A bright, centrally located two-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) on the Royal Mile, with spectacular views and a private balcony and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.
This holiday home is a bright two-bedroom apartment on the third floor (no lift) in a central location and with spectacular views of some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks on Calton Hill. It is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town on the Canongate, a historic street forming part of the Royal Mile – the backbone of the city's medieval core, dominated by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other.
The living room has a sofa and easy chair and the window looks across the Royal Mile towards Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park. There's a dining area leading out to a private balcony, which has extensive views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill. The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, cooker and microwave.
The main bedroom has a king-size double bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The bathroom has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over.
The apartment has gas central heating and double glazing. The cost of gas, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.
The modernist 1960s apartment block was designed by Sir Basil Spence, arguably the most famous British architect of his generation (Coventry Cathedral is his best known work). Unusually for a property in the Old Town, the apartment has a private balcony with uninterrupted views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill, which gives Edinburgh its soubriquet of 'Athens of the North'. From the front of the property there are similarly dramatic views of the cliffs of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.
The apartment is ideally located for many of Edinburgh's most popular attractions and amenities. Princes Street and George Street, the city's principal shopping thoroughfares, are just beyond the train station, and just beyond that is the New Town - the world's greatest showpiece of Georgian architecture. There are excellent shopping and dining facilities within a few minutes’ walk, with a Tesco Express supermarket about two minutes walk away, and Meadowbank shopping park about 10-15 minutes by foot past Holyrood Palace (Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Poundland etc.). The Museum of Edinburgh is within 100 metres of the front door, and the Royal Mile's oldest building – John Knox House – just a little further. The balcony directly overlooks Panmure House, the 18th century home of Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics and the author of The Wealth of Nations.
This apartment is situated on the Canongate, on the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many of the Festival venues. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities.
Winding closes, cobbled alleyways, and ancient buildings along the Royal Mile create an atmosphere quite unlike any other city in Europe; much of the Royal Mile dates back to the Dark Ages, and it is an area of intense and brooding character. The Canongate is the lower end of the Royal Mile, and the apartment is within 400 metres of the Palace (HM the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and the Scottish Parliament.
The Canongate was a separate burgh from Edinburgh for over 700 years, taking its name from the canons (priests) of Holyrood Abbey. Because it was near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the area developed as the court quarter and many fine residences for aristocratic families were built there. One of these, Queensberry House, now forms part of the Scottish Parliament building. Queensberry House was bought in 1686 by the father of the 2nd Duke of Queensberry, whose eldest son, the mad Lord James Douglas, escaped from confinement one night in 1701 and murdered a kitchen-boy – the very night that his father was signing the Act of Union that dissolved the Scots Parliament and put Scotland under English rule. You can find out more about Edinburgh's grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile. See for example Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King's Close. Just along the road from the apartment is Dunbar's Close garden, an oasis in the city centre.