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2013: Entry in '100 Best' Guide (Self-Catering Properties in Scotland)

2011 & 2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/ Award

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

2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - for 'Accommodation - Customer Care'

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

Pilrig House - The Park Apartment (Sleeps 3 max) - A Home With History

Perfect for:

Solo traveller (10% discount); couples, couples plus one child (over age of 7); OR 3 adults

BOOK NOW for the 2015 Open Golf Championship - 13-19 July 2015

Our exceptional 4-star graded, 2-bedroomed Park Apartment is within Pilrig House, an A-listed, 17th-century Scottish townhouse (built in 1638), which has a distinguished history and a wonderful literary connection - it was the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's family - as a child, RLS often visited and played in the gardens here as a child - he mentions Pilrig House in his novels: Kidnapped and Catriona.

Unique Park Location

The apartment is sited in a tranquil park, yet, incredibly, it is only a 15-20 minute stroll (just over a mile), or 5 minutes by bus (bus stop is only minutes away from the apartment) to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. Enjoy the private garden, which offers secluded seating areas and is teeming with wildlife.

A Gem of an Apartment - Your Home-Away-From Home

Guests have exclusive use of the house’s sweeping Palladian staircase entrance, at the top of which are double oak doors and a small seating area, a south-facing suntrap overlooking the park - wonderful for sipping a glass of wine and watching the world drift by at the end of busy days' sightseeing! Or, dine in all seasons with the doors flung open and drink in the changing weather and landscape...

The Accommodation

The interior is extremely comfortable and has a beautiful mix of antique and modern furnishings, comprising: living-room with oak flooring & Persian rug, real-flame effect fire, designated dining area, two leather sofas, coffee-table, bookcases full of books and DVDs, and recessed window seat with delightful views of the park; 2 bedrooms - 1 single, 1 double (fully carpeted and equipped with hairdryers) with wonderfully comfortable beds and luxury mattress toppers, fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers and dressing-table, bedside cabinets/lamps, alarm clock, adjustable heaters, US adapter plug) - both bedrooms have park views; a fully-equipped kitchen (see amenities); and, a luxurious, fully-tiled bathroom with deep curved bath, toilet, wash-hand basin, shower screen and glass shower over the bath, full-length heated towel rail and shaver point.

Free Parking

Rare for city center rentals, Pilrig House offers the bonus of a FREE allocated parking space in a safe private car park to the rear of the house.

Included in the Price - NO add-on/hidden costs!

Fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, all utilities, and, on arrival: refreshment tray, fresh flowers, chocolates, fruit bowl & crystal decanter of whisky; luxury Scottish toiletries; fluffy towelling robes & slippers; full Welcome Pack plus Places to Visit, Restaurant & Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist Information file; telephone (FREE local/national calls & call minda telephone answer service), Pilrig House postcards, bookmarks & stationery; a selection of books/ Edinburgh guidebooks & maps, AA-Touring Atlas, binoculars, board games, library of CDs/DVDs, and many other thoughtful extras.


FREE Unlimited High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop while here if you want to leave yours at home), iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, flat-screen TV/Digital TV, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital Radio, Clothes Washer/Dryer, Ironing facilities, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Coffee-Maker, Blender, Microwave, Oven, Hob, Hairdryers, Real Flame-Effect Fire, Adjustable Heating and overhed 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, and are on-hand throughout your stay to offer advice and assistance, if wanted!

Our Reviews

We could add hundreds of our own Guestbook reviews - 'Owner-Added Reviews', but we have chosen not to do so. We prefer that previous guests add them and star-grade us - that way you will have total confidence in their authenticity! On our own website, you can also read over 150 additional independent guest reviews and read through a large sample of comments left in the Apartment's Guestbook.

Booking Conditions

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


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. On completing a Booking Form via our website, we send you a Booking Confirmation, followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave (you can pay by credit or debit card).

Cancellation Policy

We ask all prospective guests to complete a Booking Form via our own website, and that they read our Conditions of Rental page before doing so. The cancellation policy is clearly stated on that page.


Please view our highly competitive nightly & reduced rates on our owner's website (we feel it is disingenuous to show 'per person per night' rates that do not convey the true min. price of a stay). And, there are absolutely no extra add-on taxes or 'hidden' charges.

Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:

2 weeks - 15%

3 weeks - 20%

4 weeks or more - 25% (we are flexible and may offer a greater discount if in low season - do ask!)

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

If the Park Apartment is booked, please DO look at our other two apartments, there may be availability, and if only 1 or 2 people staying, we can offer a discounted rate for our Balfour Apartment!

Keywords: Apartment, flat, unique, city, historic, award-winning, four-star, luxury, romantic, peaceful, unusual

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apartment rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • apartment
    • floor 1
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • monument view
      • Views of Holyrood Park and Calton Hill... but, most importantly, and exceptional for a near-city centre apartment, all main room windows enjoy park views. No noisy traffic interference... just bird
    • town
      • See our own website for fabulous links to all of Edinburgh's attractions! We have also created special files we send you, on booking, with useful tips, recommendations, guests' tips, and lots more!
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • romantic
    • tourist attractions
    • historic
  • General
    • iron & board
    • thermos bottle
    • free local calls
    • floorboards
    • alarm system
    • living room
    • 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
    • air conditioning
      • We can supply fans, on requst, if desired - in Scotland there is not a great need for air- conditioning! All windows open and the apartments never get too hot due to the thick stone walls!
    • fireplace
      • We do not have any gas appliances in the apartments - there is a real-flame effect electric fireplace in the living-room, plus adjustable heating in all other rooms in the apartments.
    • parking
      • Private allocated car parking space in secure car park to the rear of property. This is rare for Edinburgh - most places have 'off-street' parking, whereby meters have to be regularly topped up!
    • heating
      • Adjustable heating in all rooms.
    • linens provided
      • High-quality pillows & Egyptian-cotton, high-threadcount bedlinen on the beds, plus neck bolsters, cushions & throws. We are also delighted to be one of the only luxury apartments in Edinburgh to offer luxury mattress toppers on all beds - these have to be experienced - we purchasd ultra-luxurious 3-inch deep toppers, to ensure you get the very best sleep experience you could hope for when you come to stay.
    • washing machine
      • Clothes washer/dryer which takes small loads. We provide details of a laundry, which is just a few mins' walk away, where you can leave a large load and have a 'service wash', ie they clean and dry your clothes, and you collect later, same day.
    • computer available
      • Laptop available should you wish to leave your laptop behind.
    • broadband access
      • Free Wi-Fi.
    • telephone
      • Free local and national calls, plus 'Call Minda' telephone answering service to record messages.
    • clothes dryer
    • wireless internet
      • Free Wi-Fi - High-Speed Broadband internet access. Your password & log-in details are provided in the Welcome Pack
    • mobile phone
      • We have a mobile phone you can use when here, on request - it is preloaded with £10 worth of calls - all you pay is the £10. A Top-Up card is supplied.
    • internet
    • towels provided
  • Kitchen
    • toaster
    • refrigerator
      • Standard fridge with milk and mineral water for you on arrival.... with same-size freezer (large bag of ice cubes inside when you arrive).
    • coffee maker
      • Real coffee and filters supplied. We also provide a range of herbal teas and hot chocolate.
    • kitchen
      • Microwave, Oven, Hob, Dishwasher, Coffee-Maker, Clothes Washer/Dryer, Fridge, Freezer, Blender... everything you will need!
    • blender
    • pantry items
      • Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper, sugar, tea-bags, herbal tea-bags, real coffee and coffee filters, decaff. coffee, instant coffee, all cleaning materials, mineral water, milk.
    • freezer
    • stove
    • oven
    • dishwasher
      • Standard size dishwasher and dishwasher tablets provided....
    • microwave
      • Standard, with instructions provided.
    • cooking utensils
      • All the pots, pans, cutlery, glasses, crockery, you will require, plus refreshment tray....
    • dishes & utensils
  • Dining
    • dining room
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
      • The full-tiled bathroom has a large curved bath with shower over bath and glass shower-screen. WC. Wash-hand basin with lit mirror and shaver-point above. Full-length heated towel-rail. Scottish toiletry dispensers provided - shampoo, shower/bath gel, hand-wash and body lotion.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 3, beds for 3
    • bedroom 1:
    • bedroom 2:
      • 1 Double Bed - Beautifully comfortable, high-quality double bed with sprung mattress, suede bed-head and no restrictive bed-end.... And, we have also invested in top-of-the-range, ultra-deep luxury duck feather and down-filled mattress toppers on all beds, to ensure that you will be treated to the very best - and will sleep 'on a cloud'... One high-quality single bed with sprung mattress, top-of-the-range luxurious down-filled mattress topper, suede bed-head and no restrictive bed end.
  • Entertainment
    • radio
    • video library
      • Large DVD library available to suit all tastes. Also, Edinburgh and Scotland DVDs, and Rosslyn Chapel CD.
    • television
      • Large flat-screen TV.
    • satellite / cable
      • Digital TV this offers approx, an additional 24 channels, including World News.
    • cd player
    • dvd player
    • books for adults
    • music library
      • A range of CDs, to suit a variety of tastes, is provided. iPad/iPhone Docking Speaker - so you can listen to your own music during your stay.
    • stereo
      • CD-Player. iPod Docker also in each apartment.
    • books
      • A range of novels and local/Scotland guidebooks
    • games
      • Board Games, including Edinburgh Monopoly.
  • Outside
    • golf
      • Free parking for golfers. Personal driver service available with expert golfer, who can even play the courses with you, if desired. Range of golf brochures/magazine in each apartment.
    • lawn / garden
    • binoculars
    • deck / patio
      • Small, sunny seating area to top of the lovely Palladian staircase entrance, overlooking the park. Even on rainy days, guests can dine inside with the double oak doors flung open and watch the changing weather.
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
      • However, you are very welcome to smoke outside the property in the garden, or park!
    • pets not allowed
    • long-term renters welcome
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • The apartment is ideal for: a couple, 2 single adults, or a couple plus friend/ older child (above age of 7). Also, a great place for solo travellers - we offer 10% discount on the nightly rates for people travelling solo.
  • Notes
    • Adjustable Wall-Mounted Heaters, Dimmer Lighting in Main Living-Room and Bedrooms, Touch-Activated Bedside Lamps, Ironing Facilities, Full Range of Edinburgh Guidebooks & Street Maps, Edinburgh & Scotland Magazines, Bookcase with Selection of Games, Adult's Novels, Full Welcome Pack, Places to Visit Near Edinburgh & Tourist Information Files, Restaurant Recommendations/ Sample Menu File, a Touring Company File with both local and Scottish Tours included, Golf & Pop-Up Umbrellas, Binoculars, Good-Quality Hairdryers and Ceramic Hair-Straighteners, Pilrig House Postcards/Stationery & Bookmarks, Welcome Tray with shortbread, Fresh Flowers, Decanter of Scottish Whisky, Fudge, Scottish 'Sea Kelp' Dipensers in bathroom as well as baskets of organic 'Neal's Yard' toiletries in bedrooms, Recessed Window-Seat Overlooking Park, Park Views in Both Bedrooms. Digital TV.

activities and attractions in Edinburgh Scotland

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

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  • owner Debbie or Philip Martin
  • phone 131 554 4794
  • 2nd phone 7788 113886

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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
£ 1,470
£ 5,880
7 nights
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
£ 140
£ 882
£ 2,940
5 nights
Nov 1 2014 - Jan 31 2015
£ 120
£ 756
£ 2,520
4 nights
Early Spring
Feb 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
£ 130
£ 819
£ 2,730
4 nights
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
£ 140
£ 882
£ 2,940
5 nights
Early Summer
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
£ 945
£ 3,150
7 nights
High Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
£ 1,008
£ 3,360
7 nights
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
£ 1,470
£ 5,880
7 nights
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
£ 140
£ 882
£ 2,940
5 nights
Nov 1 2015 - Jan 31 2016
£ 120
£ 756
£ 2,520
4 nights

Additional information about rental rates

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

For bookings in excess of 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay.

On booking, via the Booking Form on our website, we send your booking confirmation, followed by an online payment request (we accept CR cards, including AMEX!, and debit cards. On receipt of your payment, we send a receipt.
The rates are all-inclusive - there are no add-on charges and fees.

For guests staying in excess of 7 nights, the rate includes a weekly clean when you will be given fresh bedlinen and towels.

Please see our own website for offers, FAQ, reduced stay rates for longer periods, Christmas & New Year weekly rates (min. 7-night stays at this time).

10% reduction on the nightly rate - solo travellers

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Pilrig House, the Park Apartment and Phillip & Debbie are spectacular...just spectacular!

Review submitted: May 5, 2014   Date of arrival: April 20, 2014

It’s my pleasure to write this review of Pilrig House and it’s owners Phillip & Debbie. This was our first time renting a holiday apartment and we couldn’t have had a better experience. Pilrig House overlooks Pilrig Park, which provided terrific beauty and tranquility in the midst of the bustling city. The Park Apartment is charming, comfortable and cozy. Phillip & Debbie have seen to every detail; the apartment is extremely well appointed with lovely linens, luxurious soaps & lotions and an extensive collection of books, movies and music. We very much appreciated the complimentary supply of coffee, tea, milk, biscuits and fudge. Every amenity is in perfect working order and the apartment is in awesome condition and extremely clean. Phillip & Debbie made themselves immediately available in the event we needed them and were more than willing to share their extensive list of attractions, restaurants and shops with us. Pilrig House is perfectly located within comfortable walking distance to most of Edinburgh’s “must sees”. The House is also closely situated near city bus stops. The description, narrative and photos provided in this rental listing are completely accurate. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Edinburgh and Scotland; Pilrig House, the Park Apartment and Phillip & Debbie are spectacular…just spectacular!

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

Owners response: Thank you so much Jeff! As guests, you were also spectacular! Delighted you enjoyed your week here in Edinburgh, and your tours with our driver service, Mike - who also passes on his greetings. It was a pleasure to be hosts to you and your family, and to see the photos of Spencer enjoying his 'falconry' experience when he was here. Hope we see you back. Debbie x

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Wonderful "home base"

Review submitted: April 20, 2014   Date of arrival: April 2, 2014

Thank you so much Phillip for providing us with such a wonderful "home base". It was so nice to have such a beautiful place to return to after wandering the city, country side, getting lost, and visiting the typical tourist attractions. Thank you for kindly discouraging our considerably "overbooked" itinerary. We cancelled all our plans and would decide what to do the night before. We had such a great time traveling by bus, train and considerable miles logged by walking. We have so many wonderful memories. Thank you for all your advice, history lessons, sense of humor, and kindness. It was nice to know that in the back of our brain, you would always be there to rescue us if we got lost…we figured that out when we were walking down Pilrig Street and you stopped and asked us if we needed a ride.
The apartment was amazing. We never expected such magnificent accommodations and fresh flowers in the bathroom! I moved them to the living room so I could see them all the time. There was plenty of everything, from tourist information to teas and fruit and whisky, and of course DVDs. I don't think there is a DVD that you don't have. Thank you for the umbrellas as well. After spending all day out and about, this was such a wonderful retreat to return to.
We visited Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace…all the typical attractions…Arthur's Seat etc. We took the bus to Roslin Chapel (amazing), another day took the train to Stonehaven and walked along the shore to Dunottar Castle (again, amazing). We walked to the Botanical Garden and returned by walking down the walkway along the canal into Leith. We logged many miles on a daily basis, and thoroughly enjoyed every step. We got incredibly lost after missing our bus, on our way home from Blackness Castle. We ended up on the John Muir trail and the kindness of strangers helped us set our path straight and got us to the bus station and back on the train. We decided to stop at the Balmoral and have a Gin and Tonic after that adventure! Everyday was fun, exciting and truly memorable. Thank you for everything and giving us such a wonderful "home base".

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

Owners response: Dear Laura & Ronald,
As I hd flu when you were here and was 'absent' and now my dear hubby has it and it befalls me to reply on his behalf - thank you so much for your tribute to Philip (and to the friendliness of our fellow Scots|) - it is really meaningful to know his, and others, input was appreciated & made me proud of my wonderfully original hubby!
It sounds as if you had a really interesting time here and let the rigidity of the 'itinerary' melt away and experiences happen - always a good thing in our book - that's when the unexpected little bits of magic blossom and encounters have the space to emerge, as you obviously found - that gin & tonic in Balmoral sounded lovely...
Till we meet again... Hope we do....Debbie & Philip

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Above and Beyond...

Review submitted: October 13, 2013   Date of arrival: August 31, 2013

My friend and I traveled to the UK for a month this past summer and stayed at three different rental homes (on Loch Ness, Edinburgh & London). We spent 9 days, in the middle of our trip, at Pilrig House. Unfortunately (wink, wink), the standards set by the hosts of this particular place spoiled us terribly and made the two other rentals pale by comparison. All of the raves and effusive comments written by every one of the reviewers here are 100% accurate, and so I won’t repeat all the merits about the apartment, its location, comfort, etc. What everyone else said: All True!

Instead, I’d like to write about the remarkable personal care and attention of Phillip and (in our particular case) Debbie. Others have remarked at great length about their care, but this really was something else. In the middle of my stay I needed to see a doctor and emailed Debbie at night to ask for a recommendation. She phoned immediately to ask if I needed any OTC medicine or assistance. She offered to phone her clinic at 8 the next morning, and made an appointment for me. She drove us there at the appointed time, and picked us up afterwards. I needed to go to a larger hospital across town and she drove us there. Because hospitals only accept cash from non-residents, and I wasn’t sure if I had enough, Debbie stopped at an ATM and withdrew the daily limit, handing me an envelope of £350. Can you IMAGINE? I was just flabbergasted, and I continue to tell the story. Above and beyond, indeed! There are so many more stories of their kindness and generosity (a surprise, and very generous, birthday gift & card, left on the front steps one morning; the loan of a GPS--the car rental co. wanted £15 a day for it; secretly helping my sister-in-law plan a BIG birthday surprise in Edinburgh, from Florida... and MORE), but you’ll see this all for yourself when you come to stay at their lovely apartment. I envy you that...

ps. Oh, and one more thing to add... The front door of the house, pictured in the main photo, is YOUR front door, exclusively. How exciting that was! Not even sure where the other inhabitants of the house enter and exit, but it made us feel very special, walking out of that door, down those steps and out into the beautiful park in front of it every day. Lovely!

Owners response: You were 'Above and Beyond' as nice people - come back any time, and have a 'non-hospital stay' - we'd love to see you again. Best to you both,

Debbie x

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