About This Listing
seating here, listen to the soft chime of bells at St Giles & the 1pm Canon go off at the castle
Romantic and stylish apartment within yards of Edinburgh Castle.
Well, I've taken the plunge and decided to be a host with my home here on Airbnb. I've already had some great people come and stay, so I welcome you to my home.
The castle is merely yards away from the apartment, and the National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, National Museum of Scotland are all within 5 mintues walk.
My apartment is on the top floor of an 18th Century tenement with views on to the historic Royal Mile, the Firth of Forth and the Pentlands. With all mod cons and a unique location, this is the perfect apartment to have as a base while you explore Edinburgh.
The apartment retains the unique character of the Old Town with oak panelled walls and parquet flooring, mixed with family portraits, antiques and works of art, but also all the modern comforts of a home.
It is on the fourth floor and is reached by a spiral staircase (76 steps in all!) For our American cousins that's a walkup :-)
Edinburgh is a old city before lifts, please don't book or enquire if this is going to be an issue. The apartment is South facing and full of light by day.
The hall has good cupboard space for your luggage and places to hang clothes/store shoes etc. There is also an ironing board/iron and a hair dryer kept here as well.
The bathroom has a bath and power shower, there is always plenty of towels for you to have.
Then through the main door off the hall, is the open plan living space. Five full height original Georgian sash windows face you as you walk into the space. Floor to ceiling book cases and a large period fireplace with French empire over-mantle mirror.
I don't own a TV.... but there is free wifi throughout the apartment, also a big collection of fiction/history/cookery/poetry/art/design books to while away the time with and I have a music/radio player with an eclectic choice of C.Ds.
A large kitchen space with character and all the modern cons - toaster, washing machine, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, oven, kettle, induction hob etc. I hate staying in apartments on holiday where there aren't even any basics to cook with like salt and olive oil, so the kitchen is stocked with all the usual larder fare to help yourself to if you're cooking in. Plus coffee and all sorts of teas.
By the windows is the generous dining space with oak dinning table and chairs.
The bed is a unique 'bedbox chamber' made from architectural salvaged fitted Scottish 18th/19th century carved oak. A floor to ceiling hidden panelled door lets you into this cosy space with reading lights on the headboard and it is fitted out with a British king size mattress with white cotton sheets, pillows and duvet. Mary Queen of Scots would feel quite at home sleeping in it!
The living room area of the apartment is tucked at the West side of the room and has two good size sofas, reading lamps and is perfect to socialize and also have quiet time with a good book.
I hope to hear from you. I'm more than happy to answer any questions or give advice about Edinburgh/restaurants/bars etc
All the best
Interaction with Guests
I should be able to meet you in person to let you in, show you the apartment and answer any questions. Sometimes, due to your arrival time and what I'm up to, I wont be able to meet you personally and so will arrange to leave keys nearby at my friends Cafe. You can contact me by phone or on airbnb at anytime during your stay.
Check-in and check-out times are flexible and I will try and accommodate your schedule whenever possible. It's really helpful to know your travel plans so please let me know what time you intend to arrive and depart and by what method of transport when you book.
The old town is beautfuil and historic. It's busy all year round with the crowds mostly at there height in the festival in August. James Court is a collection of buildings mixed together on the Lawnmarket.
You can get to Edinburgh by plane,train,car.
It's a city made for walking, but if you want there is a very good public travel system.
Buses cost £1.50 per journey of £4.00 for day ticket.
Taxis are easy to wave down and book, they are expensive for short journeys but very practical if you need to get across town in a hurry.
If you bring a car (which I'd advise strongly against if you can help it!) these are the options...
Parking in the Old Town of Edinburgh is problematic, as there is no direct free parking as its so small and historic. What spaces you'd find are for residents or pay by the hour spaces. There is no parking on the royal mile/near the castle or anywhere very close to my apartment.
However there is parking on Chambers Street and Johnstone Terrrace which is a short walk from James Court. But you can only park there for a maximum of four hours and it's currently £2.60 an hour. It is however free to park there between 6.30pm and 8.30am every day and on Sunday it's free all day.
If your looking for something more long term and without to much hassle there is also free parking on the streets of Leith and also in Stockbridge...... if you can find a space as you drive around. Then it's a case of either getting a bus to and from your car or walking between it and James Court.
There is a car park at Waverley train station which is about a 15 min walk from the apartment which costs £19.50 a day to leave your car. I believe at the weekend it might be cheaper at £6 a day.
There is also a great free park and ride scheme run by the council. Where you can park your car outside the city and then get a bus into the city for £1.50 (they do not give change so have the right money).
There is a tram from the airport which costs £5 and you would get off at princes street and walk up the Mound on to the Royal Mile and my apartment.
The shuttle airport bus costs £4 and you would get off outside Waverley train station and walk up Market street on to the Royal Mile.
If your looking into hiring a car so you can escape into the countryside for the day. There are a number of car hire business in Edinburgh that allow you to do day hire.
Please keep music noise levels down after 10:30pm to respect the neighnbours, the building has some long term residents and other holiday guests.
It's my home so please respect the flat as if it were your own.
Things break and get damaged its a fact of life, I'm understanding to these things, so please tell me before you leave or straight after so we can sort it out before it goes straight to the 'deposit' stage.
Its a small flat and there are lots of pubs and clubs around, of which I can tell you which are the better ones! so please no Parties or "Back to my house!" as noise travels in the building.
There is no smoking in the flat - and the fireplace chimmey has not been swept, so please dont attempt to light a fire in case the chimmey breast catchers fire or the soot fall's down and floods the living space.
Remeber to blow the candles out if you use them before you head out or go to bed. This is the most common cause of house fires in Edinburgh.
From May 1 - Aug 4, 2015 the minimum stay is 1 night.
All I can say is that this apartment is fabulous, the location is fabulous and the host is fabulous.
We had an amazing time, the apartment is very central and close to everything you want to visit in Edinburgh. Calum was more than helpful with recommendations of where were great places to eat and visit.
The apartment was a lovely place to relax in after a day of touring the city. It was a little treasure to explore just as much as the city was. Will definitely be back.
The best room we ever had! Great location, super great apartement,
good music (+Denon cd player....), very cosy, very elegant...only
superlatives! We would like to have the same at home....
Also thanks to Calim for all the good ideas with the restaurants, much
Definitely a place to return!
It is like airbnb was invented for Calim!
Once again, a big thanks you Calim,
We were met by Charlotte, who was cleaning the apartment. She was very kind and even left the radio on a classical station which made the apartment feel immediately warm and cozy when we came back later. The apartment is right on the Royal Mile which was fantastic, and despite its location, still felt quiet and calm after a long day exploring. The living room area was very cozy and relaxing. The bed was really comfortable and thanks to how it's situated, felt private and cozy in the middle of what is otherwise a studio apartment. Overall, our experience was really wonderful, I can't recommend this place highly enough. Thank you Calim!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Calim's apartment for two nights (6th and 7th of June). Words can't describe how beautiful the apartment is. It's in a perfect location, literally a 2 minute walk from the castle and has such great views of the royal mile.
Picking up the keys was an easy process and Calim sent a text before we arrived to explain the logistics of key collection and getting to and in the apartment and also sent us a text when we arrived to make sure everything ran smoothly and to check if we needed anything.
Leaving bread, milk, juice, butter and jams etc was a lovely touch, as was the honesty bar.
The apartment itself had everything we needed, a hairdryer, iron, lots of towels. The bed was the comfiest bed I've ever slept in!
I loved that the champagne flutes had been kept in the freezer - Calim had thought of everything!
The bathroom was spotlessly clean and the shower was powerful considering how old the building is.
Although we didn't cook, the kitchen was more than adequate if you did wish to cook a meal and has a dishwasher too which was a bonus!
We ate at some great restaurants that Calim had recommended, which were not tourist traps and so we felt like we had a more authentic experience.
I have no bad words to say about the apartment! It was absolutely perfect for a romantic break away.
My only tip is, try not to schedule too much to do so you can actually spend some time enjoying the apartment as it is far too nice just to be used as a 'base'!
Next time we return to Edinburgh, we will be sure to try and return here.
Thanks for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful apartment, Calim!
Calim's apartment is definitely a classic. The apartment has everything one needs and of course the style and location just can't be beaten. We also found Calim both generous and helpful.
This experience was spectacular! From the ease of picking up the keys, finding the flat (our chance encounter with Calim - so nice to meet you), and the messages leading up to our trip with restaurant, transit and parking recommendations, we couldn't have asked for more. The photos don't do the flat justice (although they are great)! We had an amazing night (wish we had booked for longer) and hope to return!
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About the Host, Calim
I'm a well travelled, inquisitive and creative guy. I'm using this site primarily to stay in cities around the world, were family and friends live who lack the space to put me up for a short visit, but also to explore places on my list... Rome, New York your next!
I'm respectful and honest in dealing with people and their spaces.
I'm into design, photograpy, old films and modern dance.
anyway ask me more
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My good friend Ailsa Rollo, owns this hip little local wine bar and restaurant. Very smart with great menu done in a tapas style but with a twist. Good wine list, lovely setting.Raeburn Pl Edinburgh EH4 1HH