What The Dickins: A Tale Of Edinburgh City

The Dickins Team – Colette Adamson


Here at Dickins, we like to welcome new staff with a blog interview to get to know them a little. As we only started doing this a year ago, we have some key team members who we haven’t interviewed yet. So we would like to introduce you to Colette Adamson, our Office Manager and Personal Assistant to our Managing Director, Louise.

Colette is South African and has been with us for over a year and a half now. She has her ear to the ground with everything going on in the office, working very closely with Louise to ensure the business is running smoothly.

 What is an interesting fact about you?

I backpacked and travelled for about eight years, working in most countries I travelled to. I have had the opportunity to do so many different things! My favourite job has to be a summer job I had working at Edinburgh Zoo. I helped care for the animals and even presented the shows!

Wow, you’ve travelled a lot! What made you decide to settle in Edinburgh of all places?

My visa ran out in Australia and I had to return to the UK to renew it, I came to stay in Edinburgh with friends for a week and loved the city so much I just never left! I have been in Edinburgh for nearly 16 years now, in fact, my 16th anniversary is only two months away.

Dickins Edinburgh

What do you enjoy most about your job at Dickins?

Being a part of a growing family business is very fulfilling. I get to look after some of the most lovely homes in Edinburgh and welcome guests from all over the world to our beautiful city.

What are your three favourite Dickins properties and why?


1a Carlton Street – Super cosy and comfy with a private outdoor patio, I really could see myself living here.

93/6 Morrison Street – modern and sleek, close to the EICC, a great base to explore the city.


63/3 Montpelier Park – The owners recently refurbished the home to a great standard with loads of care and even had a cabin bed built in the second bedroom. It’s not just enjoyable for kids, I love this bed too.

You’ve also worked with a few property companies in the past, what sets Dickins apart?

The other property companies have been specifically for long term rentals, but we aren’t limited by that and Dickins offers a great hands on approach to management. We’re a friendly team that always work well together and supports each other. Our homes are well decorated, super comfy and homely. it is special looking after such lovely homes!

How would you spend an ideal day in the city of Edinburgh?

I’d head for a Breakfast at Nobles in Leith for one of their amazing Bloody Mary’s! Only a short walk from my flat and dog friendly, It’s ideal for me and my dog. From there I’d take a walk along the Water of Leith into town to meet up with friends for a spot of shopping. There are so many dog friendly stores; Anthropologie, Khiels and John Lewis to name a few and the list is growing. To finish off the day I’d head home via Bross Bagels for one of their famous Ruebens!

Nobles Breakfast

What are a few of your favourite places in the city?

The Pitt – A growing collection of street food trucks and stalls with live music, and a great selection of drinks too. It’s another spot I can take my dog for a relaxed afternoon with friends.


The Water of Leith walkway and cycling paths throughout the city, I like any open green spaces and beaches really!

Since you clearly love Edinburgh, we have to wonder if you have another favourite city after Edinburgh?

Cape Town, South Africa, the energy and beauty of the city is one of a kind.

And finally, What is your guilty pleasure?

Friday 3P parties; Pizza, Prosecco and Pyjamas! Need I say more…

A big thanks to Colette for taking time out of your busy day for us to learn a little more about you.


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