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Last updated: 11/29/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This 5 star luxury apartment has unprecedented views of Edinburgh castle and is available according to The VRBO calender. It commands an extremely central location on the corner of fashionable George Street and North Castle Street, and is surrounded by leading stores such as Harvey Nichol's and great restaurants and bars. It is decorated and furnished to the highest standards.

One of the first flats to be built in the New Town by James Craig in 1790 and directly adjacent to the Edinburgh town house of Sir Walter Scott! Two bedrooms - one master, (with super king-size divan) and stunning castle views. One single (but just large enough for two with a single/trundle bed that coverts to an additional single - both newly equipped with acoustic glazing, so extremely quite from the street noise below. large elegant lounge with two large windows, contemporary furnishings and decor with two comfortable sofas and a marble dining table with chairs for six with matching consul and side tables. There is a large Sony flat screen TV with access to Sky and Apple television.

We have two luxury apartments in the building, both with the same elevation and stunning views of Edinburgh Castle. The Robert Louis Stevenson Suite ( below this one) has a more retro, slightly funky feel but with classical over tones, especially in the master bedroom and kitchen. You can see the details at Please do contact us to enquire about a dual apartment booking, when we can offer a special rate for larger groups, wedding parties etc.

State of the art Kitchen and Bathroom ( with under floor heating & steam enclosure) - limestone throughout: Fully fitted contemporary, luxury kitchen with everything you would expect of a 5 star property and bathroom. Double ended bath and steam shower, under-floor heating and limestone wet-room.

The property comes with access to the beautiful private gardens on Queen Street (residents only), just two minutes from the front door, which provides the most perfect oasis in the heart of the city. I use it for my limited jogging circuit when I'm in residence, as it's perfectly manicured and also entirely geared up for secure doggie walking. Wonderful in the Summer for festival picnics and reading the papers of a morning.

The apartment is situated within easy walking distance of all major attractions; museums and galleries, shops and restaurants and is a five minute walk from a nearby private gym and pool. It's central location provides very easy walking to all major Edinburgh Festival attractions and has unprecedented views of the closing fireworks festival concert from Edinburgh Castle usually the last Sunday in August. 'The Edinburgh International Festival goes out each year with literally many, very large bangs, in its annual 45-minute Festival Fireworks Concert. Just beneath Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens and across the road from the apartment, the world-renowed Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform live while a fireworks team based in the castle provides synchronised visual accompaniment.

You need a ticket to hear the SCO playing at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens, but the majority of spectators tune into local radio to hear the live broadcast and watch the pyrotechnians paint the sky in explosive colour. There's not a better view than from the windows of the master bedroom!! Please email for further information and rates or booking details in the first instance - DATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE for 2016 ON FIRST COME BASIS!

Christmas and Hogmanay (Scotlands' New Year Celebrations) also bring their own added attractions, with new events planned on George Street every year; Xmas markets and a wonderful sparkly atmosphere enhanced by the beautiful festive street lighting. There is still availability for Christmas 2015! The celebrations have evolved into a world class event over the years with a full daily programme designed to appeal to all tastes and age groups in the heart of the city and literally just minutes walk from the door step. Fancy a change of scene in one of the most historically beautiful city's in the world - book now to avoid disappointment! Please refer to bookings calendar for availability.


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (1) super king size, sprung divan fit for a king or Queen., Twin or Single Beds (1) single bed that pulls out to create another single bed (Trundle)., Baby Cribs (1) Fold away cot for infants., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) chair bed that pulls out to a single. This can be moved into either one of the bedrooms or the lounge area....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Luxury family bathroom. Limestone clad throughout, under floor heating. Steam enclosure and high pressure shower. Large full length bath. Victorian style radiators and basin....moreless


  • Books:

    scattered selection...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Sony hard drive system for ipod/phone docking etc...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV + Apple TV all channels...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Digital Sony stereo...moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Unprecedented views of Edinburgh castle and various statues along george Street. Directly across the street from the home of Sir Walter Scott!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There is a stunning marble table and six comfortable high-backed chairs set up in the lounge area. More casual dining available in the kitchen with stools and corona kitchen island....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access:

    Full wifii throughout...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    condenser - whereby you pullout the drawer and empty the water into the sink when full....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    'Antique' Applemac desk top computer available with full wifii, internet access - only for fun to use for music in the kitchen, check travel websites or print boarding passes etc....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    original but not working in both the Master bedroom and the lounge...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Ful automatically controlled gas central heating throughout...moreless

  • Internet:

    full complimentary wifii...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    quality high-thread count bedding and linens...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious Georgian salon with period features, two Georgian windows, period fire place. High standard and elegant decor throughout. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    7x 24 parking just round the corner on Castle Terrace....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Metered parking on street below. 24 hour available 10 mins away. Free parking 20 mins walk or 5 mins in a taxi!...moreless

  • Towels Provided:


  • Washing Machine:

    State of the art Bosch washer with separate dryer....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    throughout the property...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Marble & slate decorative fireplaces in both lounge and master bedroom....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    by seperate negotiation...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Expresso maker & French Cafetier ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    fully equipped with quality utensils...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    High standard...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    3 ovens including combi-microwave & steamer, hob, dish washer, washer + separate dryer. limestone flooring, corian surfaces. Fully gourmet equipped....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    choice of three ovens...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    basic assortment of condiments, tea bags and coffee etc...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    American size fridge/freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    large gas hobb...moreless

  • Toaster

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Steam/ shower room cubicle, limestone with seat....moreless

Building Type

  • Building

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 28 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 1
Oct 16 - Dec 17, 2015
2 night min stay
$1,429 $4,813
Festive Season
Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016
5 night min stay
$3,309 $7,220
Winter 2
Jan 5 - Feb 29, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,354 $4,813
Spring 2016
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,805 $6,017
May 1 - Jul 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$2,557 $8,273
Edinburgh Festival
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2016
5 night min stay
$3,159 $12,034
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,805 $6,017
Winter 3
Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,354 $4,212
Festive Season
Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2017
5 night min stay
$3,309 $9,777
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$263 $338
Fri, Sat
$1,655 $4,212

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $75.21
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $601.68
  • Taxes Not included


All rates quoted are subject to season and group size and based on up to 4 people sharing.

All rates inclusive of all other charges, towels and linen. Additional fifth person incurs a premium of £50.00 per night.

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Last updated: 11/29/2015
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  • A

    The Apartment with best views of Edinburgh Castle in town View on map

    Now booking for Edinburgh Festival / Xmas and Hogmannay 2012-2013.A rare opportunity to experience a Scottish new year - Hogmannay - in the heart of Scotland's capital!

  • B

    Views of Spectacular fireworks party from Edinburgh Castle! View on map

    The Fireworks Concert is the grand finale to the Edinburgh International Festival and a fitting climax to 3-4 weeks of cultural hedonism that is "The Edinburgh Festival". The apartment is still currently available for this spectacular event, providing probably the best "private views" of the fire works spectacle in Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Festival literally goes out with a bang! Beneath Edinburgh Castle in Prices Street Gardsens, the world-renowed Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays while a fireworks team based in the castle provides synchronised visual accompaniment. You can hear it live from the bedroom and then boost the sound via live radio. Truly breathtaking experience! You need a ticket to hear the SCO playing at the Ross Band%2

  • C

    An oasis surrounded by gardens! View on map

    Just because your in the heart of the city, surrounded by the best restaurants, bars and shopping, doesn't mean that you can't escape from it all! These gardens whether private or public are just 3 minutes in either direction of the front door. Slightly further afield - approx 15-20 mins walk down hill are the Royal Botanical Gardens or Princes Street gardens just across the road in front of the apartment.


Car: Not Necessary

Now booking for the largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh International Festival 2016! The apartment has stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and its ramparts, great for the end of the festival spectacular fireworks display from the castle with live orchestral accompaniment from across the street in Princess Street Gardens. Minutes walk from all festive major attractions including; castle, museums and galleries, christmas market and hogmannay festival events. It is a 5 star luxury apartment with all the amenities you would expect from a property of this calibre. Stunning decor, fine linens and sheets, comfortable funrinture and beds, sound-proofing / secondary glazing in bedrooms and working shutters.

As the Scottish weather turns cold, this apartment is not only warm as toast, but has the added benefits of underfloor heating in the bathroom and a wonderful steam/turkish power shower. The street atmosphere in December becomes very festive, with Xmas street decorations and winter fiestas, markets and sometimes organised street parties on a large scale ( the largest 'strip the willow' was put into 'The Guiness Book of Records just outside.

Surrounded by the best shops (Harvey Nichols etc), restaurants and bars, you are located just minutes walk from Edinburgh's beating heart in the stylish Georgian 'New Town'.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: I worked as an actor for many years and as a radio broadcaster on the BBC, presenting arts programmes. I'm also very interested in cultural tourism projects and in 1996 created The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, an award winning tour performed by professional actors. It runs throughout the year and Rick Steves, presenter of travel programmes USA wide, is quoted as saying in a recent review, 'for an entertaining insight into the greats of Scottish literature, served up with new friends, good beer, and lots of laughs, The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour is my vote for the best way to spend an Edinburgh Evening!' so can't be bad!! Let me know if your interested in going on the tour at check-in and I can reserve you a slot.

Why the Owner Chose Edinburgh:
I'm interested in all things literary and so when this apartment came on the market in 2001, I was excited by the fact that it sits just across the road from Sir Walter Scot's Edinburgh townhouse and on the other side of the street from the birth place of 'Wind in the Willow's' author, Kenneth Grahame. of course, that's not forgetting that the apartment has unprecedented, stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and is in an excellent, central location for shopping, restaurants and culture - especially during The International Edinburgh Festival!

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Central location for great shopping and superb restaurants and bars.Great views and luxury decor and furnishings throughout. Access to lovely private gardens in the centre of town only 2 mins walk from the building. On street metered parking or 7x24 only 10 mins walk away. Great value for long term parking at rcp parking on Brunswick Road, EH7 5PD - £30.00 per week. The 2nd September is the finale of The Edinburgh International Festival and there is the most spectacular fore works display from the castle ramparts (unprecedented views from the apartment windows) with live orchestral accompaniment by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The apartment provides probably the best view in town of this spectacular event and whilst the music can be heard being played live from across the road in Princes Street gardens, I always amp the sound by tuning in live to the local radio station. So it's a great opportunity for a night to remember and for entertaining etc. Here's some of the details from their site: 'Bringing Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a magnificent conclusion, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert combines passionate music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with breathtaking pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision to enhance the musical experience. It is all set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic castle. This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is a feast of pageantry and patriotism, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also echoing the Festival’s Shakespearean offerings.'

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  • Master Bedroom with views of the castle - fit for a Queen or King !

    Master Bedroom with views of the castle - fit for a Queen or King !

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