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The Secret Garden Apartment in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

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Updated: 02-May-2016
Apartment in Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland - Light And Airy Apartment Overlooking Gardens - But In The Heart Of Historic Edinburgh

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.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

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.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
May 2011
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6 Reviews

5
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

5

Better than we could have hoped!

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect setting for our dream trip to Edinburgh. Sandra and David were so helpful and easy to communicate with all the we up to and through our trip. They even helped us sort out our train tickets! The location of the apartment is amazing. One window takes in all the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile and the other window in the bedroom overlooks a quiet garden. We walked to the apartment from the train station and didn't get in a car again until our taxi to the airport. We walked to hike Arthur's Seat, Holyrood House, New Town, and Edinburgh Castle. Everything is nearby to this apartment. Our biggest problem was that we spent too much time in the apartment! It had enough space that we felt like we were at home and the bathroom was sooo relaxing. Everything is updated and thoughtfully considered. Sandra and David have done an amazing job of outfitting this place for the perfect getaway. They even included a list book of helpful tips from restaurants to trails up Arthur's Seat. My parents are headed to the UK this fall and I've not only insisted they see Edinburgh, but that they stay at this apartment.

Thank you for an amazing trip we will never forget. It was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Louis, MO
5

Wonderful Flat in a Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at the Secret Garden Apartment. Sandra and David were excellent hosts and the description of the apartment is accurate. You'll be half way between the Castle at one end of the Royal Mile and the Palace and Parliament at the other. Arthur's Seat is nearby as is the Waverly Train station, a bus stop, the University of Edinburgh, and so many other sites. And if you have such an addiction, Starbucks is immediately across the street. You can't go wrong with the Secret Garden Apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at the secret garden, the gardens are prestine and very welcoming.

Accommodation is lovely, airy and comfortable with enough space to chill and rest, the setting is perfect to explore this amazing city, Edinburgh castle is a lovely walk up the Royal mile and so much to see and do along the way.

Sandra and Dave offered excellent advise and the little touches on our arrival made us feel very welcome.

Everything was squeaky clean and easy to use.

Thank you so much to you both we hope to be visiting again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I am so glad that you enjoyed staying in the apartment and exploring the city of Edinburgh. We look forward to seeing you again should you ever want to make a return visit. Sandra and Dave
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Chartley, MA
5

Perfect Homebase to Explore Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perthshire
5

Long weekend

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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5

Wonderful setting in Edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach:

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

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Availability

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Rate 1
1 Apr 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
2 night minimum stay
£180
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£540
 
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Rate 2
1 Jul 2016 - 5 Aug 2016
2 night minimum stay
£200
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Rate 3
6 Aug 2016 - 30 Aug 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£600
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£750
 
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Rate 4
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
£180
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£540
 
 
Rate 5
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£160
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£480
 
 
Rate 7
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£400
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Rate 8
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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£160
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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

Changeover Day:
Flexible. Please contact owner.

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.

Payment:25% deposit required to secure booking, balance 28 days before arrival.

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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • apartment

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Television

Location Type

  • city centre

Attractions

  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • There is a beautiful, modern bathroom in warm, earthy coloured tiles and underfloor heating. It has a bath with shower over..

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bright bedroom overlooking gardens with comfy double bed. Sofa bed (small double) in living room provides extra sleeping facilities. Cot available on request.

Outside

  • Golf ...

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

Notes:

  • Outside: 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. Utility Room: A separate utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Property is cleaned and linen changed once a week for longer lets.

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