14 Best Cottages To Rent In Edinburgh, Scotland - Updated 2024

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Edinburgh is a city full of history, vibrant culture, and beautiful landscapes. The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has been one of the most important cities in the United Kingdom for centuries. This city has a relaxed yet lively atmosphere, with something interesting to see and things to do everywhere you turn. A place brimming with medieval castles, palaces, wonderful art galleries and museums, bubbling restaurants, wine bars and pubs, Edinburgh has more than enough interesting attractions to keep you fully entertained during your visit. Visit the massive monument dedicated to a famous writer, admire Scotland’s stunning crown jewels or climb the remarkable extinct volcano. This nice vacation destination also has great accommodation options. Here are the best cottages to rent in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 05, 2024.

1. Stylish two-bedroom apartment (from USD 218)

Classic and peaceful, this brightly lit apartment is a charming place to stay. Located in the heart of Georgian New Town, the two-bedroom cottage is well furnished with comfortable beds in both its rooms, and free Wi-Fi access. The quiet home also has a well-equipped kitchen just in case you would like to prepare your meals. Otherwise, this cottage is within walking distance of several restaurants, bars and other attractions in the city. Overlooking a beautiful garden, it is a serene place to stay in the city.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1.88 km (1.2 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
317 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
excellent wifi and lots of storage
the kitchen/lounge is lovely with windows overlooking the communal garden and it is quite a tranquil spot
all areas were immaculate and had everything we needed including a nice living area and comfortable beds
great charming apartment in a lovely setting
the beds were very comfortable and the big fluffy duvets were wonderful
very clean and cozy accommodation
the space was very clean and organized
everything was spotlessly clean and organized
everything was very clean and the beds were comfortable
clean and cosy and would highly recommend
she was very helpful
julie was a wonderful host
julie was a great host and very helpful
julie is also very responsive
julie is a fantastic host who is very responsive to any questions or requests you might have
the location is great
the location is great
located in a cute mews close to the city centre
beautiful location in a beautiful city
perfect location for the city centre 15 minute walk
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2. The tranquil Drumbank Cottage

A beautiful cottage sitting in the countryside is what you get in this delightful accommodation. Tastefully furnished and quite simple, this apartment has a living room with a sofa bed, a spacious double bedroom, dining space for four people and a well-equipped kitchen. Enjoy breathtaking views of the countryside with the tranquil surroundings of this cottage giving you that private, serene feel. Just a short bus ride from the city center, this accommodation also has an indoor fireplace and free Wi-Fi access for all guests.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
6.6 km (4.1 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
292 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi worked very well
there was plenty of space and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay
comfortable little cottage with all amenities ideally based to explore the surrounding area
the cottage itself is very warm and cosy and well equipped including wifi
plenty of space and amenities for a cute cozy cottage
clean bathroom with very good hot shower
beautiful little cottage that was spotlessly clean
dry clean well appointed and just as described
quiet and cosy warm and clean
it had everything we wanted it was clean cosy and the bed was really comfy
philippa was a very responsive and caring host
philippa was always prompt and helpful in her responses
philippa was a great host who responded quickly and went out of her way to help us
philippa answered my questions really quickly and was very helpful
the host was terrific in communicating through airbnb
ideal for a weekend close to edinburgh
fine location for a comfortable visit of edinburgh by bus (30 minutes)
we really appreciated the bus stop just 2 minutes away
this is an ideal location for visiting edinburgh
wonderfully peaceful location tucked away on a large estate convenient for the centre of edinburgh
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3. A lovely stone-built cottage (from USD 93)

This rustic gardener’s cabin offers a great place for couples or a small group of friends to stay. Well furnished, the vacation rental comes with a large bedroom with a double and single bed, a well lit and very cozy living room, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Located in Drum Estate, guests in this cottage enjoy staying in a quiet and calm neighborhood. The house has a gorgeous garden, an indoor fireplace and offers free Wi-Fi access too. It can sleep three guests comfortably.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
6.74 km (4.2 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
214 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the shower is quite weak but relaxing baths in the tub were a lovely alternative
we felt very comfortable in philippas gardeners cottage
it was well equipped with comfy beds and it was great to have cupboard essentials
kitchen facilities and sleeping arrangements were spacious and practical and we loved our stay
philippa‘s cottage was a beautiful cozy home for our two night stay
very clean and spacious
very modern and clean
very clean comfortable bright and cosy
very clean spacious family bedroom modern kitchen garden digital tv and wifi
it is very comfortably furnished offers a lot of space and is very clean
philippa has been helpful for any kind of requests at all times
philippa is realy a great host and the contact with her was very easy and friendly
philippa was a great host and i had a lovely stay at her cottage
phillipa was very helpful and answered our questions immediately
beautiful setting - close to the city
for us the location was ideal very quiet and you are still very close to the city
easy distance to edinburgh made this the perfect place for us to stay
very close to edinburgh ring road making it accessible to tourist spots like edinburgh zoo (which is great )
easy drive into city centre and good food shops within a couple of miles
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4. An ancient luxury villa (from USD 445)

Sitting on the lush grounds of the historic Duddington Kirk is a laid-back stone-built luxury villa for you to stay. With four spacious bedrooms, this villa also has a large living room, a dining area attached to a fully equipped kitchen and three full bathrooms. The rooms here are tastefully furnished, with flat-screen TVs in each room. As a guest in this villa, you will have easy access to famous places of interest in the city including the Craigmillar Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Mile.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
3.52 km (2.2 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
174 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is furnished to a high standard and is so cosy and comfortable
the cottage feels very new and the beds are very comfortable
very well appointed exceptional property with all you need for an enjoyable comfortable stay
the beds were very comfortable too would recommend to anyone staying in edinburgh
very nice finishes lots of room private car park
exceptionally clean with fantastic amenities
lovely place sparkling clean and well maintained
it was clean and very well cared for
it is extremely clean spacious - exactly what we needed
house maintain in a very neat and clean condition
the host was helpful before and during our stay which was convenient
bogdan was an excellent host
great communication from the host
the location is good
the location is superb too
right in easy walk/ distance to all the local attractions
the location was great for us
located in a beautiful part of edinburgh with holyrood park on your doorstep
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5. A private brewers cottage (from USD 192)

This self-catering cottage in Edinburgh is in the middle of the countryside and boasts of having its private entrance. The holiday home sits in an area with lots of open space, giving its guests a full dose of natural beauty. Wake up to the soothing sounds of bird calls in this beautiful, well furnished medieval home. The apartment offers a well-stocked kitchen, a bathroom, and a comfy living room. The area around this cottage is perfect for picnics and the house is not far from several exciting places to visit in the city.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1.17 km (0.8 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
314 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfy bed and great views over the park
we used both the bedroom and the living room as bedrooms which worked really well
great apartment you can't miss
the bed was particularly comfortable
easter’s place is charming brilliantly located on the meadows and comfortable clean and with good quality furnishings etc
the cottage is homely clean and nice and warm
the flat was very clean and photos accurate
great location and clean accommodation
great comms with the owner at short notice
the hosts are very accessible and helpful
eszter is a very kind host who always answered fast to our questions
nice place and quiet with all staff and requirements
we would definitely stay here again and the host was extremely helpful and communicative
amazing and peaceful location but within walking distance of everything
great location right on the meadows
fun location right on the meadows
a convenient location and a cute cottage
wonderful place in a convenient location to the university
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6. The single bedroom Raeburn apartment

Located right in the heart of a bustling part of the city, this apartment offers you a serene home away from home. Step out of the cottage and right into a street filled with fantastic art, cultural and historic attractions. The single bedroom here boasts of a very comfortable double bed, a private bathroom, and the entire cottage is fitted with state-of-the-art furnishings to give you a pleasant time during your stay. Even with its central location, the cabin is quiet tranquil and private; perfect for a couple of lone visitors.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1.42 km (0.9 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
9 reviews  
Entire cottage 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
fabulous location with free parking
ideal for a couple and close to shops and cafes with a short walk into city centre
great little flat in great location
we highly recommend this place and will definitely stay here again next time we come to edinburgh
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7. A newly renovated Milaylo Cottage

Recently renovated and redecorated, this beautiful residence offers you everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Milaylo Cottage is well furnished and boasts of modern amenities in its spacious internal area. With an open plan lounge kitchen and dining area overlooking a gorgeous private garden, this apartment also has a living room and a private bath. Its double bedroom boasts of a sizable ottoman bed and the sofa bed in its living room can sleep four people comfortably. The cottage is located in the center of the city and close to several attractions in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1.53 km (1.0 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
134 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy blankets coffee & tea provided and high tech amenities made it a completely lovely stay
the cottage has modern decor a beautifully fitted kitchen and lovely art work on the walls
lovely apartment very modern furnishings and spotlessly clean
the room was simply perfect and fresh renovated
providing some breakfast essentials for us was a lovely thought and not at all expected
very clean and stylish
everything was spotless and the communication was fantastic
everything is clean stylish and modern
fantastic apartment extremely clean and comfortable
this flat is exactly as advertised; clean modern and comfortable
lauren is a wonderful host
host was extremely helpful & friendly & replied to any questions almost immediately
lauren is a great host and always replied us very quickly
lauren is a wonderful host: kind always accommodating and easy to reach
lauren is a great responsive host
terrific location and great hostess
great location would stay again
a fantastic location for anyone looking to sightsee around edinburgh
the location is amazing for stockbridge and the city centre is a short walk away
lauren’s place is perfectly located
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8. A luxurious 16th-century villa (from USD 235)

Enjoy your time in the city luxuriously and classically when you stay at this remarkable medieval accommodation. This single-bedroom villa offers you incredible features like a scented garden terrace, central heating, wood-burning fireplace, heated floors and a bespoke kitchen fully equipped with modern amenities. Spend time relaxing in the cozy rooms fitted with wall-mounted TV, coffee makers, etc. All the units here are well furnished and the cottage comes with a living room and dining room area for your comfort.

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Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
1.67 km (1.1 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
581 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi is great as well
loved the light from skylight and windows loved the bathroom and heated floors
cozy picturesque and quirky cottage situated in a lovely area of edinburgh
very comfortable and clean
the place was comfortable and so clean
the accommodation was perfect exactly as described clean and cosy
sarah is a very nice host
sarah was an excellent host
sarah is an amazing host
nice host who is very hospitable
sarah is a great host and is very knowledgeable about the area
perfect location a 15 minute walk to the city centre
it's an easy walk from downtown or convenient bus ride
close to city center but far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet
the location is easy walking distance to town & many local shops/eateries
awesome place beautiful neighborhood & close to everything
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9. The private colony cottage

With two large bedrooms, a private bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, a storage room with a washing machine, a private garden and a private entrance. The cottage was originally built in 1860 and still retains its beautiful architectural structure, and is situated in a quiet residential area. You will enjoy a very private stay, with comfortable furniture and modern amenities to keep you thoroughly satisfied and relaxed. This lovely well preserved home is located within walking distance of the Haymarket Station and many restaurants, bars, and cafés.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1.01 km (0.7 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
63 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage was perfect for our family of 4 comfortable and very clean
the beds were very comfortable
breakfast around the corner at loudons café was one of the best eggs benedict’s i’ve had
the house was spotless on arrival with clean folded towels on both sets of beds
the flat was very clean and well equipped
nice clean and extremely well equipped
clean and stylish but also comfortable
a really lovely apartment clean and modern
rory was great and helpful
hosts went out of their way to help
rory is a top host - really nice attentive and friendly
the host is incredible very helpful he helped us with our luggage
great touches host and place overall
great location with easy access to haymarket train station and a short walk to princes street
great location very cosy and close to city centre
the location was perfect with an easy walk to the central city
beautiful location at walking distances from main touristic locations
it's a great location and only a short walk away from shops bars etc
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10. A traditional city center apartment (from USD 214)

Located just a few minutes’ walk from the restaurants, bars and other points of attractions in the city, this Edinburgh holiday cottage is a conventional flat in a historic building. Sitting in the city’s center, this two-bedroom home offers you anything you need for a refreshing time in the city. Its interiors are very well furnished and designed to give you pure comfort and opulence. With free Wi-Fi, a living room with cable TV, and well-equipped kitchen, it can sleep up to four people comfortably.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
476 meters (0.3 ft) from Edinburgh Castle
249 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this airbnb has lots of beds 4 in total which makes it perfect for families
the beds are also super comfy
the kitchen was also very well designed and stocked with pots and pans very useful when cooking
very comfortable bed good kitchen and cosy warm living room with tv access to netflix and others
super clean with lovely extra touches
the flat is clean and bright
it was spotlessly clean and the beds and pillows were all comfortable
audrey's place is great clean and comfortable
home was clean beds were comfortable
she is a amazing host
audrey was a wonderful host who made us feel completely at home
audrey is a great host
audrey was kind and flexible and a great host
communications with host were immediate and excellent
close to the centre walking distance from local trams from the airport perfect location and home
the location is super very close to the old town
fantastic location with everything you need
centrally located easy to get to from haymarket train station
good location close to main attractions
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11. Countryside cottage

Away from the busy streets of Edinburgh, surrounded by spectacular sceneries, this lovely cottage will make sure you have a peaceful and comfortable holiday during your stay. The vacation rental is composed of three bedrooms that can accommodate up to six guests. It is complete with a spacious living area with an indoor fireplace, a dining set-up, a functional kitchen, a private bathroom, and a sauna. It also comes with a gated patio with outdoor seating and a hot tub. Additionally, the property is close to many tourist attractions and activities, including the Turnhouse Golf Course and Cramond beaches.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
8.4 km (5.3 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
23 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's a very cosy extremely comfortable cottage
the whole cottage was very clean and had nice touches and finishes
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More great vacation rental options

12. A recently renovated flat for two

This home is located in one of the quaintest parts of the city. It may be small but it is cosy and it happens to be on the first floor of this beautiful Georgian-style house. If you are in the mood to go outside, why not make a cup of tea and enjoy it on a private patio space?

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1.3 km (0.9 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
Apartment 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

13. A contemporary mews in an ideal location

Located at the heart of the city, this contemporary mews home is tucked away on a quiet side street. The cobbled street and historic facade of the building is a contrast to the modern interiors. There’s a cosy atmosphere throughout the property, and there’s plenty of natural light.

For those who still need to get work done on their vacation there is a work area where you can do just that. The kitchen is well-equipped for you to prepare meals at home, but if you feel like eating out, there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby.

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741 meters (0.5 ft) from Edinburgh Castle
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

14. An adorable townhouse

Located in Stockbridge, this adorable townhouse is a perfect place for a family vacation. With four bedrooms, this property can comfortable accommodate up to eight guests. The living room has high ceilings and big windows. The kitchen is large with professional appliances, which makes cooking meals at home extremely convenient. The beautifully landscaped garden invites guests to hang out on sunnier days too.

Attractions like Dean Village and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are both a walk away from the property. If you’re renting a car or driving to Edinburgh, there is parking available, although it’s not suitable for big vehicles.

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1.58 km (1.0 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
Townhouse 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Enjoy a relaxing holiday

The Scottish capital city is blessed with a historical heritage so rich that there are numerous ancient castles and palaces to visit and explore. The city also boasts of an amazing luxuriant landscape, stunning art galleries, a vibrant nightlife, stylish restaurants and bars, and so much more to experience. It is a great place to visit. And with the above list of amazing cottages in Edinburgh, UK, you should not miss a trip to this historic city.

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