ALTIDO Observatory HouseEdinburgh
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Edinburgh's unique hilltop retreat, Observatory House offers a unique, tranquil, retreat on top of Calton Hill, just a short walk from the city centre. Situated on the corner of Collective, an old astronomical observatory now reborn as a centre for contemporary art, your stay will directly support Collective's mission to bring people together around art.
Just a short walk away from the front door guests will find acclaimed restaurant The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage where you can dine out with the best view in Edinburgh.
The House has a rich history, with the oldest tower section dating back to 1776 and the first attempt to build an astronomical observatory for Edinburgh. Recently Collective embarked on an ambitious project to restore the interior and transform it with a sophisticated and contemporary renovation mixing warm, natural materials and colours with a suite of new feature art works specially commissioned from artists close to our heart.
With a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, Observatory House provides a perfect self-contained base for up to four guests to explore the city from. The House comprises two floors which boast spectacular views across the city on all sides. Enjoy breakfast looking out over the nearby National Monument, and watch the sunset over the city from your four-poster bed in the Astronomer’s Suite.
Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen
The living room looks out across the city to the west and to the National Monument to the east. The room features a large corner sofa, snug reading nook, perfect for settling down with your favorite book and a smart TV.
The fully-equipped kitchen catches the morning light and has a stunning outlook across Calton Hill to the National Monument. Drawing on the Monument for inspiration, artist Thomas Aitchison was commissioned to produce a bespoke fitted kitchen which reflects its iconic silhouette.
The dining room of Observatory House is located in the Gothic Tower, the oldest part of the house, with spectacular views across the city on all sides. This is the perfect place to host your family and friends for a night they won’t forget. This room features a large dining table which seats 8 and specially-commissioned wall paintings by artist Christian Newby.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The House has two bedrooms accommodating up to 4 guests.
The Astronomer’s Suite is the master bedroom of Observatory House, with a super king-sized four-poster bed and connected bathroom featuring freestanding Lusso bath and walk-in shower. Relax in the bath with a glass of champagne, looking directly out to the stunning views of Edinburgh. The suite is in the Gothic Tower, the oldest part of the House, with unrivalled views across the city on all sides and features an original light and fabric installation by artist Rachel Adams.
The Observer’s Room is a spacious second bedroom with a super king-sized bed. A shower room is located next door on the landing.
A cosy east-facing garden with outdoor seating for four is located to the east of the house. A great place to have an Al Fresco breakfast as you watch the sunrise over the city skyline.
There is parking available nearby at the OmniCentre, your greeter will give you a card for a 50% discount on your arrival.
Guests will have full, unrestricted access to the House. Due to its unique location, there is no parking available directly outside the House; however, luggage drop-off by car and food van deliveries are permitted via the Calton Hill access road.
This home is managed on behalf of Collective by ALTIDO, which offers a wide selection of top-quality properties across Europe.
Observatory House was built over 200 years ago and although the City Observatory site itself is wheelchair accessible, unfortunately the House is not due to steps and staircases which cannot be ramped.
The House is located on the summit of Calton Hill (105m above sea level). Drop-off by car or taxi is permitted via the Calton Hill access road; however, due to its unique location there is no resident parking on the Hill for House guests.
Laundry and Extra Appliances:
The House has a washing machine, ironing board and iron.
We regret that pets are not permitted at Observatory House.
About the host
Collective is a charity with a mission to bring people together around art. From our home on Calton Hill we support artists in presenting their new work to a wide audience. We work with local children and young people to provide opportunities for play and creativity at Collective.
Observatory House is the oldest building on our site and part of the historic observatory which Collective redeveloped as a centre for contemporary art in 2018. All proceeds from the House support Collective’s charitable mission and work.
Attractions within walking distance of the House include the National Gallery, City Art Centre, National Museum, Castle and many more. We’d also love to share our knowledge of the less-hyped Edinburgh too, from the vibrant contemporary art galleries such as Talbot Rice Gallery and Dovecot, to alternative ways to understand the city like Black History walking tours and smaller, independent museums.
Just a short walk away from the front door guests will find our acclaimed restaurant partner, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage. Eat out with the best view in Edinburgh, or let the Lookout come to you with one of their special in-house dining packages.
Edinburgh city centre also boasts a wonderful array of restaurants and food options. For more of a local feel, Leith, Easter Road and Abbeyhill are just to the north and east of Calton Hill and have many small restaurants, bars, and coffee shops on offer. If you’d like to stay in and enjoy the House, small independent food shops and mini-markets are close by, or online deliveries can drop food to you close to the House.
ALTIDO Scotland wants you to have a fantastic stay, so encourage you to see the space as a home away from home - treating it as though it is yours! There are, of course, a few things we politely ask guests to note before their arrival and throughout their stay:
- Strictly no smoking, no parties, no pets
- Dispose of rubbish appropriately
- Keep the property clean and tidy
- Whilst washing up and stripping the beds at check out would be appreciated, it is by no means expected
- Quiet hours are between 10:00 PM and 9:00 AM. Please keep the noise down and respect other neighbours in the building
- Please remember to close all windows and doors when leaving the space
- To ensure the safety of our current and future guests, we ask all guests to complete our online check-in form and to provide a valid form of identification.
- Careful attention to the keys is extremely important. Guests are responsible for any additional costs resulting from misplaced keys or locksmith call-outs.
Check-in: 15:00 - 22:00
Standard occupancy: 4
Max occupancy: 4