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 £3.50 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.
Calim's flat was such a lovely place to stay that at times we regretted having booked so many things to do while we were in Edinburgh. It would have been good to spend more time indoors to enjoy the space and explore Calim's books and CDs.
This was a real home from home for us and we really liked Calim's thoughtful attention to detail throughout the flat and in providing essentials like juice milk and tea and coffee. It felt more like we were staying with a chum who had just popped out for a while than a commercial arrangement.
And to anyone worried about those 76 stairs - don't be. They are not nearly as daunting as you might think. We are in our 60s/70s and if we can manage them - anyone can!
We had a wonderful time at Calim's stunning flat. Such an extraordinary place full of light and beautiful things. Calim is a fantastically hospital host, his apartment made our stay in Edinburgh. Definitely as luxurious as a hotel but much nicer! Five stars!!
Staying here was an amazing and incredible experience, neither my boyfriend or I have stayed anywhere nicer before. Calim was extremely helpful and welcoming, we felt at ease in his home and thankful for all it has to offer! Definitely wish we could have stayed longer and would love to stay again!
This was our first experience of airbnb and it will be extremely hard to beat! Calim was a wonderful attentive host and his apartment was the most interesting, beautiful little hideaway I've ever had the pleasure to stay in. From the lovely touches of classical music playing and fresh bread, juice and coffee as we arrived, to the amazingly helpful restaurant guide he emailed to us a week in advance for us to be able to plan our stay, our couple of days away (definitely not long enough!) couldn't have been any better. We will definitely be back, thank you so much for your hospitality Calim! Love Talia and Ste x
We booked Calims apartment for my other half's birthday and it didn't disappoint. The place is stunning and couldn't be more central. The decor is beautiful and light streams into the appartment all day and it was so lovely it was hard to leave to explore the City. Calim made us very welcome with a little note to say hello and to tell us he had bought us some bread, milk and other goodies to enjoy while we were there.
The restaurants that were recommended were all lovely we didn't have a bad meal.
No TV for the weekend was a welcome escape and there are hundreds on books to read, albums to play and there's a lovely digital radio that was playing classical music when we arrived. We couldn't fault a single thing and even took some decor inspiration home, the place is so well put together it was impossible not to.
I can't recommend Calims place highly enough.
We'll definitely be back!
Calim made our stay in Edinburgh perfect. The apartment is simply stunning. A real treasure to go back to and unwind after a day exploring such a beautiful city . He made an important time for us even more special with his hospitality and generosity.
Beforehand he gave us a long list of restaurant recommendations as well as local area information which was really useful.
I cannot fault the stay and wouldn't want to try after being made so welcome :)
It's a trip we will never forget.
Soooooo good!!! The apartment is unreal! Fantastic location and Calim's suggestions for restaurants and bars were great. Can't recommend enough
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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.
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