|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
This one bedroom first floor flat is located within a Georgian tenement on William Street. It is situated to the rear of the building, so it is exceptionally quiet.
Internally the flat has been completely redecorated and offers a double bedroom, sitting room with dining area, modern kitchen and bathroom.
The large sitting room contains a dining table and chairs, sofa, armchair and TV with DVD player.
In the bedroom, there is a double bed together with a chest of drawers, bedside cabinet and walk-in wardrobe. There is also a digital click radio with an iPod/iPhone dock.
The kitchen is well equipped with an electric cooker, microwave and washing machine.
There is also a spacious bathroom with a bath, shower (over the bath), wash hand basin and toilet.
A welcome pack will be provided which will include oatcakes, butter, milk, tea, coffee and a bowl of fruit.
The surrounding area is known as the west end village and contains an interesting range of specialist shops. There is an excellent coffee shop, 'Brass and Copper', a few good pubs, a hairdresser, a shoe shop, several clothes shops and some gift shops. Nearby Shandwick Place offers larger shops and a supermarket.
Parking is available in the immediate vicinity, and free parking is approximately a mile away.
Being located in the city centre, the flat is easily accessible via bus or train. There is a stop for the airport bus approximately 300m away on Shandwick Place, and the two railway stations are each within a ten or fifteen minute walk.
Keywords: First floor flat in quaint cobbled street in the west end.
I was born in Edinburgh and have lived here for most of my life. I enjoy learning languages, skiing, cycling, art and cooking.
Donna purchased this apartment in 2004
The flat is ideal for a city break, as it is a great base for exploring central Edinburgh on foot.
William Street itself is a very attractive cobbled street, which has been used for the filming of several period dramas.
William Street forms part of the West End Village, which lies at the western edge of the New Town. It is home to many stylish boutiques as well as a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
My wife and I rented this unit in early June for a few nights. We quite liked the unit, knowing in advance there are some aspects, such as the bedroom being fairly tight, to be aware of and as such there were no surprises. For two adults it is comfortable and has everything you need for a short stay.
Comfortable furnishings, TV and wifi, laundry washer and ample storage are all there. It is an old building but quaint, and very quiet. Not much in the way of a view but then you are not there to look out the windows too much. It's on a very nice street in the West end with cafes/pubs/coffee shops etc right at hand. It is an easy walk to the Royal Mile and all that entails.
In short, it's a very good rental to have. We would definitely take it again.
Very nice apartment, clean, well equipped and perfectly located. The only minor issue was that we found the double bed a bit small. You can walk anywhere from this location. It's a 10 minute walk to the Haymarket train station and a fifteen minute walk to the city center. There are three pubs and a great place for breakfast on the same street as the apartment. I'd stay here again if I returned to Edinburgh.
This apartment is in a wonderful location--walking distance to everything in the city, but still in a quiet area. Super convenient to get to from the airport via public transportation. Donna was incredibly friendly and accommodating, giving us suggestions of things to do and places to eat. Overall, great apartment that I would definitely stay in again!
We really enjoyed this apartment, which was central to all we needed to do, and was generally quiet EXCEPT for garbage pick up at 6:22 am (on the first morning we had a chance to sleep in), followed by road construction for about an hour.
The bedroom is very tight and we both bruised our shins trying to get around the bed to the closet. There was no full length mirror and no well lit mirror with space to do hair or makeup, which was tough when we had a formal wedding to dress for. We generally found the lighting inadequate for comfort or for detailed work (like mending a hem in the evening, or doing make up).The kitchen was economically but adequately equipped, and everything we needed was available.
We were met early by the owner's Mother, who let us in around noon to get some sleep after our flight. We really appreciated this! The nearby pubs, restaurants and coffee shops/bakeries were all excellent. The biggest issue was parking, which had to be paid every 4 hours during the day, was expensive, and the car had to be moved regularly (except for Sunday!). I would not recommend this apartment for visitors with cars. The entrance hall was not well lit, and the old stone stairs were predictably not completely even, so this is not an ideal location for anyone with vision or balance issues, or unable to handle stairs.
The owner was generally prompt in responding, and was helpful (though it was all by email, as we never met her).
Perfect location. Close to downtown yet on a quiet street. Close to public transportation including tram to airport. Very kind and helpful owners. Very reasonably priced. Comfortably furnished. I was traveling alone yet it would be equally comfortable with two guests. Would definitely stay here again.
Lots of positives with this VRBO flat!
- terrific location, close to Princes Street and Airlink bus stop, public transportation (which we found to be quite good in the city. No need for a car!) and grocery shopping
- nice quiet neighborhood even though 3 bars / pubs are less than a stone's throw away
- "comfy / cozy"
- well-maintained and clean
- lots of daily necessity things are there for your use... coffee, tea, toiletries, laundry detergent... ask before you pack / buy stuff you won't need
- finally, really friendly, helpful, engaged hosts. You'll see what I mean :) but Donna and her parents the Camerons were super
We'll definitely stay here again next time we're in Edinburgh, and wish we could've stayed longer.
Only drawbacks we could think of: if you're taller than 182 cm, showering standing up will get tricky; if you sleep in way too late, the late morning recycling of the bottles from last night's bar crowd will act as a sure alarm (fortunately, we weren't actually awoken by this, just sort of startled at first since the alleyway is otherwise very quiet).
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.