A stylish Edinburgh city centre bolthole in Scotland's capital and a delightful New England clapperboard lodge, a short stroll from the 1st tee in charming Portpatrick.

A stylish Edinburgh city centre bolthole in Scotland's capital and a delightful New England clapperboard lodge, a short stroll from the 1st tee in charming Portpatrick.

05/03/2019

Come August, the city of Edinburgh comes alive with the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Festival.  The Festival presents three weeks of world-class performers, covering theatre, dance, music and opera. No 1 Bellevue is the perfect luxury city bolthole to base yourself from. Conversely if it's relaxation you crave then head to the charming fishing village of Portpatrick. There's fishing to be had in the harbour or by chartering one of the local fishing boats and heading out into the Irish Sea for the day. Dumfries and Galloway in the south west of Scotland is the first area you reach from England. There's so much to do across the region that holiday makers will have a job packing everything in to a week. There are beautiful gardens to visit from Castle Kennedy Gardens - right on Portpatrick's doorstep and a short walk from Cedar Lodge across the golf course to the exotic gardens of Logan Botanics.

   
Bellevue

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An historic Georgian apartment in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town a short stroll from the city centre and the perfect lux pad to discover Edinburgh's creative scene by day or night.

A stay in Scotland's capital at No1 Bellevue will transport you to a whole new level of luxury whilst maintaining the independence and highest levels of privacy only a self-catering stay can provide. This gorgeous, 2 bedroom apartment, sleeping 4 is situated on the east of Edinburgh's historic Georgian New Town.  From the over-sized antique mirrors, the original flag stones in the hall, cast iron style bedsteads and curtains with swathes of fabric to the period shutters and original marble fireplaces, it is the classic Georgian New Town drawing room apartment. 

If you are looking for a bolthole, within easy walking distance of visitor attractions, shops, restaurants and bars you have arrived. Guests testimonials pay tribute to the love, care and attention that has gone into every detail of making this city apartment your perfect escape ideal for couples, friends on a city break or families with small children.

The apartment has two spacious bedrooms and can sleep four comfortably. The double bedroom has two huge windows offering peaceful and leafy garden views to the rear, as well as a stunning iron bedstead fit for Mary Poppins, with two French-style armchairs, a large antique chest of drawers and a vintage wardrobe. At the front, the bright and airy twin room has charming views over public gardens and a colonnaded neo classical church. Both rooms offer generous storage space. There is also a travel cot available as well as a chest of drawers with useful sightseeing brochures, children's books and toys to keep the little guests amused during their stay.

All the rooms lead off from the hall. On the right you will find the drawing room where there's a huge marble fireplace, two large windows with original shutters and silk brocade curtains looking onto the tree-lined, cobbled East Claremont Street. Sink into one of the two comfy sofas or two velvet armchairs and relax after a busy day's sightseeing.

The kitchen overlooks beautiful leafy gardens to the rear of the apartment with a large dining table which comfortably seats up to 6 guests and all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and gadgets you could possibly need for your stay. The kitchen is well equipped with an integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher, stainless steel oven and hob, in addition to a washing machine.

After a day exploring the city you can relax with thick, feather-filled duvets and bedspreads for the perfect night's sleep.  All linen including fluffy bath sheet sized towels and hand towels are provided for guests. Gorgeous Arran Aromatics hand pump soap and hand soap are provided in the bathroom for guests' use. The bathroom has a WC, bath and hand held shower for guests use and nostalgic tongue and groove lined walls in keeping with the period décor of the property.

Cedar Lodge

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A stylish New England clapper board style wooden lodge for magnificent sea views, open plan kitchen and the Portpatrick Golf Course on your doorstep. Stylishly refurbished throughout, Cedar Lodge offers a luxury stay and relaxing base for guests coming to the Portpatrick area. The large open plan kitchen, comfortable sitting room and spacious dining area are perfect for family gatherings. Throw open the large wall of French doors opening onto a large timber deck perfect for alfresco dining with stunning sea views. In the spacious sitting room area, there's a corner sofa, two armchairs around the electric wood burning style stove and a 40" smart television. There's every gadget you could ask for in the well equipped kirchen (all Neff appliances) with a double oven, dishwasher, gas hob, fridge-freezer and washing machine.

The house is thoughtfully stocked with Port Meirion plates, a good selection of glasswear, crockery, pots and pans, oven to tableware, knives, utensils and more. Gather round the antique restored pine dining table in the dining area, which seats 8. There are four well appointed bedrooms, three of which can either be super king size doubles or twins - depending on your requirements - and all have en suite shower rooms. The fourth bedroom has a bunk bed and an en suite bathroom. The beds have luxuriously thick feather filled duvets and pillows, crisp white linen and large fluffy bath sheets and hand towels for each guest. Entertainment is covered during your stay, the house is well equipped with Wi-Fi, a smart television, a Freeview Box with recording facilities, a DVD player, a radio with an iPod docking station, a selection of board games, books and classic films.    

Colours throughout the house are calming and it is furnished with an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture.  Outside Cedar Lodge has a flood lit timber deck, with a sturdy gate at the top of the stairs for safety, a picnic table and a hardwood garden seat - perfect for cool summer sipping or post dinner drinks.  Cedar Lodge has an enclosed garden, possibly not entirely dog/children proof but has a lawn, mature shrubs and secure on site car parking for three cars.  

Portpatrick itself is a charming fishing port - not dissimilar to a Cornish village with the focal point around the harbour and houses perched on the surrounding headland.   The village has a good selection of restaurants and pubs from Campbells, which serves excellent seafood and Knockinaam Lodge to the Fernhill and the Crown, plus there are a number of cafes and shops. 

There's an 18 hole golf course as well as a putting green, tennis courts and a pretty sandy beach.  Portpatrick is a great base for walking - from the Southern Upland Way - the start of which is in Portpatrick and many walks to choose from in the Galloway Forest Park including the challenging Merrick, the highest peak in the south of Scotland, and Cairnsmore and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, which starts just on the other side of nearby Loch Ryan. There are more leisurely ones too in the Dunskey Estate and round the cliffs from Portpatrick to Killantringan Lighthouse.

The nearest course is a few hundred yards away from Cedar Lodge.  There are other courses of note too from Stranraer, designed by James Braid to St Medan at Monreith and championship ones from Turnberry to Troon in neighbouring Ayrshire.   There's mountain biking at one of the 7Stanes mountain biking centres across Dumfries and Galloway, with Kirroughtree and Glentrool being the nearest.  

 

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