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5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle

5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

This 5 star, (accredited by Visit Scotland),luxury apartment has unprecedented views of Edinburgh castle and is available according to The VRBO calender. It commands an extremely central location on the corner of fashionable George Street and North Castle Street, and is surrounded by leading stores such as Harvey Nichol's and great restaurants and bars. It is decorated and furnished to the highest standards.

One of the first flats to be built in the New Town by James Craig in 1790 and directly adjacent to the Edinburgh town house of Sir Walter Scott! Two bedrooms - one master, (with super king-size divan) and stunning castle views. One single (but just large enough for two with a single/trundle bed that coverts to an additional single. large elegant lounge with two large windows, contemporary furnishings and decor with two comfortable sofas and a marble dining table and chairs for six. There is a large Sony flat screen TV with access to Sky and Apple television.

State of the art Kitchen and Bathroom - limestone throughout.

Fully fitted contemporary, luxury kitchen with everything you would expect of a 5 star property and bathroom (both with lime stone throughout) double bath and steam shower, under-floor heating and limestone wet-room. The property comes with access to the private gardens on Queens Street, just two minutes from the front door.

The apartment is situated within easy walking distance of all major attractions; museums and galleries, shops and restaurants and is a five minute walk from a nearby private gym and pool.

It's central location provides very easy walking to all major Edinburgh Festival attractions and has unprecedented views of the closing fireworks festival concert from Edinburgh Castle in the first week of September 2013 (dates TBC): 'The Edinburgh International Festival goes out each year with literally many, very large bangs, in its annual 45-minute Festival Fireworks Concert.

Beneath Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens and across the road from the apartment, the world-renowed Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform live while a fireworks team based in the castle provides synchronised visual accompaniment.

You need a ticket to hear the SCO playing at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens, but the majority of spectators tune into local radio to hear the live broadcast and watch the pyrotechnians paint the sky in explosive colour. There's not a better view than from the windows of the master bedroom!!

Please email for further information and rates or booking details in the first instance - DATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON FIRST COME BASIS!.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I worked as an actor for many years and as a radio broadcaster on the BBC, presenting arts programmes. I'm also very interested in cultural tourism projects and in 1996 created The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, an award winning tour performed by professional actors. It runs throughout the year and Rick Steves, presenter of travel programmes USA wide, is quoted as saying in a recent review, 'for an entertaining insight into the greats of Scottish literature, served up with new friends, good beer, and lots of laughs, The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour is my vote for the best way to spend an Edinburgh Evening!' so can't be bad!! Let me know if your interested in going on the tour at check-in and I can reserve you a slot.

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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay here. The apartment is large and beautiful and has everything. Amazing views, the best neighborhood, convenient for shopping, busses, all the stores, restaurants, museums, pubs etc. All the amenities including Sky television and free wi-fi made it even better! The owner was very easy to reach and work with. We definitely want to stay here again!
May 2010
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23 Reviews

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5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Edinburgh Visit

  • 4 of 5
Excellent, close-in, location close to central city attractions and access to public transport. Parking is a little inconvenient if maintaining a vehicle during stay. Day to day shopping (groceries etc,) within reasonable walking distance.
Apartment is quite large (2-bedroom), very comfortable living area and well-equipped kitchen. Owner responsive to requests.
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Santa Barbara, California, USA

Great Apartment and Location

  • 4 of 5
This is one of the better apartments I have rented through VRBO. It was well-appointed and had lots of character. The living room, in particular, was large and very comfortable with high ceilings. The bathroom and kitchen were also very nice as was the master bedroom. The second bedroom is rather small, but fine for one person. The location was very central to many tourist attractions, including Edinburgh Castle.
The only problem was street noise from two local bars where the patrons were quite loud when the bars closed at 1 or 2am. The owner is aware of the problem and has informed me that he is installing double-pain, sound-proof windows, so that should improve the situation.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Rome, Italy

Fantastic apartment, best location

  • 5 of 5
Fantastic apartment, with very high standards ( great kitchen perfectly equipped, fantastic bathroom with jacuzzi etc.), best location in the best district of Edinburg, great view of the castle and best shopping just in front of the door (i.e. George street ), no need of car. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Rome, Italy

Excellent apartment and location

  • 5 of 5
Excellent apartment with high quality standards in a fantastic location, best district, no need of any car. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Livonia, Michigan, USA

Perfect location and exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5
We loved staying here! Well equipped and very responsive owner/staff. Edinburgh is beautiful! Historic, friendly and fun!
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
5* Luxury Heart of Edinburgh! Stunning Views Edinburgh Castle
-+44 7710754563
New Town Edinburgh
Northern California

Renter Beware, This is way far from a 5 star luxury property!

  • 1 of 5
First off, I've never had such a bad experience renting a vacation rental in the past. The owner has grossly misrepresented this property. Upon my arrival, I reached out to him and his manager in regards to my concerns of his property being dirty and not looking anything like pictures online. There was mildew and dirt in the shower. It also backed up with water. The kitchen was dirty with dust and bugs, and the espresso machine has some thick white sludge in it, with no press as well. There was stains on the couch and rug. As you can tell, for the past year there has been no recent reviews on his property. In which should of been a good indicator of RED FLAGS.
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some sites provide a clear platform for owners to review their guests, which, although I'm a huge fan of consumer led business, but in my view it's only fair if owners can reciprocate, as there's always one who will come along intent on spoiling it for everyone. After more than ten years of renting, we were lucky not have encountered "the one" until now! If there was such a platform I would certainly red-flag this guest and warn prospective owners from taking his business. As it stands, he booked directly via the site, entirely unsolicited and with no communications from me. He was only able to secure a booking due to a cancellation just prior to The Ryder Cup. The city was jam packed and acommodation was at a premium. We could have rented it out several times over! I suspected trouble ahead when he telephoned prior to arrival, informing me that he normally resides in a five star luxury hotel and did we have a coffee maker...I informed him that we had one and even instructed housekeeping to put som complimentary espresso coffee innto the apartment for his arrival. Despite making it very clear to my housekeeper on arrival that he wasn't happy, he didn't share with her any of the gleeful information he is now contributing in his review, this, despite her repeated offer of assistance and indeed the offer of further housekeeping if required. But it really was a guessing game on her part. I'm guessing that further assistance doesn't really compute within a compensation mind-set! Despite his allusions to a luxury life style (I think people who are clearly proud of living in five star hotels, should probably continue to do so when they're travelling) he left the apartment in a mess; numerous pizza boxes strewn around and the furniture rearranged in a circle, along with accompanying evidence of the type of meetings he was probably holding in my property. I stopped soliciting reviews from guests at a point whereby I felt we had enough, as I don't like to bother them unnecessarily. However, I will now reach out over the last few months to secure some additional reviews, which I'm sure will reaffirm that in fact our standards haven't slipped in the slightest. Please do read the other 19 5 star reviews below this one (I'm sure they can't all be delusional) indeed some of them even talk of the pictures not doing the place justice! Just goes to show that there's no pleasing everyone, especially those with no intention of being pleased. Shame for them really.......


From the Owner

I'm interested in all things literary and so when this apartment came on the market in 2001, I was excited by the fact that it sits just across the road from Sir Walter Scot's Edinburgh townhouse and on the other side of the street from the birth place of 'Wind in the Willow's' author, Kenneth Grahame. of course, that's not forgetting that the apartment has unprecedented, stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and is in an excellent, central location for shopping, restaurants and culture - especially during The International Edinburgh Festival!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Point of Interest : The Apartment with best views of Edinburgh Castle in town Nearest Point of Interest : Views of Spectacular fireworks party from Edinburgh Castle! Nearest Point of Interest : An oasis surrounded by gardens! Car: not necessary

Now booking for the largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh International Festival 2015! The apartment has stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and its ramparts, great for the end of the festival spectacular fireworks display from the castle with live orchestral accompaniment from across the street in Princess Street Gardens. Minutes walk from all festive major attractions including; castle, museums and galleries, christmas market and hogmannay festival events. It is a 5 star luxury apartment with all the amenities you would expect from a property of this calibre. Stunning decor, fine linens and sheets, comfortable funrinture and beds, sound-proofing / secondary glazing in bedrooms and working shutters.

As the Scottish weather turns cold, this apartment is not only warm as toast, but has the added benefits of underfloor heating in the bathroom and a wonderful steam/turkish power shower. The street atmosphere in December becomes very festive, with Xmas street decorations and winter fiestas, markets and sometimes organised street parties on a large scale ( the largest 'strip the willow' was put into 'The Guiness Book of Records just outside.

Surrounded by the best shops (Harvey Nichols etc), restaurants and bars, you are located just minutes walk from Edinburgh's beating heart in the stylish Georgian 'New Town'.


From £175 Per night

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
Edinburgh Festival
Aug 1 2015 - Sep 10 2015
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit £400.00
  • Pet Fee £50.00

All rates quoted are subject to season and group size and based on up to 4 people sharing.
All rates inclusive of all other charges, towels and linen. Additional fifth person incurs a premium of £50.00 per night.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Total estimated amount
Updated: May 22, 2015


From the Owner

Central location for great shopping and superb restaurants and bars.Great views and luxury decor and furnishings throughout. Access to lovely private gardens in the centre of town only 2 mins walk from the building. On street metered parking or 7x24 only 10 mins walk away. Great value for long term parking at rcp parking on Brunswick Road, EH7 5PD - £30.00 per week. The 2nd September is the finale of The Edinburgh International Festival and there is the most spectacular fore works display from the castle ramparts (unprecedented views from the apartment windows) with live orchestral accompaniment by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The apartment provides probably the best view in town of this spectacular event and whilst the music can be heard being played live from across the road in Princes Street gardens, I always amp the sound by tuning in live to the local radio station. So it's a great opportunity for a night to remember and for entertaining etc. Here's some of the details from their site: 'Bringing Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a magnificent conclusion, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert combines passionate music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with breathtaking pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision to enhance the musical experience. It is all set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic castle. This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is a feast of pageantry and patriotism, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also echoing the Festival’s Shakespearean offerings.'

Property Type

  • apartment


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  • Microwave
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  • Toaster


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  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
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Pool / Spa

  • Sauna ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Monument View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Luxury family bathroom. Limestone clad throughout, under floor heating. Steam enclosure and high pressure shower. Large full length bath. Victorian style radiators and basin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • King size beds (1) super king size, sprung divan fit for a king or Queen., Twin or Single Beds (1) single bed that pulls out to create another single bed (Trundle)., Baby Cribs (1) Fold away cot for infants., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) chair bed that pulls out to a single. This can be moved into either one of the bedrooms or the lounge area.


  • Guests provide their own meals

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