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    Guest Houses: Caledonian Guest House

    Awarded a 4 star diamond award by the prestigious Automobile Association (AA) Accommodation Guide, NB's Guest House is considered to be excellent by the Scottish Tourist board - not to mention by our wonderful guests, many of whom are already back for their third or forth visit.

    The accommodation comprises:

    There are bedrooms on the ground, first and second floors. The first floor has the grand old drawing room which many years ago previous owners converted into two rooms but the wonderful cornice was thankfully retained. The top floor, where the maids and cooks would have slept, is also now comfortable bedrooms. The butler would have slept in the coach house with the horses at the rear of the house, but unfortunately this must have been sold a long time ago.

    The entire house has modern central heating so is always warm; very important in our chilly winters!

    Our aim is to make your stay as enjoyable and of course as comfortable as possible. Most of our rooms have en-suite facilities or a bathroom directly outside the room and new huge queen size beds.

    All rooms have Freeview televisions with over 100 channels to choose from, as well as coffee/Tea/Biscuits - and do not worry about packing a hairdryer or iron as we can lend you these when you get here.

    We have a variety of rooms: twin, double, triple and family plus our lovely four-poster room, for those more romantic breaks!

    About the proprietors
    Ross and Lorna own and run NB's. They bought the house in 2001 and have worked hard to establish NB's as the prefered place to stay by hundreds of visitors to Scotland's Capital, with many already returning three or four times.

    They have a daughter Maxine who is ten and a recently arrived baby son Lachlan! In addition a friendly old cat called "Sunny". The cat is not allowed in the main house during breakfast times, but is often to be found sleeping on the front door mat later in the day!

    We recognise that before a days busy sightseeing and shopping, the only way to start the day is with a great breakfast!

    Our extensive menu caters for all, offering a wide choice of traditional and Scottish flavours, including warming Porridge, tasty kippers and the awesome Scottish cooked!!!

    We also cater for vegetarians, always ensuring seperate utensils and cooking pots are used.

    You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of our traditional Victorain dining room, with original wooden floors and ornate cornicing.

    Special Offers
    3 nights for the price of 2 all week.
    Subject to availabilty and not applicable during peak Season periods.

    For return guests we will give you the last night free & a free bottle of bubbly!!!!
    (Subject to seasonal variations)

    About the location (Merchiston, Edinburgh)

    The house is situated in a residential area adjacent to Lothian road - a district of Edinburgh that is home to a number of restaurants, bars, hotels and theatres. With Princes Street just a few minutes further away, and Edinburgh Castle dominating the local skyline, NB's Guest House really couldn't be more convenient for visitors wanting to fully experience Edinburgh at its historic and vibrant best.

    However, should you wish for a change of pace, we are only 100 metres from the old Union Canal. A much loved relic from Scotland's proud industrial past and now a haven for wildlife, you can walk or cycle along the banks of the canal for miles or even take a ride on a traditional longboat.

    (Map and information about the location)


    The house was built in the late 1800's and has four floors. The old original kitchens in the basement are now our living quarters. The dumb waiter shaft, where the food was sent up by the cooks from downstairs to the dining room, is still there although we do not think it is operational. The ground floor dining room has been restored as best we could to the original Victorian style although our candle lights have bulbs now rather than oil lamps!


    • 4 Star diamond award by Automobile Association (AA)
    • Coffee/Tea/Biscuits in all rooms
    • Freeview TV & remote in all rooms
    • Hairdryers & irons available
    • Most rooms with en-suite
    • Queen sized beds
    • Central heated throughout
    • Four poster room
    • Full Scottish breakfast or continental breakfasts available
    • Internet access
    • Ornate cornicing & original features
    • Scottish Tourist board rated excellent


    Please note that immediately after confirming your booking, a further deposit equivalent to 1 night's duration is payable directly to the property managers.

    The remaining balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival or immediately if within this period.

    Please note that a Security Deposit is required before the property host will provide you with the key safe code to your apartment.

    Upon your arrival, please visit the property host's office (address will be provided after confirmation) to pay the security deposit via chip and pin. The security deposit required is 50% of your total booking or up to a maximum of 500. Once the apartment has been checked providing nothing is damaged, the security deposit will be refunded back onto the card and this can take up to 10 business days to return to your account (however some banks may vary).

    Charges to the security deposit will only be made in the event of apartments not being left by guests as required as per Check Out requirements and the Host's Terms & Conditions, loss or damage to the apartment, rubbish and empties being left in the apartment or disturbance reported by any neighbours.

    PLEASE NOTE that if fire extinguishers are found to have been released without due reason by guests during their stay, a penalty of 175 per fire extinguisher will be AUTOMATICALLY DEDUCTED from your security deposit.

    Please also note that guests who smoke in the apartment will also be charged 200.

    Should you have to cancel your booking for any reason, please note that any monies paid to date are non-refundable. We do advise all of our guests to take some form of travel or holiday insurance to cover your trip, just in case a cancellation does occur.

    The apartment has one set of keys. Extra sets can usually be made available for a small charge.

    Strictly non-smoking.

    All credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% charge.

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