The friendly and welcoming Gifford House has free on street parking and is about 1.25 miles south of Princes Street and on a main bus route to Edinburgh city centre. Awarded a 4-star Gold Award by Visit Scotland, Gifford House is on the A7, but is quiet and peaceful to the rear. Rear bedrooms enjoy superb views towards Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat. The rooms and compact bathrooms are of a high standard and have free Wi-Fi. Housekeeping is only done on the day of departure. There are many golf courses close to Gifford House, and Holyrood Park is nearby.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.1)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

FREE parking!


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Room type
Number of guests
1 single bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
2 single beds
1 double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Edinburgh
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Rachael
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Lovely big rooms and very comfortable, especially the bed! Lovely people who run the guest house and lots of helpful hints on the area
  • Elena
    Greece Greece
    The room was very clean, beautiful and comfortable. Mrs Margaret is very kind and helpful.
  • Sabrina
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Great friendly and helpful owners. Very clean and big property. Excellent location to get around Edinburgh with a bus service on the road. Beautiful views of Arthurs Seat from our room. The shower cubicle is large, room great size for two.

Host Information

Company review score: 9.9Based on 214 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

David and Margaret were professional people working in engineering and banking before becoming your hosts at Gifford House The Dow family having been looking after guests at Gifford House since 1989

Property information

Gifford house is in the Newington area of Edinburgh around 1.25 miles from the historic Royal Mile with many tourist attractions. We are not in the city centre but close enough to walk or take the local transport check out Lothian buses There are many very good restaurants within walking distance so if you prefer to stay locally we can advise you with many options.

Neighbourhood information

Gifford House is located in the Newington area of the city which is one and a quarter miles south of the historic Royal Mile . There are many restaurants close by and if you would like to climb Arthurs Seat this is very close, The back top floor rooms have great views of Arthurs Seat The top floor front rooms have lovely views to the Pentland Hills You might like to enjoy a walk through Holyrood park feels like your in the country not a city centre this lovely stroll will take you to Holyrood Palace the new Parliament and Dymanic Earth

Language spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of Gifford House
Great facilities! Review score, 9.3

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Landmark view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Sun terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Walking tours
  • Pub crawls
  • Hiking
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Video
  • DVD player
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, DVDs, or music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Safety deposit box
  • Adult only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Allergy-free room
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Wake up service/Alarm clock
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Gifford House takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 11:00 to 18:00


Until 10:30



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 8 years are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Adult (18+ years)
Extra bed upon request
£60 per person, per night

Prices for extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no cots available at this property.

All extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa Cash Gifford House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Check-In Information:

Please provide an estimated time of arrival, using the comments field when making your reservation.

The latest check-in time is 18:00, except by prior arrangement. By prior arrangement with Gifford House, check-in is available up until 23:00.

If you are wish to arrange a later check-in, please contact reception in advance using the contact details supplied on your confirmation email.

Please inform Gifford House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

This property has identified that it does not require a short-term rental license or registration

FAQs about Gifford House

  • Check-in at Gifford House is from 11:00, and check-out is until 10:30.

  • The prices at Gifford House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Room options at Gifford House include:

    • Twin
    • Double
    • Family
    • Twin/Double

  • Gifford House is 1.2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Gifford House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Pub crawls
    • Walking tours