Lovely two on the outskirts of Edinburgh could be the ultimate escape from the city

Sometimes when the sun comes out – and especially when the Fringe arrives – we just need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

While the default might be to flick through Skyscanner when we have some spare time, sometimes you don’t have to look too far to get some much-needed R&R.

Just a few years ago the word ‘staycation’ wouldn’t even have been recorded, but with global travel curtailed by the pandemic, more and more people are likely to spend a long weekend in Bonnie Scotland rather than a Palma holiday package.

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And with a quick look at airbnb, we realized you don’t need to look too far if you’re looking for a rural retreat.

Looking for ‘unique stays’ in and around the capital, which includes unique accommodation such as boats, castles, huts and ‘little houses’, we came across the beautiful Ellswood Bothy, located on the outskirts from the capital, near Herriot Watt University, a short drive from the city center.

Brimming with character, the owners describe The Bothy as “a very cozy and rustic little place”, which boasts stunning views, wildlife tours and stargazing opportunities.

Inside Ellswood Bothy

They say, “It’s in our garden, but once inside, you could be anywhere.” The long window at the rear of the property overlooks the field where we often have deer very close.

“In the winter you watch the sunset from inside and once in the super king size bed gaze up at the stars on a clear night through the roof window.”

Of course, alongside those panoramic views, transporting you from the capital, there’s the wood-burning stove to keep you warm if the nights get chilly, the perfect setting to curl up with a book, while unwinding with a glass of wine. There’s also a TV to enjoy in a setting that would take ‘Netflix and chill’ to the next level.

There is a king-size bed on a mezzanine overlooking a neat little kitchen, a modern bathroom and all the amenities you need to enjoy a relaxing stay.

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The “cosy” is nicely decorated

And unsurprisingly, those who were lucky enough to check in gave both rave reviews, with an airbnb rating of 4.87.

One guest said, “Perfect for a staycation and if you just need some time. The Bothy was just lovely with the view, atmosphere, fire and convenient amenities. ready to go!”

Another review says: “We loved our short stay at Bothy. Very comfortable and romantic atmosphere. Bothy is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, making the most of the small space. Top quality accommodation.”

And one person who stayed was lucky enough to encounter wild animals wandering outside. They said, “Rustic, cozy and sweet together!

“We had an amazing relaxing break, great location, peaceful and lucky to spot some deer!”

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The view from the room

And while not everyone in the capital is keen on getting away from it all so close to home, it seems the quaint Bothy is a good place to recommend if you have friends or family visiting Edinburgh, being given the Bothy’s proximity to the city.

One reviewer said: “We had a fantastic stay at Bothy! It’s in a good location and can be found easily by Uber and similar programs.

“The place itself is fantastic, cozy and private but not too far from the city center. We will be back!”

Another review read: “A lovely quirky little place in a great location for accessing Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

“Lots of walks through the woods, along the river and a short walk from the train station.

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“Definitely a great place to unwind and rejuvenate. Would definitely stay here again.”

And one visitor summed up the thoughts of many when he described his stay, saying: “It feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but the train station is a quick ten-minute walk away.

“Beautiful, comfortable for two. Perfect for two, especially if you feel like shutting the world down, lighting a fire and relaxing.”

Naturally, the accommodation seems to be pretty well booked for the coming weeks. With a three night minimum stay we found dates later in the year for £100 a night plus airbnb service charge.

To find out more about the beautiful Ellswood Bothy, you can check out the airbnb listing here.

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