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Old town apartment below the castle

Bedrooms 1
Space 409 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Cosy, 1st floor 1 bedroom flat, stunning views of the castle from roof area

Modern comfort meets old town charm in our centrally-heated 1 bedroom, 1st floor apartment.

Views of the castle from the communal roof area (the old drying green!) are among the best in Edinburgh. Well equipped, suit 2 or 3 people.

This apartment is ideally located for a holiday in Edinburgh. All the major tourist attractions are within easy walking distance:

15 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle.

Shops, cafes and restaurants of the Grassmarket on your doorstep.

Views of the Castle from the surrounding streets

Heart of cultural Edinburgh - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Usher Hall within 5 minutes walk.

6 minutes walk to Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 10 minutes to George Square and the main Edinburgh University buildings.

Amenities include:

gas-fired central heating

secondary glazing


washing machine

electric oven and hob




iron and ironing board


kettle and toaster

electric shower means endless hot showers available!

Check in between 3pm and 8pm. I'm sorry not to do later check in but this is a residential property and neighbours have requested this. Please ask if you are arriving in Edinburgh before 3pm - you may be able to drop bags and pick up keys earlier.

Check out 11am.

Two friends travelling together but you want separate beds? For an extra £20 per stay we can give you bedding for the comfortable sofa bed - just ask when booking.

Shared roof space is for hanging out washing, or simply enjoying the view of the castle.

More Details

Gill Lee
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Gill Lee

I was a student in Edinburgh many years ago and have returned after nearly thirty years in London. I love this city: the history, the wide skies, the fact that the castle is on an extinct volcano, and all the cultural goings on. Along with my family, I love going to Edinburgh Hogmanay, the film festival, the science festival, the blues festival, the fringe and international Arts festival. You can easily reach the countryside and the sea, and even the Highlands are not too far for a day trip.

Gill Lee purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Gill Lee chose Old Town

The views from Bread Street and the surrounding area are fantastic. If you stay in Edinburgh it's lovely to see the castle as you do your grocery shopping. I fell in love with this flat when the door opened to the 'drying green' and I saw the view of the castle - can't wait for the festival fireworks! The flat is full of light, with the high ceilings I always think of as typical of Edinburgh living. The location is great - right in the heart of the old town, a quick stroll home after an evening out.

What makes this apartment unique

I hope you enjoy the blend of modern comfort and old town charm in the flat! The communal roof terrrace allows you to hang out your washing, or take out one of the seats provided in the flat and enjoy the view or the festival fireworks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Old Town in Edinburgh

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 409 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower room with electric shower. Separate toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Comfortable king size (UK) bed,
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Old town apartment below the castle
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Perfectly located!

  • 5 of 5

Owner Gill personally greeted us and showed us the do's and don't of the apartment. It is perfectly located within a 5-10 minute walk of Grass Market, Hay Market, Old and New Town. Grocery store is a 1 minute walk. Great restaurants everywhere. The apartment has everything one would need. Comfy bed, nice shower, full kitchen, clothes washer and secure entrance. The roof top terrace has an amazing view of the castle. Grab a chair, a bottle of wine and soak up the view. I would definitely rent this apartment again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the amenities of the flat and the location which we agree is pretty ideal: art house cinema, concert halls and theatres are also within 10 minutes walk. We had lovely weather this April and were really pleased you were able to take advantage of the terrace and enjoy the stunning views of the castle. You are welcome back anytime!
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Eagan, MN

Clean in a convenient location

  • 5 of 5

This property was a good value in a good location. It was clean and there was a nice view of the castle from the rooftop terrace.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming flat in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Gill was a gracious host, she had information all organized in a folder along with information on the surrounding area. The location was perfect for our visit; almost everything was a short walk or bus ride and she shared some apps that made that easy.

We'd definitely stay again if in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An excellent apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Gill's lovely apartment in the Grassmarket area just below Edinburgh castle. Gill was a great host and the apartment is conveniently located so that we were able to walk to all the major sites. The apartment is well equipped and very clean with plenty of space to spread out and relax at the end of a day of sightseeing. Comfy sofa, comfy bed, great shower and plenty of hot water, too! The view from the roof deck is amazing! We will definitely return when we visit Edinburgh again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, modern but cosy apartment, perfect for exploring Edinburgh.

  • 5 of 5

Recently refurbished apartment in a very central location. We found it a perfect size for the two of us, but would suit a small family too. Gill was extremely friendly and helpful, and did everything she could to make our stay a memorable one. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Yes, we think the flat is in a great location: right in the middle of the old town and on the 1st floor! We're glad you found it spacious - we've tried to build in a little bit of storage for bags and use space for what we think visitors want: a large comfortable bed, a nice sofa, a big shower and well equipped kitchen. We're glad this worked for you! Thanks for being such great guests - you're welcome back any time. Gill
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Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Gill's place is great! It is very central, close to all of Edinburgh's attractions, and offers everything one needs to feel at home. Gill is a very attentive host and communication with her couldn't have been more smooth. Arriving at the apartment, I received a very warm welcome including a cup of tea and many great tips on what to do in the city. A great start to an even greater vacation. The apartment itself has been clean and light, with a kitchen that offers everything to prepare your own meals, and the bed is really comfortable as well. While all windows in the apartment face a fairly busy road, it was never loud and getting a good nights sleep never an issue. The city itself is just beautiful and I have enjoyed my stay immensely. The city offers everything from culture, to shopping, to great scenery, and while it isn't small, you can still walk everywhere and it has such a cosy feel to it. I would highly recommend both the city itself as well as Gill's place!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and for highlighting the very central location of the flat. We're really pleased you enjoyed the sleep afforded by a comfortable bed and secondary glazing which - along with a powerful shower - we made our priorities when redeveloping the property! Haste ye back! Gill
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Scottish Parliament
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Wonderful collection including interesting exhibition on Scottish art
Royal Yacht Britannia
If you are interested in the royal family but a bit pricey, maybe?
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party
Brilliant - look out for free events too
David Bann
Serves until 10 usually so useful after a show. Can be a bit bland - but maybe that's just ...
The Outsider Restaurant
Good for lunch and a view of the castle you don't often get...
Victoria Street
Good shops, cosy pubs nearby
Museum of Childhood
Great for children - still remember being fascinated by the dolls' houses as a child
The Last Drop
Good pub which sometimes has live music - see plaque for more historical info
Scottish Malt Whisky Society
Great whisky, good haggis, sometimes has good live music during the festival.
Sit in the window, or just sit, and enjoy the cakes
The Meadows
Take the hamper and the picnic rug from the flat and enjoy a summer day here.
I J Mellis
Great range of Scottish and other cheeses.
Usher Hall
Graduation ceremonies and music concerts. Major festival venue.
Water of Leith Conservation Trust
Lovely walk from the Museum of Modern Art, down the Water of Leith to Stockbridge. Especial...
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Queen's residence when in Edinburgh. Historical connections.
Forth Bridge
You can see them building the new bridge and it is a wonderful structure. Coach trips to Ea...
The Hanging Bat
Local pub popular with a young crowd
Tasty Buns
Best coffee and cake in Edinburgh and it's right below the flat!
The Jazz Bar
Chilled, cheap and great music.
Under the Stairs
Great fresh food, cosy and relaxed. Calm oasis during the festival - so far!
Le Cafe Bleu
Exceptional value, good cooking and friendly owner. Great for breakfast and lunch.
Petit Paris
Good value French bistro food.
Good value Spanish meets South African tapas.
Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food
Bit noisy but good Indian street food. BYOB.
The Real Mary Kings Close
Fascinating view of the old town and how life was lived. Bit gimmicky but don't let that pu...
Braid Hills Golf Course
You can play one of Edinburgh's beautiful municipal golf courses without breaking the bank.
Scott Monument
You can walk to the top to get great views, or view it from the tea room at Romanes and Patt...
Calton Hill
Great views of the city and interesting monuments.
The Kitchin
The Sheep Heid Inn
First pub in Scotland (how do they know?) and nice place for lunch after a walk.
People's Story
Bit old fashioned in its presentation but has some fascinating stuff, and it's free.
The Oxford Bar
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Cafe Royal Oyster Bar
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Golf
2.6 Kilometres
Braid Hills Municipal Gold Course
Nearest Train
1.4 Kilometres
Waverley Station
Car: not necessary

Bread Street is right at the heart of Edinburgh's old town. There are views of the castle from many of the surrounding streets. Theatres, cinemas , restaurants, pubs and cafes are on your doorstep. You don't need a car or even a bus to visit most of the main tourist attractions - they are a stroll away.

Fancy a game of golf? Only 15 minutes away is the beautiful Braid Hills Golf Course with views over the city and Arthur's seat - trolleys and clubs can be hired and you don't have to be a member to play.

In town for the rugby? Murrayfield is 10 minutes away by public transport or a 30 minute walk.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Old Town, Edinburgh and Lothians

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
auagust 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
august fill
6 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
august end
20 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. This property will at times be available on instant booking with another website.In recent years, like much of Edinburgh city centre, this stair has become more gentrified but remains very mixed. Some of the more established residents find change hard. Please respect the fact that this has been their home for a long number of years – keep quiet in the common areas, keep the door to the street locked and use the area of the roof space furthest from the building.

This apartment is in a residential building and late check ins may disturb the other residents. Please look elsewhere for a booking if you know you will be checking in after 8pm..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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