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Beautiful, Top Quality Apartment in the Heart of Edinburgh’s Historic New Town

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Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday apartment in New Town - Forbes' Residence

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, luxury 'home from home' in the city centre

Edinburgh is one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic destinations in the world. Built in 1805, this beautiful and elegant four bedroom apartment is located in the ‘East Village’ of the New Town.

Recently transformed by Edinburgh's well known interior designer, Emily Black, the Forbes’ Residence has a stylish, contemporary Scottish theme and can accommodate up to eight adults.

This luxurious ‘home from home’ has original stripped Canadian wooden floors, detailed cornicing, a flagstone kitchen and beautiful fireplaces. It offers a glimpse of life as a 19th century wealthy merchant - a fine example of Georgian architecture at its very best.

From the pewter stag’s head in the drawing room, to the salmon fish wallpaper in the kitchen and the 'touch of thistles' adorning the spacious accommodation, ambiance and a sense of history pour out of every nook and cranny in this 18th century building which was previously home to Scottish artist Anne Redpath.

Located just a few minutes walk away from the historic city centre, visitors have easy access to the many cultural, shopping and restaurant delights that Edinburgh has to offer. Beyond the city itself, there are world-renowned golf courses, beautiful coastal villages and stunning countryside.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Hannah Forbes
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016

About Hannah Forbes

Gordon was born and raised in Edinburgh. Hannah is from England, but spent many years living in Kenya and South Africa. We have three wonderful children, two of whom are at university, with one still at school.

Hannah Forbes purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Hannah Forbes chose Edinburgh

We decided to buy a second home and spent two weekends seeing more than 50 properties. The minute we walked through the door we knew that this was the one for us. It is beautifully proportioned with 14' ceilings, retains many original features, is in a beautiful Georgian building, and located in the wonderful East End of the city with walking distance to everything. We never use a car when we are there, and feel immersed in the fabric of the city.

We use the apartment often ourselves, but also love that we can share it with our discerning visitors.

What makes this apartment unique

This is far from a typical holiday rental. It is a gorgeous, top quality, much-loved second home.

You will forgive us for asking about your group before a booking is confirmed. We want to ensure that our apartment is well looked after, and ask all our guests to be respectful of the other residents in the building who live there permanently are all lovely people.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are most grateful for you allowing us to rent your home for a week. It is a magical place and we loved it. Everything was in perfect order. Yours, in thanks.
Aug 2014
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based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful, Top Quality Apartment in the Heart of Edinburgh’s Historic New Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Livermore CA, USA

Central yet Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Hannah's apartment was perfect for our family trip to the fringe. Very central (3 mins walk to comedy club and Portrtait Gallery) yet perfectly quiet at night. Great accommodation once inside, spacious, well-decorated / furnished and spotlessly clean. Everyone loved the apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay! Hannah.
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Picture Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 6 visiting Edinburgh on a family reunion.

This apartment is perfectly located for walking to all main attractions in the city. There is a small market at the end of the road, where we bought all we needed for breakfast.

The apartment itself is very large and well equipped! Tastefully decorated and with very comfortable beds!

We all had a great time staying in Edinburgh and would stay in this property all over again.

Truly recommend it!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely feedback and recommendation. We are lucky to have everything so nearby - restaurants, shops and everything that our beautiful city has to offer. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Hannah.
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Lovely Edinburgh Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is every bit as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. It is a perfect place for an Edinburgh holiday: on a quiet street, close to wonderful restaurants, and within easy walking distance of top attractions. Truly special!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this fabulous feedback Les. We're delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and hope you'll be back soon. Hannah
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Loved it! Gorgeous and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

After checking out many different flats, I kept coming back to the one with the fish wallpaper. I'm so glad I chose it. It was as gorgeous as advertised. Wonderful combination of age and history with renovated, modern touches. I was obsessed with opening up the wooden Georgian shutters every morning, to see the street view in the front, and the garden view in the back.

We had 6 adults and 2 kids and it suited us perfectly. We had many meals in the well-stocked kitchen, and enjoyed the large, comfy living room to watch Olympics in.

Location is also wonderful. It was a 10-minute walk to Waverly Station, and about 20-25 mins to Old Town and the castle. We walked everywhere. My kids are 6 and 8, and there was a great playground in King George V Park about 5 min walk away. The neighborhood had tons of corner stores and delicious restaurant options as well. There was a Tesco Express close by. Not very noisy either for being in a pretty vibrant location. I'm glad we stayed where we did since Old Town was crazy busy with Festival activities. Where we were was much more relaxed, no major crowds, but still close by.

No regrets with this place! Would definitely recommend and stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. It's always a joy to hear other people's views about the apartment and reminds us how we felt when we first stayed there ourselves. Like you, we loved looking out of the windows in the morning, and had such fun choosing wallpapers and furniture to complement the beautiful old building. And being able to go out and walk to everything so easily. It's fabulous for Christmas and New Year by the way! So pleased you had a great trip and we hope to see you again in the future. Hannah.
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Wanted To Stay Forever!

  • 5 of 5

There were four families sharing a flat for our vacation and this was the ideal accommodation. The flat was centrally located within easy walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go including local grocery shopping, good restaurants, the train station and Princes Street and beyond. It was beautifully appointed and thankfully, on the first floor with only 1 long flight of stairs to negotiate with our luggage. It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay including a beautiful kitchen with everything needed for cooking/dining in when desired, internet, a lovely living room equipped with a TV and a washer/dryer (much appreciated after having traveled for a week prior with hotel stays). It truly was perfection and all 7 of us wanted to extend our stay......if only we didn't have jobs to return to.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable, beautiful 4 bdrm apartment with easy access to airport & all of Edinburgh.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 really loved staying at the Forbes' gorgeous apartment in lovely New Town. We recommend this apartment to anyone looking for 4 bedrooms in Edinburgh. The apartment is conveniently on the first floor - no dragging cases up multiple flights of stairs. It's much more spacious than the photo's portray. Spotlessly clean & beautifully decorated w v high ceilings and lovely tall windows - it's a most comfortable place to spend time with your family. We needed the 4 bedrooms - and they were all v comfortable - great beds, down pillows & lovely sheets. The 2 bathrooms had plenty of space for all our toiletries & no shortage of hot water. The kitchen easily accommodates 6-8 people and is v well appointed. The neighbourhood is residential with wonderful amenities 1 block away - a great local pub, excellent coffee shops, small restaurants, fab wineshop, and remarkably well stocked small food stores. The tram stops are quite close (approx 3 blocks) - so it's really easy to get to from the airport. The apartment is within comfortable walking distance of the old city, Arthurs Seat, Stockbridge etc. and within v easy access (3 blocks)of buses farther afield. Some of our family were arriving v early on transatlantic flights and the owners kindly allowed us early access to the apartment. The housekeeper was really welcoming & helpful and very easy to contact if necessary. My family agree that renting this apartment was a remarkably positive experience all around.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh and that our apartment worked so well for you. Hope to see you again in the future!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Magnum, Albany Street
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Scotland's Golf Coast
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Waverley Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
L'Escargot Bleu, Broughton Street
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
East Lothian beaches
Car: not necessary

Located literally a few minutes walk away from the historic city centre, visitors have easy access to the many cultural, shopping and restaurant delights that Edinburgh has to offer. Beyond the city itself, there are world-renowned golf courses, beautiful coastal villages and stunning countryside.

Edinburgh is a food-lovers’ heaven with many iconic restaurants. The city boasts an incredible 7 Michelin-starred restaurants. These include Tom Kitchen’s establishments, Martin Wishart’s Leith ventures, amazing food at the Balmoral No 1 location at the East End of Princes Street, and the newly refurbished Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel offering the Galvin brothers’ food at the West End. Beyond this there are hundreds of amazing restaurants to try within a 15 minute walk of the Forbes’ Residence.

If you enjoy shopping and wish to sample the café culture, it is all on your doorstep. Harvey Nichols, the iconic Jenners store (an Edinburgh institution!), Multrees Walk with its plethora of designer shops, the gorgeous George Street, and Princes Street which houses all of the ‘high street’ shops. You can easily walk to them all.

And if that is not enough, just soak up the beauty and history of Edinburgh: the castle, standing proudly over the city; superb theatres, galleries, churches and monuments holding secrets from past centuries; the eclectic mix of residents from local and international students attracted by the world class university, to well-heeled locals who are deeply proud of their city.

If you are looking to sample some of the most magnificent golf courses in the country that is the home of golf, you will be spoilt for choice. Gleneagles - venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup - is located an hour’s drive away in the beautiful setting of the Perthshire countryside. Closer to home, there are many magnificent courses available in East Lothian, Edinburgh’s ‘Hamptons’, with access to the American-owned Renaissance Club bordering – and bettering! – Muirfield, the home of the 2013 Open Golf Championship.

Then there is the Edinburgh International Festival in August and September. The city comes alive with an influx of visitors from all over the world for the main festival, its Fringe and Comedy relatives, and the growing book, jazz, film and music festivals. You can also experience the delights of Hogmanay, Scotland’s own New Year’s Eve party that attracts global audiences as one of the four most iconic venues to spend Christmas/New Year alongside Sydney, New York and London.


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in New Town in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Brand new luxury bathrooms in contemporary style
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Two additional roll-out beds available in this room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All of the bedrooms are luxurious and spacious, with beautiful period features and Georgian sash windows
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf

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