Welcome to Scott House
We would like to welcome you to our newly restored Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Scotland’s Capital. After five years of struggle hope we’ve managed to bring this old lady gracefully into the 21st century.
Our period B&B is a family-owned and run establishment. The house boasts an interesting history (which you can read about in the History section below) and we’ve tried very hard to maintain the period charm.
Each room has been individually designed and thoughtfully furnished, with period pieces and attention to detail. The bathrooms all have free-standing baths and separate showers. All rooms although traditionally furnished have large flat, Smart TV and wi-fi.
Breakfast is served from 8.30 am until 9.30 am – (earlier by request) in our elegant dining room where we offer a selection of continental breakfast and full Scottish breakfast cooked to order.
History of Scott House
Broughton Village was a village in its own right , with its own jailhouse and gallows (formerly outside the Barony Bar) but by 1800 it had begun to be swallowed up by the advancing Edinburgh New Town. New Plans to extend the New Town East showed Broughton Place forming part of an extension into Broughton village Plans were drawn up around 1803 by Sibbald and Reid architects for the overall lay-out and Hugh Cairncross, a former assistant of Robert Adam and project manager, overseeing the building of Calzean Castle in Ayrshire designed a layout for Broughton Place which was to be lined with two-storey palace blocks similar to the already existing Heriot Row but on a smaller scale.
The first resident of no. 6 was a James Burn and his family of five children, his wife and two servants. He was an advocate and writer to the signet. Next came Cecilia Aitchison (formerly Kerr) who’s father Alexander Robert Kerr a sea captain served alongside Admiral Lord Nelson at Trafalgar. No. 6 was bought for her and her husband Francis as a wedding present and so became Cecilia’s marital home and where she would stay for the rest of her life. It was after her death in 1898 that the house was turned into warehousing by Messrs. William Ingram and Sons. It was around this time 6 Broughton Place became the Amazon of its day, sending out first horse and carts and later a fleet of small vans to deliver everything a home-owner needed – from clothes pegs to jars of face cream to cigarettes. It remained in the Ingram family as warehousing until the 1970s when it was sold to a cleaning company which then sold it on to an investment company which rented the property as offices until 2009.
The then owners weren’t prepared to spend the considerable amounts needed to maintain and repair the building and when the last tenants moved out in 2009 it lay empty for a time until we bought it and we have been renovating it since and now would like to share its special atmosphere with guests and let you experience some of the fine Georgian grandeur and space of the house.
The Restoration of Scott House
It’s taken five years to complete the total restoration of this lovely old grade ‘A’ Georgian townhouse. It took one year to get through planning for change of use, listed building consent, World Heritage committee inspection and Historical Scotland agreement to manage to come out the other side – ready to bring her back to life as a house and a home.
When I found her, she stood abandoned, unloved and riddled with damp. Six Broughton Palace had been nobody’s home since 1898. Years of warehousing and carved up rented office space had taken a sad toll on this once elegant building. As the house was in a semi-derelict state, she had to be striped back to the bare bones. Although I tried to salvage as many of the original features as I could, much needed replacing. Fireplaces and inserts once ripped out were sourced and replaced from reclamation yards; missing and damaged cornicing was carefully copied, remoulded and put back.
Dados were copied and re-instated, picture rails, shutters, architraves and facings copied and run at one of the few remaining local wood turning yards. Mismatched doors were replaced with matching Georgian six panelled ones and period style door furniture sourced and installed. New floors had to be laid, as most of the original ones were cut up or sloping away or rotten. The flagstones in the vestibule were carefully stripped and cleaned. Luckily I had an understanding joiner who was here on and off (as I found the money) for over three years.
As you can see – this project has certainly been a labour of love. Now I’m happy to invite you to share the results.