14 Hart Street
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Historical Traveler Reviews 14 Hart Street Edinburgh
Fantastic Stay in Edinburgh!
We stayed at 14 Hart Street for 2 nights and were pleased from start to finish. The B&B is a couple moments walk away from the Royal Mile and was convenient as a basis to explore the City, yet was quiet and removed on the little side-street and provided a wonderful night's rest.
As for the "little things": the shower pressure and temperature were great, as was the size of the tub for an evening soak; the drinks tray was a nice, appreciated touch; the home is beautifully decorated; the bed, linens and pillows were very comfortable and warm; the breakfasts were delicious and filling.
James and Angela were gracious and attentive hosts and clearly enjoy sharing their home. They were helpful with daily itineraries, mindful of special needs (vegetarian and food-allergy issues) that we have, very helpful upon arrival, and always able to suggest good restaurants within a very short walk.
We would certainly stay here again if in Edinburgh.
Loved the Location
Edinburgh was the last destination on our UK trip. 14 Hart was the best bed and breakfast we stayed in all week, not to mention best we have ever stayed in. We felt like we got to have a full Scottish experience as the B and B was essentially the owner's home. Beautifully decorated, lovely antiques, great English Breakfast each morning and delightful rooms. We were a little concerned about others' comments regarding the basement rooms, but they were plenty bright and very comfortable. We were well taken care of and enjoyed talking with the owners. The location was just a 5-10 min walk to Princes Street and another 5-10 min to Royal Mile. Great restaurants are nearby as well.
From the moment we arrived we were treated to a hearty welcome. There was always somebody on hand to see to our every need but equally our privacy and comfort was respected. Although we only stayed for a weekend we would have felt equally as comfortable on a fortnights vacation. The house is located close to Edinburgh's main attractions but far enough away from the hustle to be a peaceful retreat after a hard days walking! It would be wrong of me to go this far and not mention the breakfast which was absolutely delicious! The luxurious ambience and the quality and comfort of the room and en-suite was second to none - you would be sad to miss at least a night here!
Great B&B in Edinburgh
Lovely home on a quiet street, within easy walking distance of historical sites. Wonderful, comfortable bed, nice view of the garden from our room. Good breakfasts, very accomodating hosts with good dinner recommendation. We enjoyed our 3 day stay! Guy and Bonnie, Ohio
A place to return to.....
To enter a B&B is getting into a private home, i.e. getting close to other people in a different way from staying at a hotel. We have always preferred B&B's to hotels, we've done so for a quarter of a century, we have had many lovely experiences, and have very rarely been treated less than kind. However, two brief visits to Angela and James Wilson's house at 14, Hart St. (a few minutes' walk from Edinburgh's Waverley Station) deserve a mention. There are no outdoor signs, indicating a B&B (however, they've got a website), and Angela and James are the kind of hosts we've always liked: talkative, relaxed, helpful. In short: people that you feel you've known for quite a long time, even though you just popped in the night before. Leaving for the west coast to be back two weeks later, we were told to keep the key, "just in case we're not here the moment you're back". Saturday morning had heavy rain, so "don't worry, I'll drive you over to the bus station" - wonderful. And the welcoming tray that any visitor to the UK is familiar with also included an item, which we have never encountered previously (on a welcoming tray, that is)......
Not to forget that the room is quite large and well-equipped and the price is absolutely fair.
Somehow, I was not surprised to hear that Angela and James are good friends of Gerald's (Gerald's Place at Abercromby St. is less than five minutes walk from Hart St.). Their attitudes towards running a B&B have quite a bit in common.
An absolute delight.
At Home on Hart Street
Quick and to the point:
14 Hart street was charming.
Owners were very friendly and they have a nice lady helping them on some mornings.
Parking on the street can be difficult to find.
Beds were GREAT and rooms with lots of extras.
Walking distance to many attractions.
Credit cards not accepted, cash preferred.
Great Value for the $
I would definately stay here again.....
Enchanting B&B and enchanting hosts
14 Hart Street B&B is nestled on a small side street only a block and half from busy, boisterous Edinburgh, Scotland. The neighborhood is part of the newtown development that occured in the 1700's and the townhouse reflects this architecture. It is unassuming and even unmarked other than the number 14 on the entry door. The street is quiet and uncongested even though it affords excellent accessibility by foot to the city center and its attractions.
When entering the home, you are immediately taken back in time to the era of "Upstairs-Downstairs". The entry hall is inviting and beautifully appointed with numerous black and white etchings and prints reflecting the elegant and rustic past of Scotland and northern England.
Greeting us was Betty, the bustling and wholly Scottish housekeeper. She immediately showed us to our room on the lower level. Entering the room we were immediately struck with how clean and well kept the room was. The beds were so comfortable and welcoming that after a long day of traveling we were pleased to plop down upon the comforters and sink into their welcoming softness. Also waiting to greet us was a wonderful tray of refreshments that included shortbread biscuits, 4 small bottles of very excellent wine, and a carafe of very good Scotch. Betty made sure that the Scotch was topped off daily and that all was refreshed on a regular basis. The small but efficient bathroom was well appointed with large, fluffy towels, shampoo, body wash and other items we needed after 2 weeks of scanty travel supplies.
In addition to these amenities, our hosts James and Angela Wilson had supplied several guidebooks and information brochures for Edinburgh. Those were extremely helpful for gaining our bearings and giving us suggestions on what to see and how to spend our precious time in this lovely city.
The breakfast the next morning was in the beautiful dining room which was also furnished with fine antiques and lovely crystal and porcelain. We had a choice of having our selection made to order or dining on granola, yogurt, and toast. Our cooked breakfast was delicious and beautifully presented. We found ourselves lingering on the settee reading the newspapers of the day, sketching the street scenes in our memory books, and just enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the house. We felt very welcome to do so. Betty is an absolute treasure and her conversation should not be missed when visiting 14 Hart St.
Our hosts were very helpful in making it possible for us to make reservations for plays, cabs, and attractions. It was a level of hospitality that we had not experienced in other hotels or B&B's during our trip. It was outstanding. We also enjoyed visiting with James and Angela and getting to know them. They immediately made us feel not just as guests in a hotel, but as actual welcome company in their home, which is what 14 Hart St. is, their very lovely home.
Great location and friendly
We travelled from Australia and stayed for 4 nights. James and Angela could not have been more helpful. We were offered unlimited use of their laundry, dryer and iron. While we were out their housekeeper even ironed a few of my shirts. A lovely surprise! The location was excellent as it is a few minutes walk to everything including our car rental. Plenty of pubs and restaurants just around the corner. No hesitation about staying again...
Fine B&B in Edinburgh
Jim and Angela Wilson operate a beauitful B&B in the New Town area a few blocks from Princes Street and the bus/train stations. The breakfast room is a handsome, Georgian-style, space and the rooms are impeccable. We arrived soaked from a cold rainstorm and were most grateful to find the Wilson's restorative tea and sherry in the room. Highly recommended.
14 Hart Street Bed and Breakfast
This bed and breakfast in the center of Edinburgh is nice but does have some issues. On the plus side James and Angela are very welcoming hosts and quite pleasant. The breakfast is the best I've ever had and the location is very close to some nice places to dine. On the down side, there are no real televisions to watch in the rooms (12 inch TVs with only 4 British stations), the rooms are dark and are the basement type/downstairs (the kind where you look up and out to people passing on the sidewalk), the wooden floors in the downstairs hall creak like mad and when the cleaning lady starts at eight in the morning your sleep is over, and, it is much too expensive. My mother forgot a small mirror she received as a gift from a relative there, so I emailed James asking if he could send it back to her in California (this after we mailed the keys we forgot to leave). He just sent some snide remark that he couldn't since it would break to many pieces. You'd think after spending $2,400 for two rooms they'd pay the $30 to ship it in a nice protective box since it was a gift for my mother's 75th birthday from a close relative. Mom is still without her mirror. If you stay here, don't leave anything behind, don't plan on watching TV before going to bed and be an early riser. This place has potential ... hopefully they will remedy some of these issues.
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