Original Medieval Edinburgh Retreat Named ‘Best Airbnb’ by Condé Nast Travel Guide

A medieval retreat in Edinburgh has been named one of the most impressive Airbnbs to stay in, according to Condé Nast Traveler.

The upscale travel guide published its list of the best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland and the 16th century Dovecot Cottage was among the two capital vacation homes to be named.

The Medieval Retreat is described on Airbnb as a “quirky and sophisticated” place to stay in a private garden, listed from £ 155 a night.

The travel guide was impressed with the rich history of the property as it was a tower that housed nesting doves.

Now the Bruntsfield Airbnb has been remodeled into a one-bedroom property that sleeps four thanks to a pull-out sofa bed.



The property has a comfortable dining area

The host describes the unique experience as follows: “In the center of Edinburgh, but nestled in a mature private garden, this quirky and sophisticated dovecote is magnificent.

“Serene & secluded, it’s quietly exciting. Wooden stairs lead to a small bedroom in the tower, where cedar wood, ancient lighted dove nesting boxes, and garden views surround a double bed.

Downstairs there is an elegant bathroom; a rustic-chic kitchen under the mezzanine; a pull-out sofa bed and a mysterious cave can be spotted under a glass floor.



The garden is amazing
The garden is amazing

“It is a peaceful and relaxing hideaway with a tranquil and fragrant garden terrace.

Heated floors. Central heating. Wood stove. Private parking”

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Condé Nast has also named a property on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile as one of their favorites.

Entitled the Classic Apartment on the Royal Mile, this Airbnb is like saying in an art gallery, as the loft is filled with impressive family portraits and heirlooms.

It’s also the perfect place for a readers’ retreat as it holds hundreds of stacks of books.



Classic Apartment on the Royal Mile
Classic Apartment on the Royal Mile

The host said: “It’s a lovely space to snuggle up with a book and a glass of wine.”

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