Apartment in Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Secret Garden Apartment in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Light And Airy Apartment Overlooking Gardens - But In The Heart Of Historic Edinburgh

Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom)

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £480 - £750WEEKLY
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    • Property type:Apartment
    • Sleeps:3 (1 bedroom)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:1
    • Internet access


    Property description

    Near the foot of the Royal Mile, the historic thoroughfare which links Edinburgh Castle at the top with the Royal Palace of Holyrood at the bottom, lies the garden of Dunbar's Close, a tranquil and little-known public space, reconstructed in the style of a 17th century formal garden. Set in a typical 19th Century stone tenement, this stylish and comfortable apartment is on the 3rd floor with views from the quiet back bedroom over Dunbar’s Close Gardens and the adjacent Canongate Kirk yard and on to Calton Hill with its iconic Edinburgh monuments. For visitors all the museums, galleries, monuments and shops of Edinburgh’s historic old town are within walking distance. There are plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants and for those who enjoy the outdoors, the 650 acre Holyrood Park lies less than 10 minutes walk away.The apartment is ideally located for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Winter Festivals and is only a short distance from the main train and bus stations.

    Accommodation description

    Bright bedroom overlooking gardens with comfy double bed. Sofa bed (small double) in living room provides extra sleeping facilities. Cot available on request.

    There is a beautiful, modern bathroom in warm, earthy coloured tiles and underfloor heating. It has a bath with shower over..

    New modern kitchen area within a larger living room. Fully equipped with gas hob, fan oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher - even an espresso machine for your own cappuccino!

    Utility Room:
    A separate utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Living Rooms:
    Bright, comfortable living room with windows overlooking the Royal Mile. A double sofa bed allows additional capacity for 2 further guests. 32" Flat screen TV with DVD and Free view. IPod dock/CD/radio sound system. Laptop and free WiFi Internet access.

    Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
    All towels and linen included. Property is cleaned and linen changed once a week for longer lets.

    Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Tumble Dryer, Washing Machine.

    Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, TV.

    The property is situated on the third floor of a typical Scottish tenement with no lift and is therefore unsuitable for the elderly or those with mobility difficulties.

    The flat is situated at the entrance of Dunbar's Close Gardens - a beautiful public space re-created in the style of a 17th century formal garden, with topiary trees and shrubs and protected seating areas to make the most of the sunshine! These gardens are open to the public on most days.



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    1 September 2014 - 31 October 2014 £ 90.00 £ 540.00 3
    1 November 2014 - 21 December 2014 £ 80.00 £ 480.00 2
    22 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 £ 100.00 £ 600.00 4
    3 January 2015 - 31 March 2015 £ 80.00 £ 480.00 2
    1 April 2015 - 30 June 2015 £ 90.00 £ 540.00 3
    1 July 2015 - 6 August 2015 £ 100.00 £ 600.00 3
    7 August 2015 - 31 August 2015 £ 120.00 £ 750.00 5
    1 September 2015 - 30 September 2015 £ 90.00 £ 540.00 3
    1 October 2015 - 30 November 2015 £ 80.00 £ 480.00 2
    1 December 2015 - 22 December 2015 £ 90.00 £ 540.00 2
    23 December 2015 - 2 January 2016 £ 100.00 £ 600.00 4

    Notes on prices
    Prices given for daily lets. Please see our website for prices for weekly or longer lets. The standard let is for up to 2 people sharing the double bedroom. There will be an additional daily charge of £5/£2.50 per adult/child for bookings of more than 2.

    Changeover day
    Flexible. Please contact owner.

    Booking notes
    Booking, by email preferred. Payment:25% deposit required to secure booking, balance 28 days before arrival.


    Apartment in Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

    About the area

    There are a number of beautiful beaches within an hour's drive of Edinburgh.

    There are many private and public golf courses in and around Edinburgh. Further information is available in the apartment.

    How to get there
    10 minutes walk to Waverley Station and 15 minutes to the Bus Station in St Andrew's Square. The airport is about 30-40 minutes by car/taxi or you can take the Airport shuttle which runs every 15 minutes. It terminates at Waverley station and you can walk from there. The number 35 bus from the airport passes in front of the flat but is slower than the shuttle. A new tram system takes you from the airport to the city but, a longer walk to the flat. Public transport in Edinburgh is excellent.

    An hour to Glasgow and the Borders by car. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond are around 1.5 hours away and the Highlands lie within half a day's drive. You can get to and from Loch Ness in a day (quite a long one!)

    Further Details
    The apartment is situated in an historic area with lots of pubs, restaurants (from the very expensive to the cheap and cheerful), bars and cafes. The area is ideal for exploring on foot. If you really like to stretch your legs there is over 600 acres of park and hillside in nearby Holyrood Park.

    House swap
    House swap considered.

    Guest reviews

    3 reviews
    in total with an average rating of



    Reviewed by: Jimmie O, United States

    Reviewed: 1 November 2014

    Date of stay: October 2014

    "Perfect Homebase to Explore Edinburgh"

    Wife and I spent four days in Edinburgh. Owners were fantastic before, during and after our stay. Easy to communicate with them. Prompt answers to emails. The property was as described if not better. Perfect location in a quiet part of the Royal Mile, but still within walking distance of all Edinburgh's sights. Owners met us at the flat to give us the keys and explain everything. Property was secure. Flat had been recently remodeled and everything was new and gently used. Owners suggested a day trip to Linlithgow which we did -- it was a wonderful suggestion. Flat was spotless with everything you needed -- fridge, micro, washer/dryer, cable tv, etc. Close to bus and train service and many restaurants, pubs and touristy shops. I would highly recommend this property to anyone, unless you can't walk up a few flights of stairs -- there is no elevator/lift. If we go back to Edinburgh we will be staying here.

    Recommended for: Tourists without a car, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: BR, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 29 October 2014

    Date of stay: October 2014

    "Long weekend"

    Perfect location for exploring Edinburgh. Great property within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants. Recommend "Royal Spice" Indian restaurant and the "Abbotsford" on Rose St. Only gripes were DVD not working and the kitchen worktop hadn't been cleaned properly, otherwise wouldn't hesitate in recommending this apartment. Will book the "Secret Garden" any time I'm in Edinburgh.

    Response to review:
    Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the DVD. We discovered that the SCART cable had worked loose. This has now been fixed. I'm terribly embarrassed about the worktop. It is usually the last thing I clean before leaving and must have been overlooked.

    Recommended for: Tourists without a car, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: John F., United States

    Reviewed: 21 June 2013

    Date of stay: May 2013

    "Wonderful setting in Edinburgh"

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely apartment in Edinburgh. The apartment itself was recently updated and met all of our needs. Well worth the three floors of stairs you climb to get there. And the location couldn’t have been better. We were located right in the heart of the old section of the city within walking distance to pubs, restaurants, sights, etc. It’s also located a short distance from the train station which was important to us. Sandra, the owner, was very responsive to our needs and went way out of her way to make our stay memorable. We were in Edinburgh during Mother’s Day and Sandra had flowers delivered to the apartment to help us celebrate. Also our son had sent a Mother’s Day card to my wife, which unfortunately, got lost in the mail and never made it to Scotland. After we left, Sandra spent a lot of time checking for the card and was ready to forward it to us if it ever showed up. We certainly appreciated her extra efforts on our behalf. We would certainly stay at the this apartment again and would recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh.

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    Guest comments

    A lovely flat in a great location. Making our stay more enjoyable – Sandra and Dave very helpful and friendly ensuring our first trip to Scotland was fantastic. Hollie and Beccy, Oxfordshire

    Your flat was wonderful and in a perfect spot. We’ll definitely be suggesting your place to other travellers. Megan, Minnesota, USA

    We've had a brilliant time at the Festival and the flat has been a perfect base to come back to. Very comfortable, everything we needed and more. Hope to return. Joanna, Birmingham

    About the Owner

    We are a Scottish/Australian couple who have lived and worked in both countries. We moved to Edinburgh as a family 30 years ago. I was employed by the University of Edinburgh in the International Office until my recent retirement and my husband was Director of IT for the Scottish Courts until he joined me in retirement in Autumn 2013. We both love the city and have enjoyed showing it off to many friends and relations who have visited us over the years. This was one of the main reasons for buying our holiday apartment in Dunbar's Close.

    We enjoy travel and have used the Owners Direct site ourselves for many holidays finding the combination of having your own space and facilities a great and more relaxing way to holiday.

    Year property purchased: 2011

    Why this location?

    We are keen gardeners and finding a flat right in the heart of the Old Town with an amazing view over Dunbar's Close Garden was just too good an opportunity to miss. We are hoping that all our visitors will enjoy the experience too.

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    Almost all the Edinburgh sights are within walking distance of the apartment. You can be in Holyrood Park, the Palace and the Scottish Parliament building in less than 5 minutes. Straight up the hill is the castle and during the Festival there are loads of venues within striking distance. The lower end of the Royal Mile is, however, much quieter than the upper end and with the bedroom windows overlooking Dunbar's Close Garden you are far less likely to be disturbed by crowds and tourists and entertainers! There's a supermarket just around the corner and loads of excellent bars and restaurants nearby.

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