The House

•   Architecture Mingalar (formerly called NumberTwo) is in the Georgian ‘New Town’ which was built between 1760 and 1850 - the first real piece of town planning in Britain. Mingalar was built in the 1840's. The ‘New Town’ is a World Heritage Site and the house itself is a Grade II listed building which means that its appearance and structure cannot be altered without planning permission, the aim being to preserve the whole 'Georgian' appearance of this part of town.
Mingalar is a Burmese name meaning 'Good Fortune' (or probably more accurately 'good vibes'!) and we hope that is what it can bring to visitors staying there (it won't always work with the weather!).
•   Position Mingalar is on the North side of Princes Street and is within easy walking distance - it is a genuine 10 minutes from Princes Street. However, Edinburgh is a city of hills so allow 15 minutes going up FROM Mingalar to Princes Street, the Tourist Information Centre and Waverley Railway Station!
From Princes Street all the major visitor attractions are within (walking) reach: the Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, museums, galleries and shopping areas.
There are buses to the City Centre from outside the house but walking is easier and often quicker. Taxis to/from the centre, including the railway station cost £4 - £5 depending on traffic.
•   Size The house has three floors - with six/eight rooms, depending on the season. There are four family rooms on the the top and ground floors, two double rooms on the same floors, and two smaller double rooms on the lower ground floors. There are no twin rooms as such but two of the smaller family rooms can be used as twin rooms. (For details please see our information on rooms and prices.)
•   Non-Smoking The house is completely non-smoking. We ask guests to respect the non-smoking signs inside the house. If guests wish to smoke they can use the back garden patio at any time.