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

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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!)

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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

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apartment rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • apartment
    • floor 1
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • town
    • monument view
      • Views of the lovely park directly outside - and Edinburgh skyline across the city, Holyrood Park and Calton Hill
  • Theme
    • historic
    • away from it all
    • tourist attractions
    • romantic
  • General
    • iron & board
    • thermos bottle
    • internet
    • wireless internet
      • Free High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi. Laptop available for prebooking in advance at £5 per day (printer also available for rental).
    • mobile phone
      • We have a mobile phone you can use when here, on request, preloaded with £10 calls - all you pay is the £10 worth of calls preloaded. Top-Up card is supplied.
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • bottled water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • free long distance
      • Free calls to US and Canada, Australia, Europe - up to 59 minutes!
    • broadband access
      • Free Broadband Wi-Fi in the apartment.
    • clothes dryer
    • telephone
      • Free local and national calls, and with Call Minda telephone asnwering service.
    • linens provided
      • Our apartments have high-quality & high threadcount bedlinens, plus pillow protectors, mattress protectors, and neck rests/added cushions on all beds.
    • computer available
      • Laptop available - should you wish to leave your laptop behind. iPad Docking
    • heating
      • Adjustable heating in all rooms.
    • living room
    • free local calls
    • floorboards
    • washing machine
      • Clothes washer-dryer in the apartment. We also provide details of a local laundry service, located just mins' walk from Pilrig House, which offers a 'service wash' - you leave and they wash/dry same day - ready to collect same day.
    • fireplace
      • Electric 'real-flame-effect' fire - no gas appliances in the apartment. There are wall-mounted & adjustable heaters in all rooms - you can have the temperature as cosy as you like it!
    • parking
      • FREE parking - allocated space reserved in private car park to rear of the house. This is rare for Edinburgh - 'off-street' parking means metered - costly and not guaranteed!
    • towels provided
      • Bale of Egyptian cotton towels per person, plus face-cloths
  • Kitchen
    • grill
    • stove
    • oven
    • blender
    • dishwasher
      • Fitted dishwasher and dishwasher tablets provided.
    • microwave
      • Standard, and, as will all kitchen White goods, instructions supplied.
    • cooking utensils
      • Fully stocked kitchen: cutlery, crockery, glasses, pots & pans, refreshment tray with shortbread, teapot, food blender, jugs, bowls, and on and on....
    • toaster
    • coffee maker
      • Real coffee & filters supplied.
    • kitchen
      • Fully equipped kitchen with all the facilities you require: fridge, freezer, microwave, clothes washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven, toaster, coffee-maker & many additional extras!
    • dishes & utensils
      • Crockery, pots & pans, cutlery, casserole dishes, salad bowl, food blender, and all the utensils you will require.
    • pantry items
      • Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs, coffee/filters for coffee-maker, instant/decaff. coffee, teabags/herbal teabags, sugar, milk, mineral water, dishwasher tablets, washing powder
    • refrigerator
      • Fully-sized fridge (milk and mineral water on arrival) plus same-sized freezer (containing bag of ice)
    • freezer
      • Large bag of ice supplied
  • Dining
    • dining area
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
      • 1
  • Bedrooms
    • 1 bedroom, sleeps 2, beds for 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'.
  • Entertainment
    • radio
    • stereo
    • books
    • books for adults
    • games
    • games for kids
    • television
      • Large, Flat-Screen TV with in-built digital channels...
    • satellite / cable
      • FreeView Digital TV - providing another 24 or so channels, including 'World News'.
    • cd player
    • music library
      • Large selection of CDs available, to suit all tastes.... iPad/iPhone Docking Speaker in the apartment so you can also play your own music!
    • video library
      • Large DVD library, covering a broad range of tastes, and with box-sets of the top TV and film series....and Edinburgh & Scotland DVDs
    • dvd player
      • Extensive range of up-to-date DVDs and box-sets in the apartment.
  • Outside
    • deck / patio
      • Seating at front of apartment in private garden, overlooking lush green parkland... and with squirrels performing each and every day.
    • binoculars
    • lawn / garden
    • golf
      • Free parking for golfers; personal driver service available by expert golfer who knows the courses and can even play with you, if desired; golf brochures in each apartment.
  • Suitability
    • not suitable for children
      • This apartment is absolutely spot-on for either solo travellers - whether here on holiday or business (we offer a 10% discount for people travelling alone), or for any couples - great for couples celebrating their wedding, on honeymoon; an anniversary, a longed for holiday in Scotland, or people celebrating their retirement - as it has 1 double bedroom and is all on one level - no tricky steps, and it really is so cosy and charming.
    • non smoking only
      • However, guests are very welcome to smoke in the garden, or in the park.
    • pets not allowed
    • long-term renters welcome
    • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Notes
    • 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

activities and attractions in Edinburgh Scotland

  • Attractions
    • cinemas
    • museums
    • restaurants
    • live theater
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • library
    • playground
    • health/beauty spa
    • autumn foliage
    • marina
    • coin laundry
    • ruins
    • zoo
  • Leisure Activities
    • outlet shopping
    • walking
    • sight seeing
    • shopping
    • scenic drives
    • antiquing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • golf
    • cycling
    • tennis
    • rock climbing
    • swimming

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Aug 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
£ 1,155
£ 4,620
7 nights
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
£ 130
£ 819
£ 2,730
5 nights
Nov 1 2014 - Jan 31 2015
£ 110
£ 690
£ 2,310
4 nights
Early Spring
Feb 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
£ 120
£ 756
£ 2,520
4 nights
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
£ 130
£ 819
£ 2,730
5 nights
Early Summer
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
£ 882
£ 2,940
7 nights
High Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 12 2015
£ 945
£ 3,150
7 nights
Golf Open
Jul 13 2015 - Jul 19 2015
£ 1,750
7 nights
Jul 20 2015 - Jul 31 2015
£ 945
7 nights
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
£ 1,155
£ 4,620
7 nights
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
£ 130
£ 819
£ 2,730
5 nights
Nov 1 2015 - Jan 31 2016
£ 110
£ 690
£ 2,310
4 nights

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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traveler reviews for this edinburgh apartment rental

Heavenly Stay!

Review submitted: July 13, 2014   Date of arrival: June 7, 2014

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners 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

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Wonderful Wonderful!!!!!

Review submitted: October 7, 2013   Date of arrival: September 23, 2013

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!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners 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

Helpful votes: 3 / 6



Review submitted: September 13, 2013   Date of arrival: September 3, 2013

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!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners 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

Helpful votes: 4 / 8


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