Ewan and his wife are extremely nice hosts and they have a lovely house just outside of Edinburgh. The house is about a 2-3 min walk to the bus stop, which takes you non-stop (bus #3) into downtown Edinburgh (South Bridge stop) in about 35 mins. You can walk into Dalkeith in 5 mins to a nice Indian restaurant, and others farther down, maybe 10-12 mins. We had the "small family room" with a bed, bunk beds, and bathroom. A kettle was provided and coffee, tea, sugar, and cookies (biscuits, which were refreshed every day). The breakfasts were amazing! Fresh fruit daily, great coffee or tea, and a selection of at least 5 different breakfasts. I never thought I would eat fish for breakfast, but it is a Scottish thing to do, so we tried, and I'm glad that we did. The oat-encrusted herring was good, and my girls very much enjoyed the salmon. On our last day we had a special treat (not normally offered) of a haddock fish cake (with potatoes and leeks)--and it was nothing short of outstanding!
The owners (and their two dogs) were very nice. Ewan communicated quickly via e-mail during the booking phase, and they are easy to find with a GPS. They take credit cards, so no worries there.
My only recommendation would be to get WiFi in the upstairs rooms. You can get it in the breakfast room, but not upstairs (due to the construction of the house). I know that Ewan tried before, and spent hundreds of Pounds but a router blew-out on him. My only recommendation would be to try again. That aside, it would not keep me from strongly recommending Rathan House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BUS ( no. 3) to Edinburgh Royal Mile - 24 hra ( every 7 mins weekdays) from Rathan House driveway. Cost £1.50/ bus journey.Family Rooms - 2 doubles 3 twin 1 single 1 ( all ensuite)Airport ( 12 miles...95% dual carriageway) 16 minutesFamily holiday oriented upmarket Scottish Tourist Board quality rated 4 star guesthouse - with Parking in the Grounds - set in the leafy Eskbank conservation area with large sheltered peaceful 3/4 acres beautiful walled garden - with a croquet lawn. In an ideal location for park and ride to Edinburgh Scotland. . 7 all en-suite rooms with great memory foam medium firm mattresses. 1 very large and 1 smaller family room. 3 doubles and 1 twin . Near to Dalhousie Castle, Roslin Chapel, Dalkeith palace Adventure Playground and Country park & The Butterfly Farm. Well behaved dogs welcome. 13 Miles from Edinburgh Airport - along A720 (dual carriageway) making Dalkeith a great base for getting quickly to and from the airport for an Edinburgh fly/drive visit. It is also true that the road route into/out of Edinburgh is quicker than from any other direction. There are 6 restaurants/pubs within 2-5 min walk. 1 excellent - ITIHAAS - is 140 yds away. Bus runs every 10 mins to central Edinburgh from stop 30 meters from the driveway. Edinburgh Airport is a 14 minutes drive - 90% of which is dual carriageway...which makes Dalkeith a great base for Flydrive Edinburgh visits. Breakfasts:-Edwardian/ Highland in style - 10 cooked options including 5 seafood dishes - 3 courses - the opposite of an Ulster Fry. Signature dish - "Spealtragan" which few will have tasted. Curious? Let the fairy pipers DE-STRESS you at Rathan House in Eskbank! Dalkeith EH22 3BH ... more less
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