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“Amazing hosts and place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Violet Bank House
Ranked #143 of 445 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Amazing hosts and place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

Yeap, both Reta and John were absolutely amazing! They gave us a discount on our stay to make up to their mistake for providing the wrong direction to their place. They even offered through the phone to pay for the cab fee that we had to use in the end to get to their place. Very nice couple!
Reta's very friendly and helpful. You can tell since she's also the finalist of the friendliest ladyowner of B&B in 2009 (might be mistaken of the year). Breakfast was superb and they were very accommodating to my request. You have nothing to feel unsatisfied about the house. It was so comfortable that my girlfriend and I could just stay in the house and not go to the city! Definitely clean. There's also a small lounge area where you can borrow DVDs and use the computer.
This place is more suitable for folks who want quality stay and away from the bustling city. pretty far away from the city BUT frequent bus no.44 takes you to the city in 20 minutes. bus tickets are cheap but u'll be better off with renting a car if you want flexibility. overall, an absolute pleasant stay!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2011

Reta & John are lovely and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in the room with an en-suite bathroom and it was very clean, modern and really comfortable. Reta welcomed us with tea & home made Scottish pancakes with home made jam.... lovely!
The location is good. We had a hire car for out of town trips but used the bus to get into the centre of Edinburgh. It takes about 20 mins. We drove in to town in the evenings as the parking restrictions are lifted from 6.30pm onwards and we managed to park outside the restaurant!
We would highly recommend Violet Bank House, between us we have stayed at many hotels and B&B's (e.g. this year we have been to the USA, Africa, Cotswolds etc.) and this one is really great.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Berlin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2011

Reta and John were fantastic hosts. The room was very clean, the breakfast was delocious and Reta and John always helpful.
We enjoyed our journey to Scotland and meet many friendly people.
We were very pleased to see the tram is stopped!!
We will again visit to the violet bank house and of course to Edinburgh.
Thanks Reta and John

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2011

my daughter and I stayed here over Easter. The house, gardens and rooms and breakfasts are lovely - everything you would expect from a 5 star bed & breakfast. The icing on the cake is Reeta and John's genuine hospitality. They made our stay like a home from home, including checking bus times, making recommendations and booking tables at restaurants locally and in the city.
The location is great, public transport handy and I just wish we had longer to stay to explore the countryside locally.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Thank happy2holiday55
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2010

Violet Bank House and the hosts are absolutely superb. The house is beautiful, spotlessly clean, and the breakfasts first class. I am not usually short of words but I simply cannot find enough superlatives to do justice to Violet Bank! This wonderful B & B is simply "Perfection". To Reta and John thank you so much for you warm hospitality and "nothing is too much trouble" approach, I long to come back for another stay.
Denise Forrest

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2010

The accommodations were outstandingly clean and comfortable. Our hosts made us feel welcomed and were most helpful in our planning of day trips and transportation. The food was excellent. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank linfair
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Acworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

My wife and I loved this B&B. Everything top notch from start to finish. We stayed two nights and we were thrilled we found this place. Food was great as well. I highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Violet Bank House

Property: Violet Bank House
Address: 167 Lanark Road West, Edinburgh EH14 5NZ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #143 of 445 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Violet Bank House 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With five stars "It's the difference which makes the difference." Beds you won't want to leave, powerful showers, fluffy robes and towels. Breakfast on smoked haddock topped with tomato and melting cheddar, hot pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Our garden overlooks the Water of Leith, Pentland hills farmland and woodlands. Free Parking, Wi-Fi, DVD, TV and radio. 10 minutes to the airport. Heriot-Watt University - one mile. Finalists in "Friendliest Landlady "award - 2007-8. ... more   less 
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Violet Bank House Edinburgh, Scotland

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