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Home Central: 5 Mins walk to Royal Mile! Top rated, at heart of Historical City

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

“Home Central” is a fully owner managed/maintained, spacious one bedroom apartment providing comfortable and modern accommodation (including free WiFi) for up to 4 guests in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town.

This city centre (see our map “photo”) Edinburgh apartment occupies a quiet position, at the rear of a refurbished 19th Century Schoolhouse. Secure entry is through the substantial “Boys” door of the old School building, with an intercom providing additional security.

The apartment comprises an attractive, bright, open plan living room / dining area / kitchen. It's a comfortable living area with plenty of room to kick back and relax after a hard day out seeing the sights or attending a work event. The living room has a large chaise style sofa bed which pulls out very easily to form a good sized (6Ft 8') double bed .

There is a nice sized double bedroom which has a built in mirrored wardrobe with a shelf and hanging storage space for smaller items. The shower room, with toilet and wash hand basin, has been recently modernised. In the hallway there is a deep cupboard which can be used for stowing away suitcases or other luggage.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, a washer/dryer, integrated fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave as well as electrically wired heat & smoke detectors. In the immediate vicinity (1Min) there is a selection of shops, including a late night Tesco Metro (0600-2300). However, for those that prefer to dine out, cosmopolitan Edinburgh is renowned for its large selection of restaurants, with a variety of restaurants / pubs right on your doorstep.

Whenever possible, guests will be welcomed personally at the property for the handover of keys. As you would expect, crisp fresh linen, bath and hand towels are provided for guests. In addition, local information / literature, iPod docking station and a small selection of books, DVDs & board games have been provided for your perusal.

More Details

Owner
Eleanor Paterson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, and Google Translate is great for other languages
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Eleanor Paterson

Both my partner and I were born and brought up in Edinburgh and have spent most of our lives in this beautiful city. I previously worked for the Scottish Government, in roles ranging from Policy Development to briefing Ministers, while Campbell worked for various finance companies.

Since early 2013 we have been managing our own Holiday Let business and, thanks to repeat business & many positive reviews, now both do this on a full time basis. We have created very thorough welcome folders and email our guests’ apartment specific (4 page) brochures which have instructions on the various modes of transport to get to each apartment, as well as information (& a map) on nearby bars / restaurants / shops etc and links to things-to-do while in Edinburgh.

Our business is our income, meaning we’re fully incentivised to ensure that you have a great time and (hopefully) come back again and/or recommend our apartments to your friends!

Eleanor Paterson purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Eleanor Paterson chose Edinburgh

Quite simply, the best of what Edinburgh has to offer is right on your door step as the apartment is located in the heart of the City. The building, an attractive refurbished 19th century Schoolhouse, is located a 5min walk away from the approximate centre of the Royal Mile & as such is close to the dead centre of historic Edinburgh (see our map “photo”). In the immediate vicinity there are a collection of museums, high quality restaurants/pubs, Festival & “Fringe” venues as well as the Festival Theatre. Being so central, the apartment (has FREE WiFi) is easy to find be your arrival by train (Waverley Station), airport bus (there are stops nearby) or taxi.

What makes this apartment unique

Without a doubt the apartment’s central location, near the dead centre of historic Edinburgh & the City’s main tourist attractions, has been a major Holiday Let draw. The apartment, which is located at the back (quiet) of a historical building, has an established track record as a successful Holiday Let and has had numerous repeat visits, which I believe is a good sign! Within 1mins walk there are a number of grocery shops & nearby a large variety other pubs / restaurants, numerous bus stops (including an airport / tour bus stop) and just it’s 10mins walk from the main train station (Edinburgh Waverley). In short, this apartment is a great base to make the most of your visit to Edinburgh! The apartment is fully owner managed / maintained, meaning you’re assured of receiving a personalised service................. I speak English; however please note that over the years I have found Google Translate very effective for assisting with queries & handling bookings in other languages.

Amenities

Old Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • A recently modernised shower room, with toilet and wash hand basin
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Recently upgraded
  • Double bedroom which has a built in mirrored wardrobe with a shelf and hanging storage space for smaller items. The living room has a large chaise style sofa bed which pulls out very easily to form a good sized (6Ft 8') double bed....... Both rooms are situated at the rear of the property and as such are quiet
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Home Central: 5 Mins walk to Royal Mile! Top rated, at heart of Historical City
average rating of 4.6486487 based on 37 reviews
5

Great Location in Central Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

This was a great location for our trip to Edinburgh -- within walking distance of most of the major attractions. The apartment was the perfect home base for our visit -- clean and comfortable with a full kitchen and clothes washer and very efficiently run. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland, OR
5

Great apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Eleanor met us when we arrived to answer any questions we had. The apartment had everything we needed, and you can't beat the location - a short walk to the Royal Mile and train station. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Location is everything and this place is perfect. The apartment was clean and well equipped. Eleanor was very accommodating and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Ideal location with all you need.

  • 4 of 5

Eleanor the owner was very friendly and helpful prior to us arriving and was prompt with enquiries. The property itself was big enough for the two of us and the corner sofa is a dream to come back and chill out on. The kitchen has everything you need. Ideally situated for all tourist attractions and places to eat and drink.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Flesherton, Canada
5

Terrific location! Well equipped and very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We were met by Campbell early so we could drop our bags off and then tour around the city. He supplied milk, tea, bread and jams so we would have something until we could get out and shop! Also gave us some tips about the area and told us to call if we had any questions. The apartment was centrally located near lot's of restaurants and very clean and comfortable! Couldn't have asked for a nicer place! Thanks Eleanor and Campbell we would recommend your lovely apt!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Comfortable apartment with excellent location

  • 4 of 5

My son and I very much enjoyed our few days staying in this apartment while visiting Edinburgh, and would have happily stayed longer. The rooms are very comfortable, with good kitchen facilities and clothes washer. Location is excellent, very close to many of the sites we wanted to visit. Many coffee houses, excellent bookstores, and a convenience food store (Tesco) right around the corner. The owner was very helpful and accommodating of our schedule, and offers excellent guides to food and attractions within walking distance. Other than disappointing water pressure in the shower (suffered by the whole building, apparently), and a somewhat uninspiring view to the north, it's a great spot. Would happily rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Biblos
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Rosyth
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Prestonfield Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Waverley Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Edinburgh Bypass
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Black Medicine Coffee
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Portobello
Car: not necessary

GETTING TO THE FLAT:

Transport Links are excellent as the apartment is close to several main bus routes which access most areas of the city and beyond.

A) Bus/Airport: The No. 35 Lothian (airport) Bus stops on Chambers Street which is c.5 min walk from the apartment, costs £1.60 & takes c.1Hr. The (airport) Airlink 100 express reaches Waverley Bridge ( 1mile from flat) in c.30-40mins, depending on traffic. During the day this bus leaves every 10mins & costs £4.50

B) Taxis: Are widely available at the airport & cost around £25 (depending on traffic) to get to the flat. Alternatively try calling City Cabs (0131 228 1211) or Central Taxis (0131 229 2468)

C) Trains: Waverley Train Station is a 10min walk away. A taxi to/from Waverley will cost c.£5 to get to the apartment. [There is baggage storage at the train station]

D) Car: Nearby access to the city bypass & motorway networks is very useful. There are metered parking spaces outside, the 24Hr St Johns Hill NCP car park is c.5mins walk away & the Sheriffhall “Park & Ride” has free parking with a frequent £1.60 bus services to/from town

E) Tram: A quick 3 min walk from the airport will take you to the tram stop where you can buy tickets (£5.50 an adult). Trams run every 8-10mins and it will take c. 40mins to get to Princes Street. Alighting here you can then take a Lothian bus (3, 31, or 33) to the Festival Theatre and Drummond Street is just a 2 minute walk from here or you can walk from Princes Street which will take c. 20mins.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD:

1) Drummond Street: The apartment is very centrally located with all of Edinburgh's tourist attractions within easy reach. Ideally situated for the Festival Theatre (2 min walk), while Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House, Holyrood Park / Arthur’s Seat, Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament are all within 10-15 mins walk. To round off the major sites, the newly revamped National Museum of Scotland is just a 5 min walk away.

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2) Edinburgh: The Old Town's cobbled streets, closes (alleyways) and historic Victorian / Georgian architecture make it visually stunning. The grandeur of the New Town, designer/boutique shopping on George Street and an immense choice of restaurants and bars make it a city to suit everyone's taste and budget!

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3) The Festival city: Festivals are what Edinburgh does best, with something going on all year round. The high summer Military Tattoo & International and the Fringe are perhaps the best known, however to name but a few Edinburgh hosts the Science festival (April), Film Festival (June), Jazz & Blues Festival (July), Book Festival, Mela (August) and numerous gourmet food events.

- http://www.edinburgh.org/see-do/events/festivals/

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4) Entertainment: Edinburgh has a throbbing night-life, is home to various jazz bars (5mins away), comedy clubs, while during the summer street entertainment & busking Bag Pipers are never far away. The nearby Festival Theatre (2min walk) & Playhouse (15-20mins) & host an abundance of cultural events, including operas, ballets & stand up comedy shows.

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5) Walking in The Green City: Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit and is small enough to walk around. Holyrood Park, Princes Street gardens and the meadows (tennis & pitch n putt golf!) are popular places for a stroll, offering a change to the ever present guided historical / ghost tours! For the more energetic, Arthur's Seat (15mins away), an extinct volcano, is crisscrossed with walking trails and is popular with runners / cyclists as well as tourists for some of the best views of the city from Salisbury Crags. In addition, the Botanical Gardens and Edinburgh Zoo, home to the UK's only Giant Pandas, are both worth a visit and are accessible by bus.

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6) Running, Edinburgh Marathon: Billed as “the fastest marathon in the UK” and “one of the fastest in the World” Edinburgh is expected to host 40,000+ elite athletes in May 2017.

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7) Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year: The Scots word for “the last day of the year.” Enough said!

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All in all, in the sunshine there is nothing better than wandering around the streets soaking up the atmosphere. When it rains (which has been known!) you are never far from somewhere interesting to dash into out of the weather. Edinburgh boast a huge number of Art Galleries, Museums, theatres and live music venues as well as Cinema's, indoor shopping centres and entertainment Plaza's - something for everyone!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $26.38

- PRICES ARE FULLY INCLUSIVE OF bedlinen, towels, heating, taxes & WiFi. A travel cot and a highchair are available (FREE of charge) to guests upon request (you will need to bring your own linen for the cot).
- CHECK IN 4pm onwards, with check out 11am. If required, Waverley Train station has a baggage storage area (http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/left_luggage_edinburgh_waverley.php )


######## House Rules ########
STRICTLY NO PARTIES!
NO SMOKING IN THE APARTMENT or STAIRWELL! … Please respect the no-smoking rule
NO PETS ARE ALLOWED!
Please contact us ahead of booking if traveling with more than one infant under 2yrs old.

Our apartment is in a residential block, please be respectful of the working professionals living in the apartments around you. This building is their home and as such they are under no obligation to put up with excessively loud music/TV noise and/or smoking in the stairwell. Please bear in mind that our neighbours can, and will, report any behaviour that contravenes these House Rules to the relevant authorities, which could entail a police caution or fine.

Finally, enough of the heavy stuff!..... We really appreciate you booking with us & hope you have a wonderful stay in our lovely home.
Eleanor

Owner'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.

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