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Royal Mile - Great Location nr Castle and Views over Writers Museum

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview


Details
Property
apartment
People
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Old Town - Castle Hill, Edinburgh

2 Bedrooms - Light And Airy With A Great View. Nr Castle. Old Town

You will enjoy exclusive use of this top floor apartment with its two double bedrooms that luxuriously accommodate two couples (two double beds on special request) or one double plus two singles and the use of sofa for a child (please bring a sleeping bag).

What do our Guests really appreciate? The central Old Town location, meaning you can walk everywhere, the amenities within the apartment, its spacious feel and Edinburgh’s huge range of interesting things to do many on the doorstep.

One bedroom has a double bed, and the other has two singles capable of being set up as a luxurious double bed on advance request for which we are charged extra to make up and dismantle - please request two doubles before you make your reservation.

There is a bright, sunny, open plan living room with fascinating views over The Writers Museum and pedestrian square, active with its daily walking tours, and towards The Castle. Three-seater and 2-seater leather sofas in the living room, a dining suite and spacious facilities provide lots of room for our guests.

The apartment has a fully fitted and equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave, full cooker/hob, toaster facilities and modest storage space for food etc.; a modern bathroom with bath and electric shower and a washing machine in the utility space. Full spec internet and fast wifi connection (which you can use free of charge anywhere in the UK using BT WiFi). Flat screen TV. Hair dryer.

Check in: from 2pm (sometimes earlier)

Check out: 10:15am (luggage storage facilities available nearby at Edinburgh Rail Station.)

What do our Guests not like so much? The 57 steps from ground level to the front door with no lift and the out door bins - both of which are the consequence of the very central location and about which we receive little negative feedback! Being city center, weekend nights are vibrant but again we have few complaints about noise as the apartment is on a square that is traffic-free and pedestrian only.

During your stay you will have quick and easy access to Princes Street shopping and the enormous choice of central Edinburgh attractions, some literally on your doorstep and most within a 15 minutes walk.

This 4th floor apartment is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Auld (Old) Town and in the local area you will find everything you need for a great stay; there are food shops, 100s of cafes and restaurants, takeaways, bars and clubs - all within a short walk of your front door. It is also just a short 5-10 min walk to Edinburgh train and bus stations, so you can easily explore more of Scotland and North of England! Travelling by car? Don't, there's no need, but more information about travel, how to get to the apartment and car parking below.

Edinburgh is packed with things to see and do. As well as the great restaurants and shopping there are many cultural sights to visit.

The city's skyline is dominated by the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, built in 1617, the Castle is one of Scotland's most iconic visitor attractions, and sits on its own volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also set against the Castle's backdrop every August, and showcases the best military bands, pipers and drummers, dancers and display teams from across the world.

Great suggestions of things to do and see also within walking distance include:

- National Museum of Scotland: explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof and thoroughly well worth a visit to this newly modernised Museum.

- The Scotch Whisky Experience: All Whisky tours start with a swirling, bubbling barrel ride ...

- The Real Mary King's Close: the #1 thing to do in Edinburgh according to the Lonely Planet and well worth a visit if you want to discover Edinburgh's unattractive past (and if you're not claustrophobic!);

- Our Dynamic Earth: The Mother Earth of all adventures and a science centre with interactive exhibits about planet earth.

Edinburgh's Camera Obscura and World of Illusions: provides unrivalled views over Edinburgh's skyline & fun attractions;

- Surgeons' Hall Museums: think gruesome and possibly Burke and Hare. Although initially established as a medical teaching resource, access by all is a priority. Visitors can explore The Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Museum. The kids will love it!

- Walking and ghost tours too numerous to list; open the apartment window and you will hear many of the actor/guides entertain their groups with dark tales, throughout the day and into the early evening!

Edinburgh is the world's Festival City. It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. There are 12 Festivals throughout the year ranging from the famous Fringe during August with 1000s of events packed into a free 400-page Guide, to the Literary, International Science (in the spring) and International Magic Festivals.

Check out the Edinburgh Festivals online:

Edinburgh International Film Festival - June

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival - July

Edinburgh Art Festival - August

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - August

Edinburgh International Book Festival - August

Edinburgh Mela - August

Edinburgh International Science Festival - April

Imaginate Festival; Scotland's International Children's Theatre Festival - May

And not forgetting the BIGGEST OF ALL - Edinburgh's Hogmany: The largest New Year event in the world with five days of celebrations culminating with a massive New Year's Eve street party. The Apartment is close to the Special Party Zone. A three day festival to welcome in the New Year, including a torchlight procession, dancing to A-list musicians, and an incredible fireworks display over the Castle while the entire city sings Auld Lang Syne.

Getting there by Train, from the Airport and Parking

By Train: From Edinburgh's main Waverley Station it's then a slow 5-10 min walk to the apartment.

From Edinburgh Airport (involving a short 5-10 minute walk):

The Tram (10+ mins walk with luggage)

Frequent and reliable service linking the airport and the city centre.

• Frequency: approximately every 8-12 minutes

• Journey time: average journey time 35 minutes

• Fare: Adult single £5, adult return £8 (reductions for children)

• Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram halt.

Airlink Express Bus 100 (Stance 19) (-10 mins walk with luggage)

24 hour express bus service runs from the airport to Waverley Bridge (near Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations). Buy tickets at the Airlink Kiosk outside Domestic Arrivals in advance at the Lothian Buses website.

• Frequency: Every 10 minutes.

• Journey time: 30 minutes approximately (Waverley Bridge).

• Fare: Single £4, return £7 (reductions for children). The final destination is on Waverley Bridge opposite Edinburgh's main, central station (called Waverley Station).

No Car Parking: There is a multi story car park 5 mins walk from the flat on King Stables Road (4 hr max and £2 ph between 8:30 am and 6:30pm) and metered parking nearer on Johnstone Terrace (£3ph same hours). Try the web site parkopedia for other car parks for £15 and £19 per 24 hrs, 10-12 mins walk away and there is sometimes a private drive available for £5.50 per day quite close. Edinburgh City Council out of town Park and Ride car parks are mostly free and many include overnight parking.

Guest Access

You will have exclusive access to the whole apartment and everything in it which means a fully equipped apartment with all the facilities you will need for your short stay.

Interaction with Guests

By email and text with John, the owner, who lives distant from the apartment and welcomes regular communication from guests on line. We have a professional agent/concierge who makes sure the apartment is presented in tip top clean condition. She is available to guests for emergencies. Key access is from a Lockbox/Keysafe outside the apartment.

Other Things to Note

Note there are 4 flights of stairs and no lift so it's not suitable for disabled people or the seriously unfit! Having said that the location makes up for the climb.

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

Property Manager
John Kerr
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
9 December, 2016

About John Kerr

I live close to London in the lovely Chilterns and have properties that I rent out, mostly long term. I have experienced the frustration of landing in a new place and the difficulty of finding short term accommodation. Thank you for the opportunity to offer a few of my spaces for others to enjoy. As your Host, you probably won't meet with me personally as my properties are some way from home and professionally looked after for you to enjoy exclusively. Be assured though, I'm online for information and tips on unusual stuff to do and see around the properties.

John Kerr purchased this apartment in 2003

Why John Kerr chose Edinburgh

I bought this apartment while I was working in Edinburgh and decided to keep it and let others enjoy it too. We visit regularly and love our trips to Edinburgh.

What makes this apartment unique

Great central location for Edinburgh's Old Town and Princes Street shopping too. Comfortable apartment with all the facilities you'll need. Flexible bed make up for two couples or one couple and two singles.

Guestbook comments from the manager

John was very helpful , gave us some useful information and was very prompt in answering our questions. The location was wonderful, central but not noisy, a short climb from the station but not arduous.The apartment was clean and comfortable and well stocked, things like washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and soap are all provided including a welcome pack of tea, coffee and milk. Great for those coming by public transport. Would thoroughly recommend and hope to return.
Jul 2014
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Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Royal Mile - Great Location nr Castle and Views over Writers Museum
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
5

Excellent apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

When my group of friends and I first found the listing for this apartment, we thought it was almost too good to be true... reasonable rate, pictures of the interior looked great, and the location seemed perfect. Fortunately, it was true! This is a great apartment located in a neat courtyard right off the Royal Mile.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great place to explore Edinburgh

  • 4 of 5

The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars was its location. The apartment complex is right above Deacon Brodies Tavern. The entrance was pretty dirty with overflowing garbage cans from the bar. We were awakened the first night at 2 am by some drunken revelers ringing our bell repeatedly.

That said, the apartment itself was everything and more. Comfortable and clean with lots of space, comfortable beds, nice living room with TV, washer/dryer combo, etc. The location was steps from everything. Looking out the window to the people in the courtyard on walking tours was fun as well. I would stay here in a heartbeat, can't beat being right on the Royal Mile.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bins from the neighbouring commercial premises are unsightly and in our 6 years of Hosting in this apartment we have had very few observations from guests about them. And as Sandra says, she enjoyed the facilities once inside. Our inner city location, just off the busy Royal Mile, means we have to tolerate the consequences of commercial activities such as shops and the pub. We are round the corner from Deacon Brodies pub rather than being directly over it but we can observe its rear!. Sandra has reminded us that we should underline the ability to mute the doorbell overnight in our Apartment Manual.
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5

In the center of Old Town Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

Our experience in this flat was wonderful! The flat is nicely furnished with all the modern conveniences anyone would need - including a smart TV, internet, washer/dryer, and dishwasher. The rooms are very spacious and yet still have a quaint charm to them. The location of the flat could not be better - however be aware that it is on the same street as the castle and as such it is a long walk up hill to get to the flat - topped off with the climb to get up to the fourth floor flat. The courtyard outside is a historic landmark and a museum is right there too, as well as a beautiful view! There were two of us and we could have comfortably added three more.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Edoinburgh
Nearest Train
250 Metres
Edinburgh Waverley (main) station
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Portobello

This top floor apartment is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Auld (Old) Town and in the local area you will find everything you need for a great stay; there are food shops, 100s of cafes and restaurants, takeaways, bars and clubs - all within a short walk of your front door. Edinburgh is packed with things to see and do. As well as the great restaurants and shopping there are many cultural sights to visit.

The city's skyline is dominated by the beautiful Edinburgh Castle. Built in 1617, the Castle is one of Scotland's most iconic visitor attractions, and sits on its own volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also set against the Castle's backdrop every August, and showcases the best military bands, pipers and drummers, dancers and display teams from across the world.

Great suggestions of things to do and see also within walking distance include:

- National Museum of Scotland: explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof and well worth a visit to this newly modernised Museum.

- The Scotch Whisky Experience: All Whisky tours start with a swirling, bubbling barrel ride ...

- The Real Mary King's Close: the #1 thing to do in Edinburgh according to the Lonely Planet and well worth a visit (if you're not claustrophobic!);

- Our Dynamic Earth: The Mother Earth of all adventures and a a science centre with interactive exhibits about planet earth.

Edinburgh's Camera Obscura and World of Illusions: provides unrivalled views over Edinburgh's skyline & fun attractions;

- Surgeons' Hall Museums: think gruesome and possibly Burke and Hare. Although initially established as a medical teaching resource, access by all is a priority. Visitors can explore The Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Museum. The kids will love it!

- Walking and ghost tours too numerous to list; open the apartment window and you will hear many of the actor/guides entertain their groups with dark tales, throughout the day and into the early evening!

Edinburgh is the world's Festival City. It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. There are 12 Festivals throughout the year ranging from the famous Fringe during August with 1000s of events packed into a free 400-page Guide, to the Literary, International Science (in the spring) and International Magic Festivals.

- Art Festival: 2 Aug - 2 Sept 2014. The city's galleries, museums and visual art spaces combine to present the most exciting and intriguing of the modern and contemporary visual arts world.

- Royal Military Tattoo: 1 - 24 August 2014. A unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre set against magnificent Edinburgh Castle combines to create one of the world’s greatest shows.

- International Festival: 8 - 31 August 2014. The finest in classical music, theatre, opera and dance gather to present one of the most innovative and accessible Festivals of the performing arts.

- Fringe Festival: 1 - 25 August 2014. The largest arts Festival in the world transforms Edinburgh with live theatre and comedy performances in the streets and across over 250 venues around the city. This is what you will see instantly you step out of the apartment in August as budding stars vie to persuade you to see their show! The street theatre continues outside of the Fringe dates too.

- Edinburgh International Book Festival: 9 – 25 August 2014 Hundreds of writers and thinkers giving readings and signing books, making speeches and leading discussions on important and fascinating ideas, and involving themselves in an excellent children’s programme.

- The Edinburgh Mela: 29 - 31 August 2014

What to expect: A wonderful collection of sounds, sights, colours and tastes, with something for all ages, brought together in celebration of cultural diversity in the arts and taking place in Leith Links.

- Scottish International Storytelling Festival: 24 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 The world’s most enthralling storytellers, bringing alive oral histories from countries near and far with words and music, as well as storytelling workshops and celebratory events throughout the city.

2015 Festivals

Edinburgh International Science Festival: 4 - 19 April 2015

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 7 - 29 August 2015

Edinburgh International Festival: 7 - 31 August 2015

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 15 - 31 August 2015

Edinburgh Mela: 28 - 30 August 2015

And not forgetting the BIGGEST OF ALL - Edinburgh's Hogmany: The largest New Year event in the world with five days of celebrations culminating with a massive New Year's Eve street party. The Apartment is close to the Special Party Zone. A three day festival to welcome in the New Year, including a torchlight procession, dancing to A-list musicians, and an incredible fireworks display over the Castle while the entire city sings Auld Lang Syne.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Old Town, Edinburgh

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Xmas
16 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£1,055
for 5 nights
From
£195
 
 
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 6 nights
From
£245
 
 
Scotland v Ireland 2017
3 Feb 2017 - 5 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£575
for 3 nights
From
£165
 
 
Half Term Spring 2017
17 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£575
for 3 nights
From
£165
 
 
Scotland v Italy
16 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£575
for 3 nights
From
£165
 
 
Apr, May & Jun 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£515
for 3 nights
From
£145
 
 
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£605
for 3 nights
From
£175
 
 
August 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£905
for 3 nights
From
£275
 
 
Xmas 2017
19 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,490
for 6 nights
From
£235
 
 
Hogmany 2017
27 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 6 nights
From
£295
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£485
for 3 nights
From
£135
From
£155
Fri,Sat
£2,480
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £80

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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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , The 2 single beds can be made into 1 king size bed.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf

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