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Beautiful Old Merchant's House in Historic Central Edinburgh

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Last updated: 04/11/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Edinburgh apartment description

Our Gayfield Square apartment is our fabulous two bedroom property situated in a fantastic position, right in the heart of our wonderful historic city. In fact you couldn't get better - the apartment is located on a beautiful leafy square in the elegant Georgian New Town. Residential and quiet, yet just a few minutes walk (about seven) from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street and George Street and from there easily accessible to the castle and Royal Mile. Moreover, we're just round the corner from the funky Broughton Street area with its great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as some lovely 'local' and quirky shops (the best butcher in town, great health food store and fishmonger to name a few!)

The apartment is typical in design for its era, dating back to 1820 (yes, 1820!) and built with the grandeur that represents Georgian architecture in its prime. It's also quite a one off with its own private entrance, private front garden and back patio (very unusual for a property in such a central location of Edinburgh). The entire apartment is on the ground floor with only one step up into the front garden so is very accessible for those who have difficulty in managing stairs.
Interior style is sophisticated, contemporary and calming with a lovely blend of old and new.

The main sitting room is a very spacious 16 x 13 feet with beautiful working fireplace (living flame gas fire), ornate cornice work and double windows with views to the front gardens and square beyond. Furniture comprises a comfortable sofa and contemporary Barcelona chair both in white leather as well as two antique gilt chairs upholstered in a bold print motif. Original art pieces hang on the walls throughout the property.

The bedrooms are quietly located with cosy European king sized leather bed in one and white wooden Georgian style bed in the other, again European king sized. Wall coverings are in calming taupe and pale mocca colours.

One bedroom is serviced by an en suite shower room with walk in shower with chocolate leather effect tiling. The other is serviced by the main bathroom with corner bath and shower.

The kitchen is fully equipped - a large range cooker/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer - a great cook's kitchen as well as being a very sociable space to sit round the large black granite kitchen table whilst you eat or watch the cook at work! French windows from the kitchen open up to the back patio/sitting area.
We also supply a complete pack in the apartment which will guide you through how to use everything and also a great guide to our favourite restaurants, cafes, shops and top tips on things not to miss out on while you're visiting. Wifi internet access is available throughout the apartment.

We think we've created the ideal retreat to explore our wonderful city- we really hope you'll agree if you come and stay with us!

Keywords: Historic, Apartment, flat


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 0

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We are happy to accept well behaved pets although we do ask that you refrain from allowing your pet to go to the toilet in the front garden since we have had the grass damaged in the past. The grassy square is only a 20 yard walk from the front gate!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There is one step into the garden of the property from the street and then one small step at the front door- otherwise the apartment is ground floor throughout and easily accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    The bed is a european king sized, 5 feet wide bed....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    The bed is a European king size, 5 feet wide bed....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large flatscreen....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    The dining area is situated in the kitchen diner and consists of a large granite table to seat 4....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Controllable central heating thoughout....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free wifi internet access throughout the apartment....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    We can supply a welcome hamper to your specifications on arrival should you require this- cost will be confirmed on confirmaiton of your hamper requirements....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    The apartment has an espresso machine as well as a french press coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    The oven/stove is a large range type model with double fan electric ovens....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    The stove is gas operated and has 5 burners....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo


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from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2/15
Apr 7 - Apr 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Early May Bank Holiday15
May 1 - May 3, 2015
3 night min stay
Late Spring 15
May 4 - May 27, 2015
3 night min stay
Marathon Weekend 15
May 28 - May 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Early Summer15
Jun 1 - Jun 17, 2015
3 night min stay
Highland Show 2015
Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2015
4 night min stay
Early Summer 2/15
Jun 22 - Jul 12, 2015
3 night min stay
Open Golf
Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2015
7 night min stay
Early Summer 3/15
Jul 20 - Jul 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Early Summer 4/15
Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2015
3 night min stay
Edinburgh Festival 15
Aug 7 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Late Summer 15
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Autumn 2015
Oct 1 - Dec 19, 2015
3 night min stay
Christmas 2015
Dec 20 - Dec 25, 2015
6 night min stay
New Year 2015
Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee £20
  • Taxes Not included


Rates are displayed as a guide and based on a 7 nights stay and occupancy at 4 people. We may be able to discount against this during quieter periods and if there are less people staying. Please also note that for shorter stays than 7 nights, we may have to charge a small premium. Please enquire with your exact requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate with our best offer.

We take credit card details to hold your reservation as security only. Payment is normally made on arrival in pounds sterling-cash or cheque. Alternatively you may also arrange a BACS bank transfer in advance of arrival, although please be aware that there may be a small charge from your bank for this service.

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Last updated: 04/11/2015
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11 Miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh Airport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Train
Edinburgh Waverley Station
5 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Hi- I'm Robin (pictured here with my best friend, Vera, my miniature schnoodle). I've lived in Edinburgh for more than 20 years, having moved here to study and then working in marketing for a number of years before buying a guest house and rental apartments. My Gayfield Square apartment is my pride and joy!- having bought it and renovated it to the style and standard it is today- I'm sure you'll love staying there!

Why the Owner Chose Edinburgh:
Edinburgh is a fantastic city- historical, vibrant and sophisticated. The apartment is located in one of the most beautiful and central parts of town, the Georgian New town. Built around the 1800s the architecture of this area is beautiful and grand, yet the apartment is only a short walk from the bustling centre of town, all the attractions and some great places to eat and drink.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Culture, art, history and a lovely quiet- you'll live on a wide leafy square inhabited by locals which is a stones throw from the bustling Broughton Street area with its great cafes, restaurants and local shops (a great butcher and fishmonger are just round the corner). And only a 7 minute walk from Princes Street too!

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Speaks: english



  • Sitting Room

    Sitting Room

  • Kitchen looking out to the back patio

    Kitchen looking out to the back patio

  • Main Bathroom

    Main Bathroom

  • View to the leafy Gayfield Square from the front of the house

    View to the leafy Gayfield Square from the front of the house

  • Sitting Room Antique Chairs

    Sitting Room Antique Chairs

  • The Front hall with my grandfather's chair

    The Front hall with my grandfather's chair

  • The House from the Square

    The House from the Square

  • The Hall with views to the kitchen

    The Hall with views to the kitchen

  • The cosy rear bedroom

    The cosy rear bedroom

  • Detail of the bird lamp

    Detail of the bird lamp

  • Number 3 gatepost

    Number 3 gatepost

  • The Merchant's House Exterior

    The Merchant's House Exterior

  • Front Bedroom

    Front Bedroom

  • Rear Bedroom

    Rear Bedroom

  • En suite Shower room

    En suite Shower room

  • Gilt chairs and original art

    Gilt chairs and original art

  • Breakfast in bed...

    Breakfast in bed...

  • The kitchen with the range oven and stove

    The kitchen with the range oven and stove

  • Lamp and Cushions

    Lamp and Cushions

  • Barcelona Chair

    Barcelona Chair

  • Our natural paraben free toiletries

    Our natural paraben free toiletries

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