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Central Edinburgh- The Writers Pad- drawing on the towns literary heritage

Bedrooms 2
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Centrally located yet in a quiet area- ideal for exploring Edinburgh

The Writers Pad has been designed around Edinburgh's rich literary heritage. This New Town property has many a nod and a wink to the writers that have graced the city. This garden apartment offers a great place to stay close to the town centre and many local attractions and has undergone an extensive renovation in early 2014.

The apartment itself contains two double bedrooms, a comfortable lounge/ dining area, bathroom with shower and a well equipped kitchen. There is a comfortable double bed in one bedroom while the other contains zip and link beds which make the sleeping arrangements a bit more versatile. In addition there is a sofa bed with a pocket sprung mattress in the lounge.

The flat is a 10 minute walk from some of Edinburgh's most iconic landmarks including The Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Square. The main shopping areas of Edinburgh are all within easy walking distance.

Closer to the property there is the busy areas around Broughton Street and the top of Leith Walk with many great delicatessens and restaurants to tempt you after a day in town. The bars nearby the property offer a fantastic choice from the more traditional Edinburgh pub to some of the more modern bars.

The property offers a great place to explore the city from while at the same time provides interest and comfort. Freeview TV, Blu-Ray DVD player, DAB radio and bluetooth speakers all add to the comfort of your stay. There is a collection of books with links to Edinburgh as well as a small DVD collection.

There is parking available via pay meters on the street. These cost £2/hr between 8.30- 5.30 Mon to Fri. Parking out with these hours is free. If you're staying during the week and you plan to bring a car please let us know as there is a few suggestions we may be able to offer.

More Details

Russell Ogg
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Russell Ogg

Born and raised in Edinburgh I live within walking distance of the property listed here. I have a few business interests but undoubtedly the one that is most fun is the holiday lettings we offer. This is our second flat and having learnt a few lessons on the way I hope we can offer our guests an excellent experience in the time they spend in Edinburgh.

Russell Ogg purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Russell Ogg chose Bonnington

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, provides a wonderful and interesting place to stay and explore. The property here provides an ideal base to do this from- 10 minutes to the Old Town, Stockbridge, Leith and set in the New Town- it provides an excellent place to find experience the city.

It is a town of contrasts, maybe best illustrated by the slightly chaotic nature of the Old Town, around the castle and High Street versus the comparative order of the New Town with it's Georgian architecture and grid like street layout.

Edinburgh is world renowned for it's Festival and Fringe - making the month of August colourful and vibrant. It is also the first city to be a UNESCO city of Literature - and this is what the property here draws on. The property is based in a street that was used as the basis for the novels by Alexander McCall Smith. There are several nods to Edinburgh writers of the past and a small collection of Edinburgh novels available to acquaint, or reacquaint, yourself with.

Edinburgh is well served by transport links but is also a City that is easy to walk around in. It provides a safe environment and while by no means flat it is well served with coffee houses, deli's, restaurants and bars if you need a break in proceedings. Again the flat here provides a good range of amenities close on hand.

The areas close by such as East Lothain and Fife are very attractive parts of the Scotland and both of these are a golfers paradise while at the same time providing stunning countryside and picturesque coastal areas. Both are accessible by car or train and with a station only 1km or so away this makes this quite straightforward.

The property is one we take a deal of pride in and we hope this shows in the standard of decor and accommodation we can provide.

What makes this apartment unique

The property is situated in a wonderfully quiet area of the central part of Edinburgh. This makes it ideal for those that want access to the town yet may be a lighter sleeper. The back bedroom indeed backs on to a garden with no traffic on it at all- not necessarily the norm in central Edinburgh.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the Writers Pad! Great location just a short walk into the city. It was on a lovely residential street which was very quiet. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was nicely equipped with everything we needed. There was even a cute little yard in the back. We would definitely stay here again. Russell was a very accommodating and helpful host.
Apr 2015
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Bonnington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Can be split to two singles
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional


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Central Edinburgh- The Writers Pad- drawing on the towns literary heritage
average rating of 4.5151515 based on 37 reviews

Great break in a beautiful city.

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of space in the apartment and it was nice and warm despite the cold weather outside. The kitchen was well appointed.

Location wise plenty of eating places and good pubs close by and access to the city was straight up the hill.

Highly recommended and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you liked it Andrew-
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Quiet and comfortable apartment

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our short stay here. It was easy to arrange pick up of the keys though I might suggest using a lock box in the future as other properties have done. The apartment was quiet and comfortable with a stocked kitchen and easy access to parking for the weekend and the sights of Edinburgh. It is about a 20 minute walk from the Royal Mile (with kids anyway) and at least 10 minutes or more from any restaurants. But it was perfect for our short weekend in the city.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this Stacey and I'm glad you liked the place. We've contemplated a lockbox before but have preferred to have people met in person- maybe we'll look at that again. I'm a little surprised re the restaurants as I'm pretty sure the places in Broughton Street or Karens Unicorn are very close but maybe we'll just check that again. Thanks again Russell
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Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely accommodation with all necessities. The hosts are very welcoming and friendly - happy to help with whatever the situation.

Looking forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for these kind words and hopefully be able to welcome you back very soon.
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Comfy Apartment, Centrally Located

  • 5 of 5

The writer's pad in Edinburgh is comfortably equipped and located in a quiet street within walking distance of the Royal Mile. We stayed for 5 days and really enjoyed it. The beds and other furnishings were great to come home to after a long day of sight-seeing. Parking on weekdays can be a little challenging, but entirely worth it. Watching the family of foxes in the garden each morning was and added bonus.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. Really pleased you enjoyed your stay. There's a couple of things we can do to ease the parking so let us know next time and we can make that a bit easier.
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Spacious, well equipped apartment in quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment within walking distance of great restaurants and bars. The bedrooms are a great size one bedroom at the front of the property and the other at the rear which looks on to a nice garden. We visited Edinburgh in November and it was really cold outside but inside it was lovely and warm with the central heating on. Well equipped kitchen, everything you need is there. The beds were really comfortable and cosy. The bathroom looked newly fitted and has a bath with a shower. The apartment was nice to come back to and relax in after a day out. Very clean and tidy. I would definitely return to this apartment.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this kind review. Really pleased you enjoyed the place and had a good stay.
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Lovely apartment, enjoyed fab w/e

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, in a fabulous location

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Cumberland Bar
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Olive Tree/Karens Unicorn/ Stac Polly
Nearest Ski
8 Kilometres
Hillend (Artifial slope)
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Crammond or Portobello
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $65.58

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.