When we arrived mid-afternoon, it was very cold (to a couple of Southerners anyway) and we were greeted warmly with a hot cuppa and some cookies. That relaxation while our bags went to our room and while host Gareth talked us through the local map was the perfect welcome. We were disposed to adore the place after that, and nothing disappointed.
The room was large, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Tea service is included, and there was a large en suite bathroom with tub and separate sinks (I can't remember the number, but we were in a room on the bottom floor, furthest from the stairs). There was a TV with DVD player, and a DVD library upstairs if you wished for a quiet break. The room was exceptionally quiet - we thought we must have been alone in the building, and were very surprised when the breakfast room was full in the morning. Never heard a peep from other guests.
Breakfast was wonderful - it is served in a large room with bay window, and there are several good options to choose from. I repeatedly chose the smoked Scottish salmon bagel because the salmon was perfect, my husband loves a full Scottish breakfast and had that each morning (I did have it once as well - everything was great).
Fraoch House is in a great location - it is not right in the old town area, and it is a bit of a walk to that area, but it is very close to the Calton Hill monuments (a must see - the best view in the city) and is within an easier walk along the lovely Leith Water Walk down to the Leith shore area. That area has the Royal Yacht Britannia adjacent to a giant mall and some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh (especially seafood) down by the water. Try the Ship on the Shore - it was fantastic, especially the fried goat cheese with sweet chili sauce. There is a bus stop directly across from Fraoch House where several different buses stop, heading in many directions, so it made getting around the city very easy. The day pass on the buses is a great value, and even 1 ride if you get tired and just want a ride back is reasonable.
All told, this B&B is well worth it - price was great for how large, comfortable and clean/beautiful the room was, not to mention the fantastic breakfast, wonderful hospitality, great suggestions from Gareth for food, pubs and sights, and the great location with easy access to multiple areas. I would highly recommend a stay here, and I hope to be back very soon. I've been to Edinburgh several times, and have found my permanent place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Fraoch House Hotel Edinburgh
- Fraoch House Edinburgh, Scotland