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Award-Winning 4 and 5-Star Apartments in Historic Townhouse with FREE parking - Pilrig House Balfour Apt (Sleeps 4 max; 2 Bedrm's)



Updated: 08-Dec-2016
Historic House Apartments in Edinburgh, Scotland - Unique, Tranquil Parkland Location, Close To Edinburgh City Centre

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.

More Details

Details for holiday apartment Pilrig House Balfour Apt (Sleeps 4 max; 2 Bedrm's), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The 5-star graded Balfour Apartment's 2nd-floor position offers wonderful views over the entire park & Edinburgh city skyline. The most spacious of our three apartments, the accommodation is perfect for 2-4 people. The accommodation comprises:

- spacious oak-floored hall, large

- sunny living-room with marble fireplace & two lovely recessed window-seats, 2 double sofas, large dining-table & chairs

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

- modern, fully-tiled bathroom with spacious walk-in shower cabinet, wash-hand basin with mirror and shaver point above the sink, WC, full-length heated towel rail

- 2 double bedrooms - fully carpeted -one with a super-king-sized bed that can be separated into twins -high-quality beds with fully-sprung mattesses & luxurious ultra-deep mattress toppers; both bedrooms have double fitted mirrored wardrobes, spacious chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and dimmer overhead lighting.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

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.

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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh International Airport at 9.2 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bonnington at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : North Berwick at 18 Miles Nearest Golf : Silverknowles at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Edinburgh Waverley Station at 1.6 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Origano at 0.4 Miles Nearest Beach : Portobello at 1.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Whisky lovers - we are delighted to offer exclusive membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This entitles 4 adults to drink & dine in either of the Society's establishments in Edinburgh - the historic 'Vaults' in nearby Leith, or in the beautiful Georgian townhouse Queen Street premises in the centre of Edinburgh. Here you can sample the finest single-casked, single malts to be found anywhere in the world - specially casked for the Society! You can also attend exclusive tastings or events that may be on during your stay.

And, if you are attending a cookery course at Michelin-star rated Martin Wishart's Cookery School, you could not hope to be located any nearer - Pilrig House is located 5 mins 'up the road'!

If you're an antiquarian book or antiques lover - Edinburgh is awash in antiques/antiquarian books & charity shops! A local antiques auction is held nearby each Saturday. And, the incredible 'Georgian Antiques' is not far from Pilrig House Apartments.

See our own website if you interested in tracing your family tree for genealogy links to help you research your Scottish descendants.


There are many delightful sandy beaches & lovely villages along the East Lothian coastline (known also as 'golf-course country- with almost 40 courses to choose from!) - only a 30-min drive away.

A car hire is handy for reaching places outwith Edinburgh, but not necessary - we have a tour pack in each apartment, and, on booking, we provide guests with details of our wonderful personal tour guide/driver - he can offer a 'Meet & Greet' at the airport, act as your personal driver/tour guide, has specialist knowledge of whisky distilleries & is also a golf expert! And, he is great fun. To date, every guest that has prebooked Mike''s service, has mentioned his tour as a highlight of their trip - he can access the really scenic smaller roads, not accessible to tour buses - a great advantage!


Edinburgh Airport is 9.2 miles from Pilrig House. On booking, we provide you with our personal driver service details so that you can book a 'Meet & Greet' to bring you here directly and, get assistance with carrying your luggage.

Glasgow Airport is c. 35 miles away & a city link bus will bring you to Edin city centre, or book our personal driver service (at a set rate) to bring you directly.

Edinburgh's Waverley Station is just off Princes Street (1.2 miles) - c. £7 to get here by cab.


Pilrig House is just over a mile from Edinburgh city centre and all the main attractions - you can walk in around 20 mins, & there are regular buses under a 5-min walk away from Pilrig House. Our location is also only a half-mile from the port of Leith - a trendy dining spot with Edinburgh residents. It boasts 3 Michelin-star restaurants: The Kitchin, Martin Wisharts at The Shore, The Plumed Horse; as well as great bistro-style & pub eateries on the waterfront. The Royal Yacht Britannia is also berthed here.

Edinburgh Botanical Gardens are a 15-minute walk away.

Further Details:

Edinburgh is a fantastic central location in which to be based for your trip to Scotland - so many places can be easily accessed from here - for example, you can drive to Glencoe in the Highlands in around 2 hours; or take off for Loch Lomond and be there in around an hour-and-a-half. You may want a tour of The Isle of Skye, Melrose, Loch Ness, Scone Palace, the Scottish Borders, Whisky Distilleries, OUTLANDER LOCATIONS - many nearby!!

Edinburgh is 35 miles from Glasgow - trains depart every 15 minutes from Edinburgh's Waverley train station. It is also near to the East Lothian coastal trail - a lovely drive taking in many picturesque villages, beaches, ca (and golf-courses), eg North Berwick, Gullane, Gifford, Dirleton & Dirleton Castle, Tantallon Castle. You may want to walk all, or part of, The John Muir Way, starting in Dunbar.

Lindisfarne & Holy Isle, Bamburgh Castle, and, a little further on - 'Alnwick Castle' (featured as 'Hogwarts' in the Harry Potter films) are around 90 mins' drive away.

Rosslyn Chapel can be reached by car in around 35 minutes, or there are buses directly to the village of Rosslyn.

Guests may wish to visit the Borders, eg Melrose (visit 'Abbotsford' - home of Sir Walter Scott), Floors Castle, St Andrews, Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace, Perth - all are all around an hour's drive away, or can be directly accessed by train.

Pilrig House is within a 5-10 min walk of shops, supermarkets, leisure centre, auction-house, bank, post-office, cinema, restaurants, deli, cook school, Leith Woollen Mill & Clan Tartan Centre, the Water of Leith Walkways & Cycle Paths, the Playhouse Theatre.

And, best of all - we do have a private car park with free parking. Many ads that state 'parking' fail to mention this is 'on-street parking' which means there is no guarantee you will get a space, and if you do, you will need to continually top up parking meters all day!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Spring
1 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

If you are staying a week or less, we ask for 100% payment on booking. If staying longer than 7 nights, we take 50% on booking and 50% 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.

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
- Reduced weekly rates and longer stay rates

Online payments taken - incl. Amex

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.
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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • rural


  • 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


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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 Atalas. 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 conditoning classes, sauna, greatgym, steam room...

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