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Beautiful Old Merchant's House in Historic Central Edinburgh

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

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

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

Interior style is sophisticated, contemporary and calming with a lovely blend of old and new.

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

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

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

The kitchen is fully equipped - a large range cooker/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer - a great cook's kitchen as well as being a very sociable space to sit round the large black granite kitchen table whilst you eat or watch the cook at work! French windows from the kitchen open up to the back patio/sitting area.

We also supply a complete pack in the apartment which will guide you through how to use everything and also a great guide to our favourite restaurants, cafes, shops and top tips on things not to miss out on while you're visiting. Wifi internet access is available throughout the apartment.

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

Keywords: Historic, Apartment, flat

More Details

Robin Jack
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

About Robin Jack

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

Robin Jack purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Robin Jack chose Edinburgh

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

What makes this apartment unique

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


New Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The bed is a european king sized, 5 feet wide bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , The bed is a European king size, 5 feet wide bed.
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming


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(52 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Old Merchant's House in Historic Central Edinburgh
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews
Portland, OR

Fantastic house. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 amazing days at this house. The owners were welcoming and made sure our stay was comfortable and had everything we needed. You can tell they put a lot of care into this house. It's the perfect location to quickly walk to the great local sites within old and new town. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back next year.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a lovely stay and enjoyed the city. I hope to be able to welcome you back with us in the future! All best wishes.
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Beautiful apartment with great location

  • 5 of 5

My mom and I stayed 3 nights prior to going on a cruise and loved staying here. Robin is very kind and thoughtful and we lacked for nothing. The only thing we missed was staying longer and plan to come back in the future for an extended stay in Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so please that you had a lovely time and loved the apartment and location. Very much hope to see you in the future!
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Wonderful property, excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property. Perfect for our family wedding celebration. Excellent location too.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and hope to see you with us again!
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Great package; perfect location would stay again

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome. two complete rooms, with two good size bathrooms, with a complete Kitchen. We were able to do our laundry. The location was perfect, just off the main areas, so we did not have a long walk, however it was tucked away so we were on a quite street, steps away from everything. Good selections of local guides. Just perfect

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Phil and hope to see you with us again if you're back in the city! So glad you had a lovely stay.
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Extraordinary Apartment

  • 5 of 5

The host Robin was prompt in responses and was very friendly and helpful. We were fortunate to meet him at the house. The garden in front is lovely and was in full bloom when we arrived at the door each day and evening. The house is situated in a quiet area on the green, but is within walking distance to many many varied restaurants. Robin has created a booklet that was filled with helpful tips regarding the house, restaurants, and other information. We went to a number of restaurants he suggested and were always very pleased. The kitchen is full stocked if you choose to cook. Robin even picked up some breakfast items for us as we generally like a slow start to the day. The interior was tastefully decorated with plenty of common space to talk and read before sightseeing. The classic architecture combined with location and a genial host made for an excellent visit to Scotland. Thank you Robin.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for all your lovely comments- I'm so glad you had a great stay and I'm always so happy when my suggestions for how to make the most of the city are used and you enjoy them! Hope to see you with us again.
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Ann Arbor,MI

Super place!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, perfect flat. Loved our stay there with our two older kids. Great restaurant recommendations - thank you!

Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Julie- it was lovely to have you staying and thanks for looking after everything so well- glad you had a great time and enjoyed the city- and made full use of our recommendations!
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley Station
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $27.18

Rates are displayed as a guide and based on a 7 nights stay and occupancy at 4 people. We may be able to discount against this during quieter periods and if there are less people staying. Please also note that for shorter stays than 7 nights, we may have to charge a small premium. At busier times of the year and for times when your booking leaves us with gaps on either side to fill we may not be able to accommodate shorter booking stays but will endeavour to offer our best option on these occasions. Please enquire with your exact requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate with our best offer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.