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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Edinburgh apartment description
2013: Entry in '100 Best' Guide (Self-Catering Properties in Scotland)
2011 & 2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/FlipKey Award
2009: Scottish Thistle Award Winner - for 'The Extra Mile'
2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - for 'Accommodation - Customer Care'
100% of Trip Advisor reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to a friend (124 out of 126 reviewers awarded us 5 stars)...
Pilrig House - The Park Apartment (Sleeps 3 max) - A Home With History
Solo traveller (10% discount); couples, couples plus one child (over age of 7); OR 3 adults
Our exceptional 4-star graded, 2-bedroomed Park Apartment is within Pilrig House, an A-listed, 17th-century Scottish townhouse (built in 1638), which has a distinguished history and a wonderful literary connection - it was the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's family - as a child, RLS often visited and played in the gardens here as a child - he mentions Pilrig House in his novels: Kidnapped and Catriona.
Unique Park Location
The apartment is sited in a tranquil park, yet, incredibly, it is only a 15-20 minute stroll (just over a mile), or 5 minutes by bus (bus stop is only minutes away from the apartment) to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. Enjoy the private garden, which offers secluded seating areas and is teeming with wildlife.
A Gem of an Apartment - Your Home-Away-From Home
Guests have exclusive use of the house’s sweeping Palladian staircase entrance, at the top of which are double oak doors and a small seating area, a south-facing suntrap overlooking the park - wonderful for sipping a glass of wine and watching the world drift by at the end of busy days' sightseeing! Or, dine in all seasons with the doors flung open and drink in the changing weather and landscape...
The interior is extremely comfortable and has a beautiful mix of antique and modern furnishings, comprising: living-room with oak flooring & Persian rug, real-flame effect fire, designated dining area, two leather sofas, coffee-table, bookcases full of books and DVDs, and recessed window seat with delightful views of the park; 2 bedrooms - 1 single, 1 double (fully carpeted and equipped with hairdryers) with wonderfully comfortable beds and luxury mattress toppers, fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers and dressing-table, bedside cabinets/lamps, alarm clock, adjustable heaters, US adapter plug) - both bedrooms have park views; a fully-equipped kitchen (see amenities); and, a luxurious, fully-tiled bathroom with deep curved bath, toilet, wash-hand basin, shower screen and glass shower over the bath, full-length heated towel rail and shaver point.
Rare for city center rentals, Pilrig House offers the bonus of a FREE allocated parking space in a safe private car park to the rear of the house.
Included in the Price - NO add-on/hidden costs!
Fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, all utilities, and, on arrival: refreshment tray, fresh flowers, chocolates, fruit bowl & crystal decanter of whisky; luxury Scottish toiletries; fluffy towelling robes & slippers; full Welcome Pack plus Places to Visit, Restaurant & Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist Information file; telephone (FREE local/national calls & call minda telephone answer service), Pilrig House postcards, bookmarks & stationery; a selection of books/ Edinburgh guidebooks & maps, AA-Touring Atlas, binoculars, board games, library of CDs/DVDs, and many other thoughtful extras.
FREE Unlimited High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop while here if you want to leave yours at home), iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, flat-screen TV/Digital TV, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital Radio, Clothes Washer/Dryer, Ironing facilities, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Coffee-Maker, Blender, Microwave, Oven, Hob, Hairdryers, Real Flame-Effect Fire, Adjustable Heating and overhed Dimmer Lighting in all rooms.
We - Debbie and Philip, the Scottish owners - live in Pilrig House and personally warmly welcome all our guests, and are on-hand throughout your stay to offer advice and assistance, if wanted!
We could add hundreds of our own Guestbook reviews - 'Owner-Added Reviews', but we have chosed not to do so. We prefer that previous guests add them and star-grade us - that way you will have total confidence in their authenticity! On our own website, you can also read over 150 additional independent guest reviews and read through a large sample of comments left in the Apartment's Guestbook.
Open all year. The apartment is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke outside, and, sorry, no pets.
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. On completing a Booking Form via our website, we send you a Booking Confirmation, followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave (you can pay by credit or debit card).
We ask all prospective guests to complete a Booking Form via our own website, and that they read our Conditions of Rental page before doing so. The cancellation policy is clearly stated on that page.
Please view our highly competitive nightly & reduced rates on our owner's website (we feel it is disingenuous to show 'per person per night' rates that do not convey the true min. price of a stay). And, there are absolutely no extra add-on taxes or 'hidden' charges.
Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:
2 weeks - 15%
3 weeks - 20%
4 weeks or more - 25% (we are flexible and may offer a greater discount if in low season - do ask!)
We also offer all solo travellers a 10% discount on our nightly rates!
If the Park Apartment is booked, please DO look at our other two apartments, there may be availability, and if only 1 or 2 people staying, we can offer a discounted rate for our Balfour Apartment!
Keywords: Apartment, flat, unique, city, historic, award-winning, four-star, luxury, romantic, peaceful, unusual
- On floor 1
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
The apartment is ideal for: a couple, 2 single adults, or a couple plus friend/ older child (above age of 7). Also, a great place for solo travellers - we offer 10% discount on the nightly rates for people travelling solo....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
- 1 Double Bed - Beautifully comfortable, high-quality double bed with sprung mattress, suede bed-head and no restrictive bed-end.... And, we have also invested in top-of-the-range, ultra-deep luxury duck feather and down-filled mattress toppers on all beds, to ensure that you will be treated to the very best - and will sleep 'on a cloud'... One high-quality single bed with sprung mattress, top-of-the-range luxurious down-filled mattress topper, suede bed-head and no restrictive bed end....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper, sugar, tea-bags, herbal tea-bags, real coffee and coffee filters, decaff. coffee, instant coffee, all cleaning materials, mineral water, milk. ...moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
- Coffee Maker
High-quality pillows & Egyptian-cotton, high-threadcount bedlinen on the beds, plus neck bolsters, cushions & throws. We are also delighted to be one of the only luxury apartments in Edinburgh to offer luxury mattress toppers on all beds - these have to be experienced - we purchasd ultra-luxurious 3-inch deep toppers, to ensure you get the very best sleep experience you could hope for when you come to stay....moreless
Clothes washer/dryer which takes small loads. We provide details of a laundry, which is just a few mins' walk away, where you can leave a large load and have a 'service wash', ie they clean and dry your clothes, and you collect later, same day....moreless
Private allocated car parking space in secure car park to the rear of property. This is rare for Edinburgh - most places have 'off-street' parking, whereby meters have to be regularly topped up!...moreless
- Air Conditioning:
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Adjustable Wall-Mounted Heaters, Dimmer Lighting in Main Living-Room and Bedrooms, Touch-Activated Bedside Lamps, Ironing Facilities, Full Range of Edinburgh Guidebooks & Street Maps, Edinburgh & Scotland Magazines, Bookcase with Selection of Games, Children's & Adult's Novels, Full Welcome Pack, Places to Visit Near Edinburgh & Tourist Information Files, Restaurant Recommendations/ Sample Menu File, a Touring Company File with both local and Scottish Tours included, Golf & Pop-Up Umbrellas, Binoculars, Good-Quality Hairdryers, Pilrig House Postcards/Stationery & Bookmarks, Welcome Tray with shortbread, Fresh Flowers, Decanter of Scottish Whisky, Fudge, Scottish Toiletries - Dispensers in bathroom as well as baskets in bedrooms, Recessed Window-Seat Overlooking Park, Park Views in Both Bedrooms. Digital TV....moreless
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Mobile Phone:
- Wireless Internet:
- Computer Available:
Deck / Patio:
Small, sunny seating area to top of the lovely Palladian staircase entrance, overlooking the park. Even on rainy days, guests can dine inside with the double oak doors flung open and watch the changing weather. ...moreless
- Lawn / Garden
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
Views of Holyrood Park and Calton Hill... but, most importantly, and exceptional for a near-city centre apartment, all main room windows enjoy park views. No noisy traffic interference... just bird...moreless
- Car Not Necessary
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Outlet Shopping
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Rock Climbing
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Coin Laundry
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership We are delighted to offer Pilrig House guests (up to 4 adults) membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles you to attend exclusive tastings and events, or 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. Discover the best single cask, single malt whisky available to mankind – uniquely bottled for the Society from over 120 distilleries. At Pilrig House, you are in the heart of the city just 15-20 minutes' walk from the city centre & all the main attractions - Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland, to name but a few. But, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you're in the middle of the Scottish countryside. Why? To begin with, there's the greenery. People tell us that staying in Pilrig House is like staying on a country estate. And then there's the peace. Our parkland location is wonderfully tranquil, and the House's thick stone walls ensure that any noise has a long way to go before it disturbs your relaxation. From Pilrig House, you are also a 10-minute walk from the trendy Shore area of Leith - Edinburgh's historic port area, which boasts many recommended wine bars & restaurants on the waterfront, including three Michelin-star restaurants. It is also where The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed - the Queen and Prince Philip's decommissioned sailing vessel. We are also a 15-min stroll from Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens, Newhaven Harbour, the Playhouse Theatre and a multi-screen cinema. We are located a 5-minute walk through the park from: the nearest bus-stop (buses travel to the centre of town every few minutes), gym/leisure centre with pool, restaurants & shops, supermarket, Edinburgh Woollen Mill & Clan Tartan Centre, auction house (with weekly auction), laundrette, post office, ATM, church, Martin Wishart's Cook School (Michelin-star restaurant owner), Leith School of Art. Pilrig House is also a 15-minute stroll (or 5 mins by bus) from the 'village' of Stockbridge - an area of the Georgian New Town that has a village vibe due to its waterside location, great range of independent shops and eateries, and charity/second-hand shops - a great spot for those of you who like browsing antiquarian book shops and for bargains! Stockbridge also has a great weekly Farmers' Market. From here, is a lovely section of the riverside walkway that takes you through the historic Dean Village, and on to the Gallery of Modern Art... hard to believe that you are ih the middle of the city! With the added bonus of FREE parking (very rare for Edinburgh!), you also have the benefit of being able to take some beautiful drives in the nearby countryside, or even further afield - we have a specially created file for those people with cars which gives great recommendations, tips, maps and photographs of places to visit within a 2-hour boundary of Edinburgh. Our AA-touring atlas also comes in handy, and you are welcome to take it with you on your jourmeys. For those of you who don't want to drive on the 'wrong side of the road', nor to take organised bus tours, we are delighted to be able to offer a personal driver service, at very competitive rates. We have also negotiated 'fixed fares', with a local cab company, to take you to some other places of interest within an hour's drive of Edinburgh. Golfers East Lothian 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. Mike 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! ...moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
We highly recommend Pilrig House. As first time visitors to Edinburgh in October of 2007, it was lovely to experience the city in such a warm and comfortable environment. The Garden Apartment exceeded every expectation, and Debbie and Philip are wonderful hosts! We felt right at home!
- Guest Kevin & Amy Elliot (Columbus, OH)
- Date of stay 11/01/07
- Review Submitted 11/28/07
Above and Beyond...
Above and Beyond...
My friend and I traveled to the UK for a month this past summer and stayed at three different rental homes (on Loch Ness, Edinburgh & London). We spent 9 days, in the middle of our trip, at Pilrig House. Unfortunately (wink, wink), the standards set by the hosts of this particular place spoiled us terribly and made the two other rentals pale by comparison. All of the raves and effusive comments written by every one of the reviewers here are 100% accurate, and so I won’t repeat all the merits about the apartment, its location, comfort, etc. What everyone else said: All True! Instead, I’d like to write about the remarkable personal care and attention of Phillip and (in our particular case) Debbie. Others have remarked at great length about their care, but this really was something else. In the middle of my stay I needed to see a doctor and emailed Debbie at night to ask for a recommendation. She phoned immediately to ask if I needed any OTC medicine or assistance. She offered to phone her clinic at 8 the next morning, and made an appointment for me. She drove us there at the appointed time, and picked us up afterwards. I needed to go to a larger hospital across town and she drove us there. Because hospitals only accept cash from non-residents, and I wasn’t sure if I had enough, Debbie stopped at an ATM and withdrew the daily limit, handing me an envelope of £350. Can you IMAGINE? I was just flabbergasted, and I continue to tell the story. Above and beyond, indeed! There are so many more stories of their kindness and generosity (a surprise, and very generous, birthday gift & card, left on the front steps one morning; the loan of a GPS--the car rental co. wanted £15 a day for it; secretly helping my sister-in-law plan a BIG birthday surprise in Edinburgh, from Florida... and MORE), but you’ll see this all for yourself when you come to stay at their lovely apartment. I envy you that... ps. Oh, and one more thing to add... The front door of the house, pictured in the main photo, is YOUR front door, exclusively. How exciting that was! Not even sure where the other inhabitants of the house enter and exit, but it made us feel very special, walking out of that door, down those steps and out into the beautiful park in front of it every day. Lovely!
- Guest japanlyn (Okayama, Japan)
- Date of stay 08/31/13
- Review Submitted 10/13/13
Owner response: You were 'Above and Beyond' as nice people - come back any time, and have a 'non-hospital stay' - we'd love to see you again. Best to you both, Debbie x
The Best Accommodations You Will Ever Find!
The Best Accommodations You Will Ever Find!
I don't know where to begin. The park apartment was fabulous. It was like the owners anticipated our every need and desire. There was an extensive video library, every map and tour guide one could ever use, beautiful fresh flowers, fruit, and even scotch! The linens were luxurious, the kitchen expertly furnished and the bathroom was well appointed. Every single thing was perfect. But wait! The host, Philip, could not have been more welcoming or generous with his time. He drove us to a good restaurant when we arrived famished and drove us around another time showing us many beautiful views. He was a wealth of information and delightfully witty. Thank you, Philip! Thanks also, Debbie for being there to answer our questions. I sincerely hope to return to Pilrig House and it can't be soon enough.
- Guest Connie D.
- Date of stay 09/13/13
- Review Submitted 09/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Hi Richard & Connie, We don't know where to start... except to say a sincere thank you for such a lovely review. Hope to see you back in Bonnie Scotland. Best Wishes, Debbie & Philip
Everything I'd hoped it would be!
Everything I'd hoped it would be!
A lot of planning went into our trip to Scotland. I chose Pilrig House because I liked the fact that it was close to Edinburgh and yet opposite the park, so you had had the best of both worlds...the city and the country. Pilrig House is also close to Leith, an interesting place in it's own right. The population of Edinburgh in August doubles during Festival time and it was nice to get back to the Pilrig House after a hectic day in Edinburgh. Debbie and Philip were so helpful and the apartment (we stayed in the Park Apartment...which has a lovely view of the park) has everything you could possible want. It felt like we were going home and there was something about the short bus ride into town and then walking through the park to Pilrig House that made us feel like we actually lived there rather than just being tourists. As I mentioned the apartment lacked for nothing in terms of amenities. There were a wide selection of guide books, maps and other information you would want during your stay, not to mention a great DVD video library! If you had a specific need that wasn't covered, Debbie or Philip would be happy to provide the information based on their extensive knowledge and experience. Staying at Pilrig House was a big part of making this trip such an amazing experience.
- Guest Joyce (Ottawa, Ontario)
- Date of stay 08/23/13
- Review Submitted 09/10/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hi Joyce, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Pilrig House - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay, and managed to see and do so much during your time here, and given all your planning ahead. Rabbies Tours are fab for getting you to where you want to go without the stress of driving! Hope we see you again if ever you return to Scotland... Best Wishes from us both, Debbie & Philip x
Park location pleasant
Park location pleasant
We enjoyed our stay at the Park Apartment in Pilrig House. The apartment was clean and cheerful with fresh flowers. Philip welcomed us on arrival and was very helpful. The first evening he saw us out walking and gave us a ride to our restaurant as well as showed us other nearby places to visit. We could not have asked for a better host. We emailed with Debbie, and spoke with her by phone and she was also very helpful. I got the impression they really like what they do. The location facing Pilrig Park was very pleasant. Nice big trees, green space, families walking with children to the nearby playground, people walking their dogs, and two evenings we watched lively cricket matches from the living room window. The surroundings felt safe. We liked being out of the strictly touristy areas. While Pilrig is certainly walking distance to city center or the shore, be advised it is a long walk. We found it worth it to either drive or hire a cab most days. The Park apartment was very comfortable and we appreciated having the kitchen already stocked with tea bags, cookies/biscuits, and fudge when we arrived! They have thought of every detail to make it very comfortable and home like. The only minor issue we had was ventilation. If we closed the bedroom doors at night to sleep, there was not enough air flow even with a window opened and condensation formed inside the windows. We learned by trial and error to keep doors and windows open any time we were there, regardless of outside temperature. (mid-May) I liked how the windows had brackets on the side so when engaged, they could not be opened wider from the outside. We appreciated having every possible map, and tourist information all organized and at our fingertips in the apartment. We rented a car without navigation and used the atlas to get us to the Glasgow Science Center. The dvd and book selection was nice also. We can certainly recommend staying in the Park apartment, and would consider staying there again ourselves if we return to Edinburgh! Of all the wonderful things we saw in Edinburgh, the most surprising thing was how much we all enjoyed the Botanical Gardens...including our 24 year old son with us. We only had a few hours there, but wish we had planned a whole day there! We really enjoyed Valvona & Crolla Cafe, Tapas restaurant, as well as some very good take out fresh pizza on the main road a few blocks away. Happy travels!
- Guest Cynthia (United States)
- Date of stay 05/15/13
- Review Submitted 08/26/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Dear Cynthia, Philip and I are delighted you enjoyed your time here, awarded us 5 stars (wow!), and would happily return - we'd love to see you back again. The walk to town for some feels long - just over a mile - and for some it is a stroll! The walk to the waterfront area is just over half a mile - around an 8-min walk at a leisurely pace. It is perhaps worth mentioning to readers, that there is also a bus-stop at the exit to the park (a few mins' walk away), and buses travel to town every few mins. Plus, a taxi for 3 people comes to around the same price as three solo bus fares... However, for people unused to walking, or unwilling to use public transport, we often advocate city centre rentals - but then you'd have the traffic noise and not this lovely park location... In the last 7 years, we have never experienced a problem re ventilation with any other guests - but, we are sorry you were troubled by this. There is a fan in the bathroom & kitchen, and all windows open, while the apartment retains cool and heat. We also provide fans in each bedroom. The temperature in Scotland is such that air-conditoning is rarely required!!
Karen and Kathryn
Karen and Kathryn
After agreeing to accompany my 83 year old mother to Scotland I was tasked with planning our stay. Finding Pilrig House on VRBO was perfect. We stayed in the Balfour apartment on the top floor. Everything was as shown on the web site. My mother was delighted, wanted to move in for good. Clean, comfortable, so well appointed. Phillip met us and showed us where everything was and how it all operated. He gave recommendations for places to eat at and best bus and taxi travel. He also gave me a ride to the grocery store via a mini tour of the wharf area. The parkland out front was perfect for early morning walking. The bus stop is just out the end of the private driveway and a L3.50 all day pass made touring the city a snap. If ever I return to Scotland, Pilrig House will be on the itinery.
- Guest karen (Sitka, Alaska)
- Date of stay 05/08/13
- Review Submitted 07/06/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thanks Karen - so pleased yourself and your mother enjoyed your stay - and hope you also enjoyed the rest of your trip to the Highlands - come back any time! Would be lovely to see you again. Philip Martin
Kathleen, Brooklyn, NY
Kathleen, Brooklyn, NY
Pilrig House was an absolute pleasure. The most beautiful place I have ever stayed in. Debbie and Philip couldn't do enough to make our trip comfortable and enjoyable. Clean, simply elegant, wonderfully Scottish. The gardens and surrounding parkland create an environment of serenity and beauty. Staying at Pilrig House made my trip to Scotland so memorable. Run there - you'll be happy you did!
- Guest Kathleen (Brooklyn, New York)
- Date of stay 05/02/13
- Review Submitted 06/14/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hi Kathleen, Thanks for your recommendation - it is great to know that you would want to come back, and like it enough to recommend to VRBO friends. Hope we see you 'on tour' next time you are over in Scotland - love to you, and Gerri! And, happy retirement young thing... Debbie & Philip xx
First class comfort.
First class comfort.
I, seriously, can think of nothing negative to say regarding our week long stay in the Park Apartment of Pilrig House. Everything about this apartment exceeded our expectations. Debbie and Philip were wonderful hosts, and the apartment was incredibly comfortable and well appointed.
- Guest Susan and Hannah (Newport, OR, USA)
- Date of stay 03/06/13
- Review Submitted 04/04/13
Owner response: Thank you Susan - and you and your daughter were wonderful guests! Debbie
Great location, great apartment, great hosts
Great location, great apartment, great hosts
Let me first say that I am picky when it comes to travel accommodations. I look for cleanliness, a good location, communicative and thoughtful owners, and an overall good value for the price. The Park Apartment at Pilrig House meets all these requirements and offers even more. My husband and I visited Edinburgh in December of 2012. Although the weather was far from delightful (chilly and rainy during our entire visit), we had a wonderful time. Firstly, the location of Pilrig House is perfect. Walking distance to everything. We had a car but only used it to visit areas outside of Edinburgh. Secondly, the apartment itself is immaculate and well-appointed. The owners have obviously taken the time to think about what guests might need during their stay (e.g. quality linens and toiletries, dishware and cleaning supplies, lots of umbrellas and clothes hangers, guide books and maps, snacks and whiskey, board games and novels and a surprisingly excellent DVD selection...you name it, it was there). Debbie was kind enough to meet us (cheerfully!), even when we arrived later in the evening. She helped us with our luggage, gave us a helpful tour of the unit and the surrounding property, and even gave us a ride to the wharf after suggesting a nice place to eat. And the bottle of champagne in honor of my **th birthday was a lovely and much-appreciated gesture. BTW, the bedding is delicious. I actually asked for purchasing information (the bed, the sheets, the pillows...everything), which I have never done before in any place I've stayed. Lastly, if you visit Pilrig House, you must use the complimentary whiskey society guest card. The restaurant/club is within walking distance from the apartment and it has wonderful food (good fish cooked properly) and even better Scotch whiskey. My husband and I came away with a new appreciation for Scotch and we would LOVE to go back for a follow-up visit. This was our first trip to Edinburgh and the first place I have ever visited that I would like to call home if we ever move abroad. The people are absolutely wonderful--we met friendly, approachable and unpretentious people in every single place we went. We are still corresponding with some folks we met up with in an old Edinburgh pub. Travel reviews are THE primary way I find and decide upon vacation rentals. You can't go wrong here. We certainly hope to visit again.
- Guest NAF (Tennessee, USA)
- Date of stay 12/16/12
- Review Submitted 03/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Hi Nancy and Chad, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your special celebratory birthday stay, and getting out and about in Edinburgh. The Scottish people are really friendly and open, and it's so nice that you engaged and have stayed in touch with some of those you met! It was a pleasure to meet you both, and we do hope we shall see you here again! We are also delighted that you took advantage of your Scotch Malt Whisky Society membership when here and enjoyed spending time in their unique premises. As well as ensuring that the apartments are spotlessly clean and comfortable, we have tried to think of all the things travellers would want, and hope, to find in their self-catering apartment, and so it is great to know that this is so appreciated. Thank you for this affirmation. Until next time - we hope.... Debbie & Philip
Will stay here again!! Fantastic property and owners!
Will stay here again!! Fantastic property and owners!
Pilrig House is absolutely lovely, sits adjacent to a beautiful park, is well-located to city sites, and the apartments are equipped with everything you need for a great stay. The owners, Debbie and Philip, are like having your own Scottish fairy godparents - they help you enjoy your entire visit to Scotland, not just their property. They have stocked the wonderfully furnished apartments with loads of information about where to go and what to see, including handmade guidebooks with suggested day trips to both well-known and some lesser known, but very cool, places. They have also put together extensive restaurant information for Edinburgh and were very available to us to answer any questions about anything - the appliances, local shopping, taxis, rental cars, driving on one-lane country roads, anything we needed to know. We have travelled to a lot of places and I have to say Pilrig House is the best place we've ever stayed - due in no small part to Debbie and Philip's warm hospitality. We were there for a week and can't wait to go back again!
- Guest Happy Travelers (Estes Park, CO)
- Date of stay 02/07/13
- Review Submitted 03/03/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hi Tom and Monica, Wow - thanks for such a lovely review of your time here - we feel privilged to have met you both - and, sincerly hope we may see you again - looking at your beautiful home town in the US, you may well see us walking down your street first!! Best of wishes to you both, Debbie and Philip
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Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2014
4 night min stay
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2014
5 night min stay
May 1 - May 31, 2014
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2014
7 night min stay
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2014
7 night min stay
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2014
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Jan 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The rates are all-inclusive - there are no add-on charges and fees.
The rate includes: bedblinen, towels, Wi-Fi, parking, utilities.
For guests staying in excess of 7 nights, the rate includes a weekly clean when you will be given fresh bedlinen and towels.
Please see our own website for offers, FAQ, reduced stay rates for longer periods..
10% reduction on the nightly rate - solo travellers
For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for full payment on booking.
For bookings in excess of 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay.
On booking, via the Booking Form on our website, we send you a complete booking confirmation, followed by an online payment request (accept credit and debit cards). On receipt of your payment transaction, we send a receipt.
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- Nearest Airport: Edinburgh International Airport at 12 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Rosythe at 20 Miles
- Nearest Train: Waverley Station at 1.4 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: A1 at 7 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Portobello at 1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Bonnington's at 100 Metres
- Nearest Ski: Hillend Dry Ski Slope at 7 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Silverknowles Golf Couse at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Fishers Seafood Restaurant at 0.5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: Readers - we liked it so much we got married here. Yes, that's us on the Park Apartment stairacse entrance above. Philip is a retired mechanical engineer, who travelled the world as a naval engineer for many years - living in Mexico and Belize for several years. He is an amateur historian, and has amazing local and Scottish historical knowledge... and, is also a keen 'treasure hunter' - goes 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 both enjoy travel, books, films and, life in general. 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 & rental, and so it just grew over the years since we started up. We have made many great friends, and still gain enormous joy & satisfaction in welcoming visitors here from around the world. It is lovely that so many visitors, including increasing numbers of solo women travellers, come back time & time again. Our emphasis, right from the start, was to create incredibly clean & 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 & took on board, almost without exception, all comments/suggestions over the years. We always personally offer a warm welcome, & are really pleased to be able to provide further support during your stay, if 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 – it is nice to meet the owner and to know we are on-hand should you need us.
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 15-20 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 and played in the gardens 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. We have many US and Canadian guests who come back every year, and European guests who 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 & reviews on all independent sites have been 100% positive - do take a look at our website!
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The Peace Location. Location. Location. We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows & see the park in all seasons & ever-changing colours, or sit in the garden to the side of the house in total privacy & enjoy the tranquillity. Great Local Amenities & Attractions Everything we need is close-by: great local independent shops, supermarkets, bus stops, restaurants (especially in the nearby waterfront 'Shore' area), Playhouse theatre, Martin Wishart's Cook School, gym & leisure centre (with fab pool), multi-screen cinema, library, bank, post office, a fab Sicilian bakery, great Italian deli and cafe - Valvona & Crolla, walks/cycle-path along the Water of Leith walkways, Edinburgh's Waverley train station - to list a few of the local amenities... Castles, coastline The nearby East Lothian coastal trail - only a half-hour drive away, has a host of charming villages and historic castles. Golf Hub 22 wonderful golf-courses along the above coastline - eg Gullane, North Berwick, Craigielaw, Muirfield, Archerfield, Dunbar - for golf fans out there! Or drive to nearby St Andrews Old Course & get snapped on the bridge... FREE PARKING!! Another great bonus is our free parking in a private car park directly to the rear of the property – you can bring your golf clubs! - this is incredibly rare in Edinburgh – most properties have ‘metered’ on-street parking on a street outside/near their property, which never guarantees a space, and is incredibly expensive – 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 (at local bar-lunch prices).
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Pilrig House - hard to believe you are located a mile from the city centre
Feel as if you are staying in a Scottish castle when you visit Edinburgh
Stuuning Palladian staircase entrance - showcase your honeymoon/holiday photos
Take time out, read a book and watch the birds & squirrels in the lovely gardens
Sunny single bedroom with dual windows, double fitted wardrobe & dressing-table
Sumptuous bedding, fluffy towels & luxury mattress toppers....
Fluffy bathrobes & slippers are provided to ensure you feel at home
Dine with the oak doors flung open and enjoy the wonderful park views
Cuppa anyone - feet up after a busy day sightseeing...
Braveheart Ted enjoys the sky's everchanging moods...
Enjoy the seasonal changes from your window at Pilrig House...
The International Military Tattoo, with the amazing Edinburgh Castle backdrop
Historic Pilrig House (built 1638) as seen from the park....
Free private car parking at Pilrig House - rare for Edinburgh!
Awaken to birdsong, dramatic skies, parkland, peace and tranquillity
Blue plaque denoting history on wall of Pilrig House, RLS quote from 'Catriona'
Double bedroom - lie in bed and watch the beech tree sway outside your window...
Modern, fully-tiled bathroom with full-length heated towel-rail, tub and shower
Well-equipped kitchen with all amenities you will need, and more...
Living-room with oak floors & Persian rug, comfy sofas, window-seat & telephone
Sip a glass of wine, browse a magazine & watch the dogs & their walkers go by
Sip a whisky and enter the world of Robert Louis Stevenson or Rabbie Burns...
Stay cosy in Pilrig House in winter-time..
Gullane golf course - a mere half hour drive along the East Lothian coast...
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