Rock House is a spectacular Edinburgh landmark home with a fascinating history, style, location and views over the city. And now, for the first time, it can be your Edinburgh home from home.

Available for self-catering holidays, Rock House is available as a whole (sleeps up to 14), or separately as Rock House (sleeps 8), The Terrace Apartment (sleeps 4) or The Photographer’s Studio (sleeps 2).

The panoramic views from the house and gardens are incredible, and yet, the property is only two minutes from Princes Street and the centre of Edinburgh.

In 2015, Rock House was bought by internationally renowned interior designer, Jonathan Reed and fashion designer, Graeme Black. Together, they have restored the house with great sensitivity and style.

Rock House

(sleeps 8)

 

The Terrace Apartment

(sleeps 4)

 

The Photographer’s Studio

(sleeps 2)

 


Rock House

(sleeps 8)
2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Twin Bedrooms
1 Bathroom with Shower, 2 Shower Rooms
  • A fascinating history
  • Stunning views from every window
  • Unrivalled location – 2 minutes from Princes Street
  • Private garden with stunning views of Calton Hill
  • A rare sense of style
  • Bespoke Rock House Insider Guide to Edinburgh
  • Antique Furniture
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen digital TV
  • 400 thread count linen
  • Hot water bottles
  • Open Fire
  • Games including Edinburgh Cluedo
  • Dog friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Travel cot (by request)
  • Highchair (by request)
  • Children’s crockery and toys

In 1843, Rock House was owned by the Scottish photography pioneer, Robert Adamson. Adamson formed a partnership with the artist David Octavius Hill and together, they began to utilise the newly invented Calotype photographic process. The pair is widely credited with having established the use of photography as an art form.

Rock House is a very special secret. To enter the property, pass through a beautiful wrought-iron gate and climb a set of steps. When you reach the top, you’ll have a sense of excitement at what’s to come as you walk past a well-tended vegetable garden and into the house. The elevated position of the house means that the views over Edinburgh are incredible and the house is totally private and not overlooked. The entrance porch takes you directly out to the private garden with a view of the Dugald Stewart Monument.

The house feels special and you can sense the history and age of the property. In the master bedroom, a signature dated 1795 is etched onto a pane of glass – just another example of the sensitivity with which the house has been restored. The interiors, designed by Studio Reed are beautiful, with relaxed comfort in mind. This is a home from home where you’ll have a perfect slumber and wake up to spectacular city views.

On the lower floor, you’ll find the wonderful kitchen – complete with an Aga and a dining table to seat 10 to 12. You will also find a beautiful sitting room with views to the garden, twin bedroom, a shower room and the utility room. Upstairs, there is the master double bedroom, a further twin bedroom and a charming double bedroom with a built-in cabin bed. There is also a shower room and a bathroom with a shower over the bath.

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The Terrace Apartment

(sleeps 4)
1 Double Bedroom, 1 Twin Bedroom
1 Bathroom with Bath and Shower
  • A fascinating history
  • Stunning views
  • Unrivalled location
  • Private terrace with stunning views
  • A rare sense of style
  • Bespoke Rock House Insider Guide to Edinburgh
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen digital TV
  • 400 thread count linen
  • Hot water bottles
  • Dog friendly
  • Games including Edinburgh Cluedo
  • Child friendly
  • Travel cot (by request)
  • Highchair (by request)
  • Children’s crockery and toys

The Terrace Apartment is captivating and special. To enter the property, pass through a beautiful wrought-iron gate and climb a set of steps. On reaching your private terrace, you’ll be delighted by breathtaking views of Edinburgh and beyond. It certainly is quite the place to sit with a cup of tea in the morning, or a glass of champagne in the afternoon!

Once inside, The Terrace Apartment feels utterly captivating. The interiors, designed by internationally acclaimed Studio Reed, are beautiful and have been designed with relaxed comfort in mind.

The Terrace Apartment is certainly a home from home where we are sure that you will have a perfect slumber. The views from the windows overlook the terrace, and the bedrooms are comfortable and luxurious.

The sitting room is charming, complete with comfy sofas and a dining table to seat 4. A window separates the living room from the kitchen, which is fully equipped for cooking and dining at home. In addition, there is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and an incredible bathroom – with an original bath big enough to swim in – and a separate standalone shower.

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The Photographer’s Studio

(sleeps 2)
1 Double Bedroom 1 Shower Room
  • A fascinating history
  • Stunning views from every window
  • Unrivalled location
  • Private patio
  • A rare sense of style
  • Bespoke Rock House Insider Guide to Edinburgh
  • Wood burning stove
  • Free WiFi
  • Flat screen digital TV
  • 400 thread count linen
  • Hot water bottles
  • Games including Edinburgh Cluedo
  • Dog friendly
  • Baby friendly
  • Travel cot (by request)
  • Highchair (by request)

The Photographer’s Studio not only charming and very romantic but steeped in history. The elevated position of Rock House enabled Hill & Adamson to make use of the abundant natural light and photograph a range of subjects; from ordinary people to the glitterati of Edinburgh society, and from architecture to the Newhaven fishing community. Rock House continued as a photographic studio for over a century, passing through the hands of several prominent photographers including Archibald Burns and Francis Caird Inglis.

To enter the property, pass through a beautiful wrought-iron gate and climb a set of steps. When you reach the top you’ll have a sense of excitement at what’s to come as you see a little folly building on your left with an ogee roof. Outside, there is a small private terrace, ideal for dining alfresco or enjoying a glass of champagne.

Inside, it is as charming as it gets. The Photographer’s Studio sits on the site of Adamson’s and Hill’s original photographic studio.

The double bedroom is on the lower floor of the studio, along with a shower room, accessible from the hallway. Climb a little staircase up to the upper floor. What a room! With a vaulted ceiling, the hexagonal room boasts a wood burning stove and a sofa, perfect for curling up on. The space is very cleverly designed with a kitchen concealed behind cupboards which can be left open or closed. A window seat provides panoramic views of Edinburgh while three windows bathe the living area in light.

The Photographer’s Studio will certainly ensure that you leave Edinburgh with magical memories.

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Rock House is unique with a fascinating history. Once lived in by, and studio of famous photographers Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, Rock House is the home of modern photography.

The location is spectacular and the property has unrivalled views of Edinburgh. It feels very private and yet, sits only two minutes from Princes Street. Access to the house is completely private and the house is surrounded by gardens and terraces.

The views from the house are simply breathtaking. The garden sits underneath the Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill and, due to the elevated location, you truly feel part of the magnificent Edinburgh cityscape.

In 2015, Rock House was bought by internationally renowned interior designer, Jonathan Reed and fashion designer, Graeme Black. Together, they have restored the house with great sensitivity and style.

Rock House is a brilliant location for photoshoots or film shoots. It is also available for private hire for small, exclusive events. Please email enquiries@dickins.co.uk for more information.


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