Porteous’ Studio


Porteous Studio is an Architect designed holiday home in the Grassmarket. The best natural materials have been used to create a calming and peaceful haven in Edinburgh. The perfect base to explore the city. 

We have used the finest local craftspeople and materials. All the furniture, oak screens and kitchen are made from a single native oak tree from East Lothian. Namon Gaston the furniture maker is a master of both design and making, he worked with us to make the furniture for the space.

As the studio lies within the heart of the Grassmarket it really is the perfect base for exploring the cities sites and historical landmarks. It sits within the old city walls and the shadow of the castle.


The Grassmarket area is very atmospheric, historic and lively. In the shadow or the castle the Grassmarket was originally a timber market which changed into livestock. Its a very old part of the city, which in the past wasn’t full of the most desirable people. Captain Porteous was publicly lynched in the Grassmarket and there was a permanent scaffold for hangings. In more recent times the square was dug up and vegetables grown to help feed the city during the war period. And now we have a market every Saturday with some great local food and produce. Many events take place throughout the year.

Porteous Studio sits down a narrow lane called Porteous’ Pend. It used to be a blacksmiths workshop for the carriages, coaches and horses. The old buildings walls are almost 1m thick. When renovating the space we were advised not to excavate the floor area because of what might lie beneath the site. When inside the studio the material palette is very calming, natural clay plaster, grey limestone and oak create a beautiful atmosphere. Somewhere to relax.

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