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2014: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - Best Holiday Accommodation (Scotland South East)
2013: Entry in '100 Best' Guide (Self-catering properties in Scotland)
2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/ Award
2009: Scottish Thistle Award Winner - 'The Extra Mile'
2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - (category) Accommodation - Customer Care
100% of reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to a friend (161 out of 163 reviewers awarded Pilrig House 5 stars!)
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Pilrig House - The Garden Apartment (Sleeps 2 max.)
Solo travellers (10% discount) or couples!
Our 4-star graded Garden Apartment is within Pilrig House, an A-listed 17th-Century Scottish Townhouse (built in 1638), which has an incredible history and a wonderful literary connection - it was once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's family - one of Scotland's most acclaimed authors! He mentions Pilrig House in his novels: Kidnapped and Catriona.
The Ultimate Peaceful Location
Uniquely located on the edge of a peaceful park, it is only a short stroll (just over a mile), or 5 minutes by bus, to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. The apartment overlooks private gardens and lush, green parkland - offering peace and tranquillity after busy days' sightseeing! Guests can enjoy sitting in the private garden, which has secluded seating areas, and is teeming with birds and squirrels - as well as the night-time strolls of our resident fox!
An Absolute Gem of an Apartment.
The Garden Apartment is cottagey, cosy, and charming. Beautifully furnished & extremely comfortable, the interior comprises: oak-floored hall with large cabinet filled with novels, games, CDs, DVDs; sunny living-room with oak flooring and Persian rug, window-seat offering garden views, plus second recessed window with garden & park views, 2 recliner seats and 2-seater sofa, dining-table, low tables, real-flame-effect fire, overhead dimmer lighting; spacious double bedroom, also with garden & park views - fully carpeted and with wardrobe, comfortable chair next to the window, dressing-table & seat, full-length mirror, bedside cabinets & touch-activated bedside lamps, overhead dimmer lighting; fully tiled bathroom with bath and shower over bath with glass shower screen, toilet, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, lit wall mirror above sink with shaver point; and utterly charming, cottage-style kitchen (fully equipped - see Amenities/Facilities) - which has two charming cottage-style recessed windows and has everything you could possibly need or want in a kitchen!
Plus, rare for Edinburgh accommodation - there is the bonus of an allocated FREE car parking space for guests in a safe, private car park to the rear of the house.
Your Home-Away-From-Home. Included in the Price:
Fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, fluffy towelling robes/slippers, all utilities (heating and electricity - there are no 'hidden/add-on' costs), telephone with call-minder ansa message service (FREE local & national calls), luxury Scottish toiletries, refreshment tray, fresh flowers, crystal decanter of whisky, fruit bowl, shortbread and fudge on arrival, full Welcome, Places to Visit, Restaurant and Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist Information file, Pilrig House stationery, bookmarks & postcards, a selection of Books, CDs/DVDs, Edinburgh Guidebooks/DVDs and Maps, Walking Guides, AA-Touring Atlas, board games, binoculars - and many other thoughtful extras!
Unlimited FREE high-speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop if you want to leave yours at home), iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, fridge, freezer, clothes washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee-maker, blender, ironing facilities, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital TV, Flat-Screen TV, Digital Radio, Hairdryer, Real-flame effect fire, oak wooden flooring, adjustable heating & overhead dimmer lighting in all rooms.
We - Debbie and Philip, the Scottish owners - live in Pilrig House and personally warmly welcome all our guests. We are also on-hand to offer advice and assistance throughout your stay, should you require it.
We could add hundreds of 'owner-added' reviews from our apartment Guestbooks - but, we prefer to let our guests add their own reviews - we feel, that way, you can be 100% assured of the authenticity of their comments and star grading awarded to their stay with us! On our own website, you can read over 150 additional independent reviews, and view some typical Guestbook comments.
Open all year. The apartment is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke outside. And, sorry, no pets.
Please view our extremely competitive nightly rates and our reduced weekly rates on our owner's website. You will note that we do not try to seduce you by giving 'per person per night' rates on the opening listing details - we feel this is disingenuous - we state our true minimum nightly and weekly rate - which has no hidden 'add-ons'.
Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:
2 weeks - 15%
3 weeks - 20%
4 weeks or longer - 25% ( do ask - we are flexible and sometimes offer a greater discount if the stay is for low season!)
We also offer all solo travellers 10% discount on our nightly rates!
Note: Do check our Park and Balfour Apartments' availability if the Garden Apartment is already booked - we can offer a discount for a 1 or 2-person stay!
Booking & Payment
For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking. For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay. When you send us a Booking Form via our own website, we send you a Booking Comfirmation, followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave, payable by debit or credit card. On receipt of payment authorisation, we always send a payment receipt.
We ask that all prospective guests read our Conditions of Rental on our website before completing a Booking Form - our Cancellation Policy is clearly stated on that page.
Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Historic, City, Unique, Award-Winning, Peaceful, Romantic, Unusual, Unique, Four-Star, Luxury, Tranquil, Owners-on-Site
This apartment is absolutely spot-on for either solo travellers - whether here on holiday or business (we offer a 10% discount for people travelling alone), or for any couples - great for couples celebrating their wedding, on honeymoon; an anniversary, a longed for holiday in Scotland, or people celebrating their retirement - as it has 1 double bedroom and is all on one level - no tricky steps, and it really is so cosy and charming....moreless
Clothes washer-dryer in the apartment. We also provide details of a local laundry service, located just mins' walk from Pilrig House, which offers a 'service wash' - you leave and they wash/dry same day - ready to collect same day....moreless
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs, coffee/filters for coffee-maker, instant/decaff. coffee, teabags/herbal teabags, sugar, milk, mineral water, dishwasher tablets, washing powder...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 - May 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jul 12, 2015
7 night min stay
Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2015
7 night min stay
Jul 20 - Jul 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2015
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Jan 31, 2016
4 night min stay
Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2016
4 night min stay
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2016
5 night min stay
May 1 - May 31, 2016
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2016
7 night min stay
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2016
7 night min stay
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2016
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Jan 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Please see our own website for Christmas/New Year rates (min 7-night stays).
If our Garden Apartment is booked for the dates you want, we will be happy to offer our Park/Balfour Apartment at a reduced rate.
For guests staying longer than 1 week the price includes a weekly clean & you will receive fresh bedlinen & towels.
We offer solo travellers a 10% discount on the nightly rate.
For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking.
For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay.
After you send us a Booking Form via our website, we send your booking confirmation, followed by an online payment request (by either credit, including AMEX!, or by debit card).
On receipt of your payment, we will send you a receipt.
Pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer) to protect your payment up to $1,000. Before making a payment always call the owner at the number listed on our website, and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
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Car: Not Necessary
Membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
During your stay, we are delighted to offer guests membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles 4 adults to dine in either of the Society’s distinctive premises in Edinburgh – the historic Vaults at the Shore area of Leith - a 10-minute walk away, or in the city centre's beautiful Georgian townhouse Queen St premises - or to attend special events or tastings that may be on during your stay. Discover the best single cask, single malt whisky available to mankind – uniquely bottled for the Society from over 120 distilleries.
Near to the waterfront....
Pilrig House is under half a mile from the trendy 'Shore' area in the port of Leith - there are a great selection of pubs and eateries on the waterfront, as well as three Michelin-star restaurants. Also close-by is the Royal Yacht Britannia - the Queen and Prince Philip's decommissioned sailing vessel. Once here, you may want to stroll along to Newhaven Harbour and take lunch at the Loch Fyne Seafoood Restaurant, which has harbour and sea views.
Around a 4-min walk away is: Edinburgh's Woollen Mill and Clan Tartan centre - a great shop in which to pick up a bargain cashmere or Scottish gift; and the Water of Leith walkways and cycle-paths.
A short walk through the park takes you to the bus-stop - all buses (and they are plenty and almost constant) take you to the centre of Edinburgh, which is c. 1.2 miles away - easily walkable. En route, you may want to stop at the Sicilian Bakery - even if just to gaze in the window, or pause for coffee at Valvona & Crolla's Italian deli and 'Vin Cafe' - deliciously tempting!
The city centre attractions are well-known: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, the Grassmarket area, The National Gallery, The Scottish Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Scotland, the Georgian New Town.... and so much more!
We are a 15-min walk (or 5 mins by bus) to:
- Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens;
- the 'village' of Stockbridge - so-named for its riverside location & great range of independent shops and charity/second-hand shops - great for browsing for a bargain! A fab weekly farmers' market is also held here, plus a start-point to a lovely riverside walk that takes you through the historic Dean Village and on to the Gallery of Modern Art.
If you wanted to hire a cab, it is incredibly cheap to travel to and from the city centre.
For those guests without a car, we have negotiated fixed fares with a local cab company, to places of interest near to Edinburgh.
Within 5-mins' walk from Pilrig House are: a leisure/gym centre with pool; local shops, supermarket & restaurants; ATM; church; Post Office; Martin Wishart's Cookery School (Michelin-star restaurant owner), an auction-house with weekly auctions.
Pilrig House is also a 10-min walk from the Playhouse Theatre, and a multi-screen cinema.
FREE Parking is also available to guests of Pilrig House, in a private car park to the rear of the property - this is extremely rare in Edinburgh and a huge bonus! We have prepared a Touring Pack for those guests with cars - which gives recommendations, maps, photographs, and tips of places to visit within a 1-2-hour drive of Edinburgh. Our AA-Road Atlas also comes in handy - and you are welcome to take it with you on your car journeys.
For those without a car, and not keen on driving on 'the wrong side of the road', nor going on 'organised bus tours' - we are delighted to be able to offer the services of a personal driver when here - at very competitive rates!
Pilrig House is a great central base for golfers – wthin a half-hour drive along the lovely East Lothian coastline, you will be spolied for choice of courses to play: Craigielaw, Gullane, Archerfield, Muirfield, Dunbar, North Berwick – to name but a few of the outstanding 22 courses to pick from.
St Andrews and the East ‘Neuk’ of Fife
We are only an hour-and-a-half’s drive from St Andrews for St Andrews Old Course and King’s Barns, as well as the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife courses en route to St Andrews, eg Lundin Links.
Gleneagles, Carnoustie and Troon
We are an hour’s drive from Gleneagles; an hour-and-a-half from Carnousite; and c. 2 hours from the Ayrshire coast for Troon Old Course and Turnberry.
Book Our Golf Driver Service
If you want to relax, and be collected at Pilrig House and taken to and from the courses you want to play on, we are delighted to recommend, on booking, a personal driver service with an outstanding driver/golf expert – (at extremely competitive rates). Mike will collect you at Pilrig House (as early in the morning as you want to set off) in his air-conditioned, fully insured and extremely comfortable people carrier and take you wherever you want to play. He can also take you further afield, and arrange overnight stays for you. In fact, where golf is concerned, he will take you as far and for as much time as you fancy!
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: 2015 will be our tenth year running Pilrig House Apartments... Philip is a retired mechanical engineer, who travelled the world as a naval engineer for many years - living in Mexico and Belize for periods of time. He is an amateur historian, and has amazing local and Scottish historical knowledge... and, is also a keen 'treasure hunter' - going off frequently to local sites with his metal detector. I am an ex-copy editor who worked for over 20 years in the field of publishing, and then on a freelance basis as an editor/proofreader. We decided, after meeting, that we couldn't bear to sell Philip's apartment in Pilrig House - it was just so special, and so we decided to turn it into a rental apartment. A year later, with great joy, we moved back into the house ourselves, then we purchased another apartment for renovation and rental, and so it just grew over the years since we started up. We have made many great friends, and still gain enormous joy and satisfaction in welcoming visitors here from around the world...It is also lovely that so many people, and their friends and families, come back time and time again. Our emphasis, right from the start, was to create incredibly clean, and exceptionally comfortable, accommodation, with in excess of the usual facilities found in vacation rentals – and to maintain this high standard. We also wanted to ensure we met our guests’ needs, and so listened to our visitors and took on board, almost without exception, all comments and suggestions over the years. We always personally offer a warm welcome, and are really pleased to be able to provide further support your stay, if it is wanted! On arrival, we take you into the apartment, showing you all the need-to-know things, and will always take as long as you want to answer all your questions!
Why the Owner Chose Edinburgh:
Well - there's the fact the Pilrig House is utterly unique as an historic 17th-century townhouse in Edinburgh, then there's the lovely location, and the parkland and Edinburgh skyline views... And the peace! Then, there's the wonderful ambience in the house itself - it really is special. And, the private parking, the beautiful gardens... there is so much to enjoy about living here. We just couldn't replicate what Pilrig House offers if we searched the length and breadth of Edinburgh. And the fact that we can walk into the centre of Edinburgh in 15 mins, or take a bus right outside the park... more than anything, we love the feeling of living in the country while living in the city. In each apartment, the living-rooms and bedrooms have park and/or garden views – a lovely change from looking out onto city streets or other buildings! The house’s history also gives it a special feel – some people liken it to staying in a Scottish castle… Robert Louis Stevenson’s mother lived in Pilrig House and he visited here often as a child – we include his novels in all three apartments, so you can read extracts that refer to Pilrig House, and imagine living in another time… One national newspaper journalist wrote after staying here that the house has a ‘timelessness’ that made for instant relaxation…. And, the centre of Edinburgh is under a mile away – most guests walk there, and sometimes take a bus home at the end of the day… and describe their pleasure at returning to the peace and tranquillity of Pilrig House. Great shops are almost on your doorstep – supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants… all within easy walking distance. Many US & Canadian guests come back every year, and European guests visit at least 6 times per year – and they have stayed previously in the best hotels and now choose to stay here. Our Guestbook comments and reviews on all independent sites have been 100% positive - hopefully reassuring you of what you will find when you come to stay.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
All of the above! We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows and see the park in all seasons in all its beauty, or sit in the garden to the side of the house in total privacy and enjoy the tranquillity, and read a book... Everything we need is close-by - shops, transport links, restaurants, Edinburgh's main train station... and, there are beautiful drives to the East Lothian countryside and coastal trail, including some charming villages and historic castles - within a half-hour's drive. This coastline has 22 amazing golf-courses, many located directly parallel to the sea - Gullane, North Berwick, Craigielaw, Muirfield - to name but a few - to whet the appetite of those golfers out there! Another great bonus is the fact that we can offer guests free parking in a private car park directly to the rear of the property – this is incredibly rare in Edinburgh – most properties have ‘metered’ parking on a street outside their property, which never guarantees a space, and is incredibly expensive – it means you have to top up the metre every couple of hours! Philip and I often walk to the ‘Shore’ area of Leith, on the waterfront – which is Edinburgh’s port – a 5-10 minute walk from Pilrig House – it has great restaurants and bistros. You can also use your membership card to visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s ‘The Vaults’ premises here – even if you don’t like whisky – a great place to have a bar lunch in the oldest building in Leith.
Sit in the seats just outside your window in summertime, and relax....
Enjoy each passing season when you stay at Pilrig House....
Summertime, and the holidaying is easy...
The lovely front garden at Pilrig House - walk through the gate into parkland...
Your bed awaits
Double bedroom - has wardrobe, drawers, full-length mirror, dimmer lighting
Sunny living-room overlooking garden - watch the squirrels play outside...
Game of Edinburgh Monopoly anyone?
Charming cottage-style kitchen - stocked with everything you could wish for...
Fully tiled bathroom, with heated towel-rail, mirror and shaver point over basin
Free UK tel calls, high-speed Broadband Wi-Fi, and iPod Docker/Speaker...
North Berwick Golf Course - one of 22 along the nearby East Lothian coastline
'History in spades' - Pilrig House built in 1638; home of Robert Louis Stevenson
Summertime and an oasis of green on your doorstep
Relax awhile in the sunny gardens here...
Enter the Garden Apartment where the stone walls are around 3-feet thick!
Heavenly bedding and garden views - do you really want to go sight-seeing today?
Recline and watch a DVD from the extensive collection provided...
It is easy to relax & hard to leave the Garden Apartment - or so our guests say!
Refreshment tray awaits your arrival - get the coffee on!
Bathtub for end-of-day soaks, as well as electric shower over bath
Mr MccSquirrel comes for breakfast each day...
Night falls at Pilrig House in winter...
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