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Reta and John MacLennan

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, French

New Town Apartment, Quiet accommodation with free WiFi

28 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Stockbridge - Violet Bank Apartment New Town

One double bedroom with shower-room and kitchen, lounge with dining area

This is a newly built, contemporary one bedroom apartment, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Edinburgh’s New Town just 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Completely stocked with brand new very high quality furnishings and equipment in November 2011. Please visit our website selfcateringapartmentedinburgh.com for the latest special offers and online booking.

Current offer:

Free night - Get 1 free night for every 7 nights booked.

We bought this apartment because of its location and also its large amount of natural light and the high spec finish throughout. Oak flooring, under-floor heating in the shower-room, built in speakers for the iPod docking station, free Wi-Fi, secure entry system and private atrium area to sit in the sunshine, or the little private balcony off the lounge. We are on the first floor, atrium level and there is a lift. All doors are wide enough for wheelchair entry. The apartment would be suitable for those who have slightly impaired mobility.

The kitchen area is fully fitted with an oven and hob, large fridge and freezer, washer dryer, dishwasher, microwave, and we have stocked it with Raymond Blanc china, Viner's cutlery.

There is a Margiota supermarket (open 7.00am to 10.00pm daily) and an ATM just across the atrium and through the other apartment block. The New Town Deli on the corner serves breakfast from 7.00am, great lunches to take away or eat in. The award winning, 4 star, fish and chip shop “Alba Dora” is just around the corner and the Cuckoo bakery serves the best cup cakes ever.

The taxi rank is also across the atrium, through the next apartment block as are the bus stops if you want to go further afield, or don't fancy walking.

Parking

Parking charges of £1.60 per hour apply from 8 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.

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Reta and John MacLennan (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

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 2011

Why Reta and John MacLennan chose Edinburgh

We chose this property primarily for its location. At the foot of Dundas Street it is nicely positioned to cater for a wide range of guests needs. It is close enough to the heart of the city with its shops, bars and restaurants to be reached on foot within 10 minutes. Also within a few minutes walk guests could be enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Botanic Gardens or enjoying a walk along the Water of Leith. Walking here you would swear you were in the countryside and not the heart of a bustling city. Situated in a cul-du-sac it provides a quiet haven for guests to relax at night. Many guests comment on how quiet the apartment is at night one guest even complained as she could not sleep because she was used to noise at night in her own apartment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments about this property:

Very modern, clean, well maintained apartment. Quiet surroundings so a good place to relax after a day in the city.

Bit of a walk uphill to the city centre, but there's a direct bus and you can get a taxi for approx. 6 pounds.



Tips for other travellers:

There's a Tesco nearby. The little grocery shop in the street is really overpriced so don't go there too often.
Aug 2013
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Reviews

4.9
based on 28 holidaymaker reviews

New Town Apartment, Quiet accommodation with free WiFi
average rating of 4.857143 based on 35 reviews
5

Perfect holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the apartment and I will be booking again next year. The apartment is very quiet as it's tucked away from the main road. It's got everything you could need and my friend and I couldn't believe how everything looked brand new. It has been very carefully looked after. The bedroom has an enormous bed with proper bedding and a wardrobe with a decent number of coat hangers, while the sofa bed was also apparently very comfortable and the lounge came with a second wardrobe for people staying in there. The kitchen is very well equipped with a full oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster. The bathroom is stunning with a fantastic shower. Again it all looked like it was brand new. There are really lovely touches in the bathroom, for example little bars of soap and shower gels, all from a decent brand.

The location is great as it's about a ten minute walk into town, it is uphill but we got rapidly used to it, or there are two buses the 27 and 23 that got straight up into town. Along the road are several coffee shops, there is a great cupcake shop just a few doors down or further up there is the Archipelago bakery who did a wonderful afternoon tea. Just round the corner is Earthy Cafe and store who serve delicious lunches and have a great whole food shop. I would recommend going here to stock up on food but there are plenty of supermarkets on the same road as the flat.

The Botanic Gardens are also just round the corner, so close that we were able to pop in several times. The centre of Edinburgh is very close, you can even walk to Harvey Nichols from the apartment which is next to the Portrait Gallery which we loved and has a fantastic cafe. As Londoners we were thrilled at the number of artisan coffee shops in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the apartment so comfortable. We put a lot of work into maintaining the standard of the apartment so it means a lot to us for this to be appreciated. We hope to see you again next year.
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5

Delightful apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderfully comfortable couple of days in this apartment. Around a mile to the city centre and just a short stroll into the shops / bars of Stockbridge.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. You are correct Stockbridge is just a few minutes' walk from the apartment with many bars, shops and restaurants. Closer still however is the beautiful and tranquil Water of Leith walkway. Access to the walk is just next to the Stockbridge and can be followed upstream through the Dean Village and on for 8 miles to Balerno on the Western outskirts of the city or downstream for 3 miles to the port of Leith. Princes Street and the city centre is just over half a mile from the apartment up Dundas Street. It is a uphill walk which guests have reports taking anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes depending on ability. Dundas Street is services by 2 buses, the 23 and 27 each running at 10 minute intervals through the day with a journey time of 2 minutes to the city centre.
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5

10/10 for everything

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect flat for us - not exactly on holiday, rather visiting family and new born baby in nearby Comely Bank, so the ideal situation: near bus routes, shops, eateries. We were impressed by how clean and comfortable the flat was; well equipped with the essentials; and very quiet for a city centre flat. Strongly recommended for two people. We shall be back.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. As you have mentioned the apartment is just a short walk from Stockbridge and Comely Bank as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Water of Leith walkway. Many visitors to Edinburgh just come of the city centre attractions and miss out on the many attractions that the outlying areas have. Being in a cal-du-sac the apartment sees very little traffic so is indeed very quiet for a city centre location. We hope to see you again soon.
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5

Edinburgh long weekend

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate, comfortable, well appointed & conveniently located apartment close to the recently noted 'best area to live in Edinburgh - Stockbridge'. Lots of lovely restaurants, bakeries & breakfast/brunch places nearby (quite a few of which are highly rated on Tripadvisor) & easily in walking distance of main attractions in the city centre. Bus stop & taxi rank outside one of the two entrances. Enjoyed a fabulous weekend in our home city & would definitely use this accommodation again if did not need a car.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for providing your kind review. The apartment is in a lovely area with plenty of amenities close by. Parking at the apartment is on-street paid 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Free in the evenings and weekends. If you don't need your car during your stay we can offer free parking at our B&B on the outskirts of the city. I hope that we will see you again soon.
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Clean, quiet, and convenient

  • 4 of 5

Very well kept accomodations, with easy access to bus. Lots of shops and areas to explore in nearby Stockbridge and the Gardens. Getting to Old Town was just a short hop on the bus. We loved the heated floors in the bathroom!

Very pleasant stay. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and were comfortable in the apartment. Many visitors to Edinburgh just focus on the city centre areas around the Castle and miss out the many wonderful communities that lie just outside the centre. As you have found Stockbridge is just a few minutes walk from the apartment and is full of shops, bars and restaurants. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Inverleith park are just a few minutes further and the Water of Leith provides a tranquil walk to Leith down stream or up stream as far as Balerno 8 miles to the West of the city. We hope to see you again soon.
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lovely compact appartement

  • 5 of 5

The property was just what we 3 friends needed; a place to rest from discovering Edinburgh. It was spotless, a good bed and sofabed, everything we needed was there and it is situated in a very nice neighbourhood. A great deli around the corner for breakfast or coffee and a good walk up the hill to the Old Town but also near bus and taxi. Contact with the family was quick and easy, they were flexible with arriving time as there was no one renting it right before us. I would love to come again to see more of the city and would stay here again, cosy but modern, quiet yet nearby lots of great sites! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Catherine, Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in the apartment and would like to come back sometime. We manage and service the apartment ourselves so that we can ensure standards. Where possible we will be flexible on check in and check out times to suit the guest as there's nothing worse than having to carry luggage around while wait to get access or before you depart.
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Location

Edinburgh Castle
"The ques for tickets can be quite long so best to get there early or book tickets online thr..."
Royal Mile
"Running from the castle down to Holyrood Palace the Royal Mile or High Street has many shops..."
Arthur's Seat
"If your feeling adventurous a climb of Arthur's Seat is a good way to spend a few hours. Th..."
Royal Botanic Garden
"Wonderful on a sunny afternoon"
National Museum of Scotland
"All museums and galleries in Edinburgh are free entry. Great place to visit and lots to do ..."
The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival
"Too much to mention. The Royal Mile or the bottom of the Mound are the best places to see t..."
Museum of Childhood
Cumberland Bar
"Serves great pub food and is just a few minutes from the apartment."
Museum on the Mound
Rhubarb
Greyfriars Bobby Statue
Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant
Deacon Brodies Tavern
The Outsider Restaurant
National Museum of Scotland
"All museums and galleries in Edinburgh are free entry. Great place to visit and lots to do ..."
Jenners - Edinburgh
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Nearest Airport
8.5 Miles
Edinburgh International Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
City Centre choice
Nearest Ferry
121 Miles
Newcastle-on-Tyne
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Edinburgh has many golf courses
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Waverley, Edinburgh
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
City Bypass, Edinburgh
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
City Centre choice
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Hillend dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Portobello, Edinburgh
Car: not necessary

As well as being classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995, the New Town is also home to an eclectic array of “hidden gems” with characterful restaurants and cafes, relaxed, welcoming bars and treasure-trove of privately owned little shops, art galleries and antique shops where visitors and locals alike can while away the hours.

If you'd like to stay in the centre of our beautiful city, yet have a quiet sleep, and easy walking to all amenities, this is it. Your bedroom will look out onto an atrium planted with trees and shrubs where you can sit and read a book in the sunshine if you wish. There is a small balcony in the apartment which also allows you to enjoy the fresh air while staying in an apartment.

Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, just behind Dundas Street which takes you directly to Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens area of the city and the bustle of the larger shops like Jenners, Harvey Nicols, and the larger restaurant and pub chains.

Five minutes walk:

The Water of Leith – which winds through the city has a pleasant leafy walk. This can take you to the Botanical Gardens, the Galleries of Modern Art, Stockbridge, the Dean Village and onwards to Port of Leith with its waterside restaurants, cafes and bars.

Botanical Gardens - Edinburgh boasts a magnificent public garden, with free access, which is colourful in all seasons. Excellent restaurant and café facilities.

Ten Minutes Walk:

George Street - with the smartest shopping. St. Andrew’s Square - Harvey Nicols store. Princes Street and the Gardens - wonderful skyline view of the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle and “The Mound” the access to the Old Town. The newly refurbished Portrait Gallery is not to be missed.

You can cross the atrium into Dundas Street where there are numerous buses and a taxi rank. This route takes you to Margiota's, a small and extremely well stocked grocer/deli/newsagent open from 7.00am till around 10.00pm. In the same building is an ATM, and several carry out or sit in tea rooms, a wonderful cup-cake cafe called 'The Cuckoo Bakery'. On the corner is the New Town Deli which serves breakfast from 7.00am and their filled rolls are so stacked with filling, the bread is just a means of holding it together. All freshly made and filled to your order. Soups which are home-made and the lunch time queue speaks volumes.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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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
£198
for 2 nights
From
£99
£594
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£230
for 2 nights
From
£115
£690
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas & New Year 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£640
for 4 nights
From
£160
£1,120
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£240
for 2 nights
From
£120
£720
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£240
for 2 nights
From
£120
£720
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
From
£125
£750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Edinburgh Festival 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
From
£170
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£640
for 4 nights
From
£160
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rugby Internationals - Over the Rugby International weekends 5th to 7th February and 11th to 13th March the rate is £110 per night with a 2 night minumum stay.

If you would prefer not to book on-line then please feel free to contact 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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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , washbasin also
  • The shower-room is tiled and has underfloor heating, a white suite, heated towel rail and thermostatically controlled shower with a very good flow rate . We supply a range of Sea Kelp toiletries by Scottish Fine Soaps along with cotton balls, shower caps, and make-up remover pads, thick cotton bath sheets, hand towels, face flannels and towelling slippers.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double Sofa-bed in lounge
  • The bedroom has a double wardrobe with mirror doors and a high quality large double bed. The pillows are pure down, or synthetic alternative. The bed linen is 100% high thread count Egyptian cotton. There are three chests of drawers and bedside lights which are high enough to give you light on your book.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is an music docking station and piped sound into lounge/dining/kitchen area. 1 night free for every 7 nights stayed. See our website or contact us for the latest offers.

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