We love hearing that guests love our apartments. Here are some of our favourite things guests have said about their stays over the last couple of months:

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"Fantastic apartment so close to Princes Street; shops, restaurants and bars all within easy walking distance. The accommodation was in excellent condition and very clean. We would highly recommend."

"Great Apartment, great location. Easy and helpful service. We would highly recommend."

Do something special this Valentine's Day - plan a romantic trip to Edinburgh. After all, we were voted the 16th most romantic city in the world! Here are some of our ideas guaranteed to impress that special person in your life:

Take a walk along the Water of Leith

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What ever happened to good old fashioned walking and talking? Edinburgh has some stunning scenery so take a stroll along the Water of Leith walkway and soak up the atmosphere.

Edinburgh has played host to all manner of amazing events in 2016 and 2017 looks set to be even better! Edinburgh is known around the world as the City of Festivals and it certainally lived up to its name this year! From magic to jazz and cycling to science, we've really seen it all this year. Edinburgh is an amazing city to visit and our luxury self catering and serviced apartments provide the perfect home from home for your get-away.

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Here is a small selection of some of the fantastic events planned for next year:

Winter is definitely upon us here in Edinburgh. We've got a whole host of exciting events coming up in our beautiful city and we want to share them with you!

18th Nov – 8th Jan: Edinburgh’s Christmas

Every year Edinburgh welcomes European and Scottish markets, rides, performers and food and drink vendors to create a spectacular winter wonderland in the centre of town. If you're not in the Christmas spirit now, you will be once you've visited Edinburgh's Christmas!

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Edinburgh has so much to offer over the Christmas and New Year period. In 2014, nearly 150,000 people ascended upon Edinburgh to help us locals bring in the New Year and party along Princes Street. There’s a unique atmosphere in Edinburgh – a real sense of one-ness when we celebrate the start of another year together. The bands, the DJs, the people, the fireworks – it all comes together to create one magical night!

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But it’s not all about just that one night. It’s about exploring Edinburgh and seeing all we have to offer. During the festive period, we have the European and Scottish markets, plus numerous rides, plays and child-friendly events.

When looking for the best deal for your Edinburgh self catering holiday, there’s one tip we can’t stress enough – always book direct! Here are a few reasons why:

Money talks

The fact is, the less middle-men involved, the less your holiday is going to cost. Prices on our own website should never be more expensive than those on third party websites, but if you ever do find one of our apartments listed on a live booking site for less than it is on our site, come directly to us and we will beat the price.

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Special offers and promotions

We set all our prices, on all the websites we use, and we want you to book directly with us. That’s why our best discounts and last minute promotions are exclusively on our website. You won’t get our gorgeous self-catering apartments with up to 30% off on any other site.

Knowing we’re satisfying our customers’ needs is what makes our world go round. We clocked up a lot of 5 star rated reviews from September stays – here are some of our favourite:

The Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile

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“Great penthouse apartment, this place is all about the views and the floor to ceiling windows really make the most of them.

With 4 floors and 2 outdoor roof gardens we had ample space to spread out. The layout of the apartment also works great with all the bedrooms on one floor, day living and main roof garden with dining area and BBQ on the next, beautiful lounge on the 3rd floor for relaxing in the evening. Finally, the top floor with the hot tub and lounge seating on the very top of the building all to yourself. Arthurs seat, the castle, Pentland Hills, everything in plain sight with sprawling 360 degree views.”

After a wonderful summer and fantastic Fringe Festival we’re now well into Autumn, and if you’re like us you’ll have turned your attention to the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! Every year, Edinburgh’s Christmas seems to grow with more and more space being dedicated to the beautiful European and Scottish Christmas Markets, lots of fun-filled activities, shows and plays, and of course the ice skating and rides across Princes Street Gardens and St Andrews Square. We think Edinburgh is the best place you could be for winter.

Plan a luxury Christmas for you and your family.

Ever thought about going away for Christmas? Look no further. With a range of luxury, unique and homely houses and apartments, we’ve got the perfect accommodation to suit any group. Take the stress out of Christmas and having the family over – create your own perfect home from home. Visit our website to view availability.

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Christmas shopping? Make an event of it!

Some of us love shopping and some of us hate it, but in our opinion, visiting Edinburgh during the festive period is enough to turn even the biggest shopping-sceptic into a shopaholic! Plan a trip to Edinburgh and stay in one of our gorgeous apartments and be met by complimentary bubbly and chocolates* to enhance your Christmas shopping experience. We’ve even got 15% off mid-week stays in selected apartments!

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“Travelling puts you in a heightened state of awareness. It stimulates your brain and makes you call up all your intellectual, spiritual and physical resources. Journeys are necessary for human beings; otherwise, we stagnate. Change is essential for everyone, and travelling presents a high rate of change.”
By the Canadian writer Lynne Shuttleworth.

 

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We all know that Edinburgh’s biggest jamboree is its multiple arts and performance festivals which run through the month of August, but once that’s all past, September comes along, and we think it’s just as worth visiting Edinburgh as it is in August. Here are a few reasons why…

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The Scots have crafted a cultural capital, full of entertainment and celebrations of the arts, where history and legends blend together.

Edinburgh is full of charm, especially during the summer months when the world famous Edinburgh Festivals fill the town with creativity and visitors from worldwide. It is a season dedicated to the performing arts, to all cultural projects and aims to promote independent innovation and freedom of creation. Edinburgh is the scene of impressive festivals that bring together the most creative and talented artists to share experiences, ideas and resources, and least of all to provide unrivalled entertainment.

Discover the perfect base for a truly authentic Fringe experience, with sight-seeing and festival venues all on your doorstep! Look no further to find your home-from- home.

Ideal for anyone wanting to maximize their experience of all this vibrant city has to offer, our self-catered holiday apartments combine the luxury feel of a top hotel with cosiness, privacy and the freedom of feeling like you were at home.

 

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The best way to experience any culture usually involves food. If I only have room in my luggage for one souvenir, I always make it an edible one.  They usually are a hit for families, food enthusiasts, as well as people of all ages!

Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic capital city that has so many different areas just waiting to be explored. However, many visitors stick to the famous haunts that the city is most renowned for; the historic and enchanting Old Town and Grassmarket, shopping primetime on Princes Street and the bustling bars and restaurant scene on George Street. Venture just that little bit further (and when we say further we still mean a stone’s throw from the Castle – almost!) and you’ll find pockets of this wonderful city you really shouldn’t miss.

Chrystal from The Luxury Editor gives us the lowdown on how to live like a local in Stockbridge.

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Only a 10 minute walk (downhill!) from the West End of Princes Street Stockbridge is a thriving hub boasting traditional pubs, trendy bars, an abundance of coffee shops, excellent restaurants, an array of independent artisan shops and even a luxury boutique hotel. The Botanic Gardens, Water of Leith and Inverleith Park border the area and although you’re still right in the heart of the city the expansive green area and waterway gives you the feeling of suburbia living.

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Oooohh so many places to choose from but one of my absolute favourites is Artisan Roast, which is located in a flower shop on the main high street. It’s a cute little place and the highly trained baristas are very conscious about crafting the perfect brew so ensure you’re up for a leisurely coffee. All pastries and cakes are homemade and their date slice is a monster – the BEST ever. Sorry mother-in-law yours comes a close second!!

Out and About

Take a stroll around The Botanic Gardens, it’s a really tranquil place and not only are the gardens themselves extremely beautiful there are often art exhibitions on display in the various exhibition spaces. If you’re visiting in November I’d highly recommend the Light Festival – quite a spectacle. It’s great for children too as there are plenty of ‘playful educational’ things to do and a child friendly café and restaurant.

As with the Old Town of Edinburgh, Stockbridge and The New Town are filled with winding lanes and cobbled paths that are just waiting to be explored and make sure you do as there are some really pretty places that are worth an amble down.

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Unrivalled 360 degree views of Edinburgh and all its beautiful surrounding scenery, three floors of impeccably designed modern architecture, a private hot tub all to yourself, and a bottle of bubbly and chocolates on the house…how does this sound for a few days away? Oh – and did we mention that there’s 10% off too!?

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We’re offering this amazing deal for stays at our Panoramic Penthouse @ Quartermile in March, April and May 2016, when booked between 08/03/16 – 31/03/16. As well as offering 10% off stays of three nights or more, we are letting our guests have free use of the hot tub (normally £175 per booking). Go to our website now to book your stay using code “QM2016” or phone us on 0131 202 1188

T&Cs apply. Deal cannot be applied to any booking made before 08/03/16 and guests must use promotional code at time of booking to validate discount. 

 

The desire to attend as many events and attractions as we can when we are on vacation, often means  we forget to simply live, breathe and soak up the atmosphere because we have too many checklists. Straightaway, this old movie ‘’The Bucket List’’ comes to my mind. Two people - initially strangers, find that they are sentenced to death by the relentless disease we call cancer. Thus, a cranky multimillionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a mechanic (Morgan Freeman) make up a list of their last wishes - things to do before you die - and start the last chapter of their lives together. I think the idea of the film applies to each and every one of us while travelling, where we jot down the countries and ‘’must - see attractions’’ that we would like to visit in this life.

 

Edinburgh is a museum, yet, the congestion around the widely known and popular landmarks is sometimes tedious.

In order to truly savour our sublime Edinburgh, we divulge a map of this month’s highlights. Because we all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day, to enjoy the small pleasures in every moment of our lives full of gadgets, meetings and deadlines on all levels.

Treat yourself (and your loved ones) with…

v  Make Mother’s Day at Tigerlily (3rd Mar)

It is a perfect occasion to meet in March! Hosted by Scottish designers – An exclusive collection of gifts, including jewellery and handbags.

v  Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco, Edinburgh  at Jeffrey Street (17th Mar)

“A beverage of leisure is a serious business,” Shane Bowermaster was known to declare. Novice or connoisseurs, this is a fantastic experience for your collection of Edinburgh memories. You can make a purchase to enliven your memories after you’ve left!

v  Royal Observatory Edinburgh Public Astronomy Evenings (4th /11th /18th /25th  Mar )

Unwind…

v  Legally Blonde The Musical at  King's Theatre (16th  Mar – 19th  Mar)

v  Cirque Berserk at The Festival Theatre (10th -12th  mar)

v  Edinburgh Grand Opera - La Bohème at Usher Hall (18th &19th Mar )

v  Thriller Live Edinburgh  at Edinburgh Playhouse (21st  – 26th Mar)

v  Edinburgh Fashion Week 2016 at The Mound (5th-6th Mar)

The highlights of the month:

v  Six Nations (Rugby)(Feb – Mar)

v  Scottish Golf Awards(11 Mar)

v  Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar – 10 Apr)

 

Finally, This is Edinburgh’s After Party on the 18th of March at Summerhall, which aims to ‘celebrate Edinburgh’s favourite hidden gems, independent retailers and tempting food and drink’.

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Perhaps it has happened to you, like it has happened to me many a-time, to look for the cocktail menu and be met with bitter disappointment as you come across the same offerings - the boring Bloody Mary, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and other humdrum, done-to-death drinks. And then quitting and settling for a good old latte. However, read on, and we'll let you in on some of Edinburgh's alcoholic gems. Here are some of the best spots - from an insider's perspective. 

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1. Panda and Sons
79 Queen Street | Edinburgh

On the corner of Queen Street, A little treasure lies inside a subtle barbershop window, easy even for the locals to miss. You even find yourself confronted with a door disguised as a bookcase! As you venture downstairs, ambient background music meets your ears which complement the vintage décor, with real barber shop seats! With a great selection of drinks, the famous Birdcage cocktails for the more adventurous, house ale and wines are available- plus you get free complimentary popcorn at every table!

Don't worry, you'll know which book to pull out, I promise!

2. Bramble Bar
16A Queen St | Edinburgh

Perhaps the kind of bar you need to have inside knowledge about, location wise; but we've got you covered (trust me; Google Maps won't be your hero this time!)A fantastic prohibition era underground bar, you can find it in a basement on the corner of Queen Street, blink and you will miss it! A place where the craft and art of making cocktails lives strong and where you get your cocktail uniquely presented, in a tea cup or unusual vintage glass. 

3. Bar.Bados
9 Victoria Street | Old Town, EDINBURGH

An authentic setting: sand (get your flip flops ready), palm trees, cocktails and live music. Although it could be mistaken for one, this is not Rihanna's old music video, neither a nightclub somewhere in Spain (although sometimes we do wish!).It’s far from the sun, but who cares when you you’ve got swing chairs and a ping pong table?

4. The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate Close | Old Town, Edinburgh

This edgy establishment makes you feel like you are in a modern Game of Thrones, located in an imposing building with beautiful stone arches and exposed walls. This is an excellent restaurant and bar with great food and a fantastic lively atmosphere, with ambiance accented by shallow lighting and candles. What’s more is that you’ll have a huge wall of more than 200 whiskers to choose from, a fantastic selection of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits. 

5. Dragonfly
52 West Port | Old Town, Edinburgh

This bar is refreshingly modern, because a cocktail is more than a mix of drinks in a glass - it's a mind-set, a mood board, experience. Dragonfly provides you with an inventive menu which will leave you inspired.

6. Frankenstein's
26 George IV Bridge | Old Town, Edinburgh

A unique, gloriously gothic décor comprising of three bars over three levels, mirroring the look of Dr Frankenstein's laboratory, inside a 18th century church building on George IV Bridge. House specials include Dr Frankenstein and The Bride which are a must try and classic pub style Scottish food is served until midnight.

7. Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street | Edinburgh 

The perfect balance between modern luxury and classic charm, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner, a business lunch or a catch-up with friends, while guaranteeing a buzzing atmosphere, privacy in the spacious booths and an elegant and distinctive aura. It's the kind of place that deserves visit even just to check out the interior design.

8. Lebowski's
18 Haymarket Terrace| Edinburgh

A mesmerising variety of White Russians, all named after characters from the film and with accompanying quotes. In addition to this there are plenty of other drinks available to try if you don't enjoy the classic milky cocktail, as well as a great selection of delicious burgers among the traditional menu!  

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According to a UK-based study called “Friends on Tap” by the Campaign for Real Ale (“CAMRA”), people who regularly go to pubs actually end up happier, and potentially healthier, than the rest of us. Nightlife in Edinburgh is vibrant with lots of bars, restaurants, and social hang-outs. Any day of the week, you can find a place to listen to music, eat brilliant Scottish cuisine, or just relax and soak up the Edinburgh atmosphere.

 

Experience Edinburgh for yourself - for all availability in our luxury self-catering apartments, please get in contact with us on 0131 261 8646 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Women in Tourism was set up by a small group of individuals 2015. The organisation strives to discuss and overcome challenges, seize opportunities and strengthen relationships within our industry. Aiming to answer questions regarding, amongst other things, inequality, development and remuneration within the Scottish Tourism sector, the group have released a survey specifically for female tourism workers.

The Edinburgh Address’s managing director, Anna Morris is one of the founding members of Women in Tourism and hopes the group can help to break down barriers for women across the industry.

We would very much appreciate it if, you’re a women in the tourism industry - or hoping to become a part of it, you could spare a few minutes to participate in the survey. 

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That's right - the RBS Six Nations Rugby Tournament rolls around again, kicking off on the 6th of February.

Murrayfield is hosting two games this year - a Braveheart-esque battle with Scotland VS England on the 6th of February, then Scotland VS France on the 13th of March.

For those who want to come to Edinburgh and capture the atmosphere (and the game) first-hand, we've still got availability across our luxury self catering apartments. Go to www.theedinburghaddress.com for the full list. 

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Christmas Markets

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Did you know that between the 20th November and the 4th of January, there’s not one, but three Christmas markets? The Scottish Market will be at St Andrew Square again this year, showcasing the best food and drink we have to offer. The amazing European Market which has graced Edinburgh with its presence for the last 20 years, will stretch from the Mound all the way along to the Scott Monument. For the little ones the Children’s Market which is located in Santa Land is prefect! 

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Edinburgh’s food scene needs no introduction. Between Michelin starred restaurants and incredible street food vendors, you’re spoiled for choice all year round. With the Christmas Markets and activities going on along Princes Street and at St Andrew Square, comes even more delicious food. Regular offerings are churros, German sausages, burgers – and don’t forget the mulled wine and cider!

Shows

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From December 15th to January 2nd, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical will be singing and dancing up a storm at Edinburgh Playhouse. If you want a truly amazing, visually thrilling show to see this Christmas – this is it. The Edinburgh Address have an exclusive offer available to guests booking accommodation before the end of November – half price Priscilla tickets. Get in touch now to book! If you prefer your performances with a little less sass and a little more class, Circa: Beyond will be on from the 20th November – 3rd January in the magical Speigeltent which will take up residence in St Andrew Square.

Rides and Attractions

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As well as the now world famous Christmas Markets, Edinburgh’s Christmas, run by Underbelly includes ice skating, a big wheel, and the notoriously terrifying Star Flyer! There really is something for everyone. This year, Virgin Money will be bringing the Street of Light to the Royal Mile - it's set to be absolutely beautiful. 

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Edinburgh’s Princes Street party is now world-famous, with our lovely city being rated as one of the best cities in the UK to bring in the New Year. Not only does Princes Street play host to an amazing gathering of revellers from all over the world, we always have amazing musicians helping us bring in the New Year. This year Scotland’s very own and very talented Biffy Clyro, along with the brilliant Idlewild will be providing the soundtrack! If you want to do something different, Abandonman’s Bass Drop Ceilidh at St Andrew’s Square is guaranteed to be awesome!

Picture Perfect Scenery

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If you’re looking to go somewhere easy on the eye, you can’t do much better than Edinburgh for a winter vacation. The city is beautiful whenever you visit – grand architecture teamed with the leafy parks scattered around make it so iconic, however at Christmas time, Edinburgh is turned into a fairy tale. Regardless of whether we get snow or not (fingers crossed we do!), the city looks so magical when it’s lit up with all its festive cheer.  

We've still got some availability for the festive period - go to The Edinburgh Address now to book your luxury self catering accommodation.

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We've all heard the ghost stories about Edinburgh, so here's our list of some of the most hunted parts of the city...

        The Vaults

As the city expanded in the 18th Century, the most unlucky Edinburgh dwellers had to resort to seeking refuge in the spaces under the city where it was damp and needless to say, not great for your health. Bodies of these unfortunate people littered the Vaults and it’s even reported that the famous Burke and Hare liked to go digging for corpses there. Voices being heard, children screaming, sightings of moving shadows and unexplainable changes in the atmosphere are all spooky spectacles reported from inside Edinburgh’s Vaults in the past.

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        Mary Kings Close

One of the many alleyways coming from The Royal Mile, stories of the plague, murder and corruption surround Mary Kings Close and its sinister history. Tales of the supernatural have been coming from the Close for literally hundreds of years and it’s now a popular ghost tour destination for those not so easily frightened…

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        Calton Hill

Standing at the top of Calton Hill, you get some of the very best views over Edinburgh. Did you know that as well as having a wonderful fireworks display at Hogmanay, the hill plays host to Beltane Fire Festival – a Pagan event which lures the city’s wildest inhabitants to sing and dance around flames? This hill is no stranger to odd goings-on – it is said to be ‘haunted’ by a fairy boy who and others who have a special gift of sight into another world.

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       Greyfriars Kirkyard

Obviously, there couldn’t be a list of haunted places without mentioning at least one grave yard – that would just be silly. Greyfriars Kirkyard is probably the most famous of Edinburgh’s cemeteries –due to the tale of Greyfriars Bobby. The ghost who is said to terrorise this part of town, however, is not that of the dog – it is said to be George Mackenzie, an executioner of prisoners in the 17th century. Countless sightings and odd goings-on have been reported as well as physical disturbances and attacks!

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        Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh is often described as one of the most haunted cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that the castle, which has seen numerous bloody battles, would be one of the most ghostly places in town. Two of the most common reports are of visitors being able to hear bagpipes from the tunnels below – where a lone piper disappeared hundreds of years ago – and the sighting of a little drummer boy (who just happens to be headless).

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Even with all our ghosts and unexplained goings-on, Edinburgh is an amazing place to visit – so whether you’re in search of the paranormal, or just fancy a relaxing trip to Scotland’s capital, visit us online for luxury accommodation

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