About This Listing
A unique apartment in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town. Above the crowds with stunning views to historic Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish east coast and the magnificent Arthurs Seat and everything that Edinburgh has to offer the visitor all year round.
A wonderful place to stay.This self catering apartment has everything you need whether you are staying for one night, a week or longer. It has the most stunning views of the Edinburgh skyline right in the centre of the city. Wonderfully light with a friendly atmosphere. Suitable for the writer, walker, artist, vacationing family or get away from it all couple and friends.
The apartment consist of kitchen and separate bedroom with views to the sea and the magnificent Arthurs Seat and a larger dormer ceilinged room with direct unobstructed views of the Edinburgh Castle and its famous fireworks during the Festival and Hogmanay celebrations.
There is a bathroom and shower, with as of July 2013 a new pump to provide a better full pressure shower!
The apartment has a unique character and style, relaxing and social that makes you feel comfortable the minute you walk through the door. Decorated and furnished to a high standard with antiques and handmade furniture, very unique and handmade by the owners.
The apartment includes a wood burning stove, wall mounted electric heaters and everything you should need to make your stay a memorable one.
The pictures I hope speak for themselves. It's in the very centre of Edinburgh, 5 minutes from Princess Street, the Castle and all that is Edinburgh. Its 10 minutes by public transport to Leith and the Shore and a days trip to the beaches or hills that surround (website hidden) base yourself here for a week is a luxury, so much to do and see.
That's perhaps why there is no television, no landline phone, no WiFi. There are books, music, games, paints, blankets and things to use to make good food and have a good time whilst staying at any time of the year. If you are the creative types its an ideal space.
For everything else its on your doorstep or at least down eight flights of stairs.Yes eight, 147 stone spiral steps with a wooden handrail to the top, steep at first but once you get going it gets easier. Honest.
Due to the nature of the stairs its not suitable for those with severe mobility issues. It is however clean, well lit with space to rest should you need a break.
We will generally help carry luggage up if we are available though it is best to travel light!
This is the place for the adventurers, climbers, walkers and travellers. In the winter its wild and atmospheric, time for jumpers, blankets, good food and the wood-burning stove. This is not a "could be anywhere flat"
If there is anything we can do to make your stay a perfect one, we will. We provide good food to start your breakfast and a well stocked larder of provisions for cooking.
Often described as "beautiful", "unique" and "amazing views"
Interaction with Guests
I will meet you at the apartment, then its all yours for the stay.
The apartment is in the heart of the Old Town, fantastically atmospheric whatever the time of year and so close to the major landmarks of the City.
The apartment is five minutes from the main train station and is connected by a direct bus from the airport to the city centre.
Other Things to Note
Please make sure you read the reviews!
We generally expect people to use the place with respect and leave it in a good state for the next visitor. Its not suitable for wild parties or overcrowding. Damages, lost items or breakages should be paid for and lost keys cost £15.00.
After making our changes on short notice possible, Simon welcomed us into his beautiful apartment. The view, the oven, the rooms, it had everything we could have wished for. The eight flights needed some getting used to and the bathroom can probably get quite cold in winter, but with the oven and additional radiators you have it as cozy as you wish.
Thank you for allowing us into your apartment, Simon. It made a wonderful time even better.
Simons place was brilliant. Beautifully decorated, in a perfect location and very quiet. It felt lovely to be up so high, we could people watch from the living room or just gaze at the stunning views. The apartment had everything we needed to self-cater and there were loads of lovely cafes, bars and shops moments walk away.
Simon met us when we arrived and told us everything we needed to know. He was full of helpful tips and local advice. Would love to stay again and would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone!
Simon was right on time to greet us and to lead us up those many steps to his gorgeous apartment! It is eight floors, but they go very quickly and are well worth it for the amazing view. The apartment is beautifully decorated, very spacious, and gets lots of light. It had everything we needed, including a very comfy bed. Lovely speakers for sitting around listening to music and playing cards after a day out in the city, which is on your doorstep. Such a close walk to all of Edinburgh's attractions--the location could not be better. The weather was nice and warm while we were there, but we'd love to return on a cold rainy weekend and put the fireplaces to use. All in all, an excellent stay. We'll definitely be going back!
The apartment was wonderful. It was a cabin in the sky. Very cozy. Very close to the Royal Mile and some great pubs.
Simon was a fantastic, considerate host. The apartment is beautiful - he has obviously put a huge amount of love into building a lot of the furniture and making it a very homely place. We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of nights of chatting and board games instead of the normal TV and internet.
The wood burning stove is a wonderful feature of this flat. It's so cosy and gets a lot of daylight in the sun with beautiful views (the sea and Arthur's Seat on one side and the city on the other). The location is incredibly central too - we could walk everywhere. It is on a lively street with a few popular bars, but it didn't disturb us much at all.
The stairs are quite a workout (which we neede after the great Scottish food!). I highly recommend it and hope to be back soon.
Superb view - able to see Arthur's Seat from bedroom window and Edinburgh Castle from living room window; centre location - literally 1 minute walking from royal mile; nice host - Simon helped with us with luggages and gave us many useful information about traveling in Edinburgh. Would recommend to everyone.
Gemütliche Wohnung in zentraler Lage mit Superblick über die Stadt. Simon hat sehr schnell geantwortet und war sehr zuvorkommend inklusiver frischer Milch für den Kaffee im Kühlschrank.
In der Nacht ist es aufgrund der zentralen Lage und der inseltypischen Fenster recht laut, was uns allerdings nicht all zu sehr gestört hat. Mit WLAN und mehr Wasserdruck in der Dusche wäre es perfekt gewesen. Wir würden wieder kommen.
About the Host, Simon
Father and a "woodworking and most materials" designer that leads a local charity which provides materials, space and skills for young and old alike. The AirBnB is an occasional family home and something I've rebuilt over the years. I'm an enthusiast climber, cyclist and lover of beaches, coffee and good food cooked with friends.
Cafe, Bistro come supplier of local produce. A good source of Breadshare bread and cakes. Nice lunch and evening menu with friendly staff.Blackfriars Street Edinburgh Lothian & Borders EH1 1NB
A great source of middle eastern and European foods. They also have a large range of special dietary foods, vegan and vegetarian products. Great atmosphere and serviceNicolson Street Edinburgh Midlothian EH8 9DH
Excellent vegetarian restaurant.56-58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1
Cafe and restaurant with a garden to the rear. Child friendly.Saint Mary's Street Edinburgh EH1 1SU
Excellent selection of Uk and foreign ales, drinks with a simple but generous food menu. Nice looking bar and friendly staff.Holyrood Rd Edinburgh Midlothian EH8 8
Im often asked to recommend a a good curry house. This is my favourite, its not the largest restaurant in the City but the food is good, cheap and a good mix of people in a busy spot.Nicolson Square Edinburgh Midlothian EH8 9
Vegetarian, vegan and speciality foods.Broughton Street Edinburgh Midlothian EH1 3JU
Small atmospheric bar on the dock. Excellent coffee and good whiskey selection. Nice seafood restaurant adjoins the bar. Its best to book ahead.Shore Edinburgh Midlothian EH6 6