I just don't understand why there are so little reviews on this piece of gem and I am determined to spread the news about this lovely place because this place deserves all the praises that I am going to shower upon it! We stayed here for 4 nights during the Military Tattoo and were so happy with the welcome and care we received from Penny, Richard and their lovely dog, Culag. Location wise, it is so near Waverly Station and the Royal Mile. Depending on how fast your walk is, you could easily reach Waverly Station in 5 minutes! I kid you not. The National Potrait Gallery is less than 60 metres away. Don't believe me,try google maps. In a nutshell, the location is fantastic.
For breakfast, we were given a choice of fruits, porridge and full Scottish breakfast. Being Malaysians, we have quite an appetite and so we took all three and Penny made no fuss at all. There were 2 vegetarians in our party and she catered towards their needs wonderfully and even suggested a hot and spicy vegetarian piece for them (which turned to be mild for our spicy Asian tastes but absolutely delicious nonetheless). The tableware and linen were exquisite just as other reviewers have mentioned. Penny and Richard also kindly accommodated twice towards our request for an early breakfast so that we could catch our Rabbies tour and also a packed breakfast as we had to catch an early train to Inverness.
We took the family room which was so large and roomy complete with a small fridge.
Just to keep future guests informed No. 38 is located in the New Town and is below the street level. You need to go down just a flight of stairs and you will be greeted with beautiful flowers as you go down. In fact, it is the only place on that street which has so many flowers. As it is in the New Town the fares are just as competitive as the other BnB's in the area. I know as I checked close to 20 BnB's before settling on this place due to the spaciousness of the room and the friendly email exchange I had with Penny.
Penny is a warm and friendly host. Not only that she was very sincere in trying to make us feel at home. One of the examples is this : As we come from Malaysia known for its warm and humid weather, we found it difficult to cope with Edinburgh's cool climate even though it was Summer! She switched on the central heating for us to help us to cope and during breakfast suggested we take porridge as well so that it would warm us up. That definitely did the trick once we started taking porridge. Richard was just as friendly as Penny informing us of the many places we could go visit in Edinburgh.He also informed us about the mechanics of the European shower that was installed in the bedroom so that we could use it properly. The shower was fantastic and just nice all the way
This is a splendid place to stay in and I wish more people would know about this little gem! The next time you plan to stay in Edinburgh, please try out Penny Airey.
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