All roads lead to Edinburgh from this sweet little cottage on the Northern edge of Holyrood Park. You can stroll to the Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Mile in under ten minutes– and be back in a snap in your prettily renovated 1860s home. High ceilings and whitewashed brickwork frame the open-plan studio which spills out to a sun-trap conservatory and leafy cottage garden. Clean lines and smart design – a black leather sofa, wood-burner, polished pine floors, subtle uplights and lamps – create a minimalist feel enlivened by owner Rebecca’s personal touches. (And passion for knitting: feel free to rummage for wool and needles.) To one side is a small, well-equipped kitchen with stainless steel pots perched daintily on a high shelf, a little square table for two and a welcome basket of wine, jam and biscuits. A super-king bed can be split into singles and curtained off from the living room at night, and there are robes and slippers to step into after a drenching hot shower. You wake to daylight streaming through wooden shutters and the excitement of Edinburgh outside the door. Free street parking, too.