Quirky and bright flat very close to Prince St with great bars, cafes, restaurants and famous Delis all within a few mins walk. Enjoy 4m high ceilings and big windows. This is a home, not a holiday flat and yours for the duration of your stay, enjoy!
Bright and quirky flat of architectural and historical significance on edge of New Town. Multi-lingual owner with background in tourism to make you get the most of your stay while in Edinburgh/ Scotland.
The flat is conveniently situated just below Calton Hill and within easy walking distance to Princes Street and the Old Town/ Royal Mile. The flat itself is quiet and yet within one block you have two major bus routes that take you into the centre (both Old and New Town) as well as to Leith, Edinburgh’s busy and trendy harbour area with two Michelin star restaurants or to Portobello, Edinburgh’s seaside with a great sandy beach and nice cafés and bars.
Edinburgh’s unique Holyrood Park and the Queen’s Scottish residence, Palace of Holyroodhouse, are a beautiful 15 mins walk away.
All amenities are within easy reach, a choice of supermarkets, cafés, a famous Italian delicatessen, corner shops, excellent bars and restaurants, fish n chips and off licences.
The flat is bright, airy and west facing in a newly refurbished traditional Georgian tenement (first floor). The tenement is a listed world heritage building designed by William Playfair in the early 19th century. The rooms have tall windows and 12 foot high ceilings.
During the summer months the west facing dining kitchen/ living room has direct sunlight until 8.30 pm and nearby Calton Hill is the perfect place for picnics to watch the sun go down (popular Edinburgh past time – alternatively on the beach).
The kitchen has a smeg gas hob and double oven, dish washer and a Fridge Freezer. There is a dining table that sits four to six in case you want to entertain and chandelier with 10 candles that gives the perfect atmosphere for candlelit dinners. A comfortable 1940s sofa lets you relax at the end of the day. Unfortunately there is no TV but there is fast broadband.
The bedroom is off the kitchen and has a queen size double bed, wardrobe and a writing bureau with book case.
The flat is comfortable for 2 people and a baby cot can also be provided with prior arrangement.
The bathroom has an unusual triangular shape and a powerful shower over the bath tub, under-floor heating and a huge heated towel rail so your towels are always wonderfully warm and dry.
Edinburgh is a stunning and surprisingly compact city with plenty of museums, art galleries, art house cinemas, concerts and other cultural activities, restaurants and breathtaking views and sites.
I have been living in Edinburgh for 20 years and work in tourism as well as languages. If you need any tips for Edinburgh, the surrounding areas or further afield in the Highlands and Islands, just let me know and I am happy to give recommendations and share some local secrets to make your stay unforgettable.
See you soon in Edinburgh
++ As of 31 May our famous tram will run from the airport to the city centre. The final stop is just two corners away from my flat and the best way to travel ++
If you arrive by car:
Street parking is free from Fridays 17.30h until Monday mornings 08.30h. It is generally easy to find a space. If you need to park mid week then it is £1/ hour with 4 hours maximum. However, 2 blocks away is where free and safe street parking begins.
Please ask if I have not answered any potential question at the enquiry stage and I look forward to hearing from you.
Guests have access to my flat and daily life. I sometimes live there so there are provisions such as milk, tea, coffee and cereal as well as all sorts of spices for cooking.
General bathroom products are provided as well as:
iron/ ironing board
All you need to bring are your own personal things.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with my guests as much as they wish. I always try and meet them in person and explain the flat, the area, give recommendations and answer their questions. I am usually available throughout the stay by phone or in person and can be contacted throughout the stay in case of any questions, issues or emergencies.
In case I am away I also leave my partner's mobile number for emergencies.
Top of Leith Walk/ Elm Row is a great location. Many nice cafes, bars, restaurants and shops are constantly opening and turning this area into a hip and thriving yet safe and pleasant neighbourhood. Broughton Street, one of the best and happening streets in Edinburgh is just a few blocks away.
Calton Hill with stunning views is near by and of course Princes Street, the Palace, Parliament and Royal Mile/ Castle are also within an easy walk.
Within two blocks of my flat you find various supermarkets, off licences, cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, delicatessens and corner shops yet the flat is in a quiet residential street, in a beautiful building with a nice street view.
The flat is on two major bus routes and close to the bus depot so you are never short of a bus in case you do not want to walk any longer. Bot bus routes are just one block away and take you to Portobello Beach or Leith as well as of course the Old Town/ New Town.
This is a non smoking flat.
No parties, please - thank you! :-)
Well behaved pets welcome with prior arrangement
Here are some additions after some guests have stayed in the flat:
(sorry if it sounds pedantic or obvious)
Be careful with candles and tea lights will always have to be in a proper tea light holder.
Please be careful what you put in the dish washer - no wooden handles, tea/ coffee pots with wooden handles as they will get ruined.
The kitchen work top looks great but is very sensitive to water marks - please try and wipe big water drops off. This way future guests can enjoy the wooden work top too :-)
Apart from that, enjoy the flat and its unique shape and great position.
Roland was very helpful in the run up to our stay, offering us useful transport advice and directions. As we arrived after a long journey, we got a very warm welcome and felt right at home.
The flat had everything we needed, it was spotlessly clean and we were relived to see teabags, coffee and other useful bits were provided. The flat was cosy, warm and there was no shortage of hot water. The shower was really efficient & powerful. Roland provided quality products for us (hand-soap & hand-cream etc) which was a luxurious treat!
The flat itself was in a good location. We felt bang in the middle of the old and new town. We were also near Holyrood Park which was handy as we planned to climb Arthur's Seat. Although we were near a main road, our street was quiet and we had a bus stop near by.
We arrived late and didn't realise shops stop selling alcohol at 10pm. (Oh no!) Luckily, there are some good bars and plenty of restaurants close by. Roland also recommended an Italian Deli nearby which we could have spent a small fortune in! It sold lots of lovely fresh bread and was 60 seconds away... We enjoyed our morning feasts at the big kitchen table before heading out for the day. There was loads of pans for us to use & plenty of clean crockery.
The bathroom had everything; shower & bath, was warm and it's fairly isolated from the other rooms - which is a good thing if you like your privacy!
We would definitely return - this is a perfect flat for a couple on a city break. Thank you Roland X
Really great apartment very near the centre! Fantastic host who made us feel really at home and made sure we had all we needed! Would 100% stay here again and so grateful for the complimentary bottle of bubbles too!
Great flat, spotlessly clean, lovely interior design and in a perfect location - thanks Roland !
We had an absolutely brilliant stay at Roland's apartment. It is so well located, beautifully decorated and close to lots of great restaurants and bars. We didn't get to meet Roland but he was incredibly communicative prior to our stay, and messaged us to make sure we had collected the keys. We would highly recommend the apartment, and will definitely return next time we are in Edinburgh.
Beautiful flat within walking distance of everything. Roland was incredibly helpful before and during our stay, making sure that everything with the flat was fine. I would definitely recommend the flat to friends.
We had a lovely stay at Roland's apartment, it was beautifully furnished, warm and well situated within walking distance of all of Edinburgh. Thanks Roland!
Very comfortable and elegant flat. Convenient for all the city has to offer. We enjoyed our stay enormously!
I have a long track record in tourism and language teaching and am willing to help make your trip memorable by advising and recommending places to go, eat, see and experience. Travelling is one of my biggest passions and I prefer staying in flats / apartments myself, rather than impersonal hotel rooms.
I am German and have lived in Edinburgh since 1994 and truly love this city - hope you will have a great time too while visiting.
You never know, you may fall in love with this place like I did!