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Award-Winning 4 and 5-Star Apartments in Historic Townhouse with FREE parking - Pilrig House Park Apt (Sleeps 3 max, 2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights



Pilrig House Park Apt (Sleeps 3 max, 2 Bedrooms)

The Park Apartment has exclusive access via the stunning Palladian staircase entrance at the front of the house, with a sunny south-facing seating area at the top of the stairs.

- spacious living-room with beautiful mix of antique & modern furnishings, leather sofas, real-flame-effect fire, oak-wood flooring/Persian rug, designated dining area (overlooks park when the front doors are flung open), lovely recessed window seat & park view

- fully tiled bathroom - heated towel rail, deep curved bath (with shower over bath and glass shower-screen), shaver point

- double and single-bedrooms - fully carpeted,both with park views, fitted wardrobe, fine Egptian-cotton bedlinen and ultra-deep luxury mattress toppers on the beds, fluffy towels, good-quality hairdryers, hair straighteners

fully-equipped kitchen - dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer, fridger & freezer, microwave, oven/hob, coffee-maker

All rooms have adjustable heating, park and/or garden views, and overhead dimmer lighting

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About the property


Pilrig House Apartments is regional winner in the 2015/16 Scottish Thistle Awards ('Scotland's Tourism Oscars') - in the category 'Best Holiday Accommodation' for the whole of 'Scotland Central South East/Tayside and Fife (Regional Finalist in 2014/15)

Scottish Thistle Award Winner (Visit Scotland - Scotland's Tourist Board - most prestigious awards), for: 'The Extra Mile' and Finalist for 'Customer Care'. Pilrig House is an historic Scottish townhouse (built 1638) with a wonderful literary connection to Robert Louis Stevenson - as a child, RLS often visited his uncle, David Balfour, & played in the gardens here. He mentions Pilrig House in many of his books & novels, eg Kidnapped & Catriona.

Guests will enjoy deeply comfortable, stylish & impeccable accommodation, and a lovely private garden in which to relax, a tranquil park on the doorstep - perfect for that early morning jog, & park views from all three apartments' main rooms.

Each apartment offers a FREE allocated parking space in a secure private car park to the rear of the house - this is exceptionally rare in Edinburgh and means you don't have to worry about finding a parking space and topping up meters every two hours ('on-street' parking). Each apartment also has free Wi-Fi.

Edinburgh city centre & all the main attractions are only a 15-20 min. stroll away (just over 1 mile), or 5 mins by bus (there are bus-stops within a few mins' walk of Pilrig House). The open-top Majestic hop-on, hop-off bus tour departs from a bus-stop right outside the entrance to Pilrig House Close, which means you literally step outside, walk around 30 yards, hop aboard, and you can stop at the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens, Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile, the Scottish Parliament... then stroll up to Edinburgh Castle.

Waverley station is 1.2 miles away, and a taxi here would cost c. £6.50.

The apartments are managed by us - Philip & Debbie (the Scottish owners) - we personally welcome all our guests.

On booking, we supply guests with:

- map of our location (plus location information - helping you get your bearings before you arrive)

- a series of 'insider' information files, to get you excited about your stay

- Booking Print-Out which has loads of useful facts about your stay at Pilrig House, and details of what's included to help with your packing

- details of our recommended driver/tour guide service - we have worked with Mike to create some really special tours for guests, which include the new Outlander Tour, a wildlife photography day out, with tuition from an expert at a Scottish Lochside location, a unique boat trip in the Highlands, whisky tours, and many many more featuring all the Scottish locations, castles and views you will not want to miss.

We welcome children over the age of 7. No pets. Non-Smoking.

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Debbie Martin
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Debbie Martin

Philip is from Edinburgh - a retired naval engineer, and Debbie a proofreader/copy editor who came to Edinburgh to study and never left.

We have both travelled extensively and when we set up Pilrig House Apartments our aim was, and remains, to provide guests with immaculate, fabulously equipped & extremely comfortable accommodation. Since then, we have been delighted to see the same faces return again, and again - & their friends & families! In 2016, over 65% of our guests were 'returnees'.

We enjoy meeting guests from around the world & always try to make our guests feel especially welcomed & supported throughout their stay. We can also be totally invisible! Living at Pilrig House means we are able to offer advice and help & the hand of friendship, if wanted, and, of course, are able to attend to any problems/mishaps during your stay, usually immediately.

Since start-up, we have won many awards and accolades, including Visit Scotland's (Scotland's Tourist Board) 'Tourism Oscars' - the Scottish Thistle Award for' The Extra Mile'; finalist - Customer Care award, and, in 2014, Best Holiday Accommodation. We were awarded, from thousands of entries, the Regional Winner (for the whole of Scotland South-East) for Best Holiday Accommodation for 2015/16.

As Scottish owners on site, we have worked extremely hard over the last 12 years to ensure that all our guests enjoy fully serviced vacation rentals that are better equipped than the vast majority on offer, with every facility you would want while staying here.

Debbie Martin purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Debbie Martin chose Edinburgh

Pilrig House (built 1638) is an A-Listed historic property of note - as a 17th century townhouse located on the edge of a park, with a literary connection - it was the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's family - the Balfours, and with an incredible history all of its own - it is incredibly special - do read our own website's full history page. (The blue plaque on Pilrig House's wall denotes a house of historic significance.)

Then there's the lovely location in parkland, with views over Holyrood Park and the Edinburgh skyline, and lovely gardens in which you can utterly switch off and watch the world go by after busy days' sightseeing.

The peace is supreme - the house has a wonderful ambiance - it really is special. You can walk 5 mins from Pilrig House to the River of Leith and stroll alongside the river towards the charming 'village' of Stockbridge, or to 'The Shore' - a local area on the waterside.

Great Transport Links on our Doorstep

In addition to providing private parking, there are great bus links a couple of minutes' from the house... taking your directly into the city centre (only a few stops away and an easy 20-min walk - 1.2miles), or through the Georgian New Town past the Royal Botanical Gardens. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour drives past the entrance to Pilrig House - handy if you want an immediate 'bearings' tour. The local buses into the city centre will drop you right outside the entrance to Waverley Station, or St Andrews Square bus station OR on the Royal Mile - if seeing the Castle is first stop on your list.

There is just 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.

What makes this apartment unique

Historic House. Peaceful Setting. Private Parking. Great Transport Links. The Views. River Walks Nearby. Great Restaurants. 'Living in the Country' feel, so close to Edinburgh's city centre - a wonderful retreat!

Membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows & see the park in all seasons, or sit in the garden in total privacy. We often walk down to the Port of Leith's trendy 'Shore' area on the waterfront- only a 6-minute walk from Pilrig House and a fab dining spot, boasting a wide range of great restaurants, including Martin Wishart's & The Kitchin (Michelin-star).

Everything we need is close-by - shops, transport links, restaurants, deli's, local auction house, swim and leisure centre a few mins' away with a great gym (really cheap to use and attend any classes from a wide choice), post-office, bars, you name it, it's a short stroll away.

And, there are beautiful drives to the East Lothian countryside and coastal trail, including some charming villages - within a half-hour's drive.

A Great Base for Wider Scottish Travel

Pilrig House is a wonderful base for wider travel throughout Scotland - many of our guests book Pilrig House as their home base, hire a car, and travel extensively when here - even taking flights up to the Hebridean islands - which are only a 1-hour flight from Edinburgh. Our central location makes travelling north, south, east and west a dream.

Golf Paradise

Pilrig House also attracts many golfers each year - it really is a great base if you love golf - see our own website's Golf section - it lists all the courses nearby - and the distances from other well-known Scottish courses. Our specialist driver can also take you to and from the course, if you would prefer not to drive yourself - he is a golfer himself and can even play, or walk the course with you.

Free Private Parking

Best of all - being able to offer our guests free private parking - very rare & usually VERY costly - in Edinburgh

Guestbook comments from the owner

Debbie and Philip, Our vacation to England, Wales, Scotland and France was just wonderful. We stayed in 7 different establishments, from hotels to cottages to apartments to flats. Most were OK, and one or two were just satisfactory. However, one stood out as exquisite, that was Pilrig House. Please accept our highest praise for a lovely apartment, clean, beautifully decorated, comfortable beds, wonderful park setting etc., etc. Also our thanks to both of you for your kindness and help in making our Edinburgh stay perfect. While this was our first European experience with a rental of this type, we have rented many times in the US, and Pilrig ranks tops with us. Our very best to both of you and thanks again. Warmest Regards. Carolyn and Jim Eitel

See our website for links to all other independent, unsolicited reviews on other major holiday/travel sites - out of in excess of 300 reviews, all but two have awarded us 5 stars (the other two awarded us 4 stars).
Jan 2007
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If staying 7 nights or less, we ask for 100% on booking. If staying in excess of 1 week, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% payment 8 weeks before your stay.

Booking Notes:
Payment is by credit/debit card via a secure online payment system - WorldPay. Our cancellation policy is detailed in our Booking Conditions on our website. Please take a look! We confirm all bookings and payments by email.

For bookings of 7 nights we ask for full payment on booking.
For bookings exceeding 7 nights we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before the start of your stay.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible - preferably not Sundays. Check-in is 2.30-3.30pm, unless a later time has been arranged. If earlier check-in is required, we charge £75 to ensure this (we block off the day before). Departures is by 10am latest.

Notes on prices:
We offer a 10% discount on the nightly rate for all solo travellers.

Please see our website for:

- Christmas & New Year weekly rates for all 3 apartments

Online payments taken - incl. Amex


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Leith in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All apartments offer: FREE Parking & Wi-Fi, iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, flat-screen TV, CD & DVD-players (large DVD/CD library), digital radio, Welcome/Tours/Restaurant/Places to Visit Outside Edinburgh Packs, up-to-date tourist information files, selection of novels, board games, binoculars, umbrellas, hairdryers & straighteners, Edinburgh guidebooks/maps, AA-Touring Atlas. Included: Egyptian-cotton towels, high-threadcount bedlinen PLUS luxury mattress toppers, utilities (no add-on charges), telephone (FREE local & national calls & telephone answer service), Pilrig House stationery/ postcards/ bookmarks, Scottish toiletries & paraben-free range; and, on arrival, fresh flowers, refreshment tray, fruit bowl, fudge & crystal decanter of whisky. Plus, many other extras! Adjustable heating in all rooms. On arrival, Philip & Debbie, the Scottish owners, personally welcome all guests. We are also on-hand throughout your stay, should you need us! Payment is accepted by CR/DR Card. Outside: Pilrig House is unique in being located on the edge of a small park - frequented mostly by dog-walkers & joggers. You literally step through the front garden gate into parkland - perfect for people seeking a base that is tranquil, and for those of you who enjoy an early morning jog! It really is like coming home to your Scottish castle, and little bit of the countryside after busy days' sightseeing in the city centre. It is also wonderful for people who want to drive here, or hire a car throughout, their stay - we have a small private car park to the rear of the house with an allocated space for each apartment - in Edinburgh this is very rare! All main bedrooms and living-rooms overlook the garden and park - lovely to awaken to the sound of birdsong and not traffic noise! Just along the road is a great gym and leisure centre, which is cheap to access and is open very early in the morning - full-length swimming-pool, body conditioning classes, sauna, great gym, steam room...


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