Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
2015/16: Scottish Thistle Awards: Regional Winner for ‘Best Holiday Accommodation’ (Scotland South-East)
2015: Telegraph – Edinburgh Accommodation: 10 Best Holiday Apartments
2014: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - Best Holiday Accommodation (Scotland South-East)
2013: Entry in 'Top 100' 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 - Accommodation - Customer Care
100% of all reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to family/friends
TAKING BOOKINGS NOW FOR 2017!
2016 - All VRBO guests have told us this is the best VRBO accommodation they have ever stayed in.
Pilrig House Apartments - The Balfour Apartment (Sleeps 4 max.)
Perfect for: One or two couples, 3 adults; or 2 adults with older children (over age of 7).
One 'slot' left in June - 19-26 - 8 nights for the price of 6!
Our lovely 5-star graded, 2-bedroom 'Balfour 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 with Robert Louis Stevenson - it was his mother's family's home. RLS, as a child, visited and played in the gardens here - he mentions Pilrig House in many of his novels and letters, eg Kidnapped and Catriona.
An Enviably Peaceful Park Location
Pilrig House is uniquely located in a tranquil park, yet it is only a short stroll or 5 minutes by bus to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. Guests can enjoy sitting in the private garden, which offers secluded seating areas and is teeming with birds and squirrels - a wonderfully tranquil retreat, away from traffic noise.
A Treasure of an Apartment
Occupying a commanding second-floor position in Pilrig House, the Balfour Apartment offers impressive views of the entire park and front gardens, plus Edinburgh skyline, from the two window-seats in the spacious living-room.
The interior is extremely comfortable & beautifully furnished: L-shaped oak-floored hall, wonderfully spacious living-room with designated dining area, double-aspect windows; two bedrooms - both doubles (1 with double bed and the other with super king-sized bed that can be separated to twins); a fully-equipped kitchen; and, a luxurious, fully tiled bathroom with spacious walk-in shower cabinet, heated towel rail and shaver point.
Rare for Edinburgh city center rentals, we offer the bonus of a FREE allocated parking space in a safe private car park to the rear of the house.
A Home-Away-From Home: Included in the Price
FREE Unlimited High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop should you want to leave yours at home), fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, all utilities - heating & electricity (no hidden costs). And, on arrival, refreshment tray, fresh flowers, crystal decanter of whisky, Scottish fudge, shortbead and fruit bowl; luxury Scottish toiletries; fluffy towelling robes/slippers, full Welcome, Places to Visit, Restaurant and Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist information file, telephone (FREE local & national calls & with telephone answer service), Pilrig House postcards, bookmarks & stationery; a selection of novels, Edinburgh guidebooks/ maps/DVDs, AA-Touring Atlas, board games, binoculars, CDs/DVDs, and many other thoughtful extras.
Broadband Wi-Fi access, iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, flat-screen TV, Digital TV, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital Radio, Clothes Washer/Dryer, Ironing facilities, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Blender, Microwave, Oven, Hob, Coffee-Maker, Hairdryers, Real Flame-Effect Fire, Adjustable Heating & Overhead Dimmer Lighting in all rooms.
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 required or wanted!
We could add hundreds of 'Owner-Added Reviews' from our apartment Guestbook, but we prefer to let previous guests review us and award us their star grading on VRBO. We hope this reassures you as to the authenticity of all the reviews you read. On our own website, you can also read in excess of another 150 independent guest reviews, and view some typical comments left in the apartment's Guestbook.
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% is due 8 weeks before your stay.
To book, send in a Booking Form via our website. On receipt, we send you a Booking Confirmation followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave; you can pay by credit or debit card. On receipt of payment authorisation, we always send a payment receipt.
We ask all guests to read our clear Terms & Conditions page on our own website.
Please view our extremely competitive nightly rates & reduced weekly rates on our owner's website (NOT the 'per person per night' rate which we feel is disingenuous as it does not give the actual min. price per night or per week).
Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:
2 weeks: 15%
3 weeks: 20%
4 weeks or longer: 25% (we are flexible and can offer bigger discounts here if for a long stay in low season - do ask!)
We also offer reduced nightly and weekly rates for 1 or 2 people staying if both other apartments are already booked - please enquire.
Note: if your party comprises 2-3 people and the Balfour Apartment is already booked for the dates you want, do look at our Park and Garden Apartments' availability!
Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Historic, Unique, Peaceful, City, Romantic, Award-Winning, Luxury, Unusual, Five-Star
Lovely, comfortable flat in beautiful Edinburgh park setting
About the Owner
Readers, we liked it so much we got married here - here we are several years and several pounds on...
Philip is a retired mechanical engineer, who travelled the world as a naval engineer for many years - living in Mexico & Belize for periods of time. He is an amateur historian & has amazing local & Scottish historical knowledge... and, is also a keen 'treasure hunter' - goes 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, & then on a freelance basis as an editor/proofreader. We both enjoy travel, books, films &, life in general. We decided, after meeting, that we couldn't bear to sell Philip's apartment in Pilrig House - it was just so special, & 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 come back time and time again.
Our emphasis, right from the start, was to create incredibly clean & exceptionally comfortable, accommodation, with in excess of the usual facilities found in vacation rentals – & 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 – it is nice to meet the owner & to know we are on-hand should you need us & not worry that you are dealing with an anonymous third party.
5 based on 43 traveler reviews
Lovely, comfortable flat in beautiful Edinburgh park setting
Philip and Debbie were the most amazing hosts, from personal greeting and orientation, to assistance during our stay with any questions or requests for directions. The flat is beautifully decorated, comfortable, with many nicer than home touches, and overlooks a quiet and spacious park with window seats perfect for watching the life in the park, after a day of touring around. It is near two bus stops, and it is very convenient to take buses, if you don't want to hire a car. This is a most amazing place to stay, and we feel lucky we were able to fit into their rental schedule. We definitely recommend this vacation home, and hope to return to visit again! Thanks for our best experience yet!
Great place to stay
The pictures are an accurate representation, we loved it.
If it were possible to give the Pilrig House more than 5 stars, we would. We have travelled, extensively throughout the world, renting houses and apartments, and have never been as pleased and impressed as we were with the accommodations and hosts as we were with the Pilrig House. The only negative is that we think that our future lodgings will pale in comparison to the Pilrig House. The apartment was spotlessly clean, furnished beautifully and fully equipped to meet every possible need. The location was perfect, too. It was outside of the city, in a park, and within walking distance to all of the main attractions in Edinburgh. A large supermarket and good restaurants are just a few blocks away. Debbie and Philip were warm, friendly and helpful. Philip offered to drive us to different places during our stay and had great stories to share about Edinburgh’s history.
We could list all of the supplies that were available in our apartment, but all we need to say is that it had every possible item anyone would ever need!
We loved our visit to Edinburgh and will always remember it as one of our best trips.
Can't recommend highly enough
We stayed in the Balfour apartment for a week in July so that we could visit Edinburgh and also travel to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The apartment was brilliant - beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly want. The location was fantastic - situated in the middle of Pilrig Park, so you wouldn't know that you were a few minutes away from the city centre and Leith. Everywhere was within a short bus ride or longer walk.
Philip and Debbie were great hosts and very helpful in suggesting things to do and places to eat.
All the family had a brilliant time and would love to revisit. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh
A Hidden Gem!
I stayed with my family in the Balfour Apartment at Pilrig House for a week in August of this year. We were in Edinburgh to see theater at the Fringe, and in particular to see our son who was performing in one of the many (thousands?) of productions. The Balfour Apartment, a two bedroom, fully appointed suite, was delightful. It was serenely quiet, comfortable, beautifully furnished and exceedingly well supplied with absolutely anything and everything you might need - from rain ponchos to whisky guides. The owners have thought of absolutely everything. We enjoyed staying a little out of the fray of the fringe and if you are a foodie, Leith is full of wonderful spots, both high end and more casual. Our best meal the entire time we were in Edinburgh was at Fishers in Leith. An evening at the King's Wark, also in Leith, was a close second. Mike, the recommended airport transport fellow and all around guide, was a gem. We spent a day with him in the Highlands. He was both knowledgeable and delightful. I would highly recommend Pilrig House and Mike. We will certainly return.
Incredible Vacation Spot
My Partner and I were celebrating one of life's milestones and we were so glad we chose the hospitality of Debbie and Philip who made our stay in Edinburgh incredible. From the fact that the apartment had everything we needed to feel at home and a place to relax after days of exploration of the sights throughout Edinburgh. To sharing their knowledge of the city and surroundings to make the best of a few days exploring the city. . We found that using Pilrig House as our base it was very easy getting throughout the city using public transportation.
Thank you for making a "special" Birthday even better.
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. 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. In each apartment, the living-rooms & 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…. We have many US & Canadian guests who come back every year, & European guests who 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
At Pilrig House, you are in the heart of the city just 15-20 minutes' walk (1.2 miles) from Princes Street and all of Edinburgh's main attractions - Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Museum of Scotland, Holyrood Park, the Royal Mile - to name a few. But, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you're in the middle of the Scottish countryside.
Why? To begin with, there's the greenery. People tell us that staying in Pilrig House is like staying on a country estate. And then there's the peace. Our parkland location is wonderfully tranquil, and the House's thick stone walls ensure that any noise has a long way to go before it disturbs your relaxation.
From Pilrig House, you are also a 10-minute walk from the trendy 'Shore' area of Leith - Edinburgh's historic port area, which boasts many highly recommended wine bars & restaurants on the waterfront, including three Michelin-star restaurants. It is also where The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed.
We are also located a 15-min stroll from: Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens; Newhaven Harbour - where you can dine overlooking the harbour and sea at the Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant; the Playhouse Theatre; and a multi-screen cinema.
We are located within a 5-minute walk of the nearest bus-stop (buses travel to the centre of town every few minutes), gym/leisure centre with pool, supermarket, post office, Edinburgh Pringle Centre, auction house, laundrette, church, Martin Wishart's Cook School (Michelin-star restaurant owner), Leith School of Art, ATMs, riverside walks & cycle paths, and a large selection of other independent shops and restaurants.
Pilrig House is also a 15-min walk or 5 mins by bus from the 'village' of Stockbridge - which has a fab weekly farmers' market and a great range of independent shops/cafe's and charity shops - for those of you who like browsing for antiquarian books and bargains! From Stockbridge, there is also a lovely stretch of the riverside walkway that takes you through the historic Dean village and brings you to the Gallery of Modern Art, and directly across the road, the Dean Gallery (Modern 2).
With the added bonus of FREE parking (very rare for Edinburgh!), you also have the advantage of being able to take some beautiful drives in the nearby countryside, or even further afield - we have a specially created file in each apartment for those people with cars - which gives great recommendations of places to visit within a 2-hour boundary of Edinburgh, and includes maps and photographs. Our AA-touring atlas also comes in handy, and you are welcome to mark it up and take it with you on trips.
The Majestic hop-on, hop-off bus tours depart from a bus-stop right outside the rear entrance to Pilrig House.
If you don't have a car, and don't want to go on organised bus tours, we are delighted to be able to offer the services of a personal driver during your stay - at very competitive rates!
We have also negotiated 'fixed fares' with a local cab company to places of interest near Edinburgh.
Membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Guests of Pilrig House can enjoy full membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society when they stay here - this enables up to 4 adults to dine in their fabulous premises - in Leith and in central Edinburgh, and partake of the most wonderful sinlge malts - casked and bottled exclusively for the Society.
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 and 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, 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, and 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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
The rates here are based on 4 people sharing. If our other apartments are booked, we can offer a slightly reduced nightly rate for 1-3 people sharing.
Gaps Between Bookings
If you see a ‘gap’ appear between bookings that is less than the stated minimum stay period, please do enquire as we will be pleased to let for these shorter stays!
For bookings of 1 week or less, we ask for 100% payment on booking. For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking and 50% payment 8 weeks before your stay.
These are reduced weekly rates. See our actual nightly rates on our website.
To book, fill in a Booking Form via our website; we will send a booking confirmation & payment request.
We offer solo travellers a 10% reduction on our nightly rate.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
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... We often walk down to the Port of Leith, where there are great restaurants right on the waterfront, and grab a bite to eat. 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. There are also 22 stunning golf-courses along this coastline, eg Gullane, North Berwick, Craigielaw, Muirfield - for golf fans! 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.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Activities Guide
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- Basic Soaps
- Bottled Water
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- Free Local Calls
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- Iron & Board
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- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
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- Dining Area
- Audio Tape Player
- Books for Adults
- Books for Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Games for Kids
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- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
- non smoking only ...
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Monument View
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- coin laundry
- health/beauty spa
- live theater
- water parks
- bird watching
- horseback riding
- miniature golf
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness center
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- rock climbing
- Bathroom 1
- Curved walk-in shower cabinet. Full-length heated towel-rail, WC, basin with light above and shaver point.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- 1 Super-king-sized bed, sprung mattress and base. suede headboard, and the very best mattress toppers on all beds - to ensure you get that you get the most comfortable night's sleep (see 'Bedlinen'). And, NO restrictive bed end!, Double Beds (1) Standard double bed of the highest quality. The SKS bed can be separated into twins for your convenience.
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- Lawn / Garden
- Guests provide their own meals
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership We are delighted to offer Pilrig House guests membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles you to attend exclusive tastings and events, or 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. Discover the best single cask, single malt whisky available to mankind – uniquely bottled for the Society from over 120 distilleries.