Bedrooms 2 | Sleeps 4 (+2)
Located in Edinburgh's fascinating Newington area, Bartholomew Townhouse @ South Gray Street is in the ideal position to be close enough to the city centre and yet in a quiet residential area. With numerous restaurants, shops and traditional Edinburgh pubs within easy walking distance, you'll truly feel like you're living as a local. This fantastic townhouse is in close proximity to Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, the Commonwealth swimming pool and the Meadows park to name a view of the sights around Edinburgh. Princes Street is about 30 minutes walk from the apartment, the Royal Mile is about 20 minutes and there are also a number of handy bus links close by that can take you into the city centre or beyond.
The interior of the apartment is simply stunning. Set over three floors, this interesting property has been refurbished with immense attention to detail and sense of style. The entrance to the house is through a gate into a private outdoor area, then through a main door. The main living areas are located on the first floor of the property - each floor has extremely high ceilings so there are a number of stairs dividing each floor.
The living room is a gorgeous, bright open space, with long windows covering the entirety of one of the walls. With a 32" flat screen HDTV, DVD player, CD player and plenty of books provided, this is the perfect space to relax in after a long day of exploring Edinburgh. The dining table seats up to 6 guests and is a lovely central space for dining in. The kitchen features an open window through to the sitting room & dining area so it feels almost open plan and adds to the bright airy feeling. The kitchen is equipped with oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, kettle, microwave and gas hob, all of a high standard.
The double bedroom which is on the first floor is the smallest of the three bedrooms but absolutely beautifully presented. With a bespoke large black headboard and carefully selected deep tweeds, this room is a prefect combination of comfort and luxury. The large built in wardrobe means there's plenty of room for storage for your stay also. The bathroom on the first floor features a shower over the bath, WC and sink.
Up on the second floor, there are two further bedrooms - the master and the second bedroom - both of which are as beautifully presented and opulent as each other. The bathroom on this floor features a large walk in shower, WC and sink and benefits from underfloor heating for that added luxurious feel.
The two bedrooms on the top floor display a gorgeous mixture of traditional Scottish with modern flare. The headboards have been created exclusively for the house - each in rich, lavish tartans, to compliment the respective colour schemes in each room. Fascinating antler lamps highlight the true Scottish theme in an effortless, sophisticated way. Full length mirrors and dressing tables complete the rooms and the Velux windows give off plenty of light and come with black-out-blinds for a great night's sleep. All of the mattresses in the property are luxury 5* hotel standard and no expense has been spared as all of the bedding and furnishings are of the highest quality.
There is a third bathroom on the ground floor of the property, featuring a bath, WC and sink.
Exterior Bartholomew House itself is a beautiful building with a fascinating history. The front section of the building, adorned with it's impressive pillars - a Palladian portico - was originally part of Bartholomew family home, Falcon Hall in Morningside, built in 1824. The pillars were dismantled piece by piece and moved to Duncan street and resurrected as part of Bartholomew House in 1910 which would then become Edinburgh Geographical Institute. It became home to the Bartholomew's map printing and publishing operations and the family business became known as an important contribution to cartography in Britain.
This property now occupies what was once the map engravers office. Copperplate engraving was one of the most demanding roles of all Bartholomew's departments. Staff were expected to be able to engrave very fine lettering and shapes on to a copperplate, in reverse, so it could be used in the printing presses in the workshop.
Engravers incised lines by working away from the body, rotating the copperplate as they worked. This meant they were not only working back to front, but often upside down too. As a result, it took up to seven years to master this skill.
This property has free parking.
Sleeping arrangements Two super-king bedrooms which can also be set up as twins if required and one standard double bed.
Limited mobility access This property is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties due to the number of stairs in the property.
The Edinburgh Address require names and ages of all guests, as well as addresses and ID. We will require the lead guest to sign copy of our terms and conditions. We reserve the right to vet any booking. This apartment is not suitable for stag parties, hen parties or young single sex groups or parties. One member of the booking party must be over 25 years old. There is a strictly non-smoking policy. A damage deposit of £250.00 is required one week before arrival and will be fully refunded pending no damages one week after your departure.
Getting there from the Waverley Railway Station
Exit station onto Princes Street, turn left along Princes Street and second left onto the Mound. Take the No. 42 bus. The journey is about 10 minutes. Look out for the National Library of Scotland's Map Library at the junction of Grange Rd, Salisbury place and Causewayside. Prepare to get off bus, on passing The Old Bell Pub. Walk down Duncan street to the junction with South Gray Street. The Property is on the on the corner of South Gray Street and Duncan Street. Turn right and the property is access through a metal gate on the other side of the road.
Getting there from the Airport
Take the Express Shuttle bus from outside the UK arrivals hall into the city centre (buses approximately every 10 minutes, fare around £4.50). Exit bus at Waverley Bridge, just off Princes Street. Follow instructions as above.
Executive car transfer:
The Edinburgh Address can arrange an executive car pick up for you from the airport to your apartment - or other locations on request. We can also arrange day trips and private drivers. Please contact us on 0131 261 8646 and let us know you would like to arrange a car and to get a quote. Transfers are usually around £57 each journey. Please let us know as soon as possible so we have the best possible chance of booking the journey on your behalf, as cars aren't always available at last minute.
Getting there by Car
If travelling from the North, continue on the A90 signposted for Edinburgh. Take the exit onto the A90, go through two roundabouts. Turn left at A90/Manor Place where you turn left again after 0.3 miles onto A8/W Maitland Street. After half a mile, turn right at Lothian Road and continue to Tollcross. Continue on the A700 along Melville Drive. At the end turn right onto Causewayside and look out for the National Library of Scotland's Map Library at the junction of Grange Rd, Salisbury place and Causewayside. Turn left at The Old Bell pub down Duncan street, at the next junction turn right and the property has a private parking space on the left behind a private gate
If travelling from the South continue to drive on the A1 and take the exit towards Craigmillar/Newcraighall at the roundabout take the first exit onto A6095/Newcraighall Road and continue to Cameron Toll Shopping Centre. Take the third exit onto Lady Road, continue along and then turn right onto Mayfield Road. The apartment is on your right after Duncan Street a couple of doors up from the Old Bell Pub.
The property has one free parking space included.
Over the weekend on street Free Parking is usually available just around the corner from the apartment. During the week there is Free on street parking on residential streets a 10 minute walk away. Otherwise parking is metered 8:30am to 5:30pm.
For more information about parking in and around Edinburgh please visit http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/a_to_z/service/940401/parking.
Should you wish to use a taxi during your stay in Edinburgh, we recommend City Cabs. Their contact telephone number is 0131 656 3670
NOTE - Please make sure you have arranged your arrival time with your property manager prior to arrival.