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Stunning Upper Apartment Of Large Victorian Villa In Quiet Conservation Area.

Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland - Quiet Location With Ease Of Access To The City Centre, Holyrood Park And Major Festival Venues

Stunning large upper flat for up to 7 persons in quiet location. Many major bus routes and amenities including golf courses close by. An ideal base if visiting the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Many Fringe venues are within a 15 minute walk.

Ian and Sheila McLeish
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Ian and Sheila McLeish

Ian and Sheila McLeish have owned the property in a quietly hidden Conservation Area of Edinburgh for many years. During much of this time however they have lived and worked abroad mainly in Central America and The Sultanate of Oman. They love living in this part of the city which is extremely quiet with a true sense of community but with ease of access to both Holyrood Park where they spend much time walking with their black labrador, Monty and also to the city which is a short distance away.

Ian and Sheila McLeish purchased this apartment in 1980

Why Ian and Sheila McLeish chose Edinburgh

Our property is located in the Blacket Conservation Area, a small area encompassing 5 streets built in both Georgian and early Victorian times in the grounds of the now demolished Newington House in what was to become the first southern suburb of the city of Edinburgh. Lying between two major arterial roads, the area is extremely quiet with very little through traffic. However, there a large number of bus routes only a short walk away with routes which will take you to most areas of Edinburgh.

If you prefer more outdoor pursuits, Arthurs Seat ( the mountain within a city) and Salisbury Crags are within easy walking distance and golf is available at Priestfield Golf Club.

The completely refurbished Commonwealth Swimming Pool is 5 minutes walk away.This should reopen in the spring of 2012.

What makes this apartment unique

The houses of this area are very fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Number 9 Dryden Place was built in the 1860s and has a wealth of Victorian features, high ceilings, large rooms, intricate cornicing and working shutters.Careful upgrading however, ensures a well designed kitchen/dining room with all fitted modern appliances and bath / shower rooms.

The house was divided many years ago and the property available for rent forms the upper 2 floors of this large building. The views from the windows to the front of the house are quite spectacular, looking onto the hills of Holyrood Park. To the back, the views are over the gardens of Blacket to the Pentland Hills beyond.

The city centre, the hills and many local amenities make this a great place to work and play!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Edinburgh in Scotland

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main floor - Family bathroom with bath and overhead shower, toilet and wash basin Upper floor - Shower room with shower, wash basin and toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main floor - Bedroom 1 1 double bedroom - double bed Bedroom 2 1 single bedroom - single bed Upper floor -Bedroom 3 1 double bedroom - double bed Bedroom 4 1 double bedroom
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is a property furnished to a high standard. It is not a suitable venue for stag/hen weekends. Do ask for a quotation for your stay - discounts are often available depending on your group size and time of the year. The prices displayed are for groups of up to 7 people. Outside: This property does not have any outside area. Utility Room: The washer/drier is in the kitchen. Ironingboard and iron are in the hall cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. The property is cleaned thoroughly at changeover day. Other: There is a delightful wood-lined study on the upper floor which overlooks Arthurs Seat.


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Stunning Upper Apartment Of Large Victorian Villa In Quiet Conservation Area.
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews

Excellent accommodation all round.

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment fitting the style of this grand city.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue. It was great to meet you all and delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Sheila
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What a great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at this beautiful home. The owners greeted us the night we arrived, and showed us about, then they were off on vacation. We had no problems with anything. The place is huge, and if you are a fan of a little feeling of extra presences the top floor is for you. Nothing bad, just 3 out of the 4 of us came downstairs separately and all mentioned feeling something "extra" upstairs. However, the place is HUGE, two full stories with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, beautiful, clean and has everything you could possibly want. We totally wish we could have stayed longer than just 2 nights. We will definitely try to stay there again if we are lucky enough to come back to Scotland!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay at No 9. I am intrigued by your extrasensory feelings. This has never been mentioned by any of our previous guests. Perhaps in the 150 year history of the house something untoward happened. Certainly I have checked all the nooks and crannies this week and have not found any previous guests in hiding!! We would be delighted to see you again if you should ever return to Scotland. With my thanks Sheila
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Super cute, really nice, and tons of space!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay while in Edinburgh. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I do hope that the show at the Castle was a great success. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and maybe we shall see you again.
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Lovely spacious apartment in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Home from home. Ideal for us seven adults on a long weekend. Quiet location with 20 min walk to Old town and great view of Arthur’s Seat. Lovely big kitchen and 2 bath/shower rooms with plenty of hot water. Great value compared to more central places if you don’t mind a walk. Or Uber for £5-£10.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, large apartment in great part of Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

The apartment met all the needs of our party of six adults very well. Beds were comfortable, the flat spacious, tidy and well appointed - our stay was wonderful. There are plenty of choices for restaurants within a short distance and Old Town is also easily achievable on foot. The apartment is located a short walk from Holyrood Park/Arthur's Seat in a quiet residential area with views of Sheila's wonderful garden on one side and Arthur's Seat on the other. Take the time to scale Arthur's Sea and enjoy the view! Thank you Ian and Sheila for providing us with a great place to stay for our time in Edinburgh!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment in a great location and VGVFM

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect base for a group of six to explore Edinburgh from. It has everything anyone would need and great views of Arthur’s Seat as well. We would recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Craig for your kind review of your stay at No 9. We did enjoy meeting you all and hope we will see you again. Best wishes Sheila and Ian McLeish
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Salisbury Arms
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Waverley Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Salisbury Arms
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


The beach at Portobello is a 10 minute drive away.

Other East Lothian beaches can be reached within 30 minutes.


Edinburgh Airport now has flights from many parts of UK, Europe and the USA.

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is in the city centre and a short taxi or bus ride away.

Further Details:

There are numerous restaurants, pubs and takeaways in the immediate local area.

The Edinburgh Commonwealth Swimming Pool is completing a total refurbishment and due to reopen in 2012. It is a 5 minute walk away.

There are many small supermarkets and bank/cash machines locally.

This is an ideal base if visiting students at the Pollock Halls of Residence.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required on confirming your booking reservation. The balance plus a cleaning deposit of £50.00 must be paid within 8 weeks of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.
Departures should be by 10.00am and arrivals after 4.00 pm unless otherwise arranged.

Notes on prices:
Please contact the owners if you wish to discuss the rental rates for a stay of longer than 2 days.
Discounts may be available, do ask for a quotation.
Prices shown are for groups of up to 7 people. Smaller groups will be cheaper.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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