Where to stay in Edinburgh: Porteous Studio
Porteous Studio is a beautiful holiday home located in the heart of Edinburgh. It's right next to the touristiest spots of the 'burgh, the bustling Grassmarket and the Instagram hotspot of The Vennel - yet so well hidden that even among locals it often remains unnoticed. Residents of Edinburgh, how many times have you queued at Mary's Milk Bar, without having a glance into the wee lane nextdoor?
Converted from an old garage of Porteous Pend, it is a very special place to stay. The Studio was created by Eilidh Izat and Jack Arundell and every single detail is beautifully designed. We particularly loved the stunning clay walls by Clayworks, the bespoke midcentury style sofa by Be Seated and the custom made kitchen by Namon Gaston and Richard Anstice of 56 North.
We enjoyed a complimentary 1 night stay at Porteous back in March, after winning their Instagram competition. We still have to pinch ourselves about it - we've been so lucky! Although we did not meet Eilidh and Jack (yet!) in person, they kindly arranged us some lovely welcome presents from the neighbouring Mary's Milk Bar and even some bubbly. Along with the treats, there was also a list of nice local restaurants, bars, cafes and indie shops recommended by our hosts.
We had the cosiest night sleep and woke up refreshed next morning, ready to play tourist at the Royal Mile - something we don't often have the chance to do in our home city. Eilidh and Jack, thank you very much for having us and we hope to catch you next time.
If you would like to spend your holiday at Porteous Studio, you can book your stay here. Both July and August dates are already looking pretty busy, but how about a long weekend in autumn?
Fóram - Porteous' supper club
Alternative to a stay, you also can come along to one of the monthly supper clubs held at the Studio. Keep an eye on the @porteous.studio Instagram account or sign up for Eilidh's and Jack's newsletter to get notified about future dates.
They have recently re-branded the supper club as 'Fóram' which is Gaelic for forum - a place of discussion and debate. The event is a celebration of local produce while diners share food, drinks and ideas together.
The dinner is cooked by three extremely talented chefs, Jack, Ben and Hamish who are all ex-Timberyard - pretty much a guarantee for deliciousness.