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Quiet Edinburgh city centre retreat

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Centrally located one-bedroom apartment close to the historic Royal Mile

NOTE: The prices listed are indicative only and we often have discounts available so please get in touch for a quote by clicking 'Enquire Now'.

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) on the second floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, night-life and transport connections. It is also conveniently situated for the University of Edinburgh.

About this property: The homely living room has a peaceful outlook over Greyfriars Church. There is a fireplace and a comfortable dining area. The two-seater sofa converts in to a double sofa bed and there is a comfortable armchair. An attractive rug sets off the polished wooden floors, and a TV (with DVD and CD player) and a selection of books and DVDs complete the home comforts.

The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, fridge-freezer, cooker and microwave.

The double bedroom, a quiet room overlooking the church, has wall-to-wall carpeting and is well furnished. The shower-room is tiled and has a wash-hand basin, toilet and standard-size power shower (no bathtub).

The apartment has gas central heating. The price of gas, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

The local area: The apartment looks over Greyfriars Church (built in 1620) and churchyard to the spires and roofs of the Old Town. There are many tales attached to Greyfriars, perhaps the most famous of which is that of Greyfriars Bobby, a faithful Skye terrier. So devoted was the dog to his master John Gray that when Gray died and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, Bobby kept guard over the grave for fourteen years until his own death in 1872. The dog is buried close to his master and his faithfulness is commemorated in a statue opposite the entrance to the churchyard at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the churchyard was a haunt of the ‘Resurrection Men’: body-snatchers who would dig up fresh corpses to sell for dissection to anatomists at the nearby medical school. You can find out more about Edinburgh’s grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile (see, for example, Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King’s Close).

Nearby attractions and sights: Across the road from Greyfriars Bobby are the National Museum of Scotland, an award-winning modern building that holds the national collections, and the adjoining Royal Scottish Museum. The Tower Restaurant on the top floor of the Museum of Scotland has terraces with spectacular views over the city.

The apartment is close to the main campus of the University of Edinburgh (established in 1582) and its landmark buildings Old College (the Faculty of Law), the Medical School and the McEwan Hall. Beyond the University lie the Meadows, a large area of open parkland.

From the apartment it is a short walk along George IV Bridge to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle or down Candlemaker Row to the picturesque Grassmarket and the more earthy Cowgate, centre of the city’s nightlife. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other.

More Details

Property Manager
Martin
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Simple and authentic, few steps from Royal Mile, but in a quiet cul-de-sack, clean, with all necessary appliances and charming wooden furniture. From the very second we entered the apartment, we felt so much at home that on the date of departure we literary forgot that we had to leave. It is very homey with a fireplace, colourful carpets, thick walls and lovely windows with a picturesque view to a famous Greyfriars kirkyard. We loved little touches like welcome pack, tartan wool blanket, thistle decor on table pads, carefully selected books and movies related to Edinburgh and Scotland. Everything from the first to the last step was extremely well organized; Martin was very helpful, took a good care of us and always stayed in touch to answer our questions almost immediately. Fantastic place for a couple. Good value for money (April rate). Will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Apr 2012
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Amenities

Edinburgh Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
General:
  • Wireless Internet
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The shower-room is tiled and has a wash-hand basin, toilet and standard-size power shower (no bathtub).
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The bedroom has a king-size double bed and is a quiet room overlooking the church
Entertainment:
  • Television
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Notes:
A baby travel cot and high chair are available upon request.

Reviews

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Quiet Edinburgh city centre retreat
average rating of 4.8125 based on 42 reviews
5

Perfect Apartment for Access to All of Old Town

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were thrilled with Martin's apartment in the heart of Old Town when we spent 8 days in Edinburgh. Don't let the building entry or the fact that the neighborhood is very busy concern you. Once inside the apartment, a very convenient layout will meet all of your needs. Overlooking the cemetery of Greyfriars made one feel as if the location was far out of town. The Edinburgh Castle, University of Edinburgh, Royal Museum of Edinburgh are all a five minute walk away. Several grocery stores were also in walking distance so we used the small kitchen to prepare half of our meals and walked to the many close restaurants for others. We certainly will encourage any friends who visit Edinburgh to try to stay in this unit.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Place to Stay In Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

I don't think we could have stayed in a better location. The lovely apartment is within walking distance of all popular sites--some just a couple blocks. Yet it's very quiet, since it overlooks the Greyfriar's cemetery. We also loved being just steps from Sandy Bell's--a famous folk bar with musicians every night. The Jazz Bar (a few blocks walk) also has great nightly music. We've already recommended this apartment to friends planning a trip to Scotland.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wisconsin, U.S.
5

Perfect location in Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

I don't think we could have stayed in a better location. The lovely apartment is within walking distance of all popular sites--some just a couple blocks. Yet it's very quiet, since it overlooks the Greyfriar's cemetery. We also loved being just steps from Sandy Bell's--a famous folk bar with musicians every night. The Jazz Bar (a few blocks walk) also has great nightly music. We've already recommended this apartment to friends planning a trip to Scotland.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southington, CT/USA
5

Perfect home base!

  • 5 of 5

Greyfriars flat 6 was just what I needed, a clean and cozy space, perfectly located. The flat is an easy walk to all the treasures of Old Town. New Town is an easy walking distance as well. A bus stop is moments away. Though centrally located, this second floor space is off the main streets, overlooking a quiet churchyard, providing the perfect morning tea view. An abundance of restaurants and a market are nearby. The flat itself has a lovely little fireplace for cool evenings, an efficient kitchen and bathroom, and reliable WiFi, a real plus for making plans and bookings each evening. Booking with Martin was easy, and he was always prompt in replying to questions and providing support. My only hesitation in recommending this rental is that it might fill up too frequently and make it harder for me to book again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Great Location, Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Martin was a great host. The apartment was lovely and very well equipped. Old town feel with modern conveniences. The apartment is clean and spacious. Location is ideal for exploring Edinburgh. Guide books and maps were also a benefit. Historic view out over Grey Friars Cemetery and Bobbie's resting place. We will recommend this place to friends who may be staying in Edinburg.

Ted & Vicki,

Kingston, Ontario

Canada

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Waterloo. Belgium.
5

Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The place is quiet and well furnished. Nothing is missing for comfort. The location is perfect and the organization for the rental works perfectly. I'll be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
8.2 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Train
0.6 Miles
Waverley
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Portobello
Car: not necessary

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–3) on the second floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, night-life and transport connections.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $129.45

The above prices are indicative and we often have discounts available so please visit: http://www.vacation-rentals-scotland.com/properties/gf6 or get in touch for a quote by clicking 'Enquire Now' below.

To view live availability for this accommodation - visit: http://www.vacation-rentals-scotland.com/properties/gf6/calendar

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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