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We’re so pleased to announce that The Edinburgh Address now sells Gift Vouchers.

Planning a birthday trip? Celebrating a special anniversary? Treating a friend or maybe just yourself? These are the perfect gift!

Gift vouchers start at £10 and can be any domination upwards. They can be used towards the price of apartments or any of our available Extras.

To celebrate the launch of this voucher we’ll offering you a special deal. Buy any domination of voucher from now until the end of February and we’ll add an extra £10 to your amount.

For more information or to buy a gift voucher give us a call on 0131 629 8347 or email us.

T&Cs Only one voucher can be applied per booking. 

 

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This is Rachael doing the "Address to a Haggis" for a Burns Night she hosted a few years ago in Canada while on a ski season.

 

We love Burn’s night; we love the tradition and the poems, the songs, the music and the food.

It seems futile to try to write about the bard when what describes him and his work best are his own words.

So what I suggest is to pour a wee nip of Whisky and enjoy these songs.

My love is like a Red, Red Rose

The Lea Rig

Ae Fond Kiss

A Man's a Man for a' That

*Warning* If you’re from Scotland but are out of the country you might get a bit misty eyed!

For more information about Robert Burns and Burns Night this is a great site.

We'd love to know how you are celebrating Burns night, tweet and facebook us your stories and pictures, we'd be thrilled to see them! 

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The forecast for Edinburgh tomorrow is snow and freezing conditions so it feels really strange to be thinking about the summer!

Although we love winter in Edinburgh it is nice to start feeling dreamy about longer days and summer sun.

There is a buzz in the air about this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The program won’t be announced for a good few months yet but we’ve had lots of booking for August already!

If you are planning to come to stay in Edinburgh for the Festival it’s a good idea to get your accommodation sorted as soon as you can. We have various apartments that sleep 2 all the way up to houses that sleep 10.

Book now to secure your dream apartment, then all you’ll have to worry about are which shows to see!

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The 6 Nations are nearly upon us and we are very excited! I’ve grown up loving rugby but our Canadian girl Erin was a little unsure about it all so we’ve put together a 6 Nations survival guide for her and if you want, you! 

Introducing The Edinburgh Address Guide to the 2013 RBS 6 Nations at Murrayfield.

There’s an App for that…

It’s pretty much true for everything these days and if you want to keep up with all the 6 nations action you can download this free app from the itunes store. Or if you feel the need to brush up on the rules of rugby you can download the IRB Laws of Rugby app here.

Work out how to get to Murrayfield beforehand! If you can avoid it try not to drive. Traffic can be a nightmare, take it from someone who got caught in stand still traffic for an hour! Get directions to Murrayfield here.

On game day make sure you dress warmly, the roof is open to the elements so it is likely to get cold, bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains but never an umbrella. Wear comfy shoes -no high heels - as you’ll be standing and cheering (hopefully) or at least doing a Mexican wave!

Avoid cold toes with these

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I still have the strip I got for my 16th birthday which I wear to most games but you can check out all the merchandise in the official shop here or alternatively you could go down this route.

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If you’re all wrapped up you’ll need some way to show your support for your team. I’d recommend face paint rather than the more extreme cheek tattoo. These look good,

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and they are for age 3 to adult so we should be able to cover all bases!

If you’re keen to try to get on the big screen you can buy Scotland flags and really stupid Loch Ness Monster and Hey You Jimmy hats at the gates of the stadium.

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Most people know the national anthem of their country but if you just going along for the experience you should learn Flower of Scotland, hearing it sung in a stadium is pretty epic. The first verse is usually played with the bagpipes but the second verse is sung acapella by 60,000 fired up Scots. I get goose bumps every time, it's pretty special. Here’s a clip of the team and crowd singing it.

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This is also played a lot, as is this it will be stuck in your head for days!

Traditionally, at half time the teams stayed out on the pitch and had a quick snack of orange segments. Now the teams retire to their dressing rooms to talk second half strategy. I’m not sure if orange segments are still consumed. If you make it to half time you deserve some refreshment too, it’s hard work being a fan. I recommend cookies

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To be washed down with a swig from the thirst aid helmet…

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Ok so I’m joking about this one but you can buy beer and other refreshments in the stadium.

Finally, if you’re new to the game and are not quite sure what’s going on here are some helpful phrases that will make you sound like you know what you’re talking about.

“Pass the ball!”

“Bring him down!”

“Great kick/horrible kick” (you’ll need to use you own judgment but can usually tell from the crowd.)

“Need the ball/Where’s the ball/Too slow/we need quicker ball, quicker ball!” Opposing teams try to slow the ball down to break momentum so you can pretty much guarantee you’ll be using one of these fairly regularly.

“Stop giving away stupid penalties!” Pretty much all penalties are stupid so you’re safe with this one plus if it’s at all close to the posts you can add “and it’s kickable” (don’t forget to include a disgusted sneer with this.)

“Go on Son, run RUN!” To be applied when someone makes a brake for it. Or, “chase him!” when the other team make a break for it.

Finally, it is said that Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen and the fans should behave like gentlemen (and women) too. No booing the other team when they score or are about to kick. That’s just bad sportsmanship plus it’s Mean.  

The atmosphere is electric but the fans are always well behaved and whatever the outcome you’re sure to see supporters of both sides having a laugh at the pub afterwards. It’s a great day out for the whole family so make sure to bring the kids.

Scotland are playing at home in Murrayfield on the 9th of February, 24th February and the 9th of March. You can buy tickets here and see the full fixtures list here.

Now all there is to do is pray to the Rugby Gods that Scotland do well!

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We still have some flats available over the Rugby weekends, contact us for availability and prices and check out our facebook page for special offers!

 

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Phew! Christmas is over and it’s the start of the brand New Year.

If you’re anything like us you have had an amazing time with family and friends but now you’re exhausted and in need of a break!

 Luckily we have the perfect treat for you! In January, as a special beginning of the year gift (and to celebrate surviving 2012) we’re offering up to 25% off selected apartments!

Stay in one of our beautiful properties and treat yourself to a little something extra. We provide beauty treatments, a private chef or an Edinburgh tour as well as hampers and cocktail making.

January doesn’t have to be a gloomy month! It’s the Year of Natural Scotland and there are things to see and do all over the city. Stay with us, recharge your batteries, and experience Edinburgh in style!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

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Scotland has come first in CNN’s Top Travel Destinations for 2013!

We’re so excited and proud that the country that we love so much has been captivating and inspiring people all around the world!  It may be small be we like to think the best things come in small packages, it looks like CNN agrees!  

Anyone that has seen pictures of Scotland can attest to its natural beauty and with films like Skyfall catapulting the stunning scenery into the hearts and minds of millions it is little wonder that 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland.

We’re doing our bit to promote Nature in Scotland’s cities here in Edinburgh.  We’re also helping out by eating our way through Scotland’s Natural Larder; it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

In 2013 we are so looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the world and showing off our wonderful country! 

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How are you treating your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day?

We’ve got some amazing one and two bed apartments available for Valentines weekend (15th – 17th Feb)

Book your stay with us and be treated to a chilled bottle of bubbly on arrival to celebrate your Valentine’s Day together!

We also have fabulous extras available including a personal chef, beauty treatments, flower delivery or luxury hampers. Just let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll arrange it all for you!

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Why not cosy up in our beautiful New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street Apartment? At only £184 it is located in Edinburgh’s prestigious and central New Town, an excellent position from which to explore Edinburgh. Less than 10 minutes’ walk from Princes Street, with its city centre shopping and the delightful Stockbridge area, that is full of great restaurants, cafes, gourmet food shops, boutiques and bars.

If you’re coming with family or friends we have some gorgeous apartments on the Southside and Marchmont area that would be perfect.

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside with its modern open plan living space is a sophisticated 4 star graded apartment and is only a 20mins walk from The Royal Mile and 5mins from the Meadows. Stylish and contemporary, this ground floor apartment is fitted to a high standard and set within a converted print-works. Available for £230.

Our Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswood Road has classic Edinburgh charm. This delightful ground floor main door apartment has traditional features typical of its Marchmont location and a pretty front garden that provides a charming welcome to the apartment. It is positioned close to The Meadows and Edinburgh University and is around a 20 minute walk to the Royal Mile or a short bus ride. Surrounded by excellent local amenities including cafes, bars, restaurants and deli’s it’s a great place to explore whilst being in easy reach of the city centre. Available for £230.

Celebrate your love and be romanced by Edinburgh and all she has to offer!

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9a Castle Terrace featured in a recent 'Wish You Were Here'.  The journalist who stayed had a fantastic time and was full of praise for the apartment and service.

Both 9a Castle Terrace and Garden Apartment @ Castle Terrace offer luxurious accommodation in the city centre and can cater of groups up to 16 people if you book both together!  Can also be booked as 2 individual 3 bedroom apartments.

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You've all been very good this year so we've got a festive treat exclusively for our Facebook friends and Twitter followers!

Book either our Castle Terrace @ 9A apartment over Christmas or our South Charlotte Street @ Charlotte Square apartment over New Year and as well as getting a complimentary bottle of bubbly and mince pies on arrival, you’ll also get a luxury aperitif hamper containing Beer, Wine, Bubbly and Snacks worth more than £50 absolutely free!

Just 'like' our Facebook page to get the code and apply when booking!

Happy Holidays!

Love, The Edinburgh Address.

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In the last few days we’ve had frosty windows and rosy cheeks and the first real sprinkling of snow, winter is definitely here! Edinburgh is absolutely stunning during the festive period and we feel so lucky to be able to share the magic of our city with our guests!

Edinburgh is full of wonderful things to do to get you in the festive spirit. Princes Street Gardens is transformed into a spectacular Winter Wonder land!

Become a child again and ride the big wheel , it offers amazing views, shimmy down the helter skelter or soar through the air on the flying carousel .

Hundreds of little wooden chalets in the Traditional German Christmas Market pop up selling everything from handmade gifts to sweet treats like candied nuts or savoury bratwursts. Don't forget to check out the Highland Village Christmas Market either. Indulge in a glass of mulled wine and use the cup as a hand warmer as you puruse the stalls or after ice skating  treat yourself to a rich hot chocolate while you get your breath back!

Fancy meeting Santa and his reindeer? He is pretty busy this time of year but he visits Edinburgh with his sleigh daily.  

Winter in Edinburgh is also a great time to visit the theatre , everything from Dirty Dancing to Puss in Boots, The Snowman, Cinderella and more are on over the festive period. 

If you’re feeling fit or want to make a pre-emptive strike on the mince pies The Great Edinburgh Santa Run is for you, dress up, have fun and raise money for charity in the process.

Although the Winter Wonderland in Princes Street Gardens is the biggest market there are still lots of other festive things to do around the city. Castle Street and Broughton Street hosts a festive farmer market and Summerhall has a market billed as ‘a fashion, food and cultural extravaganza’ Click here  for a full list of Chirstmas Markets and Events.

Are you 'lucky' enough to be in Edinburgh for Hogmanay ? Why not get tickets to the world famous Edinburgh Street Party or Concert in the Gardens?

Feeling the Chill? Join 25,000 people in a spectacular Torchlight Procession led by Shetland’s Up Helly Aa’Vikings and massed pipes and drums culminating in a fireworks display on Calton Hill. It’s free to attend but if you want to buy a torch there is a charge and you’d better be quick, they sold out last year!

As always, The Edinburgh Address is the place to stay in the city and this year we are so pleased to be featuring two very special apartments, one over Christmas and one for New Year.

Spend a magical Christmas in our magnificent 5* Castle Terrace @ 9A apartment complete with bespoke designer interior and striking views of Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect place for an exquisite holiday.

Edinburgh is famous for our New Year's Eve party and there is nowhere better to spend it than in our fabulous South Charlotte Street @ Charlotte Square apartment. Right in the centre of the city you will be in for an unforgettable Hogmanay!

Book either of these apartments and we’ll happily provide a bottle of bubbly, chilled for your arrival and some mince pies to get you in a celebratory spirit.

This festive season Edinburgh Sparkles!  

 

P.S  Lost Elves Edinburgh’s Norwegian Christmas Tree Santa’s Postbox Carols and Christmas Concerts Church Services Attractions

 

 

It’s been a busy time here at the Edinburgh Address and we have lots of exciting updates coming soon but first we thought we’d share what we’ve been up to the past few weekends.

Erin, our resident Canadian took some time to explore more of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. She even ventured across the bridge and headed up to St Andrews for the day. She didn’t play any golf but she take in all the sights of the famous town.

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Erin set out for Cramond Island but was thwarted by some very aggressive swans and a high tide so she retreated to the nearest pub instead.

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She also visited Edinburgh Castle for the first time and is now recommending it to all our guests and reminds them to head to the ramparts to watch the 1 o’clock gun when it's fired. She then jetted of to Poland for a week! Lucky thing. 

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She loved it, although not as much as Edinburgh and we are so pleased to have her back!

Rachael, our snow bunny spent the last weekend in October at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival an event she goes to every year.

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She says it marks the start of the countdown to the winter season gets her excited to strap on her skis. The films and lectures are always really inspiring and even if you’re not an extreme sports junkie it’s a great event. Fun fact: at the after party the guest speaker – leading British climber Leo Houlding stole her beer, she says this makes them best friends, Leo was unavailable for comment however. 

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The last few weekends she also went to see Scotland take on the almighty All-Blacks and South Africa at Murrayfield. Our whole office is #backingblue!

Our yummy mummy Siobhan took a break from the kids and went to see the Celtic match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, she painted her nails green and white for the occasion and is still bouncing off the ceiling at the result, 2-1 against Barcelona.

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She’s also been lucky enough to nab some free family tickets from Historic Scotland to visit Edinburgh Castle in celebration of St Andrew’s Day. The kids will be cultured whether they like it or not!

Siobhan also accompanied Anna to the World Travel Market in London last week where they met lovely people, learned lots and we've now got some great new ideas!

Anna has also been busy searching out the best place to get our festive cheer on, mulled wine all the way! We’ve finally decided that we are going to have our Christmas night out at Our Dynamic Earth, because a Christmas without Dinosaurs is no Christmas at all! I wonder if they will let us sledge down that giant ice cube they have?

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Now that we’re less than 6 weeks from Christmas we’re running around like busy little elves trying to make sure that our guests have the best festive break ever. Stay tuned for some special festive deals!

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We are thrilled to be attending The World Travel Market in London.  

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We are especially looking forward to the excellent seminars on offer and meeting the many experts in the industry attending the show!

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We’ve been busy bees here at The Edinburgh Address HQ.

We are working on lots of exciting projects we can’t wait to share with you in the coming months, but in the meantime we do have one update we wanted to share now…

We’ve moved!

We are now at 16 Rutland Square. While we loved our old office our team has expanded and there was no longer room for us all.

We spent last week packing up and although there was lots of heavy lifting we couldn’t be happier with our new home.

Here are some photos of our move

Our old office - empty.

We were sad to go but excited to start a new chapter.

It was hard to imagine where all this stuff would go.

It's starting to look a bit like an office now...

After much shuffling of desks and computurs and cables, we've finished.

We're so happy to be in our new home!

P.S This was us trying to get the filing cabinet up the stairs!

This weekend Will, a member of our team competed in a Tennis Tournament in Edinburgh.

He’s been training hard and even abstained from Friday night drinks in order to be in tip-top condition for his match. It certainly paid off as Will won the final and is now Gentlemen’s Singles Champion for his club.

Here’s Will with his trophy and beer!

Tennis is just one of the hundreds of fun activities that are available in Edinburgh.

Let us know if you want any more information of things to see and do!

Apartments closest to Craigmiller Park Tennis Club where Will plays

More information on the club can be found at www.craigmillarparktennis.co.uk

Autumn trees

The Edinburgh Festival is drawing to a close, the kids have gone back to school and we’re fast approaching the end of summer. Don’t despair though; autumn in Edinburgh is beautiful and fun!

We made a list of just a few of the reasons to love Edinburgh in the autumn…

On a rainy autumn afternoon head to the National Museum of Scotland. It is absolutely incredible (and free!) Spend all day wandering through the exhibits but don’t forget to visit the café as well for a pot of tea and a homemade scone.

On Sundays head down to Stockbridge Market, buy freshly baked bread and homemade chutneys and jams. It’s not just food though – if you’re looking to do some early Christmas shopping check out the jewellery, handbags, soap and cashmere stalls.

The evenings will start to get darker earlier so why not grab a hot chocolate (with little marshmallows) and check out The Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Curl up with your drink and be transported to different world.

On a frosty autumn day all we want to do is crunch through piles of crispy golden brown leaves. Wrap up in a warm scarf and mittens and head to The Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, The Meadows or Inverleith Park to swish through the leaves and look for conkers.

Go for a bracing walk up Arthur’s seat for spectacular views of the city and beyond. When you’ve blown away the cobwebs and your nose and cheeks are rosy, head down to one of Edinburgh traditional pubs for a wee dram to warm your insides and sit by an open fire to warm your outsides. Top tip: If you find a comfy seat by the fire spend the rest of the day there!

Remember remember the 5th of November… sip mulled wine or hot soup while at one of Edinburgh many bonfire nights. Bring your own sparklers.

With so much to see and do we’re excited already! What are your tips for Edinburgh in the autumn?

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We don’t ever want the Edinburgh Festival to end but at least when it does it goes out with a bang. The Festival Fireworks on the 2nd of September are set to a stunning concert of classical music performed by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The display is absolutely breath-taking and well worth coming to see.

We have a few apartments available for the fireworks and as a special treat if you book a minimum of 2 nights in either our Castle Terrace Garden apartment or our South Charlotte Street apartment we’ll give you free tickets to watch the fireworks in Princes Street Gardens. Hooray! Hurry though – first come first served!

Sometimes, when you’re in the city centre it’s easy to forget Edinburgh is a city beside the sea. The Leith area of Edinburgh was once a busy shipping port where ships unloaded their cargo and Edinburgh merchants collected it.

If you’ve ever been walking around Edinburgh city centre at lunch time you may have seen or heard the One O’Clock Gun being fired. This Edinburgh tradition was started so that ships that sailed the Firth of Forth were able to check their chronometers in the days before accurate time pieces were available.

These days Leith is a thriving hub of boutique shops, delicatessens, restaurants and pubs. Tom Kitchin, who appears regularly on Masterchef, has opened his own Michelin stared restaurant, The Kitchin on Commercial Street, and champagne bars and seafood restaurants such as Bond No9 and The Ship on the Shore see people migrating from the city centre to eat by the sea.

Leith has a large shopping and dining complex called Ocean Terminal which includes a large cinema, gym and spa.

It is also the final home of The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s Yacht which is now open to the public and is a Fantastic tourist attraction.

We are lucky enough to have two properties in Western Harbour, Edinburgh Panorama and City Scape. These flats are both beautifully luxurious with amazing views across the Forth and back up to Edinburgh Castle and the Pentland Hills beyond.

Please ask us for any more information about these flats or any of our properties and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for special deals!

Apartments near Leith and Western Harbour...

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Like our Facebook page to win a free night stay in any of our luxury self-catered apartments.

Whether you want to be right in the city centre, by the sea or in an apartment perfect for day trips you have the chance to win a free night stay in the apartment of your choice! Simply like our page for the chance to win!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Edinburgh-Address/54527225530

Competition closes on the 30th September 2012.

A winner will be chosen at random and contacted by the Edinburgh Address.

Must book a minimum of two nights to get the 3rd night free.

Stay cannot be taken during peak times and bank holidays (Christmas and New Year 20th December – 4th January, Rugby internationals 10-11 and 17-18 November, 9-10 and 23-24 February and 9-10 March)

Stay must occur before July 31st 2013

Nestled just a few minutes’ walk from Edinburgh City centre is the little hamlet of Dean Village.  Originally the centre of the Water of Leith Mills Dean Village, meaning ‘deep valley’ has been standing in Edinburgh - in one form or another - for a very long time. Records date back to the reign of King David the 1st in the early 1100’s and the rich history and stunning architecture of the village give visitors a glimpse into times past.

The village was once home to 11 mills. He mills provided the whole of Edinburgh and the surrounding villages with meal until the 19th Century. Although the mills are no longer active you can still see remains of them throughout dean village from miller’s stones, carved stone plaques and the architecture of the houses that were once mills.

Perhaps one of the most famous features of the village is St Bernard’s Well. The Well, which was built in 1789 by the celebrated Edinburgh Landscape painter Alexander Nasymth, was constructed on the sight of a natural spring. It is said drinking the water will heal aliments such as arthritis, back ache and even blindness. The best time to visit is an hour or two after a heavy rainfall when you can hear the roar of the water thundering under your feet from the Pentland Hills. The design of the Well draws on inspiration from the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli in Italy and at the centre of the open pillared dome stands the statue of Hygieia, the goddess of Health.

Walking down the cobbled streets of Bells Brea is like venturing in to another world, or at least another time. The whole village is really worth exploring on your own or on one of the guided tours The Dean Village Association organize but a great thing to go is just hang over the edge of the Bells Brea Bridge and take in the atmosphere and watch the water of Leith 

The history and architecture give an ethereal feel to the village so keep a wary eye out for Brownies (Scottish fairies) they do like to cause trouble! (They'll be hiding by the water edge!)

If you would like more information about Dean Village or The Old School House where we have an apartment don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Edinburgh Address properties nearest to Dean Village

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Something new from the Edinburgh Address!

Enjoy a fresh perspective, with our extremely deluxe 3 and 4 bed duplex apartments which enjoy unbeatable views due to the position and scale of the stylish buildings!

Uninhibited views across Edinburgh Castle, Arthurs seat and other famous Edinburgh landmarks, plus the impressive panorama of the forth road bridge and coastline of Fife.

Fantastic choice for guests, with the desirable area of The Shore just minutes walk away and The Stylish Ocean Terminal shopping centre and The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Slick, modern finishes and designer kitchens, high spec bathrooms and en-suites.

The city centre is only a short bus or taxi ride away.

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