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Ashdene House
Ranked #116 of 395 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Ashdene House. It's a wonderful location in a neighborhood with a few minutes' walk to the bus stop. It's clear from other reviews that "walking distance" is a matter of preference. It is just under 2 miles to many of the Old Town sites, but the roads are safe and quite walkable with lots of shops and small restaurants or coffee shops to discover and explore.

Caroline was generously helpful and accommodating. The dining area for breakfast is charming and the food is good. My room on the top floor was large and comfortable.

The recommended local restaurants are quite good, though I'd add Los Argentinos (West Preston) to the list.

At the end of a long day, it was quite delightful to return to Ashdene House for a quiet evening of rest.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

I choose this place from the Tripadvisor's comments and was pleased with the results.
Although I find this is not walking distance from the City Center, the bus services are great. The House is located on a quiet street which is good when you've been walking all day and want to sleep with the window opened.
Very good breakfasts with always a nicely put together fruit cup with yogourt. Very clean, the rooms all have ensuite, although small ones, they are practical and updated.
When we came in, we were famished, the owner Caroline, called Keller's kitchen so we wait for us to show up and could have the afternoon cake and coffee.
I definitely recommend this place to stay in Edinburgh

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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ash23fhr, Owner at Ashdene House, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2013

Thank you for your review. Yes, we are lucky to have so many good eating places within 5 minutes walk, which have something on their menu to please all tastes.
And remember to book direct with Ashdene House next time to get FREE bus travel throughout Edinburgh during your stay, with Lothian Buses. www.ashdenehouse.com

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

After bouncing between multiple hotels and B&Bs in Scotland over two weeks we ended with a three night stay at the Ashdene House. This was a last minute find as everything near the city center was booked up. I Was pretty disappointed that we were not in walking distance to the attractions, but in the end it was for the best. This was the best place we stayed our whole trip. We were greeted on our arrival and taken to our room (we were in #3). This was a large room with high ceilings facing the front of the building with large bay windows. The room was immaculate and the bed was the most comfy we had found. Our host was friendly and had a wealth of knowledge. The shower was great and the internet was free and worked flawlessly. We had to park on the street, but it was not a problem at all. The best part is that they give you free bus passes for each day you stay. The stop is a block down the street and it is about a 15 minute ride to Waverley Bridge in the heart of the city. There are also several restaurants within a few blocks of the B&B including a very good Indian place (Patakas?) and a pizza place. The breakfasts were made to order and were quite good. It was also a great deal - far less than the hotels closer to the city. The distance was not a problem at all, and after seeing the crowds, congestion, and noise of the city center, it was nice to hop the bus to this quiet and quaint neighborhood. I would highly recommend this B&B.

Room Tip: #3 was a great room
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Ashdene House is the most quiet and beautifull house just a few meters from the busy streets of Edinburgh. Breakfast is good and you can almost have what ever you like - Caroline will make it :) If posible we will come back and stay more than the two nights we spend there. You easily walk to the city center from Ashdene House or take the #67 bus.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Morten A
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ash23fhr, Owner at Ashdene House, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2013

Thank you. It was lovely to meet you.
Glad you were inspired to return to Edinburgh. There's so much to see and do - 2 days are just not enough!

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My first stay at a B&B. Very much enjoyed staying here for 5 days. Breakfast was fantastic, so fresh and healthy. Quiet and private house. Location is great. I walked down into Edinburgh city, the Royal Mile area and all around every day. Good restaurants within a few blocks of Ashdene House. Yes, I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Spent the Jubilee weekend at Ashdene. Very impressed with the standard of accommodation and the cleanliness of the place. Largest bedroom we have ever stayed in, light and airy with quality fitments. The en-suite shower room was also of a generous size and was spotless. The attention to detail such as all brass fitments nicely polished shows the good standard of upkeep. Caroline was a welcoming host who was happy to answer our questions about the local area, bus routes etc. The food was delicious, only wished they did evening meals too as the standard was so good. The free bus passes for all of us everyday was a nice touch but as we like walking and it was a direct route to the city centre, we didn't need to use them and returned them back.

Would definitely recommend Ashdene House. In fact a friend of mine is going to stay there when she goes to Edinburgh for the weekend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank John S
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ash23fhr, Owner at Ashdene House, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2012

Thank you for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Ashdene House and your visit to Edinburgh.
Kind regards
Caroline

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed there for 3 nights over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, we were greeted by the smiling welcoming host ' Caroline', we found the apartment very clean & comfortable. The sitting room was spacious and the kitchen was clean and provided with facilities including breakfast for the first morning. Bathroom was very clean with ensuite facility, bed room was good sized. We felt like we were at home. The apartment Is located about 10 minutes By bus from the city centre, bus no 24 stops literally within few seconds walk from the apartment. The area is quiet, so very nice to sleep. If We visit Edinburgh again, we would be very happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Anis R
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ash23fhr, Owner at Ashdene House, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2012

Thank you for your review.
We look forward to accommodating you again soon.
If you wish to travel with friends or family, remember we can accommodate up to 4 people in the family-sized apartment (2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms).
Kind regards
Caroline

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Address: 23 Fountainhall Road, Edinburgh EH9 2LN, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
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Ranked #116 of 395 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range: $171 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ashdene House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet family-run guest house on side street, only 1 mile from city centre, offers Bed and Breakfast to tourist and business travellers. Easy access to and from the centre by bus or on foot. Numerous good local restaurants. This Edwardian town-house has been lovingly restored and decorated to very high standard. Freshly cooked or continental breakfast. Bedrooms all have en-suite facilities. Strong environmental policy. Free on-street parking. ... more   less 
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