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  • 3 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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Originally built in 1690, the building this home is set in served as a residence for the University of Edinburgh and as Red Cross Headquarters during WWII. Today, you'll find a modern and inviting private home, where you’ll be greeted by a colourful and characterful space – think white walls with original mouldings, vibrant candy-coloured rugs and beautiful prints hanging on the walls. There’s also a classic piano for evenings spent in the sociable dining room, gathered around a home-cooked feast with your own personal soundtrack and pretty views of the neighbourhood. The bedrooms are similarly styled, with lovely wall details and traditional fireplaces complemented by gold accents, antique mirrors and colourful carpets and throws. Get cosy and recharge before heading out into the picturesque heart of the city. You’ll be just a three-minute walk from the majestic Edinburgh Castle and five minutes from the historic Old Town. Spend lovely mornings strolling through the greenery at the Princess Street Gardens, just four minutes away before you get lost in the maze of the city.


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What to expect


Highlights

Visit the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, a three-minute walk away

Visit the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, a three-minute walk away

Spend your mornings strolling through the Princess Street Gardens, four-minutes from home

Spend your mornings strolling through the Princess Street Gardens, four-minutes from home

Explore the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, a five-minute walk from home

Explore the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, a five-minute walk from home

Prepare home-cooked meals in the charming kitchen

Prepare home-cooked meals in the charming kitchen

Play a melody at the mahogany piano

Play a melody at the mahogany piano

Set the table for a feast with family and friends

Set the table for a feast with family and friends

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Home truths

    There are quiet hours between 10 pm and 9 am – this building is fitted with a noise detection device

    This home is located on the fourth floor but there is a lift available – there are ten steps to reach the lift

    The lift only fits one person at a time

    The host's closet in the entry hall and some cupboards in the washing machine room are not available to guests

    The third bedroom has a single bed that can be converted to a double bed on request – please enquire prior to your arrival

    This home does not have air conditioning

About this stay


Amenities

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Washing machine

Dryer

Lift access

TV

Bedrooms & bathrooms

3 bedrooms, 3 beds

2 bathrooms

Local guide


About Old Town

Perched on top of an extinct volcano, the iconic Edinburgh Castle forms the main focal point of the city. The Royal Mile runs (for just over a mile) from the Castle down to Holyrood Palace – the Queen’s official Scottish residence. The winding medieval layout of the Old Town is steeped in history, deeply atmospheric and provides perfectly framed glimpses of the city’s skyline. Breathtaking views abound. There are layers...

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Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Time travel at the Museum of Scotland

Time travel at the Museum of Scotland

There's something for everyone at the National Museum of Scotland – you can learn about history, explore the natural world, or admire the design innovation.

5 min
Walk the Royal Mile

Walk the Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is (almost) a mile long and runs from the Castle down to Holyrood Palace. Take a walk to explore the streets of Edinburgh's historic Old Town.

5 min
See free art at the National Gallery

See free art at the National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is home to a collection of fine art from the Renaissance to the late 19th Century. The annual Turner show is a must-see.

4 min
Have a picnic in Princes Street Gardens

Have a picnic in Princes Street Gardens

On the rare days the sun does shine, Princes Street Gardens is a great picnic spot. You'll also find the Christmas market and many concerts happening here.

8 min
Enjoy flavours of India at Dishoom

Enjoy flavours of India at Dishoom

A relatively new addition to the city, London-based chain Dishoom has brought its classic Bombay cafe style to Scotland. The breakfast is particularly great.

9 min
Indulge at The Ivy on the Square

Indulge at The Ivy on the Square

The Ivy is well known in London and has recently brought its classic brasserie style to Edinburgh. It's perfect for a long lunch after a morning of shopping.

9 min
Drink and dine in splendour at The Dome

Drink and dine in splendour at The Dome

Bar, restaurant, afternoon tea spot, and eternal winner of prizes for its Christmas decorations, The Dome is one of the best known eateries in the city.

9 min
Enjoy Delicious Local Produce at the Edinburgh Larder

Enjoy Delicious Local Produce at the Edinburgh Larder

Relaxed cafe serving artisan coffee and seasonal produce for breakfast and lunch. Try their vegan Scottish breakfast or the generous Veggie Breakfast with veggie haggis, mushrooms, spinach, poached egg, potato scone, tomatoes, and granary breads.

6 min
Experience the Illusions at Camera Obscura

Experience the Illusions at Camera Obscura

Discover the whimsical world of illusions at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. With five floors of interactive exhibits and stunning views of Edinburgh, this museum is a must-visit for all ages.

3 min
Feast on tapas at Cafe Andaluz

Feast on tapas at Cafe Andaluz

Enjoy an intimate tapas experience with delicious Spanish fare in an elegant Andalucian decor. Tasty dishes, kind staff, and excellent ambience make it a must-visit restaurant.

11 min
Feast on classic Italian dishes at Amarone

Feast on classic Italian dishes at Amarone

Enjoy Italian cuisine and cocktails in a chic environment. Try the tasty minestrone soup, beef lasagna, and scallop pasta. Friendly staff and reasonable prices make it a great choice.

9 min

Get around

Airport

Edinburgh

31 min

Perth

1 hr 14 min

Dundee

1 hr 17 min

Train station

Edinburgh Waverley

8 min

Bus stop

Princes Street (Stop PS)

6 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

5 min

Cafe

2 min

Pharmacy

6 min

Points of interest

Beach

Portobello Beach

17 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

No pets

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Has a lift

Wifi

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    5

    days

    Cancel at least 5 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 5 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Sam

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. This fantastic team take care of a number of top-quality homes across Europe. They are always on hand to make your stay truly special and know their fair share of secret spots to visit during your stay too, helping you to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Registration or licence number: E-69438-P.

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