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Rock House Stylish Self-Catering in Edinburgh

Views of Calton Hill Edinburgh from Rock House

Rock House is a unique landmark house boasting spectacular panoramic views of Edinburgh from its elevated position and is conveniently located just a few moments walk from Princes Street. The house has a fascinating history and now as a self-catering holiday let both the views and its heritage can be enjoyed by those seeking a exceptional place to stay in the city. 

Please provide a little history and tell us why this is such a unique place to stay.

The property was renovated by internationally renowned interior designer, Jonathan Reed and fashion designer Graeme Black in 2015, and opened for self-catering lets in December 2015.

Together, Graeme and Jonathan have sensitively restored the house, keeping original features, such as the inscriptions, original Delft tiles etc. Prior to Graeme and Jonathan buying the house, it was a family home.

Rock House Edinburgh

The beauty of Rock House is that it is suitable for a variety of people. Couples looking for a romantic break can enjoy  The Photographer’s Studio – with views across Edinburgh, a charming hexagonal living room complete with log burner and downstairs bedroom with four poster bed.

The house itself can sleep up to 8, 12 if you also rent the Terrace Apartment below. This has proved popular with groups celebrating birthdays and special occasions. The properties are dog-friendly and so perfect for dog lovers looking for a special break in Edinburgh. Did we mention it is only 2 minutes’ walk from Princes Street? This makes it an ideal location for a city break, and the views over Edinburgh are unparalleled. What’s not to love?

Luxury self-catering is becoming increasingly popular as an accommodation option for city breaks. Tell us how Dickins ensures their guests experience will be of a high standard. 

Dickins has been renting self-catering accommodation in Edinburgh since 1998, and so we in fact, predate Airbnb! Self-catering accommodation allows people increased flexibility, as well as enabling them to really live and feel like a local. We rent out about 80 flats year round and, during the festival, this increases to anywhere between 150 and 200 flats. We are always looking for more and always have more enquiries than we do flats, so if you would like to rent out your flat, please do get in touch!

There are certainly lots of horror stories out there with regards to Airbnb, but it does offer people a different way to travel. Dickins benefits both owners and visitors, as we personally visit each and every one of our flats, manage changeovers, housekeeping and add an extra level of security – something that people find to be a great comfort. After all, as we say, why leave your holiday in the hands of someone you just met online? We are always here to speak to visitors, offer them advice and find the right flat for them. Whether guests are looking for a historic Edinburgh property like Rock House, a Georgian townhouse or a modern apartment at Quartermile, we are here to help.

Bedroom at Rock House

Please provide your top tips for guests to make the most of their stay at Rock House.

The kitchen in the main house is just gorgeous – perfect for dinner parties! We work with a number of suppliers, and everyone that books Rock House receives a copy of our very special, Little Orange Book. Through this, visitors can arrange private chefs, tours, transport, personal training, and, of course, arrange to have the kitchen stocked with food and wine to enjoy during your stay.

The open fires are just divine. To light a fire, snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy a glass of wine while admiring fantastic views is sheer bliss.

Part of the magic of Rock House is its history, of course. By finding out a bit more about the property, you will truly get a sense of its historical importance. Stepping into the house is like walking back in time – only that you are surrounded by modern luxuries.

Photography duo, David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson lived in the property and the interior designers have ensured that there are reproductions of Hill and Adamson prints throughout the property. The originals can be seen at the National Gallery, just down the road and we suggest that you make the most the most of this opportunity.

Please provide your top tips for guests to make the most of the beautiful Scottish capital.

As with all Dickins properties, we provide a special ‘Insider Guide’. This is a whole folder of restaurant recommendations, area descriptions, guides to local independent shops and much, much more! Our guests love this guide and we often comment on how it made their holiday.

Personally, we love The Printing Press in the newly refurbished George Hotel and Pickles Wine Bar on Broughton Street. Stockbridge Market on a Sunday is fabulous and there are some gorgeous cafes and shops in that area too. In the Summer months, we would definitely recommend a visit to Jupiter Artland and in the Winter, there’s nothing that beats a hot chocolate in Mary’s Milk Bar.

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