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We Are Open For Hogmanay

Come and stay with us this Hogmanay and experience all that Edinburgh can offer. 4 nights from £916 - 2 people sharing, includes Full Scottish Breakfast by candle light.

Please have a look at our online booking and why not spend Hogmanay with us. Free parking included with all direct bookings.

Coming to Edinburgh in August?

Are you planning a trip to Edinburgh this August for the Edinburgh Festival, taking in a show at the Fringe or just in need of a break away?

If so, we have rooms and availability during the month of August. Please have a look at our online booking and why not spend sometime with us. Free parking included with all direct bookings.

Taylor Swift comes to Edinburgh

Taylor Swift will bring her record-breaking Eras Tour to the UK and Scotland in 2024 including three nights at BT Murrayfield Stadium, here in Edinburgh.

If you managed to get a Taylor Swift ticket for Friday 7th June 2024, Saturday 8th June 2024 or Sunday 9th June 2024 why not stay with us at 23 Mayfield. We are only a short distance from Murrayfield. Contact us now for availability and prices.

If you’re after an intimate B&B experience—but one that’s a bit elevated—this grand Victorian guest house is perfect.

Reviewed by KRYSTIN ARNESON for

Take us there: What do you see as you arrive? What's the vibe of 23 Mayfield?
23 Mayfield, a circa-1868 century guesthouse, is a mile from the city center, and during the heady days of the Fringe, it can feel like a respite. It's also an inviting retreat at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Walking into it feels rather like entering your wealthy uncle's country estate. The property is truly grand, and although the first impression is one of refined formality—it is Victorian, after all—it also invites you to make yourself at home. If you’re after an intimate B&B experience—but one that’s a bit elevated—23 Mayfield is perfect. It's no surprise that the guesthouse has been racking up accolades over the years, and a night here will convince you that it deserves every one.

Any good stories?
The house was built in 1868 for a cotton merchant, and Gandhi's grandson once stayed here.

What are the rooms like?
The seven spacious rooms are filled with hand-carved Tudor mahogany furniture (including comfortable canopied four-poster beds), gilded mirrors and frames, leather club chairs, tweedy accents (pillows, lampshades), and plush throw blankets. Despite the classic vibe, there are tech perks like smart TVs and Bluetooth radios. Bathrooms are luxurious and modern, with sleek rainfall showers, anti-mist mirrors, and Penhaligon toiletries. Thoughtful other details include loose tea instead of bags, ground coffee instead of instant, Borders biscuits, and water infused with lemon and rosemary.

We can't resist—tell us about this breakfast. What makes it so special?
This hotel serves one of the best breakfasts in Edinburgh: a full Scottish spread that utilizes a bounty of local produce, including marshmallow pancakes, porridge with whisky, and an incredible take on the Egg McMuffin. Even the grilled tomatoes, seasoned overnight, are perfection. It's all served in a dramatic dining room, which has an embellished period ceiling, slate walls, and stained glass windows.

How do the staff treat you?
Owners Ross and Kathleen Birnie are absolutely wonderful, and they're on-hand to dispense local expertise. They'll also help you arrange a tour of the city with a local guide, if you'd like.

What's the surrounding area like?
The guesthouse is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, and the guests here fit right in. There are a few restaurants and pubs within walking distance, but most of the activity will start as you head into the center.

Any other details that make your stay that much more comfortable?
There's a wonderful black-and-white classic film club room, as well as plenty of books to borrow. We suggest finding a vacation read, nabbing a spot on the wonderfully worn Chesterfield sofas, and choosing a tipple from the honesty bar—if you have kids with you, they'll love the large Connect Four set. One thing to note: under-3s aren't allowed.

Bottom line: Worth it? Why?
Absolutely—this is one of the best-value properties in the city.

Keepin The Heid - Mary Queen of Scots mini film

The filming of Keepin The Heid was recently completed in our Club Room

The Heid - Mary Queen of Scots mini film

The Heid - Mary Queen of Scots mini film

Luxury accommodation giving B&Bs a makeover
Edinburgh Evening News - 26/06/2013

Think of a traditional, old fashioned B&B breakfast and it’ll probably consist of cereal, fry-up, a bit of toast and a glass of juice.

Nothing wrong with that, but nothing to write home about either.

Which is why Ross Birnie’s B&B breakfasts are the kind of morning extravaganza that have landed them a mention in the Michelin accommodation guide.

Indeed, his pigs’ head breakfast was inspired by an Edinburgh Michelin star restaurant’s menu – a whole pig’s head slowly cooked for eight hours, the succulent meat carefully removed and then grilled, served with mushroom and soft poached egg.

Read full article here

We have now been awarded and graded 5 star GOLD with both the Scottish Tourist Board and also AA - see our awards page for a full list.

Complimentary Toiletries

The Noble Isle fragrance collections feature quintessentially British natural extracts, carefully sourced from locally celebrated producers throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Shunning the ordinary in favour of the original, we combined the finest fragrance and natural extracts with the best of design to create a luxurious collection of unisex Bath and body products.

Noble Isle

We have chosen the following:

Shampoo - Perry Pear
Perry Pear from the Gloucestershire Orchards is the source of our Perry Pear Hair care collection. Perry Pear contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants, vitamin C and copper, which help boost the skin and hair’s natural defences against free radicals. Our Perry Pear collection is a sparkling orchard fragrance, filled with ripe fruit and orange blossom making your hair feel fresh and clean.

Heather Honey - hand lotion
Heather Honey from the Perthshire Highlands is the source of our white floral Heather Honey Hand Care collection. Heather Honey gathered from the Scottish Highlands – being unusually replete with iron, protein and healthy antioxidants – is revered for its restorative and skin-soothing properties. Our Heather Honey collection, is a bright composition of white blooms with delicate notes of jasmine, magnolia and neroli.

Whiskey and Water - shower gel and hand wash
Malted Barley from the famous Balvenie distillery in Scotland is the source of the rich and warming Whisky & Water Bath & Body collection. Barley is a natural skin calmer, containing a wealth of proteins and B-group vitamins, which help promote healthy skin condition and tone. Our Whisky & Water collection is woody and spicy, evoking an aromatic, warm and handsome fragrance.

Rhubarb Rhubarb - shower gel
The best-selling Rhubarb Rhubarb! Bath & Body collection is fragranced with the underlying notes of bittersweet rhubarb, tart citrus and green herbs – truly capturing the scent of this unique perennial plant. Noble Isle created the original Rhubarb fragrance within the fragrance world in 2011. Rhubarb is a natural cleanser, packed with vitamin C and calcium, as well as being known for its invigorating properties.

23 Mayfield has now been awarded a Michelin Guide Guest House.


23 Mayfield is now in the Finals for AA best Scottish Guest accommodation  ,the awards will be in London at the Royal Horse Guards Hotel on May 16th !! 

23 Mayfield has now been awarded 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board and AA 

Guests are now welcome to invite non - residents to join them for breakfast at £10 per head.

23 Mayfield has just been reviewed on Fodor's Travel Intelligence

23 Mayfield has just been reviewed on Conde Nast Traveller

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