's Close (0.6 miles), and Gilmerton Cove (4.4 miles).