2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 5
- english, and Google Translate is great for other languages
About Eleanor Paterson
I was born and brought up in Edinburgh, have spent most of my life in this beautiful city & previously worked for the Scottish Government, in roles ranging from Policy Development to briefing Ministers. I own & manage my apartments and, thanks to repeat visits & many positive reviews, now do this on a full time basis. I have created very thorough welcome folders and email out 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. All in all I’m fully incentivised to ensure that you have a great time and (hopefully) come back again and/or recommend my apartments to your friends!
Eleanor Paterson purchased this Apartment in 2012
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 (see our map “photo”). Scotland’s premier tourist hub, namely the World famous Royal Mile / Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s residence) / Scottish Parliament / Arthur’s Seat (set in a 650 acre park, is the view from your living room window) area, is within a 5min walk, while a 5 min walk in the other direction takes you to London Road (a major bus nexus providing access to Princes Street in 5mins and routes to the Old/New Town, the Royal Yacht in c.15mins and Edinburgh Zoo in c.30mins etc). And, despite its central location, the apartment benefits from much sought after FREE WiFi & FREE on street parking!
What makes this Apartment unique
Without a doubt the apartment’s central location (beside Holyrood Palace & a 650 acre park), amazing views, pedestrian access to the park, close to the main attractions and ready access to FREE parking has been a major draw. Nearby there is a major shopping centre (5mins walk), other shops / pubs / restaurants, numerous bus stops (including an airport / tour bus stop) and it’s close to the main train station (Edinburgh Waverley). In short, this apartment is a great base to make the most of your visit to Edinburgh! ................ 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Cute little place, great location
Perfect for 2 people. Odd floor plan, and the single bedroom is tiny with no window. But the beds were comfortable, and the location was great. Loved seeing Arthur’s Seat and everyone in the park every morning. Loved that we could walk anywhere from the flat. Parking was crazy, but we always found a spot.
Was excellent for us in that we were exploring much of central Edinburgh on foot. Host was extraordinarily helpful with check in and terrific with communication.
Very good Edinburgh flat, great view, easy walk to everything.
The flat looks out on Holyrood Park, including Arthur's Seat. A 50 meter walk takes you to the edge of the park, where you can walk for miles and hardly know that you're in a big city. But turn in a different direction and you're at the start of the Royal Mile and only a half a mile or so from Princes Street. No need for a car; we never moved ours after arrival. 10-minute walk to Sainsbury for groceries. The flat itself is compact but comfortable and everything works. Two flights up, no lift, but the stairway is wide. We had a fine time and would definitely come back.
Short stay in Edinburgh
We had a lovely few days in Edinburgh. This property was nice and comfortable and very reasonably priced for such a handy location in summertime. The owner was really helpful and gave us lots of good information before our arrival. I liked that the apartment was situated near to the royal mile and all the action yet it was quiet and had holyrood park right on the doorstep so you could relax out of the hustle and bustle if you so wished.
Great location for walking to the Royal Mile, hiking, seeing the sights of the city center of Edinburgh. Great communication with owner and place is exactly as shown in the pictures.
Location AND comfort in one stylish package
We loved staying here. Eleanor's decor is funky and smart. Having a second bedroom, and a second bath (half but so cool) was a luxury. But the view of the park, and the location SO close to meant proximity to the Royal Mile, and so many bits we could easily walk to. The residential building is dead quiet, and though you do have a few staircases to climb, it's Edinburgh — you need to walk. We made the trek to Arthur's Seat (that's what's out the lounge window) to see the city from way up there. Everything about Eleanor's place is top notch. We were sorry to leave and would definitively return, and send anyone there without reservation.
..........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 Airlink 100 service (£4.50) runs from the airport to the City Centre (Waverley Bridge), from where it takes c. 25mins to walk to the apt., although we recommend using a phone GPS tracker.
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 15-20min walk away. A taxi to/from Waverley will cost c.£7 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. It can sometimes be difficult to find free parking in Edinburgh City Centre but Milton Street is probably as close as you can get to the Royal Mile and the Old Town and be able to PARK FOR FREE at all times.
E) Tram: A quick 3 min walk from the airport will take you to the tram stop where you can buy tickets (£6 an adult). Trams run every 8-10mins and it will take c. 45mins to get to York Place (the last stop). Alighting here you can then take a Lothian bus (26 or 44) to Carlyle Place and it is just a 5 minute walk from here or you can walk from York Place which will take c. 20mins
1) Milton Street: The apartment is very centrally located with all of Edinburgh's tourist attractions within easy reach. Ideally situated for the Royal Mile (5 min walk), Palace of Holyrood House (5 min walk), Scottish Parliament and Dynamic Earth (5 min walk) as well as having the beautiful Holyrood Park right on the doorstep. There are also numerous festival and 'Fringe' venues (the famous Pleasance through the park, 10 min walk), the Grassmarket and Cowgate (15-20 min walk) Edinburgh Castle (15-20 min walk).
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, comedy clubs, while during the summer street entertainment & busking Bag Pipers are never far away. The nearby Playhouse (15-20mins) & Festival Theatre (20min walk) 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 (1min 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) 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!