Very private guesthouse in West End

Homestay in West End ,Dean - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

About the Homestay

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Welcome to our home.

We do welcome longer stays than 6 days but Homestay is making my bookings awkward thus had to put in 6 days as max but it is not.

31 days is max in Guesthouse and 14 days is max in the house.

We charge a cleaning fee of £15 in guest house / stay and £22 in the main house /stay ,so please note this is a charge that will be put on the total as Homestay do not have anywhere for me to add this.

On street parking is possible after 5.30pm weekdays until 8am and all the time on weekends.
If you need to park day time during the week,I can point you to areas that do park and display.

You are always welcome to sit on the patio and work/drink a coffee but the house is private, so other than this ,your bedroom/guesthouse and bathroom is all you will have access to, no access to any other spaces in the house and never the kitchen.
Food are not to be eaten in the bedroom in the house at anytime ,as old pizza boxes etc smells bad and curry even more so and stains which I do not welcome,but by all means order in, but eat outside on the patio on the various tables out there.

In the guesthouse you can of course eat as is your own wee house,with micro and a small foldable table to eat from.

Guests are lovely, but the only guests welcome here are you, not your friends nor friend of friends I am afraid, parties are never allowed.

I can do washing for you but it cost £12/wash including drying and I take no responsibility if anything shrinks/bleeds so please only give what you know can be washed together.

Now enough about that and some info about us.

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 +

Should you choose to stay with us, you would most likely be staying in our Guesthouse in the back garden which is very petite 4m2, private and quiet.
Bathroom is in the main house and available when l am home and awake!

You come and go as you please as have your own door and couldn't get more private. Note the blinds are ONLY privacy not black out blinds and if a sunny morning you might wake up early if you do not have a sleep mask. (ask and I will give you one if you so need)
Check in is after 4 pm until 9pm .
Check out is 10 am ,7 days a week.

The guesthouse has WiFi, underfloor heating , a single bed armchair ,it has a kettle ,Nespresso machine, caffetier , small foldable table to work from, micro, coffee and tea, milk some biscuits , flapjack or croissant .

That is the only breakfast l supply, light and on the go brekkie.

The bathroom ( showers only ) 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.Saying that if in the holidays I am out with the kids during the day so te guesthouse is more suited for someone who is also out and about and not ideal for working from if you need bathroom access,as house is locked when I am away.I communicate ALL THE TIME via texts. Thus I always text when I leave and when I am back thus if you do the same,there is never an issue.

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 is for emergencies ONLY should the panic need arise,otherwise PRETTY 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 or unless you are staying in the main house .
NEVER EVER access to shower after 9 pm. Toilet, of course,for as long as I am awake, (am up until 10.30/11pm most days but also text before I go to bed to give you a last chance should you need it before going to bed yourselves) 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 rule apply.

Same no showers before 7 am any day of the week unless asked before booking and we have agreed on it .

Weekdays GUESTHOUSE bathroom morning access is 7.15-7.45 or after 9am as do school drop offs and come home as soon as l can.

When you come and go please be considerate keeping the noise levels down, as l have neighbours on either side of my property.

I AM very flexible though, communication is everything!
Face masks might be obsolete, but I ask you use them when you walk into my home at all times from Sep-March . ( Guesthouse and your own bedroom no need BUT using bathroom/entering/exiting always require masks no medical exclusion is accepted!!)

Should you be staying in the main house please note the room/rooms are our private rooms and have our private possessions in them. We only let them out from time to time thus there are no wardrobe space for my guests but I can lend you a handful of hangers and if given enough notice (2 weeks) I might be able to arrange a clothes rail for you.The room is a single bedroom ca 6m2 and exactly what you see in the photos is how it looks, lovely, clean and bijoux.

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 just a holiday let thus my kitchen is not accessible to my guests but private ,same for lounge.

I ask that no hot take away food is consumed in the bedrooms please . Please eat meals outside and enjoy our lovely city, happy to give recommendations.

The bed is a very comfortable brand new single bed and south facing with the bathroom just outside it.

But for ease l am adding here too.

No shoes in door please!!
No smoking ANYWHERE on my entire property ,EVER, thank you !

I would ask for 30% non refundable payment upon booking and the remaining 70% no later than 8 weeks before your stay. Thus if you book and it is less than 8 weeks until your stay, full payment is required on the spot.
There is a cleaning charge on top of £15 guesthouse or £22 for Bedroom in house to be paid with the rest of the room charge.

Payment is to my bank account in £ sterling or transferwise .
Pound Sterling is only currency accepted please .

Nearest ATM from my house is at Haymarket Station 15 min walk.

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 ,I will keep your payment in full, as you have broken the house rules .
If I find out that you are smoking in my home-same applies-you will be asked to leave immediately and no refund given.
By booking with me you consent to my rules and regulations and will keep to my very simple 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.

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 with my loved ones and in my most beloved home after all ,and as such are very warm welcome
Jessica x

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House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 6 nights

Check-in date must be before 22 Feb 2025

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

Garden Guesthouse £50/night + cleaning £10 (Fringe £55/night plus cleaning)
From £50 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

The Garden annex is a petite 4m2 room with a single bed which converts to a lovers seat sofa. It is private and only 0.7 miles,15 min walk into town. It has access to the bathroom in the main house when l am home and awake no en-suite.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
Nightly Price
Single Bedroom in house £65/night plus cleaning( £22/stay) Fringe Aug is £75/ night plus cleaning charge.
From £50 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A lovely new single bed and bedroom. No wardrobe but can supply hangers to use. Room is £400 for a week +cleaning or £65/ night +cleaning. It is south facing ,thus very light and airy. Ground floor and small window can be opened for fresh air.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
Nightly Price
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About the Area

Our house is located in a safe quiet area of Edinburgh about 12-16 min walk from Haymarket Station with lots of buses,trains and the Airport bus stops.
Also another 15 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
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Cinema
  • Museum
  • Health club
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


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

House Rules


50% non refundable deposit to be paid via cash/bank transfer/transferwise/PayPal friends & family, upon booking and remaining 50% no later than 8 weeks before day of arrival.

Check in is after 4 pm but before 9pm.
Check out is 10am 7 days a week.
No showers to be taken after 9pm as the old victorian pipes makes quite a bit of noice .

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR HOME NOT A HOTEL so please respect my rules and if not suitable please consider my home might not suit your needs.

Smoking ,incl vaping ,on the property incl garden is not allowed.
My home in a shoe free zone, please take off inside immediately you enter please.
No loud music nor guests of guests in the main house nor in the annex at anytime..
The living areas are private in the rest of the house so please respect this.
There will be a kettle ,porridge, soup, coffee and tea, biscuits/flapjack, fruit in the bedroom. (Also a micro and Nespresso machine in annex)

If you need to put any milk/yoghurt in fridge l am happy to be flexible but otherwise kitchen and lounge are private and for family use only.
Dinners are needed to be taken outside of the house as no food like hot takeaways allowed to be eaten in your room unless you are staying in the annex then there is plate and cutlery in there.

Dogs are allowed at a £50 cost and a refundable deposit of £100 .They just have to be low energy, neutered, and submissive/working well with other dogs as I have a little King Charles dog.

No guests of my guests in the main house at any time.

Smoking Rules

Your host is a non-smoker.

Smoking is not allowed.

14 Reviews

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    November 2022

    My first experience of homestay was very pleasant. Jessica is so lovely and caring, she makes you feel extremely welcome, anything you need you only have to ask. I would definitely stay with Jessica again in the future, her homemade flapjacks are yummy. Xx

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    February 2022

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    United Kingdom
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    December 2021

    Absolutely lovely stay! Jessica was so welcoming and helpful when suggesting where we should go. Room was clean and comfortable and the house was lovely! Couldn't recommend enough!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Oh so happy you enjoyed your stay. Welcome back anytime, a true pleasure having you here to stay .
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Jessica x

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    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    May 2019

    Very friendly and easygoing !

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Thank you so much for your stay Michael and for bringing the lovely weather =D

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    United States
    Age 75+

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    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.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Dear Katie and John,it was such a pleasure to meet you both and felt like having my own relatives at here at home. Please know you are both so welcome back again at any time. Wish you both a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all your family.
    Jessica, Maximilian and Alexander =D

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    Age 45 - 54

    1 heart
    October 2018

    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

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    This very unscrupulous human being, refused to pay for her stay, had to involve Homestay , who told her to leave and pay me what she owed for one night, which she did not after all ,but l did not care at this point just wanted her gone.
    My pictures and profile is 100% correct of what l let out.
    She was extremely confrontational and kept saying her “ people/friends/someone” would pay yet never did.
    She used my shower, bathroom and toilet twice in less than 12 hours so at no point did l “ give her a potty” thus totally lying .
    She asked if l had toiletries for her....I am no hotel but obviously offered her soap and shampoo.
    She would not leave when asked thus asked a police friend to come by to scare her off the premises and it worked.
    I have reported her to Homestay as she should not be allowed to use Homestay nor Airbnb where she also has a profile.
    I have adorable children of whom she saw none of as were asleep when she got here and she slept in the guesthouse plus where in school in the morning when she came up to shower.

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    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    September 2018

    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!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Ah thank you so much Christopher for those kind words. You are welcome back anytime should you so wish and hope you have an amazing holiday driving around on the “ wrong” side and doing it well haha. Take well care and thank you for your stay, Jessica :)

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    United Kingdom
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    September 2018

    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.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Thank you so much David and most welcome back anytime :)

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    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    August 2018

    Personne très accueillante, une hôte parfaite, qui donne beaucoup de conseils, emplacement idéal, chambre correct.

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    Age 55 - 64

    4 hearts
    August 2018

    We enjoyed feeling good.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jessica in ,

    Thank you so much for your stay and welcome back anytime =D

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