About the Homestay
Welcome to our home.
We who live here are my two children Maximilian and Alexander and our wee dog Bella a small King Charles Cavalier and of course me Jessica.
We live in the West End / Dean area of Edinburgh,15 min walk from the west end of Princess Street .
I am native Swedish and my boys are bilingual. I also speak Danish and French ( used to be fluent but not anymore ) but having lived here now for 20 years English is almost as much of a mother tongue as Swedish is.
Should you choose to stay with us,you would most likely be staying in our Guesthouse in the back garden which is very private and quiet.
It has WiFi, underfloor heating ,( currently oil heater in place as thermostat is faulty ) a single bed armchair ,it has a kettle ,Nespresso machine, cafetier , coffee and tea, milk some biscuits or croissant and can be refilled if wanted each morning .
That is the only breakfast l supply, if you wish more feel free to buy and store 2-3 things in my fridge there is a microwave in the guesthouse too and plates/cutlery.
The bathroom ( showers only as only have one bathroom for guests) and toilet is in the main house and can only be accessed during ,my, waking hours and when I am around,which is most of the days seeing as I work from home.
There is also a portaloo under the bed in the guesthouse for emergencies which I empty and deal with myself ( due to hygiene guests are not allowed to empty as needs to be disposed of securely) This in emergencies should the need arise please use the bathroom inside the house first of all.
I am very good at communicating my coming and goings ,so there is almost always a way to access the main house one way or another. You will not have a key to the main house only to the back gate and your private dwelling.
Weekends there is no access to the bathroom before 7.30am, unless previously arranged unless you are staying in the main house .
NEVER EVER access to shower after 8.30 pm as need finished by 9pm. Toilet, of course,for as long as I am awake,am up until 10.30/11pm most days) but my kids go to bed at 8.30 pm and the pipes that are in their bedroom makes a lot of noise .This no matter if you live in house or in guesthouse.
Same no showers before 7 am any day of the week unless asked before booking and we have agreed on it .
Weekdays bathroom morning access is 7.15-7.45 or after 8.45 as do school drop offs and come home as soon as l can.
No guests of guests ,in the Guesthouse after 8.30 pm and none before 8.30 am .
No guests of guests in main house at any point please. Feel free to sit in garden though.
This as l have neighbours close by and need to be respectful of coming and goings.
I AM very flexible though, communication is everything!
My ENTIRE PROPERTY IS NON SMOKING and main house is 100% SHOE FREE ZONE .
Face masks are a LEGAL REQUIREMENT INDOORS IN SCOTLAND, same in my home at all times. ( Guesthouse and your own bedroom no need but using bathroom/entering/exiting always require masks no medical exclusion is accepted!!)
MAIN HOUSE BEDROOM
Should you be staying in the main house you are warm welcome into our personal space and the rooms l let out are our own rooms thus not cold and stale catered for only guests but personalised .
You rent a room here and there will be cups and saucers but l am not catered for my guests eating here as this is a holiday let thus my kitchen is not accessible to my guests but private same for lounge.
The bedroom is very big indeed and has TV ,kettle,coffee,tea biscuits or croissants ( note this IS the only light breakfast included) and one also has a large desk to work from.
It does have dvd's and children's paraphernalia which will remain on the shelves,but the desk will be cleared so you can work from there should you so wish.
The wardrobe is full of their games etc and I will put in a clothes rail for you to use during your stay. But please ask no later than 7 days prior to your arrival for this, as l do not have it in my home, -just ask, so you can hang all your items up should you so wish.
The beds are large double beds and very comfortable.
No guests of guests in house at any point please.House just isn’t big enough for guests of guests as well.
No shoes in door please!!
No smoking ANYWHERE on my entire property , thank you !
I would ask for full payment upfront as you check in and in cash £ sterling is only currency accepted please .
Nearest ATM from my house is at Haymarket Station 15 min walk.
If you book over 1 month in advance l require a non refundable deposit of 30% of the stay to be paid by Bank Transfer/PayPal Friends & Family ( not goods and services!!)
If the room is booked for one,then no sleep over guests are allowed, should this be the case I will ask you to leave immediately ,as you have broken the house rules .
I do not take any responsibility if you have an accident in my home, or on my property as a whole ,you enter my property at your own risk and by making a booking with me you acknowledge you have accepted these terms.
Washing and drying can be done for an extra fee of £6/wash ,£5/tumble drying and I do it for you. Payment in cash in advance is to be preferred please.
For an extra bed added to either double bedroom, there will be an additional £20/night charge.This is a single 70cm camping bed l have ,with thin mattress so only suitable really for a child’s weight as the springs might be felt by an adult, but your choice.
I have one extra parking space and it is first come ,first serve basis ,in booking this ( not arriving).This for a car only no large SUV’s no big estate cars as space is small. Week days between 5.30 pm - 8.30 am parking is free, so evening/night time to early mornings. Weekend on street parking is free all day.
I can cancel our agreement at any time, if you do not follow the house rules (this includes smoking on the property) and will not be liable to pay you back for your stay!
I hope you can see through the seemingly harsh rules and see what is a lovely home and as a host l just need to safe guard myself from any misunderstandings before they happen. You will be living in my most loved home after all and as such are very warm welcomed ☀️
- Internet Access
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is located in a safe quiet area of Edinburgh about 10 min walk from Haymarket Station with lots of buses,trains and the Airport bus stops.
Also another 10 min walk from Princess Street’s West End .
We have bus 13 which stops just outside 2 min walk away and are situated next door to Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery.
Bus 41 takes to straight to the Beach as well should you so wish,25 min on the bus and a 7 min walk to that bus stop.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Smoking on the property incl garden is not allowed.
Shoes indoors are not allowed
No loud music nor guests in the main house.
The living areas are private in the rest of the house so please respect this.
There will be a kettle with coffee and tea,biscuits,croissant in the bedroom .
If you wish to sit down and eat the kitchen is fine to use, but not for cooking or working, just for eating please.
If you stay longer than 7 days use of fridge will be flexible too.
No guests of my guests in the main house at any time.
Smoking is not allowed.
Very friendly and easygoing !
A very warm and friendly welcome and stay. Shared some special seasonal Scottish dishes. Directed us to the local church for Sunday service which was very uplifting with a time of coffee, tea and biscuits afterwards.
The picture she post isn't what is on the site. She asked me to check in 6.30 late.
She later gave me a room with no bed, meaning I slept on a coach, no toilet nor bathroom. When I asked she gave me a potty to use and shower in her bathroom on condition that she's home.
The next day in the morning she refunded my money that she's not comfortable with me.
It is not true that she only stays with one son and a dog : the kids are two boys that she keep shouting at the whole place noisy.
I can't wish her well whatsoever.. Hosts like Jessica should be thoroughly checked on and be scrapped off
Jessica‘s a kind host and really nice, even to me, the most oneworded person.
Although she seems really busy at times, she‘ll have an ear opened for you.
Thanks for having me, my first host in Scotland!
Jessica's place is lovely in a great location. She's a fantastic host, will definitely be looking to stay again in the near future.
Personne très accueillante, une hôte parfaite, qui donne beaucoup de conseils, emplacement idéal, chambre correct.
We enjoyed feeling good.
Jessica is a lovely woman just like her kids!
She makes you feel so comfortable: I felt like I was at home =)
You can talk to her easily and ask her for advice, she will always do her best to help you.
I will surely come back.
I definitely highly recommend her =)
Sono stato accolto in maniera gentile,la stanza era pulita e la zona molto tranquilla.
Super! Souriante ,disponible, vous aide à découvrir la ville.logement parfait,propre,calme..
Je conseille à tous
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