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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)
2011 & 2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/ Award
2009: Scottish Thistle Award Winner - for 'The Extra Mile'
2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - for 'Accommodation - Customer Care'
100% of reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to a friend (98% 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 chosen 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
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
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 birdsong...moreless
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
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
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
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
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
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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
The rates are all-inclusive - there are no add-on charges and fees.
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, FAQs, reduced stay rates for longer periods, Christmas & New Year weekly rates (min. 7-night stays at this time).
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 your booking confirmation, followed by an online payment request (we accept CR cards, including AMEX!, and debit cards. On receipt of your payment, we send a receipt.
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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership
We are delighted to offer Pilrig House guests membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles you to attend exclusive tastings & 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 – 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 (1.2 miles) from the city centre & all the main attractions - Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Scottish Parliament, Royal Mile, National Museum of Scotland, National Gallery, 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 mins), gym/leisure centre with pool, restaurants & shops, supermarket, Edinburgh Pringle Centre, auction house (with weekly auction), laundrette, post office, ATM, church, Martin Wishart's Cook School (Michelin-star restaurant owner), Leith School of Art.
The Majestic hop-on, hop-off bus tour stop is right outside the rear entrance to Pilrig House.
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 in 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 journeys.
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 offer a personal driver service, whose details & tour suggestions we provide, on booking.
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.
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 & extremely comfortable people carrier and take you wherever you want to play. Mike can also take you further afield & 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: 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).
Pilrig House - hard to believe you are located a mile from the city centre
Historic Pilrig House (built 1638) as seen from the park....
Feel as if you are staying in a Scottish castle when you visit Edinburgh
Awaken to birdsong, dramatic skies, parkland, peace and tranquillity
Stuuning Palladian staircase entrance - showcase your honeymoon/holiday photos
Watch the birch tree sway from your bed haven...
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, and window-seat
Sip a glass of wine, browse a magazine & watch the dogs & their walkers go by
Enjoy exclusive membership of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society when you stay here!
Ode to Autumn
Summertime at Pilrig House - the perfect retreat close to the city!
Blue plaque denoting history on wall of Pilrig House, RLS quote from 'Catriona'
Free private car parking at Pilrig House - rare for Edinburgh!
Take time out, read a book and watch the birds & squirrels in the lovely gardens
Sink into 510-threadcount bedlinen, feather mattress toppers, and relax...
Sunny single bedroom with dual windows, double fitted wardrobe & dressing-table
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's sightseeing...
Braveheart Ted enjoys the sky's everchanging moods...
Enjoy watching the seasonal changes when you visit
A mere 1-hour drive to St Andrew's Old Course and you standing on that bridge!!
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