Tiny B&B wins prize in TripAdvisor Awards

Sue Thompson toasts her success with daughter Isabel Glass. Picture: Julie Bull

Sue Thompson toasts her success with daughter Isabel Glass. Picture: Julie Bull

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A TINY four-bedroom guest house is rivalling Edinburgh Castle as one of the Capital’s top attractions after being hailed by a leading travel website.

Six Brunton Place, run by former architect Sue Thompson, was ranked among the UK’s top B&Bs and Inns in the TripAdvisor Awards.

Despite having no previous experience in the industry, she switched careers six years ago – because she “felt like a change”.

And her hard work has now paid off after the five-star guest house made the prestigious list for the first time.

Ms Thompson said: “It’s great for us to have that recognition. I haven’t got a background in hospitality.

“I try to make it feel more like an individual home than a hotel. I have tried to make it more home from home.

“A lot of hotels and B&Bs have signs up which make them feel quite institutional but you don’t have to do that as long as you give guests the information they need.

“It is a discreet little place, fairly low-key. Most of the visitors are from overseas.

“And because we only have four bedrooms, it never feels overcrowded.”

Edinburgh enjoyed a strong performance in the TripAdvisor travellers’ choice awards, with The Chester Residence, the Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia all hailed.

Chester Residence general manager Jill Darling said it was a “great honour” to be recognised by TripAdvisor’s reviewers.

The plush West End hotel saw off competition from a host of others to be named the UK’s top luxury hotel, and also featured in the lists of the UK’s top 25 small hotels and the UK’s top 25 hotels for service.

Ms Darling added: ”It’s a great honour to be recognised by TripAdvisor for these awards and especially to be named number one in the UK’s top 25 luxury hotels.

“It means so much to our team to be recognised by our guests for all their hard work and dedication.

“We’d like to thank all of the guests who voted for us and we will continue to take great pleasure in ensuring their future stays with us are as comfortable and memorable as possible.”

Edinburgh Castle was named second in the list of the UK’s top 10 landmarks behind the Tower of London, but ahead of the likes of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Royal Yacht Britannia, moored at Ocean Terminal in Leith, was just behind in third place.

Nick Finnigan, executive manager of Edinburgh Castle, said: “Pairing centuries of history with an iconic setting, at the heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle offers a truly unique experience for our visitors, and to be named the second top rated landmark by our customers, in this UK-wide awards initiative, is testament to the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of castle staff.”

The National Museum of Scotland, which came sixth in the list of UK museums, also featured in Europe’s top 25 museums, coming in 22nd ahead of London’s Churchill War Rooms.

Edinburgh itself was named the UK’s second most popular destination, and also made Europe’s top 25.