About Us


The Albyn

Albyn is THE heaven of calm in gorgeous Bruntsfield. Ran by myself, Lydie & little helpers, the three children of the house Charlotte, Louis, Elliott & Betty the beautiful cocker Spaniel…  Beautifully designed & decorated by your resident artist (me!!), I offer 8 comfortable bedrooms & welcoming environment in a traditional historic Victorian Townhouse, formerly the St Oswalds Church Manse. Our beloved home is a truly amazing building to stay in. Albyn Townhouse is your relaxing retreat a short distance from Edinburgh’s Old Town.

My Little Family

4 to 8pm MON to FRI & self check-in at week-ends, Earliest self check-in is 2pm (no self check in/ luggage drop off or i wanted to say Hi! before 2pm), late self check in after 8pm, you must inform me in advance to get the code.

CHECK OUT , self check out only, latest by 10.30am (late check out charges apply after this time), no left luggage, Taxis can be arranged to the airport/station etc, in advance.



Our Rooms

The Edinburgh Albyn Townhouse offers accommodation on two floors in 8 non-smoking & fully en-suite rooms. The guest house has retained a lot of historical features that you can enjoy in your rooms. The Albyn is a truly beautiful example of victorian architecture, a much loved and carefully cared for piece of history. Ironing facilities on request. Baby cot available on request for babies under 2, suitable for Superior rooms only.

No pets (of any kind!!) thank you.



Standard King

3 x Standard King rooms, king size bed (1.5 wide x 2m tall), sitting area & en-suite shower room with toilet (2x2m), high speed WiFi, flat screen Freeview & radio Tv’s, tea making facilities & coffee pods machines, hairdryer & mini safe.



Superior Twin or Double

1 x Super King bed (180 x 200) or 2x Single beds (90 x 200) & en-suite shower room. Please specify bed preference on booking. High speed WiFi, flat screen Freeview & radio Tv’s, tea facilities & coffee pods machines, hairdryer & mini safe.



Superior Double King

4 x Superior King room, (2 very large) spacious rooms with sofa area & king size bed (1.5m wide x 2m tall) en-suite shower room (2x2m), High speed WiFi, flat screen Tv’s, tea facilities & coffee pods machines, hairdryer & mini safe.



Breakfast in bed or on the go! How decadent!

No more getting up on time, order a breakfast basket in advance (before 5pm) and i will deliver it to your door!

£9.00 per person, 2 croissants, juice, cheeses, oat cakes & fruits per breakfast basket

£6.00 for 4 croissants brought to your room.

For Cooked breakfasts, we are the luckiest people in the world in Bruntsfield! We have a thousand choice of local Cafes, like Project Coffee, Artisan Roast, Brunchfield and our own local French Boulangerie La Barrantine!

Café Grande offers 10% off Breakkie for the Albyn, two minutes walk from us, amazing food & super service. Breakfast Menu

Monptelier, just two minutes walk from us, lovely Brasserie, grand food! Menu

Seeds for the Soul is our local vegan and the kids absolutely love their food, big recommendation Menu




What We Offer


Secure online booking with instant confirmation via COMODO SECURE


High Quality Coffee Machines

High Quality Coffee Machines in every room. Kettle also available.

Private Parking

Limited private parking @ £10.00 per night. Check In/Out 10.30am
You must book an extra day to leave your car after check out thank you, i will not keep your vehicle unless booked.


Free Internet Access (Wireless) in all rooms.

Comfy Beds

A range of Memory Foam and Spring Mattresses for a great nights sleep




Useful Info


How to find us

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Taste Our Best Award

Awarded the Visit Scotland Taste Our Best Award for Quality and Produce.

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Telegraph Travel Review

Read the review the Albyn Townhouse received on the Telegraph’s Travel website – The best bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh.

Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold

Awarded Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold for excellence in quality and service.

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USA Today 10 Best

Read the review received from USA Today 10 Best Travel website – No. 8 in the Top Ten best bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh.

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Trip Advisor Hall Of Fame

Entered into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame – Five times winner of The Certificate of Excellence 5 Stars.

Hotels Combined

Hotels Combined Top Hotel 2018

“We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in the United Kingdom and Albyn Townhouse Edinburgh is certainly among them” said Alberto Castellucchio, market manager of HotelsCombined United Kingdom

The Lonely Planet

Set in a refurbished Victorian townhouse tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the fashionable Bruntsfield district, this B&B is a real home-away-from-home.


Booking.com 30 Best B&Bs

Voted No. 1 out 162 Edinburgh B&B’s and Guest houses by Booking.com guests. Based on 52,867 B&B and Inn reviews on Booking.com

Certificate of Excellence 2017

Certificate of Excellence

Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2017 – 7 times winner of The Certificate of Excellence 5 Stars.

Mail Online

Mail Online

Read the review the Albyn Townhouse received on the Daily Mail Travel website – Our pick of Edinburgh’s best B&Bs.

booking.com Exceptional

Booking.com Exceptional

Real guests. Real stays. Real opinions. Voted Exceptional by Booking.com customers 9.5 out of 10!!

Trip Experts Choice Award

Trip Experts Choice

The Award recognises the best hotels around the world based on reviews by journalists and professional travel writers.


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Not To Miss While In Edinburgh

Welcome to our insight of things to do in Edinburgh from its magnificent architecture from the grace and the calm of the Georgian New Town, to the beauty of its medieval Old Town, full of history, underground city full of secrets and Ghost
stories, do not miss The real Mary King’s Close, which will take you to the remains of the Edinburgh’s underground city, go to The Real Mary Kings Close for more info, or check the Mercat Tours who too offer a wild variety of history walks and underground tours with Mercat Tours, as well as the Auld Reekie which offers a variety of tours too and a free whisky at the end!! on Auld Reekie Tours. For the kids and the big kids, the Edinburgh Dungeons are great The Dungeons for online tickets; Come and enjoy a day and night of discoveries. Not only you can enjoy a great variety of food and drinks in Edinburgh, but the city also offers many visitors attractions,
from which we are around 15 minutes, Do not miss; the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, where the main attractions of the summer (August), Edinburgh Tattoo and The International Festival take place. the Scotch whisky centre, where the art of Scotch whisky unfolds at the Scotch Whisky Experience, close to it the Camera Obscura will give you a spectacular 360° rooftop panoramas, check them out Camera Obscura. Holyrood Palace, Dynamic Earth, The Royal Scottish Museum, The Royal Yacht Britannia or places like Princes Street, Rose Street, The Dean Village and the Grassmarket are some of the numerous other curiosities of our city, to know more about these, please contact Edinburgh Tourist Office.

The Hudson’s family 30 favourite things to do in Edinburgh.

  • Stay with us at the Albyn.
  • Have Haggis at breakfast & finish it…..I dare you!
  • Do a walking tour of the Medieval city.
  • Visit the Mary King’s close.
  • Walk the Royal Mile and find the hidden courtyards and gardens through the old closes.
  • Roll a hill in the Meadows Park.
  • Walk along the water of Leith from Dean village to Stockbridge and go to the Stockbridge Market (sun 9am to 5pm).
  • Go and meet Greyfriars Bobby and walk around the Kirkyard.
  • Visit South Queensferry, my favourite village, walk around and have fresh fish & chips and cakes at the Rail Bridge Cafe at the foot of the Red Forth Rail Bridge; Take the bus x55 from Queensferry street, 30 min.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle and see the Crown Jewels.
  • Take a city Tour Bus around Edinburgh.
  • Have lunch in Victoria Street.
  • Have an afternoon tea at the Howard in the New Town (Great King street.) or the Signet Library (Parliament Square).
  • Visit Rosslyn Chapel, take bus 37 from Princes street.
  • Get some cheese from Mellis in Victoria Street.
  • Join a underground walking tour near the St Giles Cathedral.
  • Walk up Carlton Hill, via Waterloo Place, and enjoy the view!
  • Taste lots of Whiskies at the Bow Bar in Victoria street.
  • Listen to folk music and experience the real Edinburgh people at the Sandy Bells on Forest road.
  • Have a pulled pork sandwich at Oink in Victoria street….Yummmmmmm.
  • Get some fresh Fudge from the Fudge House down in the Canongate.
  • Take a Black cab (for the sake of it!).
  • Walk around the New Town and soak up the beauty of the Architecture.
  • Go to the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber street.
  • Go to the Botanic Gardens, bus 23.
  • Have a game of Golf on Bruntsfield link and get your Clubs and your pint at the Golf Tavern circa 1456!!
  • Go and listen to live music in the Grassmarket, Thursdays to Saturdays.
  • Walk along Portobello Beach (bus 15) and have an ice cream at the Beach House.
  • Plan a 3 hour walk up to Arthur Seat, make it to The Sheeps Heid in Duddingston Village for lunch.
  • Browse around the charity shops down in Morningside and if you want more (!!) in Stockbridge.

Download your copy of things to do HERE!!

Book A Tour

Book an Edinburgh tour, or city ghost tour from our Guest House and after taking one of the many historical or ghost tours on offer in Edinburgh, why not explore a little bit out of town to the wilds of the Highlands, we can recommend a few companies who we work with on a regular basis, check out what they can offer and book online direct. Do not miss Edinburgh’s ghost bus tour The Ghost Bus Tours or take a tour around the city Edinburgh Tours. For the tours in the Highlands; Grayline Tours they will pick you up at the guest house, Timberbrush Tours; heart of Scotland Tours; Rabbies. All these tours have been tried and tested by our customers and ourselves!!!

Voila, now you have a better idea!


Serious Stuff

The Albyn is open!! Welcome back!! We have all had to adapt with our new reality and The Albyn also had to make a few changes to keep us all safe and to ensure that everyone is comfortable and feels safe.

As much as possible we are working in accordance with the guidelines dictated to the hospitality business by our government.

  • Please just ask for any extra refills of coffees & teas and milk!
  • I am your host and your cleaner, you can decide if you do or don’t want a service.
  • I have removed the guest books from the rooms temporarily, there are little signs around the house for information to make your stay more comfortable (WIFI / things to do in Edinburgh/ Bus apps). You can find all the other information on the Albyn website.
  • My cleaning regime is second to none and I respect all the guidelines to have the Albyn Covid Ready.
  • Luggage storage from 2pm earliest & after check out up to 8pm same day max.
  • Please do help us stay protected and wear a mask in the common areas of the house (reception & staircase) and also please keep to the recommended 2m social distance. Thank you.

Please help me make your stay lovely & comfy and let me know if there is anything I can do to improve my service to you or facilitate your stay in our lovely city.

I look forward to having you stay at the Albyn!!


Terms & Conditions

Payments for your rooms are due minimum 15 days prior to arrival in full by bank transfer. All extras (car park, breakfasts…) can be settled at the house by cash only. Full payment is due 31 days prior to your stay for New Year and special events (ie Festival/ sports events) and is non refundable.

Bank Transfer (preferred)
To be made 15 days prior to arrival using the details below;
Account Name; Lydie Julien
Bank account; 01936538
Sort Code; 80-20-00
The Albyn will not be responsible for any bank transfer fees, the amount transferred must be equal to the full booking fee thank you.

Card payments
Will be made automatically 15 days prior to arrival with the card used to book. Non refundable, Please note that there is no card payment accepted on site, we no longer have a card machine!! Card payments can only be processed with the card used to guarantee your reservation, the card is processed via Stripe 15 days prior to arrival & with no less than £100.00 exchange rates are set by your bank, we are not liable for any dispute over currency rates) we will authorise or charge your card prior to arrival for the full amount of your stay if you notified me that you wish to pay cash. The issue of card details to confirm a booking constitutes a legal contract between the Albyn and the booker. To prevent incurring any cancellation loss, we recommend that all our customers take out appropriate travel insurance. By reserving with us you agree to these terms & conditions. Any data gathered during the course of any booking may be held on computer. Please refer to our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

If you have reserved through a booking agent (booking.com, Expedia…etc…)
Your reservation is made through an agent, i am not authorise to modify or cancel it for you, please contact your agent direct. As per T&C’s, the full fee of your reservation is paid 15 days prior to arrival in the currency of the booker (payment is taken using Stripe), exchange rates are set by your bank, we are not liable for any dispute over currency rates. Your payment is non-refundable, changeable or transferable. Please contact your agent on-line should you have any questions. The issue of card details to confirm a booking constitutes a legal contract between the Albyn and the booker. These terms and conditions apply without exception. Please note that all extras incurred during your stay, must be paid by cash, no card payments on extras.

Cancellation policy
Changes and cancellations to your bookings to be advised 15 days prior to arrival or the full stay is due (31 days for New Year and special events). No-shows to be charged in full. Full non-refundable prepayment is due for groups of 2 rooms, Sporting event & Festivals. Damages (even discovered after departure) to beds, mattresses, furniture, en-suite facilities, linen and carpet will be charged to the customer at market value. Smoking (this includes E-cigarettes) in the house and grounds at front is prohibited; we charge a £250.00 penalty fee per offence, even if found when you have left. To prevent incurring any cancellation loss, we recommend that all our customers take out appropriate travel insurance. By reserving with us you agree to these terms & conditions. Any data gathered during the course of any booking may be held on computer. Please refer to our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

We ask that you check your confirmation on receipt and advise us of any errors immediately. We cannot be held responsible for any errors made during the booking process.


Check in Important notice!
Be aware of our B&B reception times;

  • Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Self Check-in Only
  • everyday Self check outs only.

Out of these hours? please get in touch to request a self check-in code to let yourself in, earliest is 2pm. If you have not been in touch, you will automatically receive this by SMS, do make sure that your mobile is up to date with the right country code.

Check out is by 10.30 am, charges apply for delayed check out.

Parking Add £10.00 per night, car check in 10.30am, check out 10.30am. Payable by cash only on arrival. I do not take responsibility for your vehicle after check out 10.30am, if you do wish to use the car park, kindly book an extra day @ £10.00. thank you. Unused parking will still be charged as we hold it for you, there is very limited availability, we will explain alternatives if we are fully booked. Don’t want to book parking with us, please check the following link: Need Directions. Please let us know or visit directions above. Or you can book direct with our parking partner NCP

Minimum stays apply at Weekends, Rugby Internationals, Edinburgh festivals and special events. Please note that we are unable to accept group bookings of more than 2 rooms (Max: 4 Persons). We do not accept hen and/or stag parties.

Sorry pet lovers we don’t accept your furry friend!! Doesn’t mean we don’t love them..ask Betty!!


We offer the best price for 4 Star Gold accommodation, hospitality
and service in Edinburgh

From £59.00 week-rate room only to £129.00 week-ends/rack-rate room only. Double King en-suite room.

From £69.00 week-rate room only to £149.00 week-ends/ rack-rate room only. Superior Double or Twin en-suite room.

From £69.00 week rate room only to £149.00 week ends/ rack-rate room only. Superior Double en-suite room.

From £75.00 week (for 2) rate room only to £129.00 week-ends (for 2)/rack-rate room only.

Although children are welcome, you must reserve a bed for them, no children in a parent’s bed. We regret that we will turn away any customers bringing additional people and exceeding the maximum room occupancy.

BREAKFAST Baskets (£9.00) or Les 4 Croissants (£6.00)
Additional £9.00 per person for basket or take away breakfast (available all week, order by 5pm day before latest)

How To Book

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