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Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!

Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!


Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

2014: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - Best Holiday Accommodation (Scotland South East)

2013: Entry in '100 Best' Guide (Self-catering properties in Scotland)

2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/ Award

2009: Scottish Thistle Award Winner - 'The Extra Mile'

2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - (category) Accommodation - Customer Care

100% of reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to a friend (161 out of 163 reviewers awarded Pilrig House 5 stars!)

BOOK NOW: 13-19 July available - 7 nights - the last 'summer slot' we have for 2015 - Open Golf Championship 13-19 July 2015!

Pilrig House - The Garden Apartment (Sleeps 2 max.)

Perfect for:

Solo travellers (10% discount) or couples!

Our 4-star graded Garden Apartment is within Pilrig House, an A-listed 17th-Century Scottish Townhouse (built in 1638), which has an incredible history and a wonderful literary connection - it was once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's family - one of Scotland's most acclaimed authors! He mentions Pilrig House in his novels: Kidnapped and Catriona.

The Ultimate Peaceful Location

Uniquely located on the edge of a peaceful park, it is only a short stroll (just over a mile), or 5 minutes by bus, to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. The apartment overlooks private gardens and lush, green parkland - offering peace and tranquillity after busy days' sightseeing! Guests can enjoy sitting in the private garden, which has secluded seating areas, and is teeming with birds and squirrels - as well as the night-time strolls of our resident fox!

An Absolute Gem of an Apartment.

The Garden Apartment is cottagey, cosy, and charming. Beautifully furnished & extremely comfortable, the interior comprises: oak-floored hall with large cabinet filled with novels, games, CDs, DVDs; sunny living-room with oak flooring and Persian rug, window-seat offering garden views, plus second recessed window with garden & park views, 2 recliner seats and 2-seater sofa, dining-table, low tables, real-flame-effect fire, overhead dimmer lighting; spacious double bedroom, also with garden & park views - fully carpeted and with wardrobe, comfortable chair next to the window, dressing-table & seat, full-length mirror, bedside cabinets & touch-activated bedside lamps, overhead dimmer lighting; fully tiled bathroom with bath and shower over bath with glass shower screen, toilet, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, lit wall mirror above sink with shaver point; and utterly charming, cottage-style kitchen (fully equipped - see Amenities/Facilities) - which has two charming cottage-style recessed windows and has everything you could possibly need or want in a kitchen!

Free Parking!

Plus, rare for Edinburgh accommodation - there is the bonus of an allocated FREE car parking space for guests in a safe, private car park to the rear of the house.

Your Home-Away-From-Home. Included in the Price:

Fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, fluffy towelling robes/slippers, all utilities (heating and electricity - there are no 'hidden/add-on' costs), telephone with call-minder ansa message service (FREE local & national calls), luxury Scottish toiletries, refreshment tray, fresh flowers, crystal decanter of whisky, fruit bowl, shortbread and fudge on arrival, full Welcome, Places to Visit, Restaurant and Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist Information file, Pilrig House stationery, bookmarks & postcards, a selection of Books, CDs/DVDs, Edinburgh Guidebooks/DVDs and Maps, Walking Guides, AA-Touring Atlas, board games, binoculars - and many other thoughtful extras!


Unlimited FREE high-speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop if you want to leave yours at home), iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, fridge, freezer, clothes washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee-maker, blender, ironing facilities, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital TV, Flat-Screen TV, Digital Radio, Hairdryer, Real-flame effect fire, oak wooden flooring, adjustable heating & overhead dimmer lighting in all rooms.

The Owners

We - Debbie and Philip, the Scottish owners - live in Pilrig House and personally warmly welcome all our guests. We are also on-hand to offer advice and assistance throughout your stay, should you require it.

Our Reviews

We could add hundreds of 'owner-added' reviews from our apartment Guestbooks - but, we prefer to let our guests add their own reviews - we feel, that way, you can be 100% assured of the authenticity of their comments and star grading awarded to their stay with us! On our own website, you can read over 150 additional independent reviews, and view some typical Guestbook comments.

Booking Conditions

Open all year. The apartment is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke outside. And, sorry, no pets.


Please view our extremely competitive nightly rates and our reduced weekly rates on our owner's website. You will note that we do not try to seduce you by giving 'per person per night' rates on the opening listing details - we feel this is disingenuous - we state our true minimum nightly and weekly rate - which has no hidden 'add-ons'.

Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:

2 weeks - 15%

3 weeks - 20%

4 weeks or longer - 25% ( do ask - we are flexible and sometimes offer a greater discount if the stay is for low season!)

We also offer all solo travellers 10% discount on our nightly rates!

Note: Do check our Park and Balfour Apartments' availability if the Garden Apartment is already booked - we can offer a discount for a 1 or 2-person stay!

Booking & Payment

For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking. For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay. When you send us a Booking Form via our own website, we send you a Booking Comfirmation, followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave, payable by debit or credit card. On receipt of payment authorisation, we always send a payment receipt.

Cancellation Policy

We ask that all prospective guests read our Conditions of Rental on our website before completing a Booking Form - our Cancellation Policy is clearly stated on that page.

Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Historic, City, Unique, Award-Winning, Peaceful, Romantic, Unusual, Unique, Four-Star, Luxury, Tranquil, Owners-on-Site

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

2015 will be our tenth year running Pilrig House Apartments...

Philip is a retired mechanical engineer, who travelled the world as a naval engineer for many years - living in Mexico and Belize for periods of time. He is an amateur historian, and has amazing local and Scottish historical knowledge... and, is also a keen 'treasure hunter' - going off frequently to local sites with his metal detector. I am an ex-copy editor who worked for over 20 years in the field of publishing, and then on a freelance basis as an editor/proofreader.

We decided, after meeting, that we couldn't bear to sell Philip's apartment in Pilrig House - it was just so special, and so we decided to turn it into a rental apartment. A year later, with great joy, we moved back into the house ourselves, then we purchased another apartment for renovation and rental, and so it just grew over the years since we started up. We have made many great friends, and still gain enormous joy and satisfaction in welcoming visitors here from around the world...It is also lovely that so many people, and their friends and families, come back time and time again.

Our emphasis, right from the start, was to create incredibly clean, and exceptionally comfortable, accommodation, with in excess of the usual facilities found in vacation rentals – and to maintain this high standard. We also wanted to ensure we met our guests’ needs, and so listened to our visitors and took on board, almost without exception, all comments and suggestions over the years. We always personally offer a warm welcome, and are really pleased to be able to provide further support your stay, if it is wanted! On arrival, we take you into the apartment, showing you all the need-to-know things, and will always take as long as you want to answer all your questions!

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43 Reviews

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Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh
Spring Lake, NJ USA

Wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5
As previous innkeepers, my husband and I fully realize how much time and energy is needed to run a B@B. Debbie and Philip are excellent at what they do-from cleanliness, to decorating, to literally taking you to Rossalyn Chapel! Both have a wealth of knowledge about Edinburgh and are willing to impart this to you in a very warm and often humorous way. We had a wonderful stay in the Garden Apartment for 10 days and that is do to our wonderful hosts.

The location on the park was great-a feeling of country in the city. We found using the buses easy and that is saying something for people that don't use public transportation very much! Food was really very good-thanks to recommendations from Debbie and Philip. As for our apartment, it was beyond expectations! I have never seen such clean grout in a bath in my entire life! We would love to come back again. Mike and Sue
  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike and Sue,

Thank you, thank you - and coming from innkeepers on the other side of the Pond - that is praise indeed. When you departed, I wondered if you had caught the 'bug' again youselves - tell us when you do, as we would love to be guests :) We really enjoyed meeting you both - and would happily take you further afield next time? Love to you both, Debbie & Phil x
Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh
Blairstown, NJ

Heavenly Stay!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had the good sense and fortune to find the best place to stay in Edinburgh. It was the very first place I saw on VRBO and I looked no further! The stone building itself is a historical treasure surrounded by manicured gardens and looking over a landscaped park. The location is ideal for travelers, who like us, did not have a car. Walking to the bus-stop or to some of the best local restaurants in Leith took only minutes. The first day we walked to the Royal Botanical Gardens using the lovely Water of Leith Walkway and back home from the Sunday Farmers Market in Stockbridge. We also walked back to the apartment from the Royal Mile in under 15 minutes. When we wanted to take in the sights that were further away, we hired the the Pilrig House recommended driver, Mike, who not only drove us to and from the airport, but also drove us to one of the most scenic areas in Scotland, St Abbs Head, for birdwatching and hiking. Breathtaking! Mike will help you plan any trip of your liking or make recommendations of his own. Great guy! As for the spotless apartment, everything was provided (other than our own food), from bandaids to the addictive shortbread! We made all of our breakfasts, some lunches and dinners in the amply stocked kitchen. The accommodations were top notch, nothing run down. We felt we were the first to ever stay there. Finally, my reason for giving this review the title "Heavenly Stay" is because of the owner Phillip, who was our travel angel! He offered us a wealth of information from maps, brochures and his own humorous and knowladgable reviews. If he asks "Did you already pay for that?", you probably shouldn't do it. He will give you much better alternatives. But Phillip extended himself far beyond our best expectations. On several occasions he gave us a lift, once to a restaurant when it rained and even a small personal tour of historic Edinburgh. Phillip drove us to Leith Mills, (a great place to shop for discounted souvenirs) and walked into the store with us to point out the quality bargains! I know this isn't something to expect as a regular part of your stay but Phillip is just the kind of person who will do something helpful on spur of the moment. We didn't meet Debbie but she was my contact person and couldn't have been more gracious at every opportunity. It's a big world and I may never return to Edinburgh but for as long as I live the Pilrig House and it's owners are a highlight of my heavenly stay in Scotland.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Karin for the thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness of spirit you showed in your lovely review - it means an awful lot to us - we work hard to make guests feel like the first ever, and so when you said that is how you were made to feel, and how much you appreciated Philip, we were both touched - thank you for that. Hope we may see you again one day - and, if not, happy travels, and here's raising a glass to you both, Debbie & Philip
Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh
The Woodlands, TX

Wonderful Wonderful!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Pilrig House for our anniversary trip. It was the most wonderful experience. The house is so amazing inside and out. The grounds are just beautiful. But our hosts are what made it even more special. We are already planning our trip back next year. The morning after we got to Pilrig I sat in the window seat with a cup of tea looking out on the gardens and the yellow roses. The listing was perfect, it was just as it looked on the internet. It was beautifully maintained. We would definitively recommend Pilrig to anyone!
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathleen & Andy, We so enjoyed meeting you, and were incredibly happy that your anniversray trip was a special one. As we said at the time - just wish you could have stayed longer... Looking forward to trip 2! Debbie & Philip x
Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh
columbus ohio usa


  • 5 of 5
Exceptional property in wonderful location. Helpful hosts with an amazing attention to detail. From restaurant and shopping advice to travel maps for excursions. Have never stayed somewhere where they stocked fruit, coffee, tea, milk, cookies, fudge and whiskey for their visitors! Highly recommend!!
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathy and Brad, great to know you appreciated all the little things we like to include for visitors - we have tried to make it as homely as possible, and with all the extras we always hope to find when we stay in rentals... and never have I hasten to add! Still hopeful. Hope we see you back for a Highland hillwalking adventure -we shall be happy to recommend lots of places to stay and visit so do stay in touch, even if you can't stay here with us before you head off - but, do visit us again, too, if you can! Debbie & Philip
Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh
Arkansas USA

Loved my stay !

  • 5 of 5
Felt lucky to have spent two weeks in the Garden apartment! The first week was as a solo traveler. I could not have felt more welcome and taken care of by Debbie and Phillip – perfect blend of privacy and security. The setting of Pilrig House is beautiful and peaceful – adored my views of Arthur’s Seat while sipping whiskey each evening. The kitchen was appointed with everything needed to produce a top notch meal if desired. Debbie has stocked this apartment with an amazing collection of DVDs, books, etc. You have to read the correspondence between the last surviving Balfour servant and Debbie – so sweet and interesting. The location of Pilrig House is excellent for catching a bus and exploring Edinburgh. Before my arrival, my daughter had contacted Debbie and together they had organized a Mother’s day tea at a top notch location. If I have the joy of returning to Edinburgh, I will stay here again. Phillip is also an excellent history source of the area and Pilrig House. Loved it! Thanks again, Phillip and Debbie!
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Vicki,

So odd - was just thinking about you this evening, and wondering how you were, when your review popped up - and what a nice review it is - thank you. I so enjoyed our day together, travelling around East Lothian and chatting... And, I loved the photos you sent - especially the one of what you thought was an owl at the back door - it made me smile. Hope life is good with you, and am so pleased you enjoyed your break in Edinburgh! Best wishes, Debbie
Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
++44 -131 554 4794
Leith Edinburgh

Pilrig made our stay in Edinburgh memorable

  • 5 of 5
Debbie and Philip were outstanding hosts making us feel welcome and comfortable. We used the city buses and explored many areas always "coming home" to comfort and ease. The house is so quiet we slept soundly. We appreciated all the extras Debbie and Philip provided including the trip to Tesco and the city tour.
Since arriving home to Canada we have recommeded Pilrig to all our friends.
I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Martin Wishart's restaurant in Leith. Next time I will book for the cooking demonstration prior to lunch.
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara & Ed,

Dear Barbara & Ed, Thank you so much for this review. We enjoyed meeting you both, and were so impressed with your pre-booking of your transport tickets and passes - think we should employ you as agents for others coming to stay! You made us aware of one or two train discounts!! Hope you had a great time when you headed further North, and to Orkney - and look forward to hearing about it. With all our best, Debbie & Philip x


From the Owner

Well - there's the fact the Pilrig House is utterly unique as an historic 17th-century townhouse in Edinburgh, then there's the lovely location, and the parkland and Edinburgh skyline views... And the peace! Then, there's the wonderful ambience in the house itself - it really is special. And, the private parking, the beautiful gardens... there is so much to enjoy about living here. We just couldn't replicate what Pilrig House offers if we searched the length and breadth of Edinburgh. And the fact that we can walk into the centre of Edinburgh in 15 mins, or take a bus right outside the park... more than anything, we love the feeling of living in the country while living in the city. In each apartment, the living-rooms and bedrooms have park and/or garden views – a lovely change from looking out onto city streets or other buildings! The house’s history also gives it a special feel – some people liken it to staying in a Scottish castle… Robert Louis Stevenson’s mother lived in Pilrig House and he visited here often as a child – we include his novels in all three apartments, so you can read extracts that refer to Pilrig House, and imagine living in another time… One national newspaper journalist wrote after staying here that the house has a ‘timelessness’ that made for instant relaxation…. And, the centre of Edinburgh is under a mile away – most guests walk there, and sometimes take a bus home at the end of the day… and describe their pleasure at returning to the peace and tranquillity of Pilrig House. Great shops are almost on your doorstep – supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants… all within easy walking distance. Many US & Canadian guests come back every year, and European guests visit at least 6 times per year – and they have stayed previously in the best hotels and now choose to stay here. Our Guestbook comments and reviews on all independent sites have been 100% positive - hopefully reassuring you of what you will find when you come to stay.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh International Airport at 9.03 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bonnington's at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Rosythe & seabird boat trips from nearby N Berwick at 20 Miles Nearest Golf : Silverknowes + famous courses are half-hour drive at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Waverley Station at 1.4 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Origano at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Hillend Dry Ski Slope (Cairngorms snow Dec-March) at 7 Miles Nearest Beach : Portobello & E Lothoian beaches nearby are great! at 1 Miles Car: not necessary

Membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

During your stay, we are delighted to offer guests membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles you to dine in either of the Society’s distinctive premises in Edinburgh – the historic Vaults at the Shore area of Leith - a 10-minute walk away, or in the city centre's beautiful Georgian townhouse Queen St premises - or to attend special events or tastings that may be on during your stay. Discover the best single cask, single malt whisky available – uniquely bottled for the Society from over 120 distilleries.

Near to the waterfront....

Pilrig House is under half a mile from the trendy 'Shore' area in the port of Leith - there are a great selection of pubs and eateries on the waterfront, as well as three Michelin-star restaurants. Also close-by is the Royal Yacht Britannia - the Queen & Prince Philip's decommissioned sailing vessel. Once there, you may want to stroll along to Newhaven Harbour and take lunch at the Loch Fyne Seafoood Restaurant, which has harbour and sea views.

Around a 4-min walk away is: Edinburgh's Pringle shop - a great place to pick up a bargain cashmere or Scottish gifts; and the Water of Leith walkways and cycle-paths.

A short walk through the park takes you to the bus-stop - all buses (and they are plenty and almost constant) take you to the centre of Edinburgh, which is c. 1.2 miles away - easily walkable. En route, you may want to stop at the Sicilian Bakery - even if just to gaze in the window, or pause for coffee at Valvona & Crolla's Italian deli and 'Vin Cafe' - deliciously tempting!

The city centre attractions are well-known: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, the Grassmarket area, The National Gallery, The Scottish Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Scotland, the Georgian New Town.... and so much more!

We are a 15-min walk (or 5 mins by bus) to: Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens; the 'village' of Stockbridge - so-named for its riverside location & great range of independent shops and charity/second-hand shops - great for browsing for a bargain! A fab weekly farmers' market is also held here, plus a start-point to a lovely riverside walk that takes you through the historic Dean Village and on to the Gallery of Modern Art.

The Majestic hop-on, hop-off bus tour stop is right outside the rear entrance to Pilrig House.

If you wanted to hire a cab, it is incredibly cheap to travel to and from the city centre.

For those guests without a car, we have negotiated fixed fares with a local cab company, to places of interest near to Edinburgh.

Within 5-mins' walk from Pilrig House are: a leisure/gym centre with pool; local shops, supermarket & restaurants; ATM; church; Post Office; Martin Wishart's Cookery School (Michelin-star restaurant owner), and an auction-house with weekly auctions.

Pilrig House is also a 10-min walk from the Playhouse Theatre, and a multi-screen cinema.

FREE Parking is also available to guests of Pilrig House, in a private car park to the rear of the property - this is extremely rare in Edinburgh and a huge bonus! We have prepared a Touring Pack for those guests with cars - which gives recommendations, maps, photographs, and tips of places to visit within a 1-2-hour drive of Edinburgh. Our AA-Road Atlas also comes in handy - and you are welcome to mark it up & take it with you on your car journeys.

For those without a car, and not keen on driving on 'the wrong side of the road', nor going on 'organised bus tours' - we are delighted to be able to offer the services of a personal driver when here - at very competitive rates!


East Lothian

Pilrig House is a great central base for golfers – wthin a half-hour drive along the lovely East Lothian coastline, you will be spolied for choice of courses to play: Craigielaw, Gullane, Archerfield, Muirfield, Dunbar, North Berwick – to name but a few of the outstanding 22 courses to pick from.

St Andrews and the East ‘Neuk’ of Fife

We are only an hour-and-a-half’s drive from St Andrews for St Andrews Old Course & King’s Barns, as well as the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife courses en route to St Andrews, eg Lundin Links.

Gleneagles, Carnoustie and Troon

We are an hour’s drive from Gleneagles; an hour-and-a-half from Carnousite; and c. 2 hours from the Ayrshire coast for Troon Old Course and Turnberry.

Book Our Golf Driver Service

If you want to relax, and be collected at Pilrig House and taken to and from the courses you want to play on, we are delighted to recommend, on booking, a personal driver service with an outstanding driver/golf expert (at extremely competitive rates). Mike will collect you at Pilrig House (as early in the morning as you want to set off) in his air-conditioned, fully insured and extremely comfortable people carrier and take you wherever you want to play. He can also take you further afield & arrange overnight stays for you. In fact, where golf is concerned, he will take you as far and for as much time as you fancy!


From £110 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Golf Open
Jul 13 2015 - Jul 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 20 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2015 - Jan 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 1 2016 - May 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jun 1 2016 - Jul 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking.

For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay.

After you send us a Booking Form via our website, we send your booking confirmation, followed by an online payment request (by either credit, including AMEX!, or by debit card).

On receipt of your payment, we will send you a receipt.

Please see our own website for Christmas/New Year rates (min 7-night stays).

If our Garden Apartment is booked for the dates you want, we will be happy to offer our Park/Balfour Apartment at a reduced rate.

For guests staying longer than 1 week the price includes a weekly clean & you will receive fresh bedlinen & towels.

We offer solo travellers a 10% discount on the nightly rate.

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From the Owner

All of the above! We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows and see the park in all seasons in all its beauty, or sit in the garden to the side of the house in total privacy and enjoy the tranquillity, and read a book... Everything we need is close-by - shops, transport links, restaurants, Edinburgh's main train station... and, there are beautiful drives to the East Lothian countryside and coastal trail, including some charming villages and historic castles - within a half-hour's drive. This coastline has 22 amazing golf-courses, many located directly parallel to the sea - Gullane, North Berwick, Craigielaw, Muirfield - to name but a few - to whet the appetite of those golfers out there! Another great bonus is the fact that we can offer guests free parking in a private car park directly to the rear of the property – this is incredibly rare in Edinburgh – most properties have ‘metered’ parking on a street outside their property, which never guarantees a space, and is incredibly expensive – it means you have to top up the metre every couple of hours! Philip and I often walk to the ‘Shore’ area of Leith, on the waterfront – which is Edinburgh’s port – a 5-10 minute walk from Pilrig House – it has great restaurants and bistros. You can also use your membership card to visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s ‘The Vaults’ premises here – even if you don’t like whisky – a great place to have a bar lunch in the oldest building in Leith.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Floorboards
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Rural
  • Town


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • High-quality and comfortable double bed with sprung mattress, suede bed-head, bolsters, and no restrictive bed-end! The bed has a luxury top-of-the-range, ultra-deep, duck feather & down luxury mattress topper for the most supportive night's sleep you can enjoy. People describe it as 'sleeping on a cloud'.


  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • The Best-Equipped Apartments in Edinburgh! Each of our apartments has many additional features/amenities: great hairdryers, hair straighteners, binoculars, alarm clock, umbrellas, ironing facilities, digital radio, dimmer overhead lighting in rooms, crystal decanter of whisky, fresh flowers, fruit bowl & shortbread/fudge on arrival, white fluffy towelling robes & slippers, up-to-date tourist information file, a Welcome Pack loaded with useful information and tips, 3 additional packs: Local Restaurants (with sample menus and pricing); Places to Visit Near Edinburgh (with photos & maps); Edinburgh Tour Companies, & Transport Information. We also have an AA Touring Atlas, bus timetables, heated towel rail in the bathroom, Scottish magazines, Edinburgh Food Guide, Pilrig House stationery & bookmarks, batteries for remotes, boxes of tissues, Egyptian cotton towels, 'Neal's Yard' organic toiletries in bedrooms AND 'Sea Kelp' dispensers in bathroom, luggage scales, first-aid kit, board games

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