Northumberland Street apartment, Edinburgh

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one in your very own Edinburgh Address apartment!

We have some beautiful apartments available for Valentine’s Day weekend, and, as a special treat, we’ll provide a complimentary bottle of bubbly for any new bookings over that weekend (14-16th February) to help you celebrate in style!

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Perfect for couples:

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside - from £234

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street - from £207

New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street - from £207

To search our other Valentine’s availability, click here.

 

Castle Terrace Apartment, Edinburgh

 

 I am really looking forward to Burns Night on Saturday. Haggis, neeps, and tatties is one of my all time favourite meals! And I'll be dancing the night away at a ceilidh on Friday night to get in the spirit of things.

 For anyone not Scottish, Burns Night can seem a little bizarre - we recite incomprehensible poetry very loudly, eat loads of mashed food, drink whiskey, dance like hooligans, and stab inanimate objects. But it is fun.  I promise!

 And there are loads of things happening in Edinburgh to celebrate our national poet. The Scottish Storytelling Centre has a range of things planned from a proper Burns dinner, to plays, to stories, to music. Check  it out here. The Scottish Malt Whisky Society are refusing to be outdone and are throwing a traditional three course Scottish meal complete with pipers and, obviously, whisky. Tickets £39 by phone (0131 555  2929). There are also suppers over at Prestonfield House Hotel in aid of Prostate Scotland on the 23rd and at St Columba's Hospice on the 24th. The latter has a comedic theme with some of Scotland's comic  talent lining up to keep the crowds entertained with various recitals while Slanj band featuring Skerryvore will be playing some rocked up ceilidh music to keep you on your feet. Tickets £49 or VIP £65.

 Following on from their success last year Annasach ceilidh band are throwing a more traditional party at The Counting House (once host to the bard himself!). Those new to ceilidh dancing needn't worry either as  Trisha will be calling the dances to keep everyone right. Tickets are £14 (conc. £12) and available online or on the door. The Ghillie Dhu have a fair few events for kids and grown ups. You can have a look at  those here

 For a more complete list of everything going on glance over this page

 

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thanket.

 


Slainte Mhath!

Spottiswoode Road Apartment, Edinburgh

 

Join the tartan army for a weekend of rugby inspired madness in Edinburgh! Whether you choose to shout your support at the scene of the crime, or in one of Edinburgh's many pubs there's no doubt that you're in for some fun! 

The fireworks, cannons, and acapella rendition of the national anthem are sure to whip up the crowd over at Murrayfield for Scotland's matches against England on the 8th Feb and France on the 8th March, while the chants, enthusiasm, and sheer volume of fans filling the pubs is enough to get a carnival feeling going everywhere else as well. 

If you don't fancy having to traipse home afterwards why not book one of our apartments for the weekend? We have lots of comfy apartments to choose from here

 

O Flower of Scotland,
When will we see
Your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen.
And stood against them,
Proud Edward's army,
And sent them homeward
To think again.

Drumsheugh Gardens Apartment, Edinburgh

It’s never too early to plan ahead! What better way to finish off 2014 - the year of Scotland - than in the capital!?

Tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 are now on sale! To compliment this, our live calendars are now open until January 2015 across many of our apartments, enabling you to book your  Edinburgh Address for New Year’s Eve 2014.

 Nowhere does it better than Edinburgh’s street party, this year saw entertainment in the form of the Street Party; the big concert in Princes Street Gardens featuring Pet Shop Boys; the traditional Torchlight Procession; The Keilidh plus many other events across the city. 

We can’t wait to see what the city has in store for next time, book

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Gayfield Square Apartment, Edinburgh

 

There's 10% off this lovely apartment until 31st Jan 2014. Click here for more information or see more pictures on pinterest

Located 5 minutes from Princes St and with an up-to-date and modern feel, our apartment in Gayfield Square really is the height of urban chic. 

 

Gayfield Square Apartment, Edinburgh

The guys over at The King's and Festival Theatres have very kindly arranged for some exclusive offers for guests of The Edinburgh Address. If you're staying with us in February and would like to take advantage of the deals below, then just let us know when you book and we'll send you a unique code to use when you reserve your tickets*. Enjoy!  

Look out for further blog posts covering each production over the next few weeks!

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£3 off all performances of Buddy @ King's Theatre ~ 10-15th February. 

Come and join the rock n' roll! The amazing Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story finally comes from the West End to Edinburgh. Watch an amazing cast of actors and musicians recount Buddy Holly's meteoric rise to fame, culminating with his final performance at The Surf Ballroom. Including That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy Rave On, La Bamba, Johnny B. Goode, and Shout, it's definitely not one to miss!   

 

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£3 off all performances of Dial M for Murder @ King's Theatre ~ 18th-22nd February.

This production of Frederick Knott's dark thriller is earning some very complimentary reviews; 'Dial M for Marvellous' say The Daily Telegraph, while The Times went for the disappointingly unalliterative 'Icily elegant'. Tony is sure that his wife is having an affair and plans the apparently perfect murder until a sudden twist sees it falter. Buzz words include passion, betrayal, erotic, and...murder!

 

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£5 off Singin' in the Rain from Monday to Thursday and £3 off Fridays and Saturdays @ The festival Theatre ~ 25th Feb- 15th March.

This classic tells the story of the demise of the silent film and the first Hollywood musical. With a wide spread of five star reviews, this production truly is spectacular, filled with wit, charm, glamour, romance, and a set to die for. Look out for those well-loved tunes, Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes, and, of course, Singin' in the Rain! Get out of the Edinburgh rain to enjoy this more romantically precipitous experience!

 

* all deals are valid for a maximum of four tickets per booking. A current booking reference number must be provided to claim.

 

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If you're looking for things to fill the long rainy Scottish days then fear no more! Edinburgh has loads to offer for kids and grown-ups alike. 

1) A Day at the Museum

Check out what Edinburgh's national museums have to offer. There are loads of exciting exhibitions on topics ranging from the Higgs Boson particle to Japanese Kabuko theatre.

2) Indoor Climbing

The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena has a wide range of activities but the indoor climbing wall is our favourite. Just because it's raining doesn't mean you can't have an action adventure! 

3) See some Art

Catch Rodin's 'The Kiss' while it's still in Edinburgh! The Portrait Gallery has an exhibition called 'The Nation // Live'  which has brought together work from five community outreach projects investigating the contemporary relevance of major shifts in Scottish history. Worth a look with the referendum coming up! 

4) Dynamic Earth

A real interactive learning experience for all the family. Follow the story of our Earth's creation through a series of room installments depicting the past, present, and future of the human planet. 

5) The Scotch Whisky Experience

Get warm the old-fashioned way in a trip round a replica distillery and sample the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky. Yum!

 

With all this on offer you'd have to choose to be bored! 

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It's time to welcome in a new year! There's something so exciting about a fresh start to fill with plans and ideas and resolutions. I know we at The Edinburgh Address are full of projects for the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for some of the goodies we have in store for you!

There's lots going on in Edinburgh for Hogmanay, parties, music, dancing, and fireworks! Look here for details. Even if you don't fancy trekking out in the cold the fireworks will be spectacular even from a living room window and will be visible from many of our city centre apartments. 

So raise your glasses, folks, to a fantastic new year full of love and happiness (and hopefully less rain...we can always dream!).

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

                                                               

For Auld lang syne, my jo,

for auld lang syne,

we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

 

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

                                                                       

 

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Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ is currently on at the Festival Theatre and this adaptation of Bing Crosby's classic Christmas movie has been earning some stunning reviews. With five stars from The Edinburgh Guide and The Herald and descriptions such as ‘oodles of panache’ All Edinburgh Theatre, ‘spectacular and rewarding energy’ The Scotsman, and ‘A big glittery greeting card of a show’ The Times, it really does seem to be a feast for the eyes and ears.

This show-stopping musical follows two friends putting on a show in a Vermont Inn and finding love along the way through the power of classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean?, and, of course, White Christmas!There are tickets still available and a new matinee performance scheduled for the 23rd to try and meet demand. If you're still looking for festive outings then have a look on the website to see some of the great discounts on offer for friends and groups. While it might be raining outside, there’s no harm in dreaming of a bit of snow before the 25th!

Why not enjoy this ‘cracker of a Christmas show’ The Stage, knowing all along that you have the comfort of an Edinburgh Address to tottle on home to when the curtain closes? See our Christmas availability here

This week, we welcome another new member of The Edinburgh Address team, Laura!

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Laura first moved to Edinburgh in 2001 to study Psychology at Edinburgh University and loved it so much she stayed for 10 years! Although Laura now works part time from her London pad she has a vast knowledge of Edinburgh and The Edinburgh Address flats and comes back regularly to visit.  

Her favourite location is the leafy and quaint area of Stockbridge and her favourite bar is The Dome on George Street.  

Laura will be on hand to answer availability enquiries and other questions about our apartments.

We are very sad to say goodbye to both Alice and Aija this month. Alice will be enjoying her retirement from The Edinburgh Address by spending time in her new home and babysitting her new grandchild!

Aija will be focussing on completing her studies at The University of Stirling. For those of you who have followed Aija's blogs, please do look out for some guest blogs in the future, as she continues to explore our lovely city!

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If you’re going to be in Edinburgh during December then you should definitely go and check out all the festive activities happening at the much loved Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Kirsty, Siobhan, and I were lucky enough to be invited last week to chat about all the festive offerings (and to try out a few of the ‘illusions’ for ourselves!).

The team over at the Camera are very excited about participating in the Decorate Edinburgh Christmas tree campaign  to raise money for Cash for Kids,  Sunflower Garden, and Edinburgh Clothing Store. The trees are all being supplied by the Bethany Christian Trust and will be decorated by various businesses across the city. The aim is to spread Christmassy cheer from Edinburgh’s top right down to its toes and the Camera Obscura team are full of plans to make their tree as magical and jolly as can be!  To appreciate their decorating skills and to discover parts of Edinburgh slightly off the beaten track try following the Christmas tree trail. Pick up a map from any of Edinburgh’s Christmas box offices to start.

Besides the beautiful Christmas tree there are all the usual amazing illusions the Camera has to offer, not to forget the camera obscura itself! We all had a lot of fun seeing the little people walking around the Mile - it was like being the witch in The Wizard of Oz, watching Dorothy in her magic crystal ball! There were also rumours of a new Christmas thaumatrope activity for families, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I think there's also a lovely blue Christmas mascot in need of a name.

The girls and I had a great time exploring, though we did find the infinity tunnel a bit much to handle! You can see some souvenirs of our escapades here...

 

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                                 Siobhan's head on a platter.                               Infinity tunnel!

 

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Me as a man!

                                                                              

And not to forget that guests of The Edinburgh Address can enjoy 10% off their tickets this month!

 

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To continue with our theatrical theme, over at the Festival Theatre there's a really charming adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story The Selfish Giant by Wee Stories Theatre. The strong influence from traditional story-telling makes this company a firm favourite with all generations and 'The Selfish Giant' is already getting great four star reviews from The Herald.

With the characters Hail, Frost, and the North Wind moving in to the Giant's garden after he banishes the animals, this is a wonderfully seasonal fairytale full of a subtle wintry charm. Dance, music and humour make it a theatrically compelling experience for everyone. I've already booked my tickets here!

Yet more drama-based reasons to come to Edinburgh this winter...

The Edinburgh Address is now fully booked for Hogmanay this year! But don't worry, we do still have some availability over Christmas, but you'll have to be quick!

Book now and receive complimentary bubbly and mince pies to help celebrate Christmas in your Edinburgh Address in style!

Available this Christmas:

The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile from £804.60 Gayfield Square Living Room

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate from £333.00

New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street from £246.50

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside from £255.00

The Stylish City Break @ Gayfield Apartment from £360.00

The West End Retreat @ Lynedoch Place from £351.00

Drumshuegh Apartment @ Drumshuegh Gardens from £486.00

The Studio @ Drumsheugh Gardens from £260.00

Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

In sight of the recent tragedy in Glasgow I thought it would be good to remember the good things in our neighbouring metropolis – and to honour the lives lost this Friday in a small way; our thoughts are with those affected by the accident, and we are remembering there is so much more in Glasgow than sadness.

Glasgow is a short train ride away from Edinburgh and much like Edinburgh is filled with joyous Christmas treats. Naturally the first stop in Glasgow would be the Christmas Continental Market on St. Enoch’s Square, just in front of the St. Enoch shopping centre – easy access to all your Christmas shopping needs. The specialty of the continental market is its eclectic mix – traders from Russia, Finland, Germany, Ecuador and many more are sharing the gourmet delights, traditional treats and specialities and rarities of all kinds. The unusual flair you can add to your Christmas spice! The market is now open until December 23.

Finnieston area in Glasgow has its own little Christmas celebration, the Festive Finnieston, with an evening of late night independent shopping, eating and drinking! This week, on December 5, from 6pm to 9pm – definitely worth to check out!

A great day out for the whole family in the heart of West End of Glasgow, the community of Queen Margaret Drive invites everyone to take part in their annual event and get into the good festive mood! The street Winter Festival will take place on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December between 12 noon and 6pm, with lots of music, artisan gifts and culinary treats from all over the world – an absolute delight!

Looking for something for the kids while you are in Glasgow? Little Ulla’s Christmas Party is exactly that thing for keeping the wee ones entertained either before or after a long day of shopping, sight seeing and Christmas sparkle at the markets! A fun Christmas event featuring a singalong, workshops, a puppet show and lots and lots of Xmas fun!

And to have that unique night out with your best gal pals or group of friends with that quirky sense of adult humour, you would do well booking a night with CinderFella, with cross-dressing, evilness and a ridiculous number of twists, Cinderfella promises another evening of sheer madness, mayhem and naughtiness! Every week on Fridays from December 6 till December 13, in Jumpin Jak’s on Sauchiehall Street at 7pm.

For all the best tips for great Christmas day out in Glasgow make sure to visit their Glasgow Loves Christmas page as well!

Have a jolly Christmas time!

 

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One of my favourite childhood memories is seeing a really magical production of ‘Peter Pan’ around Christmas time with my grandparents. We trudged through the snow to get there, found our seats and watched the curtains rise to discover an extraordinary world where children can fly, dogs can be nannies, mermaids and pirates exist, and the sheer power of your Grandad’s voice shouting ‘I do believe in fairies!’ can save the dying Tinkerbell. I still have a sense of wonder thinking about it even now.

And the King's Theatre's production, running from 30/11/13 until 19/01/14, looks set to be just as amazing. Putting the panto spin on this magical classic is sure to deliver an evening of Christmassy fun for everyone and there are a whole range of special offers and deals available. Featuring the obligatory dame, Mrs Hook, as well as our old favourites, it really does look like a great night out for the family.

The Edinburgh Address also have a few different apartments still waiting for a family this Christmas - check here for availability - and with Edinburgh's Christmas now up and running, as well as all of this festive theatre, there are more and more reasons to spend the winter in Scotland’s capital.  

Whereas in many countries, my own included, a national holiday is just another bad excuse for drinking more than usual – but in Edinburgh it seems to be another good excuse for celebrating the extraordinary creative power in the city and country’s ingenuity. It is not for nothing Edinburgh is considered to be the best city in the UK, and one of the leading travel destinations in the world with the ever-growing success and room for opportunities. So, next weekend it is the time for another one of those fantastic Scottish celebrations - St. Andrews Day.

St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland Andrew was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath an appeal to the Pope by Scottish noblemen asserting Scotland’s independence from England, and his patronage extends to fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. What an eclectic mix – same as is the city of Edinburgh and the extravaganza of St. Andrew’s Day.

This year the city celebrates yet again in style and lavish – with a whole day of free events and celebratory atmosphere on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket from 2pm till 10pm - and sticking to Edinburgh’s tradition of catering to all, the whole day is free! All the shows and extravaganzas of the day showcase the very best of Scottish culture. This includes musical galore by Dougie MacLean, Blazin’ Fiddles and Breabach! And not to forget if you get hungry, the Grassmarket Market will be trading throughout the day from 10.00am to 6.00pm offering a range of quality foodstuffs from locally sourced vegetables, fish and meat to hot food with a distinctly international influence! And it is not all happening just in Edinburgh – Fife has its very own St. Andrews Food and Drink Festival l coinciding nicely with St. Andrew’s Day – on going already all the way until December 1st!

From traditional music and dance to storytelling, St. Andrew’s Day is sure to have something for everyone, and it is just another taste to what rich, vibrant and full of life city Edinburgh actually is!

And not to forget, our winter special offers are sure to ensure that your stay in Edinburgh for the festivities is as comfortable as possible – some of our most gorgeous flats are still available for that last minute booking!

Courtesy of Aija Oksman

The weather outside is frightful… But wait – it was not that frightful the past few Sundays, which prompted another spur of a moment walk.

Courtesy of Aija Oksman

 

If you’re still looking for reasons to entice you to Scotland’s capital city this Christmas, why not check out the Lyceum Theatre's production of Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol'? This adaptation by Neil Duffield perfectly captures the heart and meaning of Christmas with an impressive ensemble cast bringing to life our favourite Dickensian characters, most importantly the festive villain everyone loves to hate, Ebenezer Scrooge himself! Join Scrooge on his journey through Christmases past, present, and future, and experience the joy and magic of Christmas as if brand new!

Featuring plenty of carols, an amazingly atmospheric set, and even the occasional snow fall, this is one show that not even the most miserly could humbug! With the Lyceum’s Festive Four package providing four tickets in the stalls for between £66 and £74 its very good value for money as well.

Even more luckily for you, The Edinburgh Address still has some beautiful family apartments available only ten minutes walk from the theatre. Why not spend the Christmas period in our beautiful Penthouse? Sleeping six and situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the best of Edinburgh’s Christmas is all in easy reach. And, once you’ve finished your long day of exploring and theatre-going, the kitchen includes all you could ever need to rustle up something delicious and festive with your spoils from the amazing seasonal markets (or you could even use our chef service and spend the time stretched out on the luxuriously comfy sofas!)

 

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One of the greatest assets of Edinburgh is its rich, centuries old cultural legacy – and none other is as impressive as the literary cocoon the city has been, being the birth place of many of the literary greats. And what better way would there be to enjoy the city’s finest than following on the footsteps of just, for example, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson or the more contemporary Ian Rankin?Courtesy of Aija Oksman

Edinburgh has the honour of being one of the UNESCO’s cities of literature and as such, prides itself with numerous literary events, fairs and other literature themed accessories around the capital city. A lot of the masterminding behind the events is by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, who constantly come up with new ways of celebrating the literary richness in the city (just look at their events page!). And of course during the festival season there is the ever-amazing Edinburgh International Book Festival. But when it is not festival season, there are numerous ways of getting yourself acquainted with the literary affluence.

For example, you might want to take part in one of the literary tours – the most popular and always exciting are the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour and the Edinburgh Book Lovers’ Tour And what is more, if up for it, you can conduct your own walk following the storylines of some of the best literature set in Edinburgh or written by a Scot.

During your literary exploring, you might also want to pop in for a hot drink and a delicious pastry Courtesy of Aija Oksmanwhile you browse the selection of books and rest your feet. This is ideal in the abundance of selection of indie bookshops around the city that also have cafes and events within them.

Personal favourites, for a literary puff like myself, is the Looking Glass Books and Pulp Fiction Books. Always a great atmosphere, always great service and both with unique flair to them.

And after all that exploring of the literary scene and history, what would a bibliophile want more than obtain a copy or few of the thing itself; books! City of Literature Trust has come up with the amazing Bookshop Trail app that is up for free download on their homepage, and lists 53 bookshops around the city centre that are worth scavenging thoroughly. And as Christmas is nearing, it is always good to remember a book is a gift that keeps on giving – it does not go out of date and it does not wither away; it is your best friend, your biggest challenge and the greatest comfort one could have.

Never boring in the city of literature, with whispers of profound cultural inimitability following you with every step – what more could anyone want?

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This week we welcome our newest member of The Edinburgh Address family, Meg!

Having recently graduated from Oxford University, Meg has decided to come home to Scotland and rediscover life in Edinburgh. She is looking forward to the upcoming events for Edinburgh's Christmas and seeing A Christmas Carol at The Lyceum theatre. Look out for her upcoming blog on winter theatre productions in Edinburgh!

We are so excited to welcome her as our Sales and Marketing Assistant and to expand our team! Be sure to say hello if you speak her on the phone.

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