About This Listing
Quirky and unique 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.
There is no TV but there is fast broadband and Edinburgh has so many attractions and places of interest that you won't miss a TV.
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 21 years and work in a language centre that also has a tourism segment.
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
Our famous tram now runs 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.
This is a lovely flat in a central yet quiet location. Roland was courteous and helpful. The flat evidences Roland's excellent taste. I wish we could have stayed longer!
Roland was an extremely kind and attentive host. He responded extremely promptly to our booking request and provided us with clear, helpful advice on how to reach his flat. He greeted us warmly upon arrival at the flat, giving us a full guided tour of the accommodation and providing us with loads of tips on places to visit and nice cafes/ bars/ restaurants. The flat itself is very well appointed and in a great location. Lovely big windows with shutters, a comfy bed and high pressure shower. Great place to stay in Edinburgh!
First time using Airbnb and wont begin to look back. My girlfriend and I both had an amazing time and stay at Roland's apartment. Roland was extremely professional and provided everything we could have asked for before and during our stay. The apartment had amazing location and provided an amazing ambiance which was unmatched.
The apartment was very nice, easy to find and a great location. The street itself was quiet and calm whilst being close enough to bars to be a good time.
would thoroughly recommend - just bear in mind no TV! (you have to socialise...)
Great reception by Roland, our hosts -- he provided excellent information before and during the stay, and made us feel incredibly welcome at his beautiful, lovingly decorated flat (it even has a hot water bottle for guests!). There were very helpful maps of the area, recommendations for where to eat and what to see, and leaflets of all the local museums and galleries. Most warmly recommend this tasteful, comfortable flat in great location (just a few minutes' walk to the centre of town)! Will visit again.
Roland is very welcoming and the apartment is charming. It's close to the city centre. A walk to Princes Street takes about 10-15mins and to Old Town takes about 30mins. Lovely place to stay at while in Edinburgh.
Roland was a fantastic host with lots of local knowledge that he could pass on! The flat was in great condition and is in a really good location with nearby pubs and restaurants etc. Would have no hesitation in staying again!
About the Host, Roland
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!