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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 09/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#54 of 413 in Edinburgh
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A very central family home which welcomes you at all times of the year.Experience Edinburgh like a local,walk to the sights and let us help you make the most of your visit.Especially suited for family vacations as we have active children ourselves.French,German & Afrikaans, Literature and History spoken.An atmospheric,multicultural experience in the childhood home of R L Stevenson awaits you !
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Alex wrote a review Oct 2021
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We had a really nice stay at the house, we've never stayed at such an interesting BnB! As well as being great, accomodating hosts, John and Felicitas were lovely company and told us all about the history of the house and the area. Would definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Charlie M wrote a review Jul 2021
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The Stevenson House is absolutely stunning - a classic and beautifully decorated New Town house in the perfect position to explore Edinburgh. John, Felicitas and their family could not have done more to make us feel welcome. They even gave us some bubbly so celebrate the first night of our honeymoon. The bedroom was very comfortable, not least the incredibly deep bath. Thank you, John and Felicitas!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Kirstin Z wrote a review Mar 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom3 contributions
As a little girl brought up on a Pacific island (PNG) who loved RLS books; first his children's stories and later his travel writing, this visit was so special. I usually treat myself to a week off for my birthday to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In August 2020, as the festival went online (due to COVID-19) I decided to spend a night at the RLS House, and watch some of the sessions there. I was welcomed with a glass of white wine, and after a chat with the the host, left to take up residence in the library, a room filled with books and art. The house offers two rooms to let: the master bedroom once used by Robert Louis’ parents, which features a huge four-poster bed, and the twin bedroom on the second floor overlooking the Firth of Forth, once used by Stevenson’s beloved nurse, Cummy. I chose to stay in her old room, where, like much of the house, the decoration is eclectic. There is a large, ornate 19th-century German wardrobe, artefacts accumulated during the the host's wife's life in South Africa, and two beautiful wooden beds covered with snug purple blankets, perfect for chilly east-coast summers, when the haar creeps in off the sea. There was an on-suite bathroom, and a bookshelf full of Stevenson's books to read in bed. Breakfast at the property was continental: a half-moon of ripe camembert, charcuterie and cured salmon, thin rectangles of toasted rye and sesame seed toast (home-made, as is the jam). There was only one other guest, and I joined them. It's that kind of place. The historical charm is undeniable, but underpinning it all is the warmth of a big family home.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Carmen wrote a review Oct 2020
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What a pleasant stay. All people in Stevenson house gave me a memorable experience, I am looking forward to come back again! Food, books, tasteful decoration, paintings etc... All of them are wonderful!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled
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V_KeenTraveller wrote a review Mar 2020
Durban42 contributions22 helpful votes
Perfectly located in New Town opposite Queen Street gardens, just a brief walk from the city centre, this beautiful period home is a wonderful B&B option with a personal touch. I stayed in a spacious twin bedroom which is very comfortable and well appointed with a desk, large wardrobe and chest of drawers and has views of New Town rooftops right to the Firth of Forth.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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L Holliday wrote a review Feb 2020
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Staying at the Stevenson house truly made our few days in Edinburgh a memorable, wonderful experience. The MacFie family were truly fantastic hosts and we loved getting to know them and learning from them about Edinburgh and the house. Our young kids were entranced by our lovely hosts and their home. We would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a truly special travel experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from John Macfie, Owner at The Stevenson House
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Thank you for the kind words: it was a delight to have you and your family to stay. I hope we may see you back again soon.
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i&R wrote a review Jan 2020
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Three pleasant things: - warm, inviting and committed family. - historical house with good and calm accommondation. - just a few blocks from attractions, shoppings and restaurants. We say Thank You!!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from StevensonHouse, Owner at The Stevenson House
Responded Jan 13, 2020
We are really glad you so enjoyed yoour visit to Edinburgh and your stay with us. Haste ye back!
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Katriona Berkelouw wrote a review Oct 2019
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Our family stayed at The Stevenson House towards the end of our holiday to Scotland. Without doubt it was a major highlight of our stay. The Macfies were such kind, warm and generous hosts. We felt so happy and comfortable in their magical home and our little children were not just welcomed but made to feel special. We learnt so much about Edinburgh from our hosts - it was an enchanting and beautiful place to stay - thank you Macfie family for the privilege of staying in your incredible home - 5 stars to you!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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khacpt wrote a review Oct 2019
Hout Bay, South Africa4 contributions4 helpful votes
We had the great pleasure of spending our first 5 day visit to this wonderful city, living in the original home of the illustriuous author RL Stevenson. The presentday owners the Macfie family were so hospitable and engaging making us feel our stay in their home so welcome. Of course we explored the city and its surroundings with the help of the advice by Mrs Macfie. Her in depth historical knowledge of minutest details was impressive and helped us to get a real feel of the sites we visited. We so enjoyed our visit to the nearby famous university seaside town of St Andrews with its beautiful golf course. On another day we visited the ancient ruins of Tantallon Castle, how did not envy the people how they must have lived there! A memorable visit which will make Edinburgh and the Macfie home a firm favourite destination for us hopefully soon.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled
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mtmc5 wrote a review Aug 2019
Huntsville, Utah56 contributions23 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at the RLS house. We had both rooms they offer because we brought our college-age daughter with us. The rooms were spacious with big en suite bathrooms. We also appreciated the use of the drawing-room where we could read or catch up on the day. The decor was antiques similar to what RSL would've had in the home. Our room was full of beautiful portraits and great art was displayed throughout the home, including a beautiful David Martin portrait of the hostess. Jon and Felicitas McFie were friendly hosts and articulate conversationalists. We enjoyed our discussions about RSL and the city. We appreciated the nice, varied German-style breakfast complete with cold cuts, salmon, cheeses, eggs, homemade jam, hot herbal tea, and more. They even got up early to accommodate our schedule on the last day, which we told them was unnecessary. After reading the other reviews, I think it's important to go with an understanding that you are staying with a family in their home, hence the comment about non-traditional B&B. We did have laundry hanging in the Master Bathroom, but it was on levers up high and not in our way or noticeable. Our room was up a flight of stairs and our daughter's room was on the third floor, so consider this if mobility is an issue. The family was very friendly. We enjoyed conversations with their children and family friends. It was an immersive Scottish experience. So, if you don't want to mingle with the hosts (and they're tour guides by profession who offer helpful tips and great restaurant advice like Chez Jules) then this may not be the experience for you, but we enjoyed being embraced into a family setting. This was a great experience and we’d recommend it!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Stevenson House
Which popular attractions are close to The Stevenson House?
Nearby attractions include Escape Hunt Edinburgh (0.3 miles), Exit Plan Edinburgh (0.2 miles), and Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe (0.3 miles).
What food & drink options are available at The Stevenson House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Stevenson House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Table, Purslane Restaurant, and One20 Wine Cafe.
Is The Stevenson House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Edinburgh.
Are there any historical sites close to The Stevenson House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse (1.1 miles), The Real Mary King's Close (0.6 miles), and Edinburgh Vaults (0.7 miles).