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You'll fall in love with Gerald!
It's been a few months since our incredibly memorable week's stay at Gerald's Place B&B in Edinburgh, but our friendship with Gerald continues by e-mail, bringing the warmth and charm of our visit to Scotland alive even as we go about our daily lives in Florida. Warmly greeted as though we were long-lost family, my husband, 19-year-old daughter, and I were ushered in from the cold December night to Gerald's hugs and merriment. Gerald's Place is located in the most unique building in the city (my opinion) -- over 200 years old. The beautiful, curved architecture of the block-long building matches the curve of the street, Abercromby Place, which is an unbelievably close and pleasant walk to everything in the city. Our package included tickets to Hogmanay, the world renown New Year's Eve celebration, and Gerald escorted us and the other two guests to dinner at a quaint, nearby restaurant for THE most pleasant night I've ever experienced. On New Year's Day, amidst champagne toasts, he treated us to the most splendid brunch imaginable, complete with traditional "crackers" (miniature piņatas, really) which we "popped" as we stood in a circle holding hands. The food was out of this world (cooked by Gerald while we chatted); the lodgings were marvelous -- his home is an art gallery! Best B&B we've ever experienced, and we've been to many all over the world. Quick, make your plans now! It's an honor & privilege to stay with Gerald. Take a peek at our photos to share our experience.
Great host, great location
Also known as Gerald's Place, it is, in fact Gerald's home, which he opens to guests. A very friendly and knowledgble host, Gerald provided a warm welcome to me as a solo traveller and then to my husband and me later in the week.
The proximity to City Centre cannot be beat and Gerald provides his guests with all the information they would need to explore the city and will tailor recommendations for activities, sites, and dining.
A unique B&B with a unique host!
From the moment we arrived at Gerald's Place we felt welcomed and part of his extended family! Being the beginning of our Silver Wedding trip we wanted somewhere special to stay and I can't think of anything that could have improved it! The room was lovely and spacious, the fridge, complete with proper (organic) milk and sparkling water was perfect for the celebratory wine - even the glasses were ready in the fridge. The private bathroom was perfect (we loved the sparkly loo seat) and even flannels were provided with the towels. The bed was luxuriously large and so comfortable that only the thought of Gerald's fantastic breakfast made it worth getting up! I wish I'd thought to ask for the porridge recipe, but I will next time. Such a large selection of muesli and fresh fruit (as well as the porrdge) followed by a full cooked breakfast, perfectly grilled, with wholemeal toast. The joy of sitting chatting to the other couple also staying there and Gerald over copious cups of coffee, planning our day, with his ever-helpful advice on where to eat and money-saving on travel and places of interest. After a full day of climbing up and down the hills of Edinburgh, what bliss to relax in our room with something from the library of videos/dvds/magazines etc, all thoughfully provided. The only thing about saying how much we loved Gerald's is that we might have to book a lot further in advance to get in when we visit Edinburgh again. If we can't stay there, we don't want to go!!!!
My daughter and I had a wonderful Hogmanay with Gerald and his guests. Every morning, despite the season, we had fresh fruits, juices, and any kind of cooked breakfast for which we could have wished. Gerald is a charming host and because of the season, we often attended concerts together. Gerald displays a marvelous blend of concern without being intrusive. Edinburgh is beautiful and in the snow quite magical. The city, the setting, and Geraldsplace made this a truly memorable holiday.
THE place to stay in Edinburgh
If you are looking for a warm, wonderful place to stay in Edinburgh, Gerald's Place is where you want to be. A truly lovely place, run by a wonderful man, Gerald's is the perfect location. On a quiet street just a block from Edinburgh's main business and attraction areas, you can walk to everything. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, and even the Royal Yacht Britannia. And Gerald's wonderful breakfast will give you the energy to explore the entire day! If I have the opportunity to return to Edinburgh, I'll be staying with Gerald!!
Cozy and comfortable
I must thank Gerald for such a wonderful stay. I have never slept in such a wonderful bed and his breakfasts can never be surpassed. The 2 bedroom B & B is so close to absolutely everything and has a very cozy and intimate feel to it, smothered in art work and boasted such luxuries as free internet access. It is more than a B & B- with Gerald, the fount of all knowledge, whatever cuisine we wanted to find, he had a place for us to go and his tips saved us money and made sure we got to see as much of this wonderful city as we could. This is definately the undiscovered gem of Edinburgh.
What a wonderful place to stay. 21b Abercromby Place is located in an elegant crescent shaped street of 4 storey terraced town houses, only 5 minutes from Princes Street. Our guest room was very comfortably furnished and the walls throughout the Bed and Breakfast are decorated with an amazing collection of paintings and portraits. Our guest room was equipped with a small fridge, kept stocked with sparkling water and fresh milk. Tea/coffee making facilities and shortbread biscuits were provided. The room had a TV/video player as well as a dvd player. The bathroom contained an array of toiletries for our use and a hair dryer was also provided. Gerald thinks of everything, there is even a collection of videos, magazines and books to choose from to help you relax after a day's sightseeing or shopping.
Breakfast is a feast, starting with Gerald's home made porridge (special recipe!) or a selection of cereals. This can be followed up with a selection of fruits and yogurts. Then comes the cooked breakfast, including haggis, if you wish. This is accompanied by wholemeal bread, tea or coffee. Gerald is on hand to chat and discuss your plans and offer suggestions, even make bookings, for tours, restaurants etc. Nothing is too much trouble. A real home from home!!. We hope to make a return visit to Edinburgh and would be very disappointed if we had to stay somewhere else.
Very happy memories
We have some very happy memories of our short stay at 21b Abercrombie Place. Gerald is a wonderfully entertaining host with loads of local knowledge and some wonderful anecdotes. He has a beautiful home, into which you are welcomed as a friend. We had a good sized room with ensuite bathroom with everything you could possibly need in it. Breakfasts were plentiful, as organic as possible and freshly cooked. The location is good too, being only 10 minutes from just about everywhere important in the City. We would definitely like to return in the future.
Gerald's Place: Great everything
What a wonderful B&B! It is definitely the best we have stayed in so far. Great everything - location, lovely host, breakfast, information, bed/room/ensuite facilities and all the added extras. I can't think of anything else you could need.
Your host, Gerald, is so helpful and knowledgeable. I'd recommend it to one and all.
Great Location and Accomodations
My wife and I stayed here for six days at Christmas in 2004. It was really wonderful. Gerald, the owner is a very nice man who is very knowledgable of his city and tries to provide every necessity he can. We had a very nice size room with a large window seat, small fridge, and a very comfortable king size bed. Our bath was private, but not ensuite. There is one other room available that does have an ensuite room. The breakfasts are very good and everything served is an organic product. The location is very central, with only a 5 minute walk to Waverly Station (although uphill, which you will have to get used to in this city). Internet access was also available free of charge. There are many excellent restaurants nearby. This is the only place we stayed in Edinburgh, but I would highly recommend it. It was definitely the best overall B&B we stayed at during our two week UK stay.