St Andrew’s Day 2010 – a winter wish

It’s still snowing outside as I write this post, but it’s been a lovely day with the schools closed because of the severe weather. However buses were running, so we got out and about and made a little video for you to wish you a Happy St Andrews Day and to say hello from Scotland for all the expats who pine for home on days like this. Come and visit soon – we know a lovely little cottage where you can stay right in the centre of the capital city.

Edinburgh short breaks

Edinburgh is a wonderful place to spend time at any time of year, but
my favourite time of year is in September or October after the frenzy
of the Festivals is over and Edinburgh is getting back to ‘normal’. I
took this photo while out shopping on a Saturday afternoon. We were
just heading from Princes Street up to the Royal Mile as we wanted to
price some pieces of kit to complete a kilt outfit before the party
and dinner season got into full swing. On the way the view from
outside the Royal Scottish Academy through the Waverley Valley towards
the Forth caught my eye, and armed with only the camera on my phone I
still think I captured quite a good shot. Hope it will inspire you to
come and stay at Craigwell Cottage some time.

Visiting the Garden at Craigwell Cottage

Our first morning at Craigwell Cottage looked a bit drizzly, so the
idea of walking over to The Manna House for croissants turned into a
quick trip in the car. But the croissants, petit pains au chocolat and
Mediterranean cheese swirls which we brought back were soon polished
off, and we were ready for a bit of light DIY. But it was not that
simple. Having dismantled the bed which had reached the end of its
useful life, we opened the new box to
find that the new one was in an even worse state. Time to hit the
phone. While Sandy took the old bed off to the dump (where he had to
put up with the predictable comments), we climbed up to the garden and
took some photos looking over the rooftops to Holyrood Park.

An autumn weekend at Craigwell Cottage, Edinburgh

Just beginning to experiment with my new iphone and mobile blogging – so forgive this photo! It was meant to show that the minute we arrived at Craigwell Cottage for the weekend, we kicked back, and relaxed in front of the TV while the kids got ready for bed.

No, we’re not crazy! But as Sandcastle Cottage is booked during the
school holidays, we’ve decided to take the kids to the big city for
the weekend. Yes, our first stay at Craigwell Cottage in the heart of
Edinburgh’s Old Town. I’m hoping to put up some blog postings about
what we do while we’re here. More to come.

Christmas Shopping Short Breaks in Edinburgh


If you’re thinking of doing your Christmas Shopping in Edinburgh, we’ve just posted some special deals for self-catering accommodation – either weekend breaks or mid-week breaks, or just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can accommodate you.

Can’t promise that the weather will be great – but from Craigwell Cottage you can walk to John Lewis’s in around 10 minutes or be in Jenners in around 15 – so no need to be out in the rain for too long!

Even if you’ve some other reason for visiting Edinburgh in December, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome at Craigwell Cottage – and we’ve just installed a new fire too!