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 center. 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 in particular 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 twin bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
2 twin beds
1 full bed
1 king bed
2 twin 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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  • Dtgville
    United States of America United States of America
    The proprietors were absolutely lovely and engaging. The accommodations were extremely comfortable and the breakfast was cooked to order.
  • Jess
    United States of America United States of America
    Breakfast was delicious. The hosts were very sweet and gracious. Rooms were clean and location was great.
  • Katie
    United States of America United States of America
    Margaret and David were very kind and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we were accommodated. The house was beautiful and well located.

Host Info

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

Company info

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 info

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.

Neighborhood info

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


Area info

Amenities of Gifford House
Great facilities! Review score, 9.3

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Landmark view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Sun deck
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Walking tours
  • Bar crawls
  • Hiking
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Video
  • DVD player
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & 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
  • Safe
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • 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 AM to 6:00 PM


Until 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 8 are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

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

Prices for extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no cribs 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
Must-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 6 p.m., except by prior arrangement. By prior arrangement with Gifford House, check-in is available up until 11 p.m.

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 of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

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

This property indicated that it doesn't require a short-term rental license or registration

FAQs about Gifford House

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

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

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

    • Hiking
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Bar crawls
    • Walking tours

  • The prices at Gifford House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at Gifford House include:

    • Twin
    • Double
    • Family
    • Twin/Double