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Cosy 2 bed apartment in the vibrant Morningside area of Edinburgh

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Merchiston - Violet Bank Apartment

Two double bedrooms, lounge and separate well equipped dining kitchen, WiFi, TV

Located in a quiet street just off Morningside Rd, the area is served by many buses, running frequently to the city centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile in 10 minutes, or walk to the old town in 15 minutes. Walk to superb cafes, excellent pubs, supermarkets and lovely little individual shops. The apartment is serviced and run by the owners and we supply thick towels, 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and give you a welcome tray to get you started. A popular and interesting area of the city in which to relax after a day's sightseeing. The new kitchen has an induction hob and fan assisted oven, dishwasher,microwave, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Very well stocked with new crockery, cutlery, pans, cook's knives and utensils for four people. Bathroom has a new white suite of bath, shower, basin and WC. Selection of books, tourist information, DVDs, CDs, and games. Free Wi-Fi

We have equipped the apartment specifically for self catering with everything we could think of to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We manage it ourselves and give great care in cleaning, maintaining and updating all facilities, information and equipment. We have a well established five gold star (Scottish Tourist Board) B&B in Edinburgh, Violet Bank House, and have several awards for high standards. We give the same care and attention to detail to this apartment and our guests.

Current offer:

Free night - Get 1 free night for every 7 nights booked. (Free nights can not be offered in conjunction with late or early booking discounts)


Parking charges of £1.60 per hour apply from 8:30 am until 5.30 pm Monday to Friday only. Between 5.30 pm and 8.30 am on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday there are no restrictions in the on street parking bays or single yellow lines. The is also limited all day parking available at the Merlin Roadhouse on Morningside Road, just 2 minutes' walk from the apartment. The rate for this is £10 per day.

If you don't intend on using your car during your stay please contact us and we can advise further options.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Reta and John MacLennan
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Reta and John MacLennan

Together with husband John, we have a B&B which has won Five Star Gold Award from the Scottish Tourist Board and Five Stars from the AA with a special award for our breakfasts. We expanded our high standards into also running our two apartments in the city.

Prior to that I had a career as a Trainer and Manager of Quality Advisors for the Scottish Tourist Board, with the responsibility of driving up standards in facilities and services across the whole tourism product.

John is a retired CE of a very well established Civil and Structural Engineering Company in Edinburgh and now is the creative chef in our B&B.

John's hobbies are bee-keeping and curling, mine are singing in a choir and writing, and we both enjoy hillwalking and gardening.

We have a wide circle of friends and just love when they pop in or join us for a meal. We holiday mostly in Europe and the UK and have had a couple of trips to Florida, Canada and South Africa, staying at the best places of course because we never stop learning.

Reta and John MacLennan purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Reta and John MacLennan chose Edinburgh

We chose this apartment primarily for its location. Situated in the Morningside area of Edinburgh it has all the amenities close by that any self catering guest would need. Morningside is a vibrant area with many shops, bar, restaurants, theatre and cinema. The apartment is in a quiet street a few minutes walk from the main road that runs through Morningside. This is services by many buses that all pass through the city centre within 10 minutes. Alternatively guests can choose to stroll through the leafy streets and across the Meadows Park and into the Old Town area of Edinburgh. This takes around 30 minutes to walk. Many of our returning guests prefer to remain in the Morningside area for a few days of their stay and soak up the local atmosphere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments about this property:

Owners Reta & John are very friendly & hospitable and nothing is too much trouble.

The apartment has everything you need for a short or long stay.It is well equipped with a washer/dishwasher/microwave/Iron/ TV etc. The bedrooms are large and the beds are extremely comfortable. The apartment is furnished to a high standard. The neighbourhood is friendly and the apartment is situated in a quiet residential street, yet close to many amenities, such as Waitrose Supermarket and the local cinema.

Tips for other travellers:

The apartment is situated on a road very near [5 mins. walk] to a main bus route into Edinburgh centre. Morningside itself has many lovely shops and restaurants/cafes. If you purchase a day bus ticket for £3.50 you can travel into and out of the city centre from Morningside as many times as you want in a day. We visited Edinburgh Castle, went to the Odeon Cinema, saw a concert at the Queens Hall and spent a day at the Botanic Gardens, as well as having a meal at the 'Thai Lemongrass' resteraunt (highly recommended) & breakfast at one of the cafes a couple of stops down from where we were staying on the bus route into Edinburgh.[We had a fun-packed 2 night stay and I can thoroughly recommend the apartment!] This was the second time I have stayed there and I will be returning hopefully soon~ for another break in a great city!
Oct 2013
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based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Cosy 2 bed apartment in the vibrant Morningside area of Edinburgh
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 17 reviews

A very neat, clean place. Also very comfortable, and close to the city Centre.

  • 4 of 5

We will be back in a few days to spend six more days here. It is a wonderful apartment, and a great area. If we are ever back in Scotland, this is where we will stay.

We do have one suggestion: we were ten minutes late and received a parking ticket. The parking authority said the owners could apply for a certain number of free parking spots per year. We are not sure what would be involved, but it would save a lot of hassle.

Other than that minor problem, this is a great place to stay.

Thank you.

Vern and Sheila. John and Pat

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review folks. What a pity your stay was marred by the parking fine. If we were residents in the area we would have those passes, but because we are considered to be a business, i.e. providing guest accommodation, we do not have access to the passes the parking attendant was telling you about. In the apartment there is a list of cheaper parking and longer stay parking in the area, and outside the apartment is free for Saturday and Sunday - I wish we could do more. Parking fines are so annoying and once the ticket is produced, you have to appeal and have good reason not to pay.
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Just what we wanted for a week in Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The owners gave us a warm welcome and made sure we understood how everything worked. It was convenient for shops, restaurants and buses and we had a really good week. The neighbours were friendly too!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for providing your kind review. We are glad that you were comfortable in the apartment and had everything you needed. To help our guests to feel welcome and at home in the apartment we prefer to greet them and ensure they are familiar with everything in the apartment. As this is a single apartment in a quiet residential block it is in our interest to ensure our guests are settled. We are also fortunate to have quiet friendly neighbours.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in morningside, could not fault the apartment or the owners. We were made very welcome ,would not hesitate to go again.

Try Nonna,s Italian restaurant ,pure bliss. The Canny Man pub also worth a visit, very quirky.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and felt at home. We have tried to provide everything that our guests would need and to create a home from home experience.
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Lovely flat, great location would recommend

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property in a quiet location close to Morningside road.

We were very impressed with now well the property was equipped and would definitely recommend as a great Edinburgh property to rent.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the apartment had everything you needed.
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Perfect base for exploring Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

A lot of thought has gone into making this apartment the perfect place for a holiday in Edinburgh, from the high quality furnishings and decor, to the well-equipped kitchen and the thoughtful and informative information folder. The flat is in the ideal location; Morningside is an individual and distinctive neighbourhood, with lots of interesting independent shops, restaurants and bars. It's a leisurely walk into town, or a short inexpensive cab ride. There are also frequent buses along the main road. It's much better value, more comfortable and flexible than a hotel, and everything you need is a very short walk away. We really enjoyed spending a weekend here, and as regular visitors to Edinburgh, we are planning to return in the not-too-distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your very kind and detailed review. There is not much I can add to your comments. Please get intouch with us directly if your would like to stay in the future.
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Excellent location and lovely accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped , comfortable and warm flat.Felt like home quickly

Excellent shops and cafes nearby.

High quality linen and nice crockery and cooking utensils

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you felt at home in the apartment. It makes the holiday so much more enjoyable if you feel at ease. We have also tried to ensure the apartment has all the utencils and equipment that would be in any home.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Local area and City centre choice
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Edinburgh has many public and private golf courses
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Waverly station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
City Bypass A720
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Local area and City centre choice
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Hillend dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

This area has many interesting privately owned shops, cafes and many charity shops where you can pick up books for a £1, memorobilia, brick-a-bac or clothes. There is a privately owned three screen cinema showing the latest releases. You can stroll through the 'Meadows' and across 'Bruntsfield Links' originally a public golf course to the Old Town area, past the newly refurbished Victorian Museum Building. Many people spend most of the day there, it is one of Edinburgh's greatest attractions. Grey Friar's Bobby sits on a water fountain just close by, and our National Libaries which have regular free exhibitions is just two minutes from the museum. On again a few minutes and you are in the famous 'Royal Mile' and the Castle area. It is a great centre from which to enjoy Edinburgh.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Merchiston, Edinburgh

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 2 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Scotland vs Ireland
3 Feb 2017 - 4 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
5 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Scotland vs Wales
24 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
26 Feb 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Scotland vs Italy
17 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
19 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Edinburgh Festival 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

If you would prefer not to book on-line then please feel free to conact us directly to make a booking.

There is an allowance for gas and electricity included in the price and we encourage careful use of those.
If you stay for longer than one week, we will change the linen, towels and give the apartment a thorough clean included in the price.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Merchiston in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • A large bathroom with opening window to the rear and a heated towel rail. There is a modern white suite, with steel bath, a power shower over the bath, WC and washbasin. There is vinyl flooring and the walls have white tiles and a large mirror. A feature of this room is the original 1930s stained glass panel in the door. We supply toiletries by Scottish Fine Soaps. Towels, toiletries, room freshener and toilet paper are included in the price. Towels are white, thick in quality and there will be a generous size bath sheet, hand towel and face flannel for each guest, changed weekly. The window has a high quality fabric blind and decorative vase and sea shells. We supply a bathroom air freshener and toilet paper for your stay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Sleeps 2 in either a large double or twin beds.
  • They are quiet rooms, with fully restored antique furnishings. One room looks onto the small private garden and seating area and enjoys the morning sun. This room is furnished with a antique Georgian mahogany wardrobe with internal drawers and has a triple mahogany mirror in the window. The second bedroom looks onto the shared communal garden area with trees and shrubs, and drying green and gets the afternoon and evening sun. This room is furnished with a restored 1930's oak dressing table and wardrobe. All new beds with pocket sprung mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen. Centrally heated rooms. The curtains are interlined high quality, and there are little extras in the rooms to add to the character. There are wooden and fabric covered hangers in all wardrobes. The decor is plain with pictures, and the carpeting is fitted, and is berber wool with underlay. Well appointed rooms with attention to detail..
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Accessibility details: There are three steps in the shared hallway, otherwise there are no steps within the property. Shower is in the bath with room for a seat in the bathroom. We automatically provide a weekly clean and change of linen and towel for longer stays. The apartment has a small laundry area and is supplied with washing powder, washing machine, clothes drying rack and outdoor drying facilities. We have given care and attention to detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The apartment has central heating throughout which is under your control. The price is inclusive of a reasonable amount of heating according to the season and we would ask that you have a careful and 'green' approach. We are contactable by phone at any time during your stay and operate a personal handover and talk you through the facilities. We have a wealth of local and Scottish knowledge and are happy to help you plan your stay.

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