A bright, centrally located one bedroom apartment in a peaceful location beside the famous Grassmarket, with partial views of Edinburgh Castle and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.
Please note that we cannot accept children at this apartment.
The accommodation comprises:
The living room is spacious, with plenty of room for the sofas and chairs as well as the temporary double Aerobed that can be used if it's needed. There is a TV with satellite channels and a workstation from which you can log on to free wi-fi internet access on your laptop (there is Virgin Media Fibre broadband fitted). From the picturesque window, you can see Edinburgh Castle through the buildings across the street.
The modern kitchen (with dining table and chairs) is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine (a clothes horse is provided for drying clothes), dishwasher, fridge freezer, cooker and microwave. French doors open on to a small (standing room only!) balcony, ideal for your morning cup of coffee.
The double bedroom is fully carpeted and attractively furnished, and is quietly located at the rear of the apartment. Like in the kitchen, French doors open on to a little balcony (again, standing room only!).
The bathroom has a wash hand basin and bathtub with shower over.
About the location (Old Town, Edinburgh)
This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The Old Town is on your doorstep: a warren of closes and side streets lead from the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile. The Edinburgh College of Art is just around the corner from the apartment.
It's a short walk through the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, which connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. (Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate.) Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafes to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments.
The area is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the number one visitor attraction in Scotland. Built on an extinct volcano, the Castle's varied architecture reflects its rich history. The oldest part of the Castle, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 1100s, and each passing century has brought its own additions. From the living room of the house you look up to the south wall of the Castle, which is protected by the 16th-century Half Moon Battery. The Castle is still a working garrison today, and during August it provides the stage for the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Grassmarket is one of the best known areas of the city, with lots of bars, restaurants and independent shops. This used to be the working hub of the city; a bustling place of livestock, noisy workers, inns and stables. There have been markets (including horse and meat markets) since at least the 15th century; the first written record of a market is in 1477. In summer, the place comes alive with pavement cafes and street markets, and it has a lively nightlife scene.
The apartment is situated in Cordiner's Land ('land' is a Scots word for a tenement building) in the West Port, a few metres from the Grassmarket, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. There have been buildings on this site for centuries, and the current architecture dates back to 1887, though it has been modernized and renovated much more recently. This history is marked in the decorative plaques on the front of the building. Cordiners were leatherworkers, particularly shoemakers. Cordiner comes from the French cordonnier, a shoemaker, and reminds us of the 'Auld Alliance' between Scotland and France, forged in the 13th century to strengthen both nations against their common adversary England. As well as providing political and economic benefits, the alliance brought many French words and customs to Scotland.
Cable / Satellite TV
Towels and linen provided
Apologies, children not accepted.
For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.
Once you have paid the initial instalment via Edlets, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards from the property host to confirm your booking. You will be asked for 25% of the balance to be paid with the remainder due 6 weeks before your arrival (or the full amount if your stay is within 6 weeks).
A returnable security deposit of £100.00 is also applicable.