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“Macfie Mundo” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Stevenson House

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The Stevenson House
Ranked #67 of 445 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Macfie Mundo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in the twin room accommodation. There's a nice modern bathroom ensuite. The family welcomed us and made us feel instantly comfortable. This is an unusual situation as you eat breakfast with the family (3 of the 6 children are home). They have friends and family dropping in so there's never a dull moment. Good location for sightseeing/walking/restaurants. Garage available.

Room Tip: Twin room is on top (third) floor--a hike. African theme going...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sebastopol, California
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Special place and a special family. John and Felicitas provide a cultural and personal experience that was the highlight of our Scotland vacation. Stevenson would be very pleased that his legacy is so well represented by the Macfie family. Great location and the fact that Felicitas has worked as a tourist guide in Edinburgh just added to the wonderful time we had there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tim o
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words and indeed for coming to stay with us. Your interest in this beautiful city had us firing on all cylinders !
Haste ye back !

Felicitas
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We had a delightful stay at The Stevenson House last month. I was with friends from Cape Town and we were surprised by the connection of the house to South Africa. John was a wonderful host and even accommodated our almost midnight arrival. The room was comfortable and spacious for the three of us. We were on the top floor which had a nice view. The staff was very helpful in planning our next day of site seeing and the trip north to Aberdeen. I highly recommend it and would stay here again when in the region.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BEHITES
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for your kind review which will be helpful to other visitors. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back soon.

Felicitas
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Invergordon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

We recently stayed in the Stevenson House where we received an effusive welcome and were made to feel at home.
John is an excellent host with a warm personality. We also met Nicole- an attentive and kind housekeeper who looked after us well. The house is in the perfect area for visiting Edinburgh as it is situated centrally.
We felt very relaxed and were also fascinated by the link that the house held with the great Scottish family of Stevenson.
Kate

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank WILLAVA391
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for your kind words of praise and indeed for coming to stay with us. Hopefully we can welcome you soon again.
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Covington, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

My thirteen-year-old daughter and I spent our final night in Edinburgh at the RL Stevenson House in mid-July. While we expected to find a residence steeped in history, we were pleasantly surprised to find this as well as a family home that was the perfect combination of welcoming and private.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Fellcitas and ushered to the second-floor twin room overlooking the Firth of Fourth. The room was quite large and well-appointed with a lovely attached bathroom boasting a powerful shower, two sinks, and comfortable beds. The home overall was decorated with a combination of antiques and items collected during the Macfie family's world travel.

Fellcitas offered several suggestions for area restaurants, scheduled our transportation to the airport, and provided us with an overview of the home's history inclusive of a brief tour. We were blown away by both her detailed knowledge of the area and her welcoming demeanor.

After a great night's sleep, we shared breakfast with John, Fellcitas, and three of their children. The children kept us in stitches. John shared insights into the inspiration behind Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde (my daughter's summer reading and the impetus for our stay), and we enjoyed a delicious breakfast including homemade jellies.

Our stay was truly the "icing on the cake" of an amazing trip to Scotland, and we would stay again without reservation.

Room Tip: The climb to the top floor was definitely worth the view!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Visitors like you really make a difference. We so enjoyed all your interest in Edinburgh and your daughter's project has hopefully been a resounding success after all our input ! You and your daughter were simply delightful guests, so please haste ye back !

Best wishes, Felicitas
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

We had a short but exceptional stay at the Stevenson House directly after our wedding a few days ago. Our hosts knew that we'd got married that day and we arrived in our en-suite rooms to find two beautiful bouquet's of flowers awaiting us along with a carefully decanted wee dram; a personal and elegant touch.

Breakfast was a delicious smorgasbord of home made marmalade, lemon curd, chutney and toasted rye bread. Cold meats, fishes, cheese, boiled eggs, cereals, fruit juice and numerous other tasty bites. All served in the large dining room which, like the rest of the house, included numerous pieces of exquisite furniture and artwork. The Macfies have excellent taste and that's reflected in every room, from the wallpaper to the book shelves bursting with classic literature.

The massive Stevenson bath and ornately carved four poster bed were a treat for us to decompress in after a hectic few days. To bathe in the same tub as used by one of our greatest authors is a magical experience. We slept extremely well and although it's a large family home, we were never disturbed by any noise. All the members of the family that we did meet were very friendly and helpful but at the same time respectful of our space, we very much enjoyed our chats with them.

The property is in Edinburgh's 'New Town' (built well over 200 years ago), so relatively close to everything you could want in a visit to the city. We'd definitely highly recommend and hope to visit again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank matt c
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Dear Matt, when you initially booked we were quite apprehensive about hosting a couple on their wedding night, this being a family b&b and filled with life and maybe not the quietest romantic spot to take your bride. But it was so lovely having you and seeing how appreciative you were of our efforts. Thank you for your kind review and keep us in mind for your anniversaries !

Best wishes, Felicitas
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

History is merged effortlessly with family life at Stevenson House and you get to be a part of it for the length of your stay. We slept in the double room with en-suite on the first floor. It was beautifully decorated, spacious and bright, very clean and confortable.
The Macfie's take great care of their guests, with special treats for breakfast, useful tips and interesting conversation. As a plus, the location is absolutely perfect for walking to the main Edinburgh attractions.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank isani n
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StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review and for your choice of words describing us. We pride ourselves on giving a very personal service and providing our guests with all the information they need to get the most out of their visit to this beautiful city.
We hope to be able to welcome you soon back to the Stevenson House.

Best wishes, Felicitas
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Property: The Stevenson House
Address: 17 Heriot Row | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6HP, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > New Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 445 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 ! ... more   less 
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