In vibrant Leith an elegant, comfortable building of impeccable beauty. Newly built in 18th-century townhouse style, the untrained eye would never know this wasn’t a restoration. The three-storey Pavilion with its striking ‘ogee’ roof sits in the lap of Lamb’s House, a Hanseatic merchant’s house completed in 1610, where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed and the architect owners now live. Inside, a spiral staircase winds up through the house, rooms are off here. Three sublime bedrooms, a twin on the ground floor and two doubles (one is a quirky box bed) on the first floor have subtle colours and clean simple lines; oak floors warm your toes, large windows let in the light, good art and antiques finish the picture. Linen and bathrooms are spoiling. On the top floor find a graceful sitting/dining room; unbend in front of a roaring fire after a busy day exploring historic Leith and Edinburgh (a short bus ride away). There’s a galley kitchen to cook in and excellent waterfront eateries on the doorstep (two with Michelin stars); come home for a dram from your goodies basket. We can’t wait to see the garden this summer.