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Romantic and very special, The Photographer's Studio is as magical as a little folly gets. With its ogee roof and charm all of its own, it sits on the site of Hill and Adamson's original photography studio. You'll never want to leave! Read the full description »

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Sleeps 2
1 Double
1 Shower


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At Dickins, the longer you stay the less you pay. We offer a 20% discount when you book for between 4 and 10 weeks and a 25% discount when you book for 10 weeks or longer. These discounts are calculated when you select your dates.

Our seasons are:

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The Photographer's Studio at Rock House is a magical Edinburgh landmark home with a fascinating history. Rock House is known as the most important address in photography because from 1843 to 1847, Rock House was the home and studio of pioneering photographers, Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill. Together, they are widely credited with having established the use of photography as an art form and no conversation about the history of photography can take place without reference to them. They used the garden and terrace at Rock House when creating photographs as they needed sunlight for the calotype process. Major collections of their work are held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Getty Museum. 

Rock House is extremely private, being accessed through a rather magical ornate wrought iron gate on Calton Hill. The views from The Photographer's Studio are very special. In 2015, Rock House was refurbished by Studio Reed ans they restored the house with great sensitivity and style. It's stunning environment. 

The Photographer's Studio is an absolutely charming folly building within the garden of Rock House an sitting on the site of Hill and Adamson's original photographic studio. 

The carefully considered traditional exterior, designed by Edinburgh architects Groves-Raines in 2000, has a refined ogee roof and ingenious interior. Once inside The Photographer's Studio it's almost impossible to believe that you are less than two minutes from Princes Street.

You climb a tiny wooden staircase into what must be the most romantic and charming room in Edinburgh. The room is octagonal in shape with a domed ceiling and there are three windows all with stunning views. There are window seats under the windows giving a heavenly place to sit and watch the world go by. There's a wood burning stove, sofa and chairs, a dining table and TV. With the fire lit, you may never want to leave. The kitchen is cleverly designed to fit within cupboards which can be open and on display or closed up and hidden. There is a full sized oven but light meals are probably practical, and with the wide range of restaurants on the doorstep, you’re spoiled for choice with options for eating out.

The double bedroom is on the lower floor of the studio, along with a lovely shower room, accessible from the hallway.

The Photographer's Studio is as romantic as it gets. Magical memories will be made here.

It is available for self-catering holiday lets, the Edinburgh Festival and city and weekend breaks.

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Guest Comments

"We've had a really enjoyable stay in Edinburgh and Rock House Studio has ticked all the boxes. Thank you for recommending it". Liz M

"Beautiful cottage, lovely decor and such a cozy stay. Very memorable New Year 2017. Thank you! Ruth K

"Thoroughly enjoyed our time in The Photographer's Studio. Thank you!" Henry K

"We stayed in the Photographer's Studio on our wedding weekend and it couldn't have been more perfect. The studio is right in the middle of Edinburgh but it still feels very secluded and you're surrounded by greenery which I love. The studio in itself was so charming and quaint and very romantic! After getting married at the register office we came back, opened a bottle of bubbles and relaxed in front of the fire – a perfect moment! The bed was incredibly comfortable and we slept so well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Photographer's Studio for a wedding stay or any other occasion!" - Nina A

"A pre-Christmas break in Edinburgh was made extra special when we stayed at The Photographer's Studio. A wonderfully romantic spot, beautifully decorated and the bed was heaven! I would love to come back sometime and stay in Rock House itself but the Studio will always be a very special memory for us". - Gary S

"We want to thank you and the entire crew at Dickins; we loved our stay at the Photographer’s Studio and have recommended it (and Dickins) to friends here in Santa Fe and elsewhere! Thank you!" - Kristina M

"The studio is simply stunning, all of it!" - Ryan H

"The decor is cosy and very pretty. Perfect little home for two". - Alex D

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Property Features


Property Equipment

Hair Dryer
Cot/Travel Cot
High Chair
Ironing Facilities
TV with Freeview
Duvets - Feather
Pillows - Feather

Kitchen Amenities

Electric/Induction Hob
Microwave Convection

Distinctive Qualities

Great Location
Amazing Views
Architectural Details
A Sense Of Style

Local Area Facilities

Lovely Walks Closeby
Cycle Paths
Major Attractions
Museum/Art Galleries
Local Supermarket
Railway Station


Babies Welcome (0-1)
Dogs Welcome

At Dickins, the longer you stay the less you pay. We offer a 20% discount when you book for between 4 and 10 weeks and a 25% discount when you book for 10 weeks or longer. These discounts are calculated when you select your dates.

Our seasons are generally as follows:

  • Low Season: January, February and November
  • Mid Season: March to July, September, October and most of December
  • High Season: the July/August Festival Fringe period and New Year

Home Truths

Home Truths

For cooking there is an oven, two ring hob, fridge and sink. There is limited storage. It's possible to cook simple meals, but a Sunday roast, for instance, may be too much.

Weekly bookings in The Photographer's Studio Studio start on Fridays.

If you need to use the cot and highchair during your stay, please let us know at the time of booking.

This is a dog friendly property. An additional £15/week charge is made if you are bringing a dog and a larger deposit will be taken to cover any breakages/damages or extra cleaning.

As this is a dog friendly home, if you are an allergy sufferer, please let us know at the time of booking, so that we can check if there have been any dogs staying in this home recently.

For larger parties, Rock House (sleeps 8) and The Terrace Apartment (sleeps 4) can be booked together with The Photographer's Studio depending on availability.

There are around 40 steps to climb to reach the house so please take note if you have issues with stairs.

Dickins Cancellation Policy

24 hour cool-off period: Providing you book more than fourteen days before the start of your stay, you can cancel your booking within 24 hours of making it and we will refund 100% of any charges.

Cancelling after the booking is confirmed: Once a confirmation of booking has been issued to you via email by Dickins, you are responsible for the total price detailed. If you need to cancel, Dickins will try to relet the period for you and if they are successful, you will be reimbursed with the value of the relet less a £75 + VAT charge. If they are not able to relet the period, you will be responsible for the full rental cost. It may be a good idea to make sure you have travel insurance which covers cancellation.

Further Questions? Have a look at our FAQS page for answers to common questions