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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

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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 wonderfully comfortable, stylish & impeccably clean 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. £7.

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

On booking, we supply guests with:

- map of our location (plus location information)

- 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:
23 February, 2017

About Debbie Martin

Philip is a retired naval engineer, and Debbie a proofreader/copy editor.

We have both travelled extensively and when we set up Pilrig House Apartments 11 years ago, our aim was 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 2015, over 50% of our guest were returnees.

We enjoy meeting guests from around the world & always try to make our guests feel especially welcomed & supported throuhgout their stay.

Living at Pilrig House means we are able to offer advice and help, & the hand of friendship, if wanted, while guests stay here.

Since start-up, we have won the Scottish Thistle Award - 'The Extra Mile'; finalist - Customer Care award, and, in 2014, Best Holiday Accommodation. We have been nominated, again, for Best Holiday Accommodation for 2015.

Debbie Martin purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Debbie Martin chose Edinburgh

Well - there's the fact the Pilrig House is utterly unique as an historic 17th-century Scottish townhouse in Edinburgh - with its incredible history! Then there's the lovely location, and the parkland and Edinburgh skyline views... And the peace is supreme! Then, there's the wonderful ambiance in the house itself - it really is special. And, the private parking, the beautiful gardens... there is 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. And the fact that we can walk into the centre of Edinburgh in 15-20 mins, or take a bus mins' walk through the park... more than anything, we love the feeling of living in the country, with nature on our doorstep, while living so close to the city centre.

What makes this apartment unique

The Peaceful Setting

All of the above! We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows & see the park in all seasons, or sit in the garden to the side of the house in total privacy and enjoy the tranquillity. We often walk down to the Port of Leith - only a 6-minute walk from Pilrig House and now a trendy dining spot, where there are great restaurants, including Martin Wishart's, The Plumed Horse & The Kitchin (all Michelin-star) right on the waterfront. Everything we need is close-by - shops, transport links, restaurants (2 within mins), Edinburgh's main train station... 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 is being able to offer our guests free private parking - very rare - and usually 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


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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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