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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 4 people. One double and one twin room. Comfortable lounge

The apartment, which sleeps 4 people, has recently been refurbished to a high standard in a modern style and comprises a living room with a gas fueled stove, a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms one with twin beds, a bathroom with a bath and shower over and a small entrance hall. It offers comfortable, contemporary living within a building of character and historic interest.

The living room is a stylish, modern room with two sofas a dining area and a TV with Free view and a DVD/CD player. There is also free Internet/ broadband access with Wi-Fi.

The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with a wide range of good quality utensils and equipment including a cooker, hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and microwave.

The apartment has an attractive walled garden, shared with other residents, which provides an ideal setting for an evening drink or a lunchtime sandwich.

An ideal location ...

Duncan’s Land is located in the vibrant Stockbridge area of the city where you will find a wide range of interesting and unusual shops along with many cafes and restaurants. There is a small Sainsbury’s supermarket two minutes from the apartment open until 11.00 pm. The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes away, along which you can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art in about half an hour. It’s a delightful walk and you wouldn’t think you were in the city – all you can hear is the water and the local wildlife. The city center and Princes Street is within easy walking distance and has an excellent bus service. A Starbucks coffee shop is just round the corner - and you are just ten minutes walk from city center restaurants.

Edinburgh city centre ...

The city centre, Princes Street and the Royal Mile are within easy walking distance - uphill going there but downhill coming back! It’s a five minute taxi ride but there is also an excellent bus service. Edinburgh is the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, the Jazz and Blues Festival and many more. Google ‘Edinburgh Festivals’ for a full guide. Edinburgh is also a city of culture throughout the year with art galleries, theatres, concert halls and cinemas. Other attractions include Edinburgh castle, Holyrood palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Dungeon, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Zoo (with the pandas), the National Gallery of Scotland and the Modern Art Gallery, the Royal Botanic Gardens as well as the Georgian New Town and the historic Royal Mile.

Wonderful local walks ...

The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes from the apartment. You can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art or the Dean Gallery in about half an hour and get a coffee before deciding to return. Dean village, described as 'a tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith', is half way and really beautiful. Six Antony Gormley statues are located on the Water of Leith. One is just under the bridge next to the apartment and another is at the entrance to the Modern Art gallery.

A little bit of history ...

Duncan’s Land is a merchant's house built about 1790 from the stones of demolished buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It was the birthplace of the artist, David Roberts (1796-1864), who worked as a scene painter at Edinburgh's Theatre Royal and London's Covent Garden. In 1830, he was appointed President of the Society of British Artists. During the following decade he toured the Far East, producing a celebrated series of paintings of Egyptian scenes and antiquities. A plaque on the wall of the house celebrates his birthplace.

A stone lintel, with the inscription, ‘Fear God Onlye, 1605’ was originally in a property on Bank street just off the Royal Mile. We think the staircase probably came from the same site. Duncan's Land is mentioned in Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh by James Grant, which was printed as a periodical in the 1880s. A drawing of Duncan's Land by E. W. Cooke R.A., is dated 1853 and appears in Ballantine, J., (1866), The life of David Roberts, R.A. published by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh.

Charley Boorman visits Stockbridge…

'The elegant district of Stockbridge is 'The One Thing' that completes any trip to Edinburgh' says Charley. Charley visits St. Bernard's Well, a picturesque Doric temple built on a renowned healing spring, and then explores some of the many attractions of Stockbridge. Find the video on YouTube using the search words Charley Boorman, Stockbridge.

More Details

Property Manager
Morag Cosford
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Morag,

I didn't have time to write a note this morning so I wanted to e-mail and say how very much we enjoyed our stay at Duncan's Land. On our only previous visit we had stayed on the other side of town, so Stockbridge was a revelation. We loved the shops, the farmers' market, and the proximity to the Botanical Gardens and the International Book Festival as well as the Fringe.

Your thoughtfulness in stocking the kitchen with tea, milk, coffee, bread and jams was much appreciated after our journey. And we found the apartment superbly comfortable and a real oasis for rest after all our activities around town.

Your property is lovely and I hope we have the opportunity to rent it again.

Best,

Gail
Aug 2012
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in New Town in Stockbridge

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please dispose of all refuse before departure and leave one set of apartment keys back in key safe .
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, toilet and wash-hand basin. There are shelves for toiletries.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The twin bedroom has a built in wardrobe and what we believe to be an original eighteenth century fireplace. The window overlooks the garden. The double bedroom has a queen size bed, a full length mirror and a large built in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. The window overlooks a lane that runs alongside the property.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The living room has an fireplace with a recently installed gas stove. Electricity, linen and towels are included in the price. An iron, ironing board and hairdryer are provided. A travel cot, high chair and children's plates and cutlery can be provided on request at no extra cost. We give particular attention to ensuring the apartment is spotlessly clean on your arrival. No smoking and no pets please. Please note that the apartment is located on the first floor and there is no lift. Access is by an eighteenth century spiral staircase.

Reviews

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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town
average rating of 4.714286 based on 74 reviews
5

It was outstanding. Great location; near everything. Also walking distance to all the sites

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and in an historic establishment. The host and the neighbor were so friendly and helpful. The host was very helpful and accommodating. I would plan to stay longer on my next trip at this place. I would highly recommend this place to everyone

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to leave a great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Duncansland. Hopefully we will see you again soon for a longer visit.
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5

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, historical, great location! Friendly neighborhood, beautiful surroundings. Hosts were professional and very accommodating of our needs. Took buses, walked or Uber to get everywhere. If I'm ever in Edinburgh again I will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely feedback . So happy that your stay went well and look forward to you returning some day . Morag
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5

Great retreat after a busy day in the city

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely modern apartment in an very old historical building. My husband and I stayed here with another couple of friends. We had all come for a few days at the Fringe. The apartment is situated up one flight of spiral stairs. On arrival there is a welcome pack waiting for new guests. Round the corner from the Apartment there is a bustling main street offering a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as many interesting shops. There is also a local Sainsbury's.

The Botanicical gardens were a short walk away and The water of Leith is an ever shorter walk away. The centre of Edinburgh is 20-25 minutes walk, albeit some of it uphill. The area is also served by three bus services which run reasonably frequently during the week.

This is an ideal cosy retreat to return to after a busy day sight seeing, theatre going or Fringe venue finding. This was the second time we had all stayed here. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Comfortable basic apartment

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is very basic with what you would expect from an apartment at this price point. Two of us stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed the apartment. It has a roomy living area and dining table. The kitchen is fully equipped. No washer and dryer. The bathroom is small, but for an old building it's fine. We had a couple minor issues and the owner, Morag was extremely responsive. The apartment is about 1 mile from all the action, but an enjoyable and easy stroll. With that said there are lots of restaurants in the immediate area, including an excellent Thai restaurant, attached to the building. I would stay again

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Very unique, great location

  • 4 of 5

Roomy, spacious flat in a great neighborhood (neighbourhood) with a beautiful country garden. Had all amenities and basic supplies. Easy walking distance to old town, castle and Princese Street shopping. Plenty of local restaurants, shops and cafes nearby. Only downfall was the restaurant below could be a little loud at times. Owners were very accommodating. On street parking (slight cost during day, free at night) available. Seems like a very safe area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very full review and I am glad you had a pleasant visit . I was not aware of any noise issue from the restaurant - I believe it closes at 11 pm but probably it is later than that by the time everybody disperses . I shall talk to the manager and make him aware of this issue . I know that many of my guests use the restaurant so I would expect him to be helpful ! Thanks for bringing it to my attention . Morag
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Spacious 2 bedroom.

  • 3 of 5

This was a great place for our short stay in Edinburgh. The apartment is spacious for 3-4 people. There are restaurants, groceries and shopping near by. The only downfall are the unpleasant oil smells that come from the Thai restarant downstairs and the smokers out front whose smells come through the windows. Other wise a clean nice place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for making the time to write a review . I am glad that you enjoyed the area and that the apartment met your needs. I am sorry about the different smells from the restaurant below . I have noticed the cooking smells when I have had the kitchen window open but not when it is closed . I have not noticed the smoking smells but then I am not there in the evening . As you probably know smoking on the street is permitted here with no restrictions in relation to entrances. I don't think we can get much change with the cooking smells but I will speak to the restaurant manager about the smoking and suggest he ask his customers to cross to the other side of the road to smoke which Should make a difference. Thanks for bringing this to my notice . Morag
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Location

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Metres
Baillie bar
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Rosyth Ferry Terminal,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Prestonfield Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M 8
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Stockbridge Restaurant
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Hillend - UK's Largest Artificial Ski Run
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Portobello
Car: not necessary

Duncan's Land is an historic Georgian house in central Edinburgh with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 2 to 4 people. Down a few steps and through a delightful garden is the door to the old stone spiral stairs that leads up to this neat and comfortable first floor flat. You are welcome to sit out in the shared garden, and there are lovely walks along the Water of Leith nearby.

Duncan's Land is in a quiet position, and just at the bottom of the street is the 'village' of Stockbridge. Here the Sainsbury's Local stays open until 11pm, and there are lots of small interesting shops including the wonderful Mellis artisan cheese shop. Cafés and pubs and restaurants abound.

It's a 12 minute walk to Princes Street and a pleasurable 10 minutes back again (downhill!) through some of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets. If you prefer the bus, Stockbridge has a good, regular service.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in New Town, Edinburgh and Lothians

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
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£125
£850
 
 
High Season
22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£465
for 3 nights
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£155
£1,050
 
 
Mid Season
4 Jan 2018 - 28 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
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£125
£850
 
 
High Season
29 Mar 2018 - 3 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£465
for 3 nights
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£155
 
 
Mid Season
4 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
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£125
£850
 
 
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£465
for 3 nights
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£155
£1,050
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
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£850
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Six Nation weekends rental is £150 per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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