Looking for a family friendly break in Scotland? Dawn Geddes recommends The Knight Residence apartments Edinburgh
As parents, raising girls in a small rural town in Scotland, we love to take a family trip into Edinburgh. With so much history and culture, it’s the perfect place to have fun with our daughters.
On previous visits, however, we’ve always hit a stumbling block when deciding where to stay. Finding a hotel that offers family rooms can be tricky and, even when we do find one, we still have to be in bed by 8pm to appease our sleepy three-year-old.
On this stay, we decided to try The Knight Residence apartments on Lauriston Street.
Beautifully styled and extremely comfortable, it had everything we needed for a chilled out break
Situated in the Grassmarket area of the city, the five-star serviced apartments are owned by the Mansley group, which also offers holiday accommodation in London and Inverness.
Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, The Knight Residence apartments Edinburgh sounded like an ideal base for our family trip and, with a separate living area and two bedrooms to boot, my husband and I were hopeful that we might even get to have an evening to ourselves once the kids were in bed.
After arriving at Edinburgh train station with two very excited children, we decided to burn off some energy with a walk to the apartments through the beautiful winding streets of Grassmarket and past the city’s very own, and very cute, cat café – Maison de Moggy. Here, visitors can enjoy cake and a cuppa while they interact with the cafe’s “specialty cats”.
Away from the felines, we found the apartments easily and, after a quick check in at reception, we were shown up to The Knight Residence’s City Apartment, which was to be our home for the next two nights.
Beautifully styled and extremely comfortable, our apartment had everything we needed for a chilled-out break away.
With a plush living area, dining room and two bedrooms, we had plenty of space to relax and the girls had plenty of room to run around. The kitchen came with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer and an oven, as well as a welcome pack chock-a-block with essentials such as bread, milk, cereal, fruit juice, butter, jam and – to my delight – Nutella! I was particularly impressed that a selection of child friendly plastic plates and cutlery had been included for us to use, as well as the usual ceramic ones, helping to make family meal times a little less stressful.
After a bit of exploration (and a lot of R&R), we headed out for the afternoon to the fantastic National Museum of Scotland. Just a 15-minute walk away from the apartment, this free museum is packed full of history, hands-on exhibits and fun activities – perfect for a family day out.
My biggest bugbear when going away with the kids is that they are always too distracted and excited to eat anything when we go out for dinner, so we opted to have a laidback family meal in the apartment instead (we stopped off at Sainbury’s, just around the corner from The Knight Residence, on the way home from the museum).
After a stress-free dinner, we ventured out to see the phenomenal Thriller Live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
After a restful night, we were all up and about early, ready for another day in the city.
This time we ventured up the Royal Mile stopping and watching the street performers on the way. Once we reached the top, we admired the dramatic views across the city before entering Edinburgh Castle, where we spent the rest of the day exploring the fascinating fortress.
By the time we made it back “home”, we were all exhausted.
Two baths and one delicious Chinese take away later, the girls were tucked up in bed and we were left to enjoy a relaxing night in together in the apartment’s sitting room.
Since we didn’t have to worry about breathing too loudly and waking the kids, we threw caution to the wind and cracked open a bottle of Malibu…then watched an 18 movie, full blast on the apartment’s big screen TV.
When you’re parents of two, this is rock n’ roll…and we loved it.
How to get to The Knight Residence apartments Edinburgh without flying:
From Edinburgh Waverley station, walk west to the end of Princes Street, turn left onto Lothian Road, take the third left on to Bread Street and Lauriston Street is 50 metres along Bread Street on the right.
Words: Dawn Geddes for Feet on the Ground
Images: Kevin Geddes