Top Picks for The Edinburgh Festival!
Written by Kirsty   
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:50

Here at The Edinburgh Address office we are gearing up for a busy summer season in the capital! We’re taking a coffee break this afternoon to have a flick through The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 programme to see what we will be filling up our August evenings with. Here are our top picks:

 

KiKirstyrsty: My top pick for this year’s festival is Neel Kolhatkar, an Australian comedian with his first Edinburgh show this year. Neel has become a YouTube sensation posting his observations of modern life in short yet hilarious videos. He is performing at Assembly Hall. Follow Neel at @NeelKolhatkar

 

AnnaAnna: I am looking forward to seeing Brazouka next month at Assembly Hall, I love dance and this show looks like it will have a little bit of everything. It’s directed by Arlene Phillips and has some well-known faces starring. Follow the show at @BrazoukaLive

 

SiobhanSiobhan: The Amazing Bubble Man is sure to be a hit with the kids and me (!). We’re booked in to see him at The Assembly Rooms in August. He’s had shows at the Festival for years and is always a hit. You can find The Amazing Bubble Man on Facebook.

 

 

Drumsheugh Apartment @ Drumsheugh Gardens

We still have some dates available during the festival, you can search online, or give us a call on 0131 629 8347. You can also email us at enquiries@theedinburghaddress.com for more information.

 
Edinburgh Apartments for the Commonwealth Games
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

City Retreat Bedroom, Edinburgh

 

Reasons to stay in Edinburgh for the Commonwealth Games

Enjoy all the buzz of the games but escape from the fuss at the end of the day.

Good transport links with high speed trains and regular bus services mean that you can move with ease between the two cities. The best of both worlds!

Benefit from all that Edinburgh has to offer; the national museums and galleries, a range of theatres, great restaurants, concerts and the class of the capital. 

We still have some fantastic apartments available for couples, groups, and families!

 

With good value for money, a range of beautiful self-catering serviced apartments to suit everyone, and a friendly and professional service from us, your Commonwealth Games fun can be completely stress free. Book now!

 

"The service from the Edinburgh Address was excellent"

                                                                                  S McDonald, South Africa

                                                    "This is the place to stay in Edinburgh"

                                                                                  Naresh Kumar, India

 

Classic Marchmont Charm bedroom, Edinburgh

 

 
Family Retreat @ Arthur's Seat
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:47

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet - a long standing member of The Edinburgh Address portfolio has had a name change. Begone 'The Gatekeeper's Cottage @ Blacket Estate' and welcome in 'Family Retreat @ Arthur's Seat'. We felt this name gave a better idea of the lovely family vibe of this great apartment and noted its great location very close to the famous landmark. You can enjoy all the comfort of home and then wander over to explore and check out the amazing view of the city from the top. 

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 This apartment will also now be accepting friends of the well-behaved canine variety. Pets can enjoy the lovely outdoor patio space as well; as long as they don't get under everyone's feet should you decided to make use of the BBQ!

With the needs of the family in mind we've also arranged for parking facilities, available on request, so that every part of your stay is as straightforward and relaxing as possible.

To enquire please call the office on 0131 629 8347 or see our listings

 
The Edinburgh Address Film Festival Favourites
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:21

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket EstateNew Town Chic @ Northumberland Street

 

We're all very excited about the Film Festival at the end of this month. It really is the highlight of our June calendar and we've already picked out our must-sees. We have some lovely apartments available as well so if you fancy a sunny and cultural weekend then we'd be more than happy to welcome you to Edinburgh and recommend some films for you to see!

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Set Fire to the Stars –

I'm going to watch 'Set Fire to the Stars' and hang out with Elijah wood. I should be saying it's because I'm a massive fan of Dylan Thomas but the real reason is my soft spot for Elijah!

It's 1950s New York and Dylan Thomas wrestles with his demons. This beautiful black and white semi-biographical drama celebrates the poet's centenary, taking place in a single week in the U.S as the poet prepares for a series of readings. Celyn Jones stars as Thomas with Elijah Wood as John Malcolm Brinnin while the original score is by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals fame. This is an affecting and playful insight into the life of one of our best loved poets.

Kirsty

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Still Life –

I'll be going to see 'Still Life' because I've seen Eddie Marsan in a few other things and he's always great.

This is a heartfelt story about loving, living, and what comes after. John May (Eddie Marsan) is an obsessively perfectionist council worker who spends his days finding the families of people who have died alone. The downsizing of his department means that he must up the ante on his last case and begins a journey which will free him to finally begin living his life fully. Wonderful acting makes this offering from Uberto Pasolini (Machan) both charming and with hidden depths.

Meg

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Garnet's Gold –

I'm looking forward to seeing 'Garnet's Gold' because I'm a big fan of documentary film making; especially any that include journeys and beautiful landscapes!

This is the real story of Garnet Frost; a dreamer in his middle age who is devoted to his mother and enjoys singing old show tunes in pubs. In the company of some friends he sets off on an adventure to the Highlands to find gold sent in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This is a charming documentary about a quixotic journey and the unusual man of independent spirit who undertakes it.

Siobhan

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The House of Magic –

Going to see this one with the kids; they love 3d films and this one looks like it's full of excitement and a cast of great characters. The kids will really enjoy it!

One cat sets out to save the day from a magician's evil nephew. Abandoned by his owner, Thunder the cat finds refuge in the house of an old magician. The house is chock-a-block with gadgets, eccentric inventions, and a host of new friends. Everyone welcomes him except Jack Rabbit who is jealous. With the magician ending up in hospital and his evil nephew trying to sell the house and put his uncle in a home, Thunder must unite the household and save the house before it is too late.

City Centre Haven @ York Place

There are hundreds more films to choose from and we've all got about 10 more we'd love to get a chance to see. The reel of tickets might end up extending down the hall...It's really worth coming to Edinburgh for a visit to catch a few films and enjoy the sun while it's here. Take a look at our apartments to start planning your weekend :-)

 
The Edinburgh Address West End Picks
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:14

Rocpool Apartment @ Grosvenor Crescent 2

Rocpool Apartment @ Grosvenor Crescent 2            Rocpool Apartment @ Grosvenor Apartment 1A

 

The Rocpool Apartments are really something. With beautiful attention to detail in their fabulous interiors and within easy reach of so many gems in the West End, they make the perfect place to stay for a city break. The West End is home to lots of Edinburgh's independent businesses and boutiques and some delicious local restaurants; we've selected some of our favourites to get you started! 

Shop

Studio 1 has so many good things! For all things homey and decorative this is the place to go. Recent purchases include a moomintroll angelspiel and hand-made coloured wineglasses but there are also lights, candles, toys, baking tools, and countless other things on offer. It also happens to be right next to Paper Tiger for beautifully quirky stationary and paper ephemera. Definitely the place to come for a last minute gift! Frontiers is on the other side for beautiful unique clothing and accessories, or take a walk down nearby William Street for lots of lovely little boutiques. Frasers is also a five minute walk away for those looking for big brands and designers. Shopping heaven...

Snack 

Loudons is the place to go. All goods are freshly baked on the premises; you can see the work in progress through a clever little corner window, there's something really satisfying about seeing the delicious things you're about to eat being made from only handfuls of flour and eggs before your very eyes. The cakes are incredible and there are many suitable for coeliacs and those with wheat or dairy intolerances; as Marie Antoinette once said, "let them eat cake". The weekend brunch menu is equally good with lots of delicious options and all coffee is from Artisan Roast - arguably the best available in Edinburgh. With all of this, what's not to like?  

Relax

There's one nearby which really takes the biscuit. Chamomile Sanctuary has so much on offer with lots of packages to cover everything. You can be pampered from top to toe or really focus on one area for fast beauty essentials. There are some aromatherapy sessions available which sound absolutely heavenly; the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience is calling...

Feast

We had a hard time choosing what to feature for dinner; you really are spoiled for choice! In the end we settled on the following; Chop Chop on Morrison Street for an authentic Chinese sharing meal and proud recipient of an AA Rosette; Edinburgh Larder's "Scottish landscape on a plate", using the best of local produce to create deliciously ethical dishes; and La P'tite Folie for unbeatable traditional French food and a very reasonable lunch offer of two courses for £11.50 (Kir Royal is only £5.25 as an added bonus). Le De-Vin is right next door as well so once dinner is finished you can gracefully migrate to enjoy a sophisticated glass of wine and conversation. 

So there you have it, The Edinburgh Address West End picks. Why not book one of our apartments and try out the above for yourself? 

 

 
Graduation Apartments
Written by Meg   
Monday, 02 June 2014 17:12

The Old Chapel @ George Square

 

It only happens once! Graduation is a day to spend with your family feeling proud that all those years of work - who knows how many words typed, worksheets submitted, essays written, lectures attended, all nighters pulled - have finally paid off. 

You've probably been thinking about which of Edinburgh's fantastic restaurants to book for the post-ceremony meal but have you decided where your family will be staying? They've come to celebrate your achievement and deserve a special place to stay. Luckily we have some really beautiful apartments available, very close to the university buildings as well. 

 ** Let us know you're graduating and we'll make sure there's a bottle of fizz to welcome you when you arrive **

 

 

 
New Town Chic
Written by Meg   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:11

City Centre Haven @ York Place

 

When people think of Edinburgh quite often they imagine the cobbled streets of the Old Town, crowned by the silhouette of the castle on the skyline. They think of the statue of Grey Friar’s Bobby, the Meadows, and the Mile. The furthest into the New Town visitors tend to go is Princes St, but there are so many wonderful and well-kept secrets on the other side. We have a number of lovely apartments in the New Town within easy walking distance of some real gems so if you’re staying in the New Town Residence, York Place, or South Charlotte Street and you’ve already covered the big tourist attractions never fear, we have some great recommendations to make your stay unforgettable.

New Town has its fair share of history and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It was built in waves between 1765 and around 1850 and you can still detect a lot of the original neo-classical and Georgian architecture. Its design was determined through a competition in January 1766 and won by James Craig, who at 26 had come up with a very elegant plan. His original design echoed the design of the Union jack but was eventually simplified to the grid system bordered by garden squares which we have now.

 

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland StreetNew Town Chic @ Northumberland Street

 

 

Now it is home to our lovely New Town Residence, South Charlotte Street, and York Place apartments and so many of our favourite Edinburgh haunts. Broughton Street is within easy reach of our apartments and has so many lovely boutique shops to choose from. A personal favourite is Moleta Munro for Scandinavian and Bauhaus inspired design touches. Just round the corner from here is the fabulous Treacle for food and drink. Their cocktails are amazing and the beer-battered king prawns are to die for; my mouth is slightly watering just thinking about them!

Cuckoo’s Bakery is also found in the New Town, just at the foot of Dundas St. The fabby team here bake 12 different cupcake flavours daily, the only problem is choosing between them all. If you’re heading down this way it’s only another ten minute walk to the Royal Botanic Gardens. They’re beautiful all year round but there’s nothing like seeing them in the sunny months full of colour and greenery.

 

South Charlotte Street @ Charlotte Square

 

Slightly up the hill again on Cumberland Street is the Cumberland Bar. This really is a hidden gem. Tucked away on a quiet street it can be quite hard to miss but it boasts an impressive range of cask-conditioned ales and beers and a great selection of wines and whiskies. Add to this the option of either a coal fire or a lovely beer garden and you’ll be heading here whatever the weather. If you’re of the literary inclination it’s also worth mentioning that Scotland Street of Alexander McCall Smith fame runs just past the pub and heads down into a lovely park complete with swings for the kids.

Besides all of these smaller treasures there’s also the Royal Portrait Gallery which regularly hosts some fantastic exhibitions as well as its more regular features. With the trams heading straight from here, past York Place, and straight to the airport you’ll be ridiculously well connected as well.

 

 

 

 
Fabulous one bedroom apartments for romantic breaks or corporate lets...
Written by Meg Bartlett   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:19

We have some really lovely one-bed apartments which would be just perfect for a romantic city break for your and your loved one. All conveniently located in the city centre, you’ll be able to walk to all your favourite landmarks and perhaps fit in a spot of shopping along the way! With more flexibility and privacy than a hotel room can offer, our apartments also have beautiful and unique interiors and more than enough space for two.  

Our hand picked properties are also chosen with corporate clients in mind. Our serviced and self-catering apartments offer the convenience, space and comfort of a home from home that you wouldn’t get from a hotel; ideal for working and relaxing. With reliable Internet and email access and conveniently located in and around the city centre, we offer a unique service to all our guests which includes flexible check in and out times; welcome packs; bespoke packages and a personal welcome on arrival.

Please see below for a list of our fabulous and luxurious one bed apartments; come and try the Edinburgh Address experience now! 

 

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"For a couple on a shopping trip it's ideal" The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens

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"Beautiful interior finished to a very high standard. Spacious. Very comfortable." New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street

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"Pretty much perfect for a couple staying for a week during the Edinburgh Festival." New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street

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"The apartment was so beautiful and comfortable.I have no words to express how lovely the days we passed there were." Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street

 
Hitting the Headlines!
Written by Kirsty   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:26

We are delighted to be featured in today's Scotsman Online after a review stay at Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace last month.

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The article features some of Edinburgh's most luxurious Self Catering and Serviced Apartments and we are proud to be included in that list! With so many upcoming events in Edinburgh over the next few months, be sure to book now for your chance to stay in your own Edinburgh Address.

 
Edinburgh Community Spirit
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:48

Often when people enquire about our apartments they are keen to know about the local areas around about where they'll be staying. Knowing that you're a part of a welcoming and open-hearted community, even only very briefly, can be the cherry on top of your beautiful holiday home and our extra services. 

Marchmont Main Door, Spottiswoode Road, BedroomClassic Marchmont Charm, Spottiswoode Road, GardenThe City Retreat, Merchiston Park, Bedroom

The recent opening of Dig-in Bruntsfield, a community owned and run grocery shop, is a great example of the area's community spirit and care. Open 11-7 on weekdays and 10-6 Saturday and stocking a wide range of veggie delights, lucky guests at our Marchmont Main Door and Classic Marchmont Charm apartments are within easy walking distance. Just think how much better your dinner will taste knowing that you avoided those pesky multinationals!

The same community vibe can be felt radiating from the Grove Community Garden. A 10 minute walk from Dig-in and still close to Marchmont Main Door, Classic Marchmont Charm, and also now The City Retreat, the garden aims to be the catalyst in building thriving and welcoming neighbourhoods and revitalising unused land along the way. A wonderful and ambitious project! Now in its second year, the plots are already looking spectacular. With an open session every Wednesday during the Spring and Summer months from around 6 until 7.30, and a number of other open days aside, there's plenty of opportunity to get a wee bit involved. Why not go just to enjoy a little bit of greenery?   

Continuing with the green theme, keep your eyes peeled for the urban meadow sites scattered across Edinburgh. Scientists from the university have planted wildflowers in 10 sites across the city to encourage bees and other cheerful pollinators. Look out for cornflowers, poppies, daisies, buttercups, and red campion. As if Edinburgh wasn't already beautiful enough! 

Come and stay in one of our beautiful apartments during the spring or summer months to see the best of these wonderful green spaces! 

 
It's been a busy week for the team...
Written by Meg Bartlett   
Friday, 09 May 2014 16:54

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Today is another beautiful sunny day. What a perfect way to end the week. We're a lucky team to have this lovely greenery to look out on from the office! Edinburgh is looking particularly beautiful at the moment. There's nothing better than relaxing in Princes St gardens, people watching and eating ice-cream, especially after all we've been doing this week. We still have a number of beautiful apartments available over the next few weeks - come and enjoy a patch of Edinburgh sunlight for yourself! 

 

alt We began on Sunday with the Race for Life. We all finished in less than an hour and were proud to raise well over £400 for Cancer Research. It was great to see the crowds there, participants and supporters, and see how willing everybody is to try and make a difference. Anna's dog Bella even showed up to show her solidarity by wearing a pink collar; she wasn't allowed in this 'office only' picture so you'll just have to take my word on how cute she looked! 

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Then after all the normal office buzz - making sure the apartments are looking spick and span and that everything is going to be perfect for your stay - we set off to the Scottish Tourism Showcase today to really end the week on a high. The girls met lots of lovely people and were proud to be able to talk about our services with other industry professionals. It's so great to share our excitment and motivation for our apartments with others.

So it's been a busy week for us but a very good week too! Don't forget there's up to 25% off selected apartments so now is the perfect moment to come and check out The Edinburgh Address experience for yourself! 

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May breaks in Edinburgh
Written by Meg Bartlett   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:16

May is shaping up to be an exciting month!There is so much going on in Edinburgh, more than usual it seems, and the sun is becoming a regular feature. We actually had our office neighbour ask for sun cream today, freckles are making a comeback as well. There's a lot to be happy about. Let's have a look see at what's in store for you lot this month...

We also have up to 25% off our beautiful apartments; you lucky people! 

 

Panoramic Penthouse @ The Quartermile, terrace

The Meadows, Edinburgh

 

Tours seem to be the flavour of the month. For any theatre lovers there's a back stage tour of the King's Theatre and Festival Theatre on the 2nd and 3rd of May. It's so cool seeing the bare structure of a theatre before all the magic happens. Standing on the stage in front of all those seats (even when they're empty) is a little scary as well; those actors are fearless! Luckily our Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace and Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace are close by so you can take a tour, see some theatre, wander home for a dinner in the luxury of their beautiful interiors. Princes St Gardens are a stone's throw away for relaxing in the sun with a lovely book. In case you need something a little extra to rewind and rejuvenate yourself you should head down to Sprunch at the Sheraton, despite the odd name this actually involves lovely spa treatments followed by a two course brunch including eggs Benedict, waffles and maple syrup, and gin. Bliss!

 

View of Arthur's Seat from HolyroodView of the Castle from our Castle Terrace apartments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also tours of Holyrood Palace running in the morning and evening with pastries and tea/coffee. It even includes rooms normally reserved for regal eyes only and 'behind the ropes' access. There's also In Fine Style, an exhibition focussing on Tudor and Stuart fashion; some of the detailing is extraordinary!  Whether you go in the morning or evening, why not take a picturesque route home past Arthur's Seat to our Lakeside House @ Old Church Line? This is another property put together with your comfort at heart and with room enough for 10. There's even a garden in case you fancy a BBQ, or for another picturesque experience check out the well kept the local secret, Dr Neil's garden. 

 

Dr Neil's GardenLakeside House @ Old Church Lane, living room

 

Continuing with the outdoor theme why not explore further afield whilst in the safety of the National Museum? The Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition is on with 100 amazing images of all kinds of weird and wonderful animals across the world. There are all kinds of goodnesses happening at the National Museum this month. The Late Night at the Museum is always amazing, including a range of fantastic music. It's somehow easier to retain the fab facts found in a museum if there's a bar on site...The theme this time is Retro-future; dress up in a vintage or futuristic style for extra fun. Dr Who, aliens, a squirrel-spider hybrid, Queen Eilzabeth I, the options are endless. And The Old Chapel @ George Square is so close that you won't be at any risk of making too many passers-by jealous of your awesome costume as you walk between your beautifully designed apartment to the spectacular museum. Perfect. 

 

The Old Chapel @ George Square, living roomThe Old Chapel @ George Square, garden

 

 

 So there you go! There's lots and lots to do in Edinburgh this month and lots and lots of our beautiful apartments for you to stay in as well! Don't forget that we have up to 25% off - just in case you still needed persuading! Book now.

 

 

 
Spring has sprung!
Written by Meg   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:24

There's lots happening in Edinburgh in May and we're especially looking forward to enjoying Edinburgh's beautiful green spaces. These are real hubs for musicians and performers during the brighter months and there are so many great cafes and restaurants around about as well. We can't wait to break out the picnic rugs and Pimms! Lucky for everyone, we have some gorgeous apartments located in and around Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh Botanics, and the Meadows. Spring has sprung! 

 

The Meadows 

Our apartments around the Meadows are really lovely and within easy walking distance for an afternoon spent spread out on the grass in the sun reading a book before wandering up to Scoopz ice-cream parlour on West Nicholson Street for Edinburgh's largest range of ice cream and sundaes. This is situated dangerously close to our apartments The Gatekeeper's Cottage @ Blacket Estate and The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside. Also nearby is The Salisbury Arms with a lovely beer garden, fantastic pub and restaurant menu with a Sunday carvery, and currently offering a free bar snack with a Bombay Sapphire and Fevertree cocktail or 3 free bar snacks with a sharing pitcher of G&T. It all has the makings of a glorious day out!

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate, living roomThe Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside

 

Also near the Meadows are Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows and Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road. For ice cream there's the amazing Chocolate Tree on Bruntsfield Place and the Edinburgh institution The Canny Man's on Morningside Road. The former serves some delcious as well as an impressive range of chocolatey luxuries while the latter offers over 50 different sandwiches (I kid you not) served on scrummy brown soda bread to complement one of the specially picked ales on tap. Before all of this refreshment of course, you'll have been luxuriating in the sun on the Meadows with its menagerie of creative activity or playing a small game of golf on the adjoining Bruntsfield Links. Happy days!

  Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road, Living room  Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows, Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
May Bank Holiday Fun
Written by Anna Morris   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:12

castle-terraceWanting to get away for the bank holiday 2nd - 5th May weekend!  We have some lovely apartments still available for this weekend.

Now with complimentary Late Check Out for all apartments and up to 25% discount*

Fancy your very own garden to sit in The Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace or The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Place are for you!

Here are some other apartments we have available.

 *Discounts vary per apartment

 

 
Easter in Edinburgh!
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:45

10% off and a bottle of bubbly when you book an Easter weekend with the Edinburgh Address. Cheers!

 

What could be better than an Easter weekend in Edinburgh? The daffodils and crocuses are blooming in Princes Street Gardens, the sun is beginning to shine (fingers crossed it stays that way!), the trees are green, and there's definitely a feel of spring in the air. There are even some people wearing sunglasses! We have a Easter offer and a number of lovely apartments still available for you lucky folk; don't worry the Easter bunny will still know where to find you even if you're not at home. He is magic after all. 

                                                                                     

Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace 

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With beautiful views of the Castle and just two minutes from Princes St Gardens, this apartment would make an ideal base for your spring break. During the day you're ideally placed to explore both Edinburgh's Old and New Towns and for dinner why not wander along the road to Timberyard for a Scandinavian inspired meal that's as fresh and light as the spring air?

Castle View's newly refurbished interior is the height of glamour, with Scottish touches here and there to remind you of its setting in Scotland's Capital - just in case the view of the Castle from the living room window isn't enough!  

 

Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows

This is another lovely apartment (we're so proud of them all!) with high ceilings, a traditional family feel, lots of light and space, and a great shared garden to relax in and maybe even have a barbeque. The interior is classic and fresh with everything you'll need to feel at home.

The Meadows is nearby with some dedicated frisbee players, musicians, tightrope walkers, and picnicking groups. Once you've enjoyed the fresh air Brasil Crepes is just at the top of Middle Meadow Walk selling the most delicious gluten free savoury pancakes in the whole world; the whole family will love them, promise! Once you've finished your pancakes you can pop round the corner to Looking Glass Books and have a hot chocolate and explore the literary delights on offer, there might even be an author reading. 

 

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Spring is upon us!
Written by Kirsty   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 17:16

April is officially Garden Month! The weather in Edinburgh is brightening up today after a week of Saharan desert dust and eerie fog. To celebrate the start of Spring, here’s a list of our apartments with gardens as well as a few of our top gardens and open spaces in Edinburgh to spend an afternoon.

Castle Terrace Garden Apartment

As well as having one of the best views in the city, our Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace also boasts its own private garden! Accessed from the downstairs garden room, guests can catch some afternoon sun whilst sitting with a glass of wine on the patio (pictured left). The garden is well maintained with gorgeous bedding boxes and flower boxes along the walls. It really is a joy to spend time in this apartment, whether relaxing in the garden, or entertaining friends in the spacious living room, looking out onto Edinburgh Castle.

 

Drumsheugh Apartment @ Drumsheugh Gardens has access to the eponymous communal garden in Edinburgh’s West End. This private communal garden is always beautifully manicured with many of its flowers coming into their first bloom at this time of year. For those of you lucky enough to have the Drumsheugh Apartment booked for 2014, a key to these private gardens is provided during your stay, it’s the perfect place to sit and read a book on a warm afternoon.

The Old Chapel @ George Square is a superbly renovated church in heart of Edinburgh. As well as experiencing the grand interior of this building, guests also enjoy their own garden to the rear of the building (pictured below), with a large area of grass perfect for playing badminton or Frisbee, as well as a patio area with seating. At the end of the garden there is space for 2 cars and entry is via an electronic security gate. This apartment is perfect for a big family or group, boasting 3 double bedrooms as well as a sofabed which can be utilised in order to sleep 8. The Old Chapel is also a 2 minute walk from The Meadows, which many an Edinburgh resident considers to be their retreat in the city.

 

The Old Chapel @ George Square

 

The Meadows is a large communal park in the centre of Edinburgh. The expanse of grass is in use throughout the year by various sports teams, students studying in the sunshine before exams and then celebrating with barbeques afterwards, dog walkers and cyclists are also regular visitors to the area. The Meadows Festival takes place from 7-8th June and is a free event featuring live music, funfairs and plenty of food – the perfect family day out. The Meadows is well connected by bus links throughout the city and is a 10 minute stroll from several of our Edinburgh Address apartments.

Stockbridge Grandeur

There is a hidden gem in Edinburgh which residents are trying to keep a secret! The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is tucked away in Stockbridge, close to our Carlton Street apartment, and is a delight to wander around. Entrance to the garden is free, making it the perfect place to spend a morning if you are a big group. Entrance to the Glasshouses asks for a small admission charge, but is well worth it for some of the species you get to see. If you’re coming with kids, there’s also a great playpark just over the road at Inverleith Park. Follow the gardens on Twitter for updates and events: @TheBotanics

Perfect for a family barbecue is The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate which features a large patio and seating in a secluded garden to the rear of the cottage. The garden is a real sun spot and can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Both of our apartments on Spottiswoode Road have communal gardens which can be enjoyed by our guests. Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows has direct access from the apartment and features a large grassy are, perfect for the kids as well as a small patio area with a bench where parents can relax. Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road also has a large communal garden which can be looked out to from the kitchen and bedroom windows.

Okay, so we saved the best for last, just across from Lakeside House is Dr Neil's Garden, a glorious haven for wildlife and rare flora. The garden sits at the bottom of Arthur's Seat and around Duddingston Loch. Even if you aren't booked in at Lakeside House, this is still well worth a visit while you're in Edinburgh. Lakeside House itself is the perfect group getaway, boasting both front and back gardens. The spacious and open plan living area overlooks the large garden to the back of the property, with floor to ceiling glass doors letting in all the sunshine. The garden is equipped with tables and seating and is a great location for entertaining, in the past we have had several wedding groups stay here and have used the garden as a post wedding day lunch venue.

Dr Neil's Garden

 

 
Fantasy dinner party at the Quartermile...
Written by Meg   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:46

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We spent the day yesterday getting our new property ready for its photoshoot and enjoying the spectacular 360 degree views of the Edinburgh skyline. Even the dreich weather couldn't ruin the view; it only added a slightly gothic romance!

So, the table's set at the Quartermile for a delicious and intimate dinner party. The champagne's in the cooler, the bar is well stocked, the view is extraordinary, our private chef Stephen is putting the finishing touches to the food and the music is playing. You're all set to welcome the guests. There are 10 places - out of everyone in the whole of time and space, who would you invite? 

 

 

 
Stockbridge Top 5
Written by Kirsty   
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:40

In honour of our beautiful Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street, take a look at our top 5 things to do in Stockbridge.

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1. Find unique gifts in the shops of Stockbridge

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Our favourites are Daisy Cheynes with its great eye for beautiful pieces for your home and that perfect gift for someone special and Feminine Flair for their gorgeous clothes.

Stockbridge is all about these independent stores and boutiques and it’s great to support local businesses!

 

2. Stroll through Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge market is on from 10am to 5pm every Sunday on the main street making it the perfect place to visit to pick up some fresh pastries for breakfast, gifts to take back home for the family and some sweet treats for you to enjoy as you go!

 

3. Eat at a fine dining restaurant

Stockbridge is fast becoming a foodie’s paradise! Purslane is our fave, which offers a menu reflecting the seasonal produce available. The restaurant is cosy and perfect for a romantic meal. For a bit of luxury, try their 7 course tasting menu (when available), which gives you a chance to try several of their best loved dishes – booking in advance essential.

 

Spacious living room at Stockbridge Grandeur

 

4. Explore secret areas of Edinburgh

Begin a leisurely walk in Stockbridge and head towards Dean Village, a beautiful part of Edinburgh which is unknown to many (even locals!). The area has a lovely village atmosphere and many of the people living here have stories to tell about the history of the area and the buildings. From Dean Village you can walk along the Water of Leith, visiting St Bernard’s Well on the way and either circling back to Stockbridge, or making an afternoon of it and walking right down to Leith.

 

5. Discover unique pieces of artwork

Kirsty exploring Galerie Mirages

 

There are several small galleries in Stockbridge, but our favourite has to be Galerie Mirages for it’s mysterious and magical feel. Hidden away on Raeburn Street, you enter through a narrow corridor and come into a huge room filled with treasure! From antique jewellery, to unique ethnic furniture pieces, you’ll find something special to take home with you here.

Stockbridge is the perfect place to stay in Edinburgh, easy to get to the main hustle and bustle of the city centre but allowing you to enjoy the relaxed village feel of this up and coming area.

Book your stay at Carlton Street now!

 

For more ideas, check out Aija’s blog on The Best Of Stockbridge.

 
TEA Girls run the Race For Life
Written by Kirsty   
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:27

We are running the Race For Life this year on 4th May at Hopetoun House!

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Our goal is to raise £300 for Cancer Research UK by running, jogging, walking and dancing our way around our 5k route. Help us out by donating to this worthy cause using the link below.

http://www.justgiving.com/tea-girls

 
Snap happy in Edinburgh!
Written by Kirsty   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 18:28

Scotland’s capital city is the perfect place to spend a few days indulging your inner photographer! With iconic views over the castle and old town, impressive architecture as well as the beautiful faces of us Edinburghers (!), you could spend a whole week taking pictures to commemorate your trip.

A recent corporate guest at The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens made the most of his working holiday by climbing Arthur’s Seat and getting these beautiful photographs of Edinburgh at dusk. He has generously allowed us to share them with you, what a talent!

 

 

View from Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh at Dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have apartments all over the city, so no matter what style of photo you are looking to capture, we have the location for you, book with The Edinburgh Address now.

 

 
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