November 11, 2012

The Magic Cottage

Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh but somehow, as if by magic, shielded from the noise and hubbub of city life was our gorgeous little holiday cottage. Located in a peaceful graveyard, surrounded by trees and greenery, with Princes Street Gardens on one side and Edinburgh Castle atop a rocky hill on the other, it felt as if we were the only people alive when we returned from our daily explorations.

A lot of people may be put off by the thought of living in a graveyard for a week, automatically seeing images of ghosts and strange goings on in their heads, which would have been exciting to say the least, but in reality I didn't get any weird vibes from the house or feel scared in the slightest, in fact it was the most peaceful and welcoming place I have ever stayed in.


♥ After a rather wet and soggy walk down a driveway lined with gravestones and littered with dead leaves, we came upon this charming little house with gargoyles outside the front door and a small wild garden.


♥ The front door leads straight into the bedroom which holds this rather magnificent bed, some gorgeous large ornate mirrors and a beautiful tapestry.


♥ The view from the shuttered bedroom window (which I named 'the secret window') looking out onto the little wild garden which was teeming with wildlife! There were plenty of birds including blue tits and robins, and even some squirrels!


♥ I particularly loved the fluffy little squirrels! I became quite familiar with one of them by a mark on his belly, he came back day after day for some nuts (we must have spent about £10 on nuts that week!) It was so funny watching him do his trapeze act! They weren't afraid of us one single bit, even to the point of very nearly taking hazelnuts from Pyf's hand! I miss my furry little friends dearly!


♥ There was even some wildlife inside the house, although quite motionless, but still just as beautiful! I wanted to take this frame of butterflies home with me!


♥ Off the bedroom was the hallway and bathroom where I enjoyed the greatest shower ever and underfloor heating which felt like heaven after a long day on my feet! At the end of the hallway was this rather spooky stairway leading up to the living area of the house.


♥ The living room was quite literally the pièce de résistance! It was lavishly decorated in tones of red and gold with plenty of rococo style mirrors, paintings, gorgeous furniture and a wonderful case of birds. It looked quite spectacular in the evenings by the light of a few lamps and made our movie time feel oh so cosy and relaxing! We managed to watch Paranormal Activity 3, Poltergeist 1&2, The Woman in Black, Zombieland, Dracula (1931), Burke & Hare and Stardust!


♥ The view from the upstairs windows overlooking our very quiet neighbours!

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♥ The view from the back door! The castle looked somewhat ghostly at night, especially since there was a full moon! It seemed to cast an eerie glow over the graveyard which made for some really excellent pictures on our stroll around on Hallowe'en night!

I truly believe that this charming little hidden cottage had a soul of its own! It was such a pleasure having it all to ourselves and I can't believe that it has already been a week since we left, I wish we could have stayed forever! I was going to show the treats I found on our travels but I think I'll save that for another post as this one is quite long enough!

~♥~

29 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, I LOVE how that cemetery is right next to the house. I love the style and decor of the house, love that pretty powder blue front door (it reminds me of the french country side lol). Beautiful Post <3

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    1. The front door definitely added some extra cuteness and charm to the whole look of the house but that flood barrier was quite annoying to climb over every day! I really wish that I could live in a cemetery as it definitely added a feeling of peace and tranquillity to our stay! ~♥~

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  2. Wow! This place is just your style, from what I've seen of your style anyway. :) That red room is outstanding. I love those old mirrors that curve out into the room. Between the jewel tone red and the gold accents, it looks almost regal. I say this looks like your style, because I think you like red and rich hues, as well as taxidermy. That's quite the cool headboard too!

    I doubt many people have had the experience of looking out their window to see a cemetery! That photo you got of the castle lit up, then the dark trees fading into gold light, and then the golden gravestones below is just so cool! Of course there's a full moon fittingly shining above. :) What great timing for that! I'm wondering about the light source on the gravestones. Is that golden light coming from the house?

    I know you explained the background of this place earlier, but I forgot. Was this cottage originally owned by someone who looked after the cemetery?

    I'm glad you had a fun, peaceful time staying here! The house sounds ghost free, but that staircase is plenty spooky to me. :)

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    1. That bed really reminded me of the ornate possessed bed from the film 'The Haunting', in the scene where the cherubs are looking down at her and the ceiling and bed come alive as there was a cherub above the bed in the cottage too! Kinda creepy! I loved all the taxidermy and preserved insects around the house, I was so excited when I first saw it all! I wanted to take it all home with me!

      There was a lamp post nearby which would have added some of that eerie yellow glow on the gravestones but we only ever had two small lamps on in the evening so it wouldn't have been enough to cast a light that far. I particularly love that picture I took!

      There was a book inside the cottage which had a little bit of history about the house. It was previously a school house owned by the church and then a watchkeepers cottage, then it was owned by the local council before becoming a listed building. It was then renovated inside completely by the current owners who live in London! The owners are still trying to find out more history about the place today. It's a very interesting little building! ~♥~

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  3. Oh my!!! What a place to stay. So lovely and perfect. I wan`t to stay there too.

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    1. It really was the PERFECT location for a break in Edinburgh, it was not far from most places we wanted to visit! ~♥~

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  4. That last picture should be a postcard!!

    Would you mind sharing the name of the cottage? I always like to bookmark places that I think I'd like to stay for future reference. I thought maybe it was actually called The Magic Cottage, but nothing came up when I Googled it ... Thanks so much! :o)

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    1. Thank you! It's probably one of my favourite pictures that I took that week! The house is called Kings Stables Cottage, located on King Stables Road! ~♥~

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    2. Got it bookmarked - thanks! :)

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  5. oh i'm in love with this house :)

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    1. It really isn't hard to fall in love with the place! Everyone who signed the guest book there had nothing but positive things to say! ~♥~

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  6. What a gorgeous place you have been to!! I loved every picture you showed! Is there a possibility for anyone to rent it for a stay in Edinburgh?

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    1. Thank you :) My camera got a lot of use, 800 pictures to be exact! You can book a week or two, or however long you'd like to stay! We booked our holiday through English Country Cottages as we've used them in the past. The house is called Kings Stables Cottage! I really do recommend a break here, even if it's just a weekend! ~♥~

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  7. Ooh... the house!!! So beautiful and fantastic!!! I love it!!!

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  8. Wow, what a beautiful house! I love the cemetery view :))

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  9. What a beautiful place.Love the bed and the other furniture.Mr squirrel is so cute.

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    1. I would love to own an ornate wooden bed just like it! It was so comfortable too! I slept like a baby :D ~♥~

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  10. What a lovely little cottage! I love little hidden gems like that! When I went to my aunts I spent ages watching the squirrel who would come to visit us every morning, they are so cute! And I love the style and decor of the living room!

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    1. The squirrels felt like an added bonus to the whole package! I was quite shocked when I first saw one hop up onto the window ledge! It was lovely seeing them everyday! I did feel a pang of sadness leaving them behind, I just hope whoever else stays there feeds them just as much as we did! ~♥~

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  11. oh my god! how cool is that! i love ur look and ur blog!

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  12. Wow. And I mean WOW. It's beautiful. i fell in love with the last picture, would you mind if I printed it out and framed it? :D

    I know what our next holiday destination will be... Edinburgh, here we come! :D

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  13. How did I miss this post! I am loving this creepy cottage. SO did you hear anything go bump in the night?

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  14. After reading your Edinburgh goodies post, I decided to come back in the morning for this one, so I could really soak it in and do it justice! This is what I call a "coffee post". :) Your cottage was adorable and having two gargoyles to greet you at the front door was the perfect start. The living room is so dramatic and theatrical. Not what you'd expect to find in a small, stone cottage. What lush, vampiric surroundings to watch horror movies in... at Halloween, no less! I'm attempting to quell my envy! Haha.

    The picture of the castle overlooking the graveyard is magnificent! My favourite photos of the bunch are the ones of the cemetery through the windows. Just beautiful! *sigh*

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  15. OMG! what can i say? especially the last photo!!! It looks so spooky and awesome at the same time! The view of the castle and the graveyard and the full moon and the Halloween!! All together made a great set up for horror movie or for us a romantic week away from normal people and away from civilization!! You truly had a great time <3

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  16. Oh my gosh what an absolutely amazing place to stay, so many wonderful details. This cottage is truly beautiful and so you Sandy, I can imagine how happy this little place made you. The squirrel is the cutest xxx

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  17. What a gorgeous place, it is a dream place for me actually. I love that bed and the view of the graveyard! That squirrel is too adorable!

    Honeysuckelle

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  18. I'm originally from Dundee but living State-side now. Edinburgh Castle was one of my favorite places as a kid, and these photos make me miss Scotland immensely. That cottage looks incredible.

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