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

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Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Eleanor Paterson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, and Google Translate is great for other languages
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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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 on/offshore Fund Management companies both managing Client’s assets and in compliance/governance. 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 are very experienced hosts, were early adopters in the Edinburgh market, and to date (Sep16) we have hosted over a thousand guests. As you would expect, we have benefited from guest feedback over the years and have gradually improved our apartments with their ideas. In addition, 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! We personally respond to each and every email, ensure our welcome literature is up to date and, as life-long Edinburgh residents, are on hand to answer your questions.

Eleanor Paterson purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Eleanor Paterson chose Edinburgh

I was absolutely delighted to be able to buy this property at a time I can only assume the other Holiday Let owners were off on holiday as it’s quite simply perfectly located!

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 is easy to find be your arrival by train (Waverley Station), airport bus (there are stops nearby) or taxi.

What makes this apartment unique

“Home Central” is fully owner managed / maintained, meaning you’re assured of receiving a personalised service. The flat, which is located at the back (quiet) of a historical building, has an established track record as a successful Holiday Let and I’m glad to say that there have been numerous repeat visits, which I believe is a good sign!

From the online / offline feed back that I have received, guests love the flat’s central location and that it is just like the photo’s you see on our listing!........ ........ 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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Home Central: 5 Mins walk to Royal Mile! Top rated, at heart of Historical City
average rating of 4.68 based on 25 reviews
Morgan Hill, California

Excellent Location, easy walk to to University of Edinburgh, the Royal mile and all of Old town.

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location for visiting our daughter that is studying abroad at University of Edinburgh.

The flat was an easy walk to some great coffee shops, bakeries and a couple of great bars.

Elenor was ver thoughtful and stocked the place with bread, milk and some cookies butter and jam. She included a folder with lots of very helpful information.

The only reason that I didn't give it a 5 star rating is not Eleanor's fault. The water pressure in the shower is very low. (I know that I am spoiled with good water pressure...) but otherwise the flat was very clean, comfortable, and in a very convenient location.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy place in Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

Eleanor accomodated our early arrival and explained the workings of the flat. Nice and quiet place close to restaurants, food stores and the Royal Mile. Full kitchen with a washing machine. She left us some provisions - coffee, milk, bread and jam.

Shower small but lots of hot water. Good selection of material on the sights of Edinburgh. Not too far from train station even if pulling large suitcases.

Would recommend Eleanor 'so place highly.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Whitefish, MT

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Nice cozy 1 bedroom apt. in a renovated old school building with a great location. In a neighborhood surrounded by University buildings but so close to the Royal Mile and all its attractions. Washer/dryer a real plus. Another nice touch is that Eleanor provides you with a list of restaurants and pubs in the area and highlights her favorites. We tried several of them and she was spot on! It made for a wonderful 3 day stay in the city.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Atlanta, Georgia

Great location; easy walk to Edinburgh sites

  • 4 of 5

Loved this apartment and would stay there again! It was very clean and well maintained, perfect for the 2 of us! It was close to restaurants and sites of Edinburgh, as well as the train station. We had an adequately stocked kitchen, and thank heaven for the washer/dryer combo! Eleanor provided us with much appreciated milk, bread, jam, and butter for the first couple of day's breakfasts. Watch out for the ice cream shop on the way back to the becomes addictive!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Maumee, Ohio United States

We love Edinburgh!

  • 5 of 5

The flat was well appointed with all the comforts of home. The location is perfect for exploring old and new town. We highly recommend the flat and we would like stay there on our next visit. Thanks, Eleanor for the little touches which made our visit more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I with our teenage son just got back from spending six nights in Edinburgh. We were very pleased with the apartment on Drummond St. The location was close enough to walk easily to all the sights in Old Town but was also very quiet so we were able to get a good night's sleep. Eleanor was easy to get in touch with and was very helpful providing lots of tips and information. She was waiting for us when we arrived at the apartment and even provided some basic groceries to help us get settled in for our first night. We would definitely recommend staying at Home central to anyone planning a trip to Edinburgh! Thanks so much Eleanor for providing a clean and comfortable place to stay!

Teresa and Ed Grice

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
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
Car: not necessary


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.


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.


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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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!


Rates & Availability

Old Town Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016: Nov, Dec
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016:Christmas & New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Jan, Feb
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Rugby 6 Nations
Feb 3 2017 - Feb 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017: Feb
Feb 5 2017 - Feb 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Rugby 6 Nations
Feb 24 2017 - Feb 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017: Feb, Mar
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Rugby 6 Nations
Mar 17 2017 - Mar 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017: Mar, Apr
Mar 19 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Easter
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Apr
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: May
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Edinburgh Marathon
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: May
May 29 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: July & Early Aug
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017: Edinburgh Festival
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017:Sep, Oct
Aug 29 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25

- 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
- CHECK IN 4pm onwards, with check out 11am. If required, Waverley Train station has a baggage storage area ( )

######## House Rules ########
NO SMOKING IN THE APARTMENT or STAIRWELL! … Please respect the no-smoking rule

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.

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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Old Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • A recently modernised shower room, with toilet and wash hand basin
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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

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