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“A lovely place - wonderful hosts”
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Violet Bank House
Ranked #152 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Hamburg, Germany
1 review
“A lovely place - wonderful hosts”
Reviewed August 8, 2010

Cosy, elegant, beautiful interior decoration and antique, but perfect furniture. Quiet, though close to the airport. A jewel to be discovered. Friendly, helpful hosts.
Hope to return soon

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

Just returned from a fantastic 4 days in Edinburgh and just had to sing the praises of this amazing accomodation. From the minute we arrived our hosts John and Reta were so hospitable, welcoming us with a tray of tea and biscuits as well as the complimentary whisky and brandy! Our room was absolutely lovely with really beautiful pieces of furniture and the comfiest bed EVER! The en suite was also to a high standard with good quality toiletries and the whole house was spotlessly clean. The breakfast was easily the best breakfast we have ever had in any guest house or hotel, with a wide selection of fruit, cereals, yoghurts, bread, toast and pastries. After this John or Reta would then cook something hot and fresh to order. The Scottish breakfast was lovely but our favourites were the smoked salmon and the scrambled eggs and the hot croissant with cheese and bacon which was to die for! This house is in lovely surroundings with a fantastic garden that leads down to the river. John and Reta have a great knowledge of the city and will book tables in restaurants for you if need be.Reta even replaced the chocolate biscuits in our room with shortbread when she realised we had given up chocolate for lent! All in all this really is a top class accomodation with top class hosts who thoroughly deserve their 5 stars.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

The Violet Bank House in Edinburgh is truly a 5 star accommodation! The hosts were lovely people and the food was divine. Reta made our stay very memorable and they were so accommodating. I enjoyed the WiFi in our room and the lovely view of the beautiful gardens. This was the first stay in our 25 day trip and many of the other B&B's just could not compare after staying at the Violet Bank House.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank n6kls
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2009

This B&B is well placed for visiting Edinburgh with direct links by frequent bus service into the centre. The service was excellent with very helpful advice. Breakfast was good and rooms of a high standard.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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California
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

Lovely house, wonderful hosts, beautiful gardens, delicious food. 40 minute bus ride into town, which would be fine if you were staying in the quiet suburbs, but please note this house in right on a busy commercial thoroughfare with nonstop heavy traffic noise around the clock.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Seattle
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

We stayed in Scotland and England for 3 weeks and this was by far the best B&B we stayed in. Reta and John were perfect hosts and made some great recommendations as we headed off to the Isle of Skye. Our room was great, very clean, spacious, and a very comfortable bed. I also have to rave about their breakfasts - made to order and just the perfect way to start the morning. I would highly recommend this B&B and if my travels take me back to Edinburgh, I would stay here without hesitation. There is also a great walking or running (old railway line) trail behind the B&B if you are energetic enough to get up early in the morning. The Violet Bank House is well deserving of their 5 star rating.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2009

Very friendly hosts, excellent breakfast.
Our rooms were spacious and very nice, but it was a bit noisy because of the busy road. We had access to 2 lounges, both very lovely decorated.
But what was absolutely not acceptable was mould in the shower.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Thank constantiae
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Reta7166, Owner at Violet Bank House, responded to this review, August 24, 2009
I'd like to put a sense of perspective on the cleanliness score of 2 out of 5 please. The rooms were immaculate, drinking glasses and mirrors gleaming, not a speck of dust anywhere. 100% egyptian cotton bed linen crisply ironed. The small "mould" area in the shower is now freshly painted and regrouted. We just had to wait a few days until we could get into the room for a day when it was not occupied. Future guests, please take comfort in knowing that the 24 superb reviews on our standards of cleanliness and other aspects of our business reflect accurately the general standards which we continually strive to maintain. Ouch!! 2 out of 5 - that review really stung us.
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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 #152 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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