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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

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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? 

 

 

When we're chatting to potential guests about booking one of our beautiful apartments there are a few wee things they worry about which come up fairly frequently - they've been taken in by some holiday rental myths! We're always able to put their minds at rest and welcome them to a holiday home which exceeds their expectations by debunking these misconceptions...

 

City Centre Haven @ York Place, bedroom, Edinburgh

 

1) The pictures don't match the reality. 

You think you've booked a five-star luxury castle in the Highlands of Scotland, you've been daydreaming over the picture of its medieval turrets sillhouetted against a dramatic skyline...you arrive to find you'll be spending your hard-earned break squished into a children's playcastle, knees against your chest. Ok, so this is clearly an extreme example, but people do worry about holiday rentals not living up to the glossy photographs. Really though, misrepresenting our lovely apartments really isn't in our interests either - our aim is to make your stay fantastic beyond your expectations, not fall short the second you step in the door. We want you to arrive and think 'Wow! This is every bit as amazing as I hoped' and providing pictures which give you a real sense of our properties is one of the best ways we have to achieve this. 

Besides, our apartments are so beautiful anyway that we don't have to manipulate angles and frames. We're proud of them and want their inherent class to shine through. You only have to look at the picture of our new apartment, City Centre Haven @ York Place, to get a sense for its exceptional attention to detail and easy elegance. 

2) It feels odd to be staying in someone's home.

Most of our apartments are people's second homes, valued and loved by their families, but this is absolutely no reason why you can't love and appreciate them too. They're proud of their apartments, love Edinburgh, and want to share the experience of being here with others. There's no need to feel odd! Just enjoy your time, treat the apartments as your very own temporary home, explore the city, see the sights and write our owners a message in the guestbook or send us feedback to let them know that you loved being there! They'll only ever be pleased to have passed a little bit of happiness along and it's our raison d'etre to make your stay outstanding as well. The owners and the team at The Edinburgh Address get the satisfaction of participating in your happy holiday memories and you can have the most comfortable time possible. Everybody wins and nothing odd in sight!

3) Renting is expensive.

This one simply isn't true. Some holiday homes are more than others, but compared to hotel prices staying in a rental property is dramatically better value for money. Especially if you have a large group looking for more than one bedroom. Staying in one of our apartments can really offer you the best value while also providing a high standard of luxury which simply wouldn't be possible in a hotel of the same price bracket. On top of this, holiday homes cater for a much wider range of requirements. We have apartments for couples, families, corporate guests, long stay guests, city breakers, international travelers, and they all have completely individual characters to suit even the most idiosyncratic guest down to the ground. No more standard issue hotel rooms! Rental provides both a sense of individuality and independence and great value.

 4) The properties aren't well maintained.

The turnaround team would take exception to this idea! Whenever a guest leaves one of our apartments we make a thorough check to make sure that everything is ship shape, top notch, and ready to go. In the rare event that something does go wrong then you only have to call our 24/7 help number to receive immediate assistance.  

In the long term, we're committed to keeping the apartments at the very cutting edge. They're regularly updated and polished to our high standard to make sure that you will never be disappointed. This goes back to our pride in our apartments - we want you to be impressed too! 

5) The properties aren't cleaned properly. 

We have a team of professional cleaners who make sure all of our apartments are cleaned to hotel standards. This also includes towels on your bed, toiletries, and a welcome pack. If you're staying long term then we also include complementary cleans and fresh linen so that you have that hotel fresh feeling for the duration of your stay. 

 

So, there you go! 5 holiday rental myths debunked! There are fewer and fewer reasons not to book your Edinburgh Address today...

 

 

 

 

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

Stockbridge Grandeur

 

1. Find unique gifts in the shops of Stockbridge

Daisy Cheynes


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.

Spottiswoode Road, main door, Edinburgh

 

Choosing to stay in a self-catered apartment allows you to build a really individual experience for your trip away. All of our apartments have a distinct sense of character and offer a unique experience. Combine their diverse styles with the reasons listed below and you can really make your stay your own.

 

~ Loads more space ~

With self-catering you can have the feeling of home and intimacy with enough room for everyone to do their own thing without stepping on each other's toes. You also have the option of a cosy night in; if you've spent the day exploring the city then a movie marathon and popcorn in a large and comfortable living room could be the perfect end to the day. There's no need to rush back out again to keep the troops entertained. 

If you're in the city for business it's great to be able to come home at the end of the day rather than check into a hotel room where you're living out of a suitcase. Stretch out in a living room on a proper sofa, invite some colleagues back for dinner, or if you're here for while then bring your family to explore the new city with you. 

 

~ Freedom and flexibility ~

It's your day and you can plan it exactly how you want it. Or not plan it at all. Self-catering really puts the control back in your hands. If you fancy having breakfast at midday then do! If you don't want to have to worry about eating lunch out then pack it and take it with you. You don't have to fit in with a pre-arranged schedule or miss out.  You won't be missing hotel meal times and eating out instead, not unless you want to!

And you can come and go as you please without waiting to pick up your key. There's nothing to stop you spending your time exactly as you choose. 

 Fully Equipped Kitchen at Gayfield Square

~ Privacy ~ 

Avoid the awkward hotel corridor shoulder brush with the family from room 109 who you spent all dinner glaring at as their children kicked up a fuss over the boudin noir aux pommes. If you are that family then you won't have had to suffer that embarrasment in the first place - if the kids want to live only on fish fingers and custard then having your own kitchen means they can. Your apartment is your own little haven to return to after a day of adventuring or work. 

You can really get the feeling of home cooking in a well-equipped kitchen, kicking back in a great living room, stretching out on fresh linen in your comfy bed, and knowing that you won't be disturbed. For families with children, you know that they'll be able to sleep uninterrupted through the night so that you can have the evening for yourself. It's your holiday too! For those here on business, there'll be no baby in the room next door to keep you awake either. Perfect!

 

~ Cost control ~

Besides the fact that self-catered apartments are often much less expensive than hotels in the first place, you'll also have a lot more control over your expenditure. Eating out really adds up! With self-catering you can explore the local markets, such as the one in Stockbridge, and try out the fresh produce to get an authentic experience and feel like a local while keeping an eye on how much it all costs. 

All of our apartments have free, reliable wifi and there are no hidden costs. Everything is transparent and easy, cleaning equipment and welcome packs are provided so you only have to buy what you actually want. You can even pay in installments running up to your stay if it's easier; just phone the office.  

 Relax in the living room of The Penthouse

So there you have it! There are loads of reasons to book a self-catering holiday.

But if you still fancy a wee bit of the extra service a hotel provides then you're in luck. We also offer a tailored service with extra cleans, late check-outs, private chefs, beauty treatments, and tours so that you can have your stay exactly how you want it. Or if you simply need recommendations for restaurants, activities, or bars then we're always happy to advise. If there's something you'd like then ask when you book and we'll do our best to help.