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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 4 people. One double and one twin room. Comfortable lounge

The apartment, which sleeps 4 people, has recently been refurbished to a high standard in a modern style and comprises a living room with a gas fueled stove, a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms one with twin beds, a bathroom with a bath and shower over and a small entrance hall. It offers comfortable, contemporary living within a building of character and historic interest.

The living room is a stylish, modern room with two sofas a dining area and a TV with Free view and a DVD/CD player. There is also free Internet/ broadband access with Wi-Fi.

The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with a wide range of good quality utensils and equipment including a cooker, hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and microwave.

The apartment has an attractive walled garden, shared with other residents, which provides an ideal setting for an evening drink or a lunchtime sandwich.

An ideal location ...

Duncan’s Land is located in the vibrant Stockbridge area of the city where you will find a wide range of interesting and unusual shops along with many cafes and restaurants. There is a small Sainsbury’s supermarket two minutes from the apartment open until 11.00 pm. The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes away, along which you can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art in about half an hour. It’s a delightful walk and you wouldn’t think you were in the city – all you can hear is the water and the local wildlife. The city center and Princes Street is within easy walking distance and has an excellent bus service. A Starbucks coffee shop is just round the corner - and you are just ten minutes walk from city center restaurants.

Edinburgh city centre ...

The city centre, Princes Street and the Royal Mile are within easy walking distance - uphill going there but downhill coming back! It’s a five minute taxi ride but there is also an excellent bus service. Edinburgh is the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, the Jazz and Blues Festival and many more. Google ‘Edinburgh Festivals’ for a full guide. Edinburgh is also a city of culture throughout the year with art galleries, theatres, concert halls and cinemas. Other attractions include Edinburgh castle, Holyrood palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Dungeon, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Zoo (with the pandas), the National Gallery of Scotland and the Modern Art Gallery, the Royal Botanic Gardens as well as the Georgian New Town and the historic Royal Mile.

Wonderful local walks ...

The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes from the apartment. You can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art or the Dean Gallery in about half an hour and get a coffee before deciding to return. Dean village, described as 'a tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith', is half way and really beautiful. Six Antony Gormley statues are located on the Water of Leith. One is just under the bridge next to the apartment and another is at the entrance to the Modern Art gallery.

A little bit of history ...

Duncan’s Land is a merchant's house built about 1790 from the stones of demolished buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It was the birthplace of the artist, David Roberts (1796-1864), who worked as a scene painter at Edinburgh's Theatre Royal and London's Covent Garden. In 1830, he was appointed President of the Society of British Artists. During the following decade he toured the Far East, producing a celebrated series of paintings of Egyptian scenes and antiquities. A plaque on the wall of the house celebrates his birthplace.

A stone lintel, with the inscription, ‘Fear God Onlye, 1605’ was originally in a property on Bank street just off the Royal Mile. We think the staircase probably came from the same site. Duncan's Land is mentioned in Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh by James Grant, which was printed as a periodical in the 1880s. A drawing of Duncan's Land by E. W. Cooke R.A., is dated 1853 and appears in Ballantine, J., (1866), The life of David Roberts, R.A. published by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh.

Charley Boorman visits Stockbridge…

'The elegant district of Stockbridge is 'The One Thing' that completes any trip to Edinburgh' says Charley. Charley visits St. Bernard's Well, a picturesque Doric temple built on a renowned healing spring, and then explores some of the many attractions of Stockbridge. Find the video on YouTube using the search words Charley Boorman, Stockbridge.

More Details

Property Manager
Morag Cosford
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 1, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Morag,

I didn't have time to write a note this morning so I wanted to e-mail and say how very much we enjoyed our stay at Duncan's Land. On our only previous visit we had stayed on the other side of town, so Stockbridge was a revelation. We loved the shops, the farmers' market, and the proximity to the Botanical Gardens and the International Book Festival as well as the Fringe.

Your thoughtfulness in stocking the kitchen with tea, milk, coffee, bread and jams was much appreciated after our journey. And we found the apartment superbly comfortable and a real oasis for rest after all our activities around town.

Your property is lovely and I hope we have the opportunity to rent it again.

Best,

Gail
Aug 2012
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Amenities

New Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please dispose of all refuse before departure and leave one set of apartment keys back in key safe .
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, toilet and wash-hand basin. There are shelves for toiletries.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The twin bedroom has a built in wardrobe and what we believe to be an original eighteenth century fireplace. The window overlooks the garden. The double bedroom has a queen size bed, a full length mirror and a large built in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. The window overlooks a lane that runs alongside the property.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The living room has an fireplace with a recently installed gas stove. Electricity, linen and towels are included in the price. An iron, ironing board and hairdryer are provided. A travel cot, high chair and children's plates and cutlery can be provided on request at no extra cost. We give particular attention to ensuring the apartment is spotlessly clean on your arrival. No smoking and no pets please. Please note that the apartment is located on the first floor and there is no lift. Access is by an eighteenth century spiral staircase.

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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town
average rating of 4.7260275 based on 77 reviews
5

Lovely apartment in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time I stayed in this charming apartment. Everything you need is provided and the host is extra accommodating. They did their best to account for an early check in since our flight arrived so early. We will definitely booked here again. The location is excellent.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Lori for this great review. It was nice to meet you all and glad we could accommodate your early entry . We really appreciate guests returning to our property so thank you for that . Morag
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5

Nice, clean and close enough to everything.

  • 5 of 5

Super location and very roomy. Goodie basket was a nice touch.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hernando, MS
5

Coolest place!

  • 5 of 5

Full of character, comfortable, clean, good location.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, historical, great location! Friendly neighborhood, beautiful surroundings. Hosts were professional and very accommodating of our needs. Took buses, walked or Uber to get everywhere. If I'm ever in Edinburgh again I will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely feedback . So happy that your stay went well and look forward to you returning some day . Morag
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5

Great retreat after a busy day in the city

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely modern apartment in an very old historical building. My husband and I stayed here with another couple of friends. We had all come for a few days at the Fringe. The apartment is situated up one flight of spiral stairs. On arrival there is a welcome pack waiting for new guests. Round the corner from the Apartment there is a bustling main street offering a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as many interesting shops. There is also a local Sainsbury's.

The Botanicical gardens were a short walk away and The water of Leith is an ever shorter walk away. The centre of Edinburgh is 20-25 minutes walk, albeit some of it uphill. The area is also served by three bus services which run reasonably frequently during the week.

This is an ideal cosy retreat to return to after a busy day sight seeing, theatre going or Fringe venue finding. This was the second time we had all stayed here. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A belated thank you , Helen for this very comprehensive review which gives a great picture of the area . So pleased your return visit went well . Morag
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San Diego
4

Comfortable basic apartment

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is very basic with what you would expect from an apartment at this price point. Two of us stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed the apartment. It has a roomy living area and dining table. The kitchen is fully equipped. No washer and dryer. The bathroom is small, but for an old building it's fine. We had a couple minor issues and the owner, Morag was extremely responsive. The apartment is about 1 mile from all the action, but an enjoyable and easy stroll. With that said there are lots of restaurants in the immediate area, including an excellent Thai restaurant, attached to the building. I would stay again

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Metres
Baillie bar
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Rosyth Ferry Terminal,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Prestonfield Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M 8
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Stockbridge Restaurant
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Hillend - UK's Largest Artificial Ski Run
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Portobello
Car: not necessary

Duncan's Land is an historic Georgian house in central Edinburgh with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 2 to 4 people. Down a few steps and through a delightful garden is the door to the old stone spiral stairs that leads up to this neat and comfortable first floor flat. You are welcome to sit out in the shared garden, and there are lovely walks along the Water of Leith nearby.

Duncan's Land is in a quiet position, and just at the bottom of the street is the 'village' of Stockbridge. Here the Sainsbury's Local stays open until 11pm, and there are lots of small interesting shops including the wonderful Mellis artisan cheese shop. Cafés and pubs and restaurants abound.

It's a 12 minute walk to Princes Street and a pleasurable 10 minutes back again (downhill!) through some of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets. If you prefer the bus, Stockbridge has a good, regular service.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $52.97

Six Nation weekends rental is £150 per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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