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The Best Place to Spend Christmas in Edinburgh

The Photographer's Studio, Rock House (Edinburgh)

Still haven’t decided what to do for Christmas this year? Well not to worry, we have a few great suggestions for you! What about staying in the centre of Edinburgh in a charming place full of character that scores very high on the hygge (cosiness) scale?

We have the answer. We let a trio of fabulous self catering homes on Calton Hill: Rock House, The Terrace Apartment and The Photographer’s Studio. With the obligatory fireplaces/wood burners, comfy sofas and that homely feel they have great potential for a lovely Christmas away from home. Let’s take a closer look at this trio one by one.

Rock House


Sleeps 8 (2 doubles & 2 twins)

This historic house that was built in 1750 plays an important role in early photography and just has that wow factor. In 1843, Rock House was owned and lived in by pioneer photographers, Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill. In 2015 the house was restored and refurbished by Studio Reed, who did an excellent job modernising the house whilst preserving that special feel of previous times.

Christmas in Edinburgh

Rock House is set over two floors and the best and most original place in Edinburgh for a fun family Christmas or a Christmas with a group of friends. The open plan kitchen/diner with an original Aga lends itself well to dinner parties or Christmas Day lunches. You’ve got wonderful views of the city and it’s only a few minutes away from Princes Street and shops, cafes and restaurants.


The Terrace Apartment


Sleeps 4 (1 double & 1 twin)

This unique and delightful apartment actually makes up the bottom floor of the Rock House. It’s called The Terrace Apartment because you step out on a beautiful terrace with views of the city when you leave the property. It’s decorated in the same style as the rest of the Rock House – to a very high standard that is. The living room is the heart of this place, and the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones. And just wait until you see the coffin bath!

Christmas in Edinburgh

The kitchen is fully equipped in case you’d like to cook your own Christmas Day lunch, but you’re also right in the city centre and near a whole range of fabulous places to try out if you don’t feel like cooking! Why don’t you have a read through our blog post Best Places in Edinburgh for Christmas Day Lunch for some ideas?


The Photographer’s Studio


Sleeps 2 (1 double)

This ogee-roofed little house has to be one of the most romantic places to stay in Edinburgh. The Photographer’s Studio is next to the Rock House, behind the same beautiful iron gate as the two other properties. This place is both quirky and stylish at the same time, truly unique!

Christmas in Edinburgh

On the bottom floor you have a beautiful four poster bed as well as the bathroom. Climb the beautifully curved stairs and you’ll see the loveliest room that is octagonal in shape and has a domed ceiling – such a special room that lends itself so well to an intimate drink in front of a warming fire.


Christmas in Edinburgh is magical and we love everything about it; the bustling Christmas market and the smell of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, our beautiful old buildings adorned with Christmas lights and the delicious food of course!

If you’d like to experience this first hand and stay in one of these fabulous properties give us a call on 0131 558 1108!


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