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5 Holiday Homes for Edinburgh Art Festival, UK

When attending Edinburgh Art Festival you need the perfect accommodation, so look no further. These homes are the best of the best


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If you’re heading to Edinburgh in August for Edinburgh Art Festival, then we’ve got the perfect accommodation for you. When enjoying an event as incredible as this, your home has to match the standards, so heed our expert advice and book one of these gems to truly complete the experience.

Where to reside near Edinburgh Art Festival

Take a look at 5 of the very best holiday homes in our Edinburgh collection. If these don’t meet your high expectations, then nothing will.

Cerulean Thistle

Cerulean Thistle, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Cerulean Thistle, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Click to book Cerulean Thistle now: from £59 per night It's not every day you say you've stayed in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it's something you can boast about if you book this apartment in Edinburgh's New Town — an area given the accolade in 1995 for its collection of neo-classical and Georgian architecture. The building in which this home sits only dates back to Victorian times (a johnny-come-lately by this city's standards) but is no less striking for it. Inside, the home's design has been brought into the twenty-first century with a minimalist white kitchen and trendy Scandi furnishings. Out the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can see the red sandstone walls of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and there are plenty of other attractions nearby, too. Princes Street can be reached in five minutes by foot and offers great shopping as well as tonnes of restaurants and cafes — we recommend heading up the Scott Monument for fabulous views of the city, too. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Tulip Heather

Tulip Heather, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Tulip Heather, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Click to book Tulip Heather now: from £68 per night If you want to stay somewhere stylish that’s also central, we’ve got you covered. Found in the heart of Edinburgh, Tulip Heather is across the street from the Scottish National Gallery – and bustling George Street is also close by, with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars to look forward to. Modern and bright, it’s the kind of home that lends itself well to relaxing in at the end of a long day out. And if you feel like it, you can also take a walk in beautiful Queen Street Gardens, a private garden that the building gives you access to. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom

Grand Interiors

Grand Interiors, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Grand Interiors, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Click to book Grand Interiors now: from £50 per night Sometimes you spot a grand-looking, historic building and think the interior could never live up to the impressive facade. That’s not the case at this apartment in Edinburgh’s New Town, where the Georgian frontage and original features – marble fireplaces, high ceilings, and hardwood floors – have been tastefully augmented with rich carpets, and antique and handmade furniture. The only truly modern elements are the bathroom (just as one would wish) and the sleek, white kitchen. Though the solid wood table and crystal whisky decanter add a bit of old-world charm. This light-flooded city pad is a fantastic base for your Edinburgh stay, whether you’re here for shopping along George Street, sightseeing at the castle, or the city's world-famous festival. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Old in New

Old in New, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Old in New, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh

Click to book Old in New now: from £500 per night Edinburgh is steeped in history, which is why we think your trip to this enchanting city should reflect that. Step into a Georgian dream when you stay in this 18th-century apartment. Period flagstones adorn the hallway, one of many original features. The large ceilings and long sash windows are typically Georgian and let plenty of natural light into the grand rooms. One of the most elegant areas of the city, New Town is characterised by pretty avenues and open squares. Head to George Street for a spot of upmarket shopping or drop by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for a culture fix. Relax in the drawing room’s velvet armchairs after a day of sightseeing. Prepare for a night out like the lords and ladies of the 18th-century in the golden gilded mirror above the bedroom’s fireplace. Once it’s time to turn in, it’s a restful night’s sleep atop the cast iron bedsteads. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom

Pastel Thistle

Pastel Thistle, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Pastel Thistle, Plum Guide home in Edinburgh, UK

Click to book Pastel Thistle now: from £72 per night Contemporary and super chic, this bright apartment is housed in a historic Victorian building, and you'll find a sprinkling of that character inside. Even though it's been thoroughly modernised – think sleek kitchen, shiny bathrooms and stylish furnishings – the high ceilings boast traditional cornices while the large sash windows let in heaps of natural light. It's not the biggest, but the open-plan living area is perfect for socialising. You can lounge on the sofa with a glass of wine or whip up a delicious meal in the kitchen, all without missing a beat in the conversation. The downside is that it can get a little noisy – the flat is situated on a busy road – but you'll have a view directly into the National Portrait Gallery, which is right across the street. You're also close to lots of great bars, restaurants and shops on George Street, and walking distance to many of the must-see sights, including Calton Hill (a fifteen-minute walk), Edinburgh Castle (also fifteen minutes), Old Town (twelve minutes away) and the Royal Botanical Garden (twenty-minutes on foot). Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

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