The Edinburgh Pad AirBnB

The first time we used Airbnb I felt really anxious that the booking would get cancelled before we got there leaving us high and dry. We’ve had varied success with it since but our last trip to Edinburgh proved to be our best Airbnb find ever and I had to share it with you. If you’re into staycations or interiors you’re going to love this – I was pretty much ready to relocate permanently!

The master bedroom

The property is a 4 bedroom first floor flat, overlooking Edinburgh’s beautiful Meadows. With the autumn leaves turning and the sunshiny days we were blessed with, you can imagine what the views were like. The entrance hall was bright and airy with vintage and scandi details, lots of wood, bright colours and handcrafted details.

The lounge was huge, with a gas fireplace perfect for cosying down in the evening for TV binges, and we were delighted to find lots of toys hidden away – the marble run was a particular hit! Isn’t the decor in here just gorgeous? The whole place spoke to my particular passion for period features mixed with modern pattern and colour. G Plan coffee and side tables mixed with typographic art, Bluebell Grey fabric panels and velvet jewel toned cushions made for a bright and inviting space.

The Master bedroom was similarly stunning and my favourite room in the house I think… I think I felt so at home as the colour is so similar to our bedroom wall colour. The furniture has a vintage French country vibe but the whole room is brought up to date with modern art work and pops of colour in the chair and recovered stool (Bluebell Gray again.)

There’s a lovely en-suite tiled in grey toned plank effect tiles and with my fav patterned Lino – I’ve seen this in other houses and it’s a brilliant compromise (and warmer underfoot) if you lust after encaustic tiles but can’t afford them or just don’t fancy the upkeep.

The flat has a second large double bedroom in a more feminine traditional style of muted greys and pinks which we didn’t really need or use but made it a feasible space for two smaller families wanting to go away together.

The small double was next door to us and perfect for Cora. With mid century sidetables, yellow velvet cushions and a patterned rug, this had a bright scandi vibe yet still felt very cosy.

Finally the smallest room had a single in with a trundle bed beneath. Aimed at kids it was kitted out with books and Bea absolutely loved it.

The location of the flat was brilliant too. Between Marchmont and Newington it was walkable to Bruntsfield (an area known for its independent shops and restaurants) and straight across the Meadows took you right into the old town. We walked and walked in mainly beautiful crisp weather which was perfect for exploring!

I’ll try and do a quick blog post on what we did whilst in Edinburgh at some point but wanted to get on and share The Edinburgh Pad. I can’t wait to go back at some point and stay here again soon!

Rebecca x

Found: AirBnB – Villa Dioni

It’s the first week of the holidays (or second for some of you) and I reckon many of you will be heading off for summer breaks, or if not, wishing you were, so I thought I’d share some info about my recent holiday.

When we went away 2 weeks ago it was booked not long before we went and I decided to give AirBnB a go for accommodation booking. In my experience accommodation in Greece is often rather basic and unfortunately not in the simple white washed walls and pretty blue painted furniture way… We wanted self-catering, ideally a private villa, with a pool and 2 bedrooms. We totally lucked out with Villa Dioni 🙂

Before I go on, the villa was up a STEEP hill, and a lot of steps – thats what gave it that glorious view, but there was always the pool to dive into after the walk up and we certainly earned our dinner. 😉 It was a really short walk to the main area of Agios Nikitas, (it’s a really small place,) but if you can’t hack a bit of a hike, this isn’t the place for you! We also didn’t take the pushchair and just put Bea in the woven wrap everyday – which made life a lot easier.

The Villa actually has 2 downstairs bedrooms and a bathroom, a main kitchen and living space on the ground floor which goes out onto the pool area and has a balcony for eating on, then a mezzanine with another sleeping area. The main attraction however was the outside space and the pool – wow to the view and wow to the space.

We weren’t sure what to expect from AirBnB but our host Thanasis was great – communicated brilliantly and so quickly. I’m sure keys handover varies from rental to rental but he met us to give us the keys and there were some Greek provisions in the fridge – wine, fruit etc. A cleaner came once and more fruit appeared. As you might know from my other post about travelling with a baby, it wasn’t remotely child friendly. There are steps, stairs, steep drops as the villa is on a hillside, and no child provisions, but Bea wasn’t running around yet so it was ok for us and of course, she never left our sight. Thats might be more difficult with an older child.

I’ll be writing more about the holiday later in the week – the village we went to – its such a lovely place I almost don’t want to share it! 😉

Love,
Rebecca
xo



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