The time of the year has come, when the weather proves to be even more precarious than normally – that half of the year when any type of weather phenomenon could take place. Such as today; sunshine, rain, sunshine, heavy rain, sunshine and wind wind wind.Courtesy of Annu Oksman

That does not stop the locals nor the tourists from venturing to the great city of Edinburgh, ready to experience and explore. A great opportunity to get to know the city better is the upcoming Doors Open Day weekend on 28 and 29th September! Organised by the Cockburn Association, the Doors Open day weekend provides something for everyone – architectural discoveries, educational heritage encounters as well as the best of the cultural opportunities – and what is more, admission to all buildings is FREE!

A city of contradictions not just by its weather, but also through its never-ending possibilities of discoveries and experiences, the metropolitan hub with a village feel that enchants as much as infuriates. Much of the city’s deep rooted intellectual and cultural heritage is played down by the down-to-earthness and approachability of the locals. Not a day goes by that an expat like myself will find herself in midst of light hearted banter and off the cuff quips about the tram works or the upcoming referendum the same as the stranger on the street would be talking to a close friend. 

 

City built in three levels allows you to ceaselessly find new routes to your already established haunts, the hidden wynds, closes, paths and staircases ensure you get your daily cardio as much as find endless amounts of hidden treasures. 

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How about wandering down to Leith Shore for some of the best home-made food in the lovely Granary? On the way there, why not stop by one the Swedish (oh yes, with meatballs and smörgåsbord and all!); Sofi’s, Boda or Joseph Pearce’s.intellectual and cultural heritage is played down by the down-to-earthness and approachability of the locals. 

Have a quick snack at the Spoon or a heftier meal at the Mosque Kitchen, neither too far from the Pleasance Cabaret Bar before you mosey on to one of the well-kept secrets of the local student hoard. The wonderful underground pop up events, such as the Wordy Thursdays, an open mic night by Soap Box that is sure to have your linguistic senses tingling! Or the ever so quirky and wonderful Neu! Reekie! that surely is unbeatable when it comes to fusion nights.quips about the tram works or the upcoming referendum the same as the stranger on the street would be talking to a close friend.

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Being relatively new to the city, I Still get to enjoy the walk about and sudden realisation I’ve stumbled on a way I have never been on before, found a nook I have not yet explored or sat down for my drink and a meal somewhere I haven’t tried out before, or warmed myself up with a snifter of whiskey I haven’t tasted before. Although, bit by bit, the homey feel of Edinburgh has even the most curious explorers set in their ways – and more often than not, I will opt for the Last Drop on Grassmarket for my drink, more times than I care to admit settling for that smooth taste of Dalwhinnie, or go for a meal at the Caley Sample Room. I’m a creature of habit, even in exciting Edinburgh.

I think I’m here to stay. Royalty and grungy underground scene in the same city, what more can you ask for?

 

 

The festival season may be over, and what a season it was! With over 400 guests staying with the Edinburgh Address, we can say it has been a wonderful season for us as well!

The city was filled with street arts of all kind – some of our personal favourites were the pop up bands and random body contortionists that filled the Royal Mile! Our guests staying at The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile must’ve had a great view. There was at least one particularly talented guitarist, who seemed to have made the entrance gates to the Penthouse apartment his hang out spot, as he was there every time I went to the apartment – and boy, was he good!

But not to fear! Edinburgh is a city that never sleeps, and the coming months are bound to provide our local dwellers and faraway guests with more than plenty to do! To start off, in September, there are some rare treats in store! For example, just a week away is the
Portobello Open Door day – on the 8th September, Portobello is hosting a Village Show in Rosefield Park with plenty of competitions, games, displays music and refreshments. And that nicely coincides with some of our special offers - such as the lovely The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate, Classic Marchmont Charm @ The Meadows or Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A – all offering 10% off during September!

Also, in September there is the Moon Festival at the Edinburgh Zoo, where to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival, the Zoo will hold a special evening event where you can join them by moon light, and get a rather different experience in the Zoo itself! And as a special treat for those in search for rarities; Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors Fair is on 14th and 15th September, hosting to 300 exhibitors offering ceramics, glass, jewellery, paintings, furniture, silver, treen, vintage & retro clothing and much more

And for October Edinburgh hosts yet another festival, this time wholly dedicated to the tradition of storytelling that is deep within the Celtic culture. As the description already says; “Be Courtesy of Scottish International Storytelling Festivaltransported by Travellers’ Tales that span worlds of geography, fiction and landscapes of the heart. The 2013 edition of the world’s leading storytelling festival traverses time and space celebrating the myths and legends carried through wanderlust.” The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is bound to be filled with surprises!

To finish off October then is the time of Samhuinn, the end of summer (from "Sain" meaning summer and "fuin" meaning "ending). Much of the nation’s vast history involves the supernatural, with women accused of witchery being burned, with Shakespeare’s’ imagination of the witches in Macbeth. Feast of spirits of the dead, when they would return to earth engaging in wicked practices, scary haunting and other general mayhem, the villagers were known to lit bonfires as much to keep the sprites away as to ensure the return of the sun in the following spring. Guising was the norm, and witches with blackened faces, with broomsticks and cloaks, would run around the streets, knocking on doors to tell stories or jokes before receiving nuts, apples and sweets. It was even customary to leave an empty seat and plate of dinner at the dinner table for those departed, as the hour before midnight was believed to be the hour of return. Far from the modern day chimaera of guises and candy begging with no shtick performed. I prefer the olden ways.

Courtesy of Beltane SocietyThis year Edinburgh once again celebrates the Samhuinn in style – the Beltane Fire Society’s Samhuinn Fire Festival topping the cake. Beltane – “bright fire” – has been historically celebrated in various forms across Ireland, Scotland and Man as the star of summer celebration, and in Edinburgh on August 31, the Beltane Fire Society hosts the amazing Fire Festival, starting at 9pm with procession from the Castle Hill, where everyone can join, in costumes or not, with a mere donation.

The excitement of discovery never ends in Edinburgh!

The modern face of Edinburgh city – or so they say, as in all honesty, modern is only referring to the things you can do and what and where you shop, not the actual part of town. New Town is as rich in history and culture as the rest of the city - built in stages between 1765 and around 1850, and still retains the most of the original neo-classical and Georgian architecture. The Old and New Towns were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

 

 

In 1766 a design competition was held to find a suitably modern layout for the new suburb that originally spanned from Princes Street down to Queen Street, joining the crossing Hanover, Frederick and Charlotte Streets. The competition was, rather surprisingly, won by 26 year old James Craig, who, following the natural contours of the land, proposed a simple axial grid, with a principal thoroughfare along the ridge linking two garden squares. A nice contrast to the jumbled old cobble street and alleys (or “closes”) or the Old Town, especially with the stipulations of unity (such as how the wrought iron façade details must be painted black) and the communal gardens in the squares between houses. Small patches of respite amidst of the city’s hastiness.

The names of the streets speak for themselves; named after the King and his wife, St. Andrew's Square and St. George's Square were the names chosen to represent the union of Scotland and England, and this idea was continued with the smaller Thistle Street (for Scotland's national emblem) between George Street and Queen Street, and Rose Street (for England's emblem) between George Street and Princes Street. The three streets completing the grid, Castle, Frederick and Hanover Streets, were named for the view of the castle, King George's father Frederick and the name of the royal family. Inventive, don’t you think?

What is more, the New Town is home to some of the greatest Edinburgh galleries, such as the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as well as being sprinkled with dozens upon dozens of unique smaller galleries of contemporary local artists. There is more than you can imagine to discover; personal favourite would be the Castle Fine Art gallery on Multrees Walk. Castle Fine Art is known for its rare discoveries that include the renowned Alexander Millar and the occasional exhibition of either Keith Richards or Bob Dylan, to name but a few.

And that reminds me – Multrees Walk. One of the more high-class streets in Edinburgh, located just off St. Andrew Square, Multrees is home to such exclusive shops as Calvin Klein, Harvey Nichols, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Swarovski as well as a few lovely cafes, such as one of the two famous Valvona & Crolla deli’s, with unmistakable style of cooking that derives from recipes handed down s over the years from the owners’ families in central and southern Italy and all prepared from the very produce they sell in their own shops.

Another rare gem we would like to recommend for the drama lovers out there, is the Hill Street Solo Theatre – tucked away down a minor street this venue is easy to miss, but the Hill Street Solo Theatre has been in nonstop action since 34 years now, and is one main stay of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Focusing on those artists out there that are interested in developing their solo performance work as well as offering workshops and talks of solo theatre, with extensive performance schedule, we would highly recommend spending a night cultured in this unusual jewel!

For a bite to eat, how about starting with the Urban Angel on Hanover Street. Their ethos of providing natural, season, fresh and as local as possible, mainly organic, daily changing inventive menus is what draws in loyal client base that would in a heartbeat recommend the wide range of deliciousness. 

An up-and–coming area of Broughton Street is just down from St. James’ Shopping Centre, and for those looking for rare treats and unique shops and places to eat, you would fare well acquainting yourself with the offerings of Broughton. On Broughton Street you would do well to check out the Basement Bar, a fun place and even the staff states that “you won’t find friendlier staff, better tunes or a bigger collection of Hawaiian shirts anywhere in Edinburgh, so what are you waiting for?”, and we are bound to agree. Also, while you’re at Broughton and get peckish, try out the Bonsai Japanese Bar Bistro – amazing choice of sushi and other dishes that will leave you wanting more even after you’ve stuffed yourself silly! Another fine choice is Treacle, with a sophisticated vintage interior and a fair trade menu that reflects the season you could not choose a better place for your lunch/dinner and/or a drink whilst exploring the Street!

Another place for a good night out, we would recommend is the Fingers Piano Bar on Frederick Street. Although it does get extremely busy on weekends, even weekdays can provide you with a treat of piano players who truly know their trade, while you enjoy that excellent drink. All in all, great atmosphere and worth the crowds, if you’re in that kind of a mood. Reviews might be more than mixed, but try out for yourself, don’t believe all that hearsay, we say!

And if you’re looking for something really special, it is the Voodoo Rooms you want. Hidden away on West Register Street the Voodoo Rooms offer an award winning bar, with specialty rums, tequilas and amazing cocktails, and food served daily! But preposterously fine drinks are not the best part – the best part are the live shows that the Voodoo Rooms host, not just for the Fringe, nono – but throughout the year! The Voodoo Rooms aims to provide an electrifying eclectic and exotic range of music, cabaret, exhibitions, screenings and much more to ensure that you shall return, over and over again. And by the way, our staff party there just recently was a blast, great wine for good value and a show for a donation price that we know from experience the Voodoo Rooms are recommendable for that night out – fantabuloustic!

Does dusky purple lights that cast romantic shadows on the walls, jazz-centric music and fine dining sound like just the night for you? Then for a little bit of extra glamour, the Jam House is an experience not to pass. Superb! And for wine connoisseurs there is the treat of Whighams Wine Cellar on Hope Street by Charlotte Square, which has become a leading wine bar and restaurant in Edinburgh, frequented by local dwellers and visitors alike.

It’s not all about party-all-night and eat-yourself-silly, now, is it? Some of the finest views you can have of the city is up from Calton Hill. Climb up any time of the day to enjoy the sunrise or sunset over Edinburgh city centre on one side, Leith on the other and the rest of Edinburgh spreading in all directions – you can even see the ocean from up the Hill! The many monuments up on the Hill provide a rest after the climb, and especially the Athens’ Pantheon, which was built as a memorial to the Napoleonic Wars, is known for many locals and readers for a place to sit and take in the day, read a book or enjoy your picnic – if you get up on the monument itself that is!

The elegant, spacious housing that was to be the answer to the overcrowding of Old Town has proven to be a gem for The Edinburgh Address as well – we are proud to have not one, not two and not even three apartments in the area, but all together we have four gorgeous apartments in the midst of the New Town grandeur.

The two grand apartments we proudly represent are the New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street and New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street. Conveniently right by each other, the two apartments are perfect for a larger group (can sleep all together eight) or two smaller groups (each sleeps four) when looking for a bit of luxury where to rest after a day of exploration, hill climbing, fabulous dining followed by wine, cocktails and a show or a few. Both of the apartments are ideally located in Edinburgh’s prestigious and central New Town and are in an excellent position from which to explore Edinburgh, being less than 10 minutes’ walk from both Princes Street, with its city centre shopping and the delightful Stockbridge Area. And you’re in for a treat, as with both of these apartments we currently have special offers, which you would be wise to take a use of!

What more is there to say? New Town has magic, hidden treasures in all its little alleys, nooks and crannies, and you never know – if you venture all the way down to Young Street, you will get a glimpse of the sordid night life of one of Scotland’s most well-known literary characters; Ian Rankin’s Rebus is known to frequent the Oxford Bar in Rankin’s novels. Why not become part of that fictional atmosphere, and make it a one-night reality?

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Stockbridge is one of those worlds within a larger world, just down from the hub of city centre Edinburgh. Stockbridge is a hidden store of delightful treasures for the vintage shopper. Also, Stockbridge is the host for some of the best earning charity shops in the UK.

St Stephen's Church stands as guard for the eastern side entrance to the Stockbridge area. The church stands the eastern end of St Stephen Street, a characterful curving Georgian street of inhabited basement flats with ground floors accommodating a series of antique shops, bars and offices. A small spur on its north side, St Stephen Place, lead to the old Stockbridge Market, of which the original entrance archway still stands.

Although Stockbridge may boast on its vintage atmosphere, it does celebrate its quirky sides too – probably most notably in the form of its community festival that hosts the Stockbridge Duck Race, which raises money for local charities.

To north through the St. Bernard’s Row through another Georgian cul-de-sac, just a walking distance away is the Royal Botanic Garden - great for that leisurely afternoon wander. Another fine way to spend a day among the plants, flowers, great coffee and exotic herbaceous peace. And entrance to the gardens is absolutely free!

And now for the best part – food! Start off, let’s talk about the Antiquary – perhaps not the oldest surviving bars in Stockbridge but definitely already a legend, and one that serves a full all-in breakfast also on Sundays! And who wouldn’t love getting a full fry up with toast, orange juice, coffee and more, all for a flat price, and all prepared with top quality locally produced ingredients?

A wonderful little Italian themed café, Sprio Deli, is the place to go for that afternoon snack and your revitalising coffee burst. Sprio isn’t just an Italian-themed café, it’s one which reflects the sights and smells of the country, from the cool, brightly-designed furniture to the action-packed fumetti adorning the walls and a range of imported Italian sweets, magazines and dry goods.

An honourable mention this time goes to the Stockbridge Restaurant, a family-run restaurant that amazes in its care for detail, its mouth-wateringly inventive menu and a space, where you can enjoy a relaxed, unpretentious dining experience. You can tell a lot of thought and skill is going into the cooking of Head Chef Jason, and his partner Jane is putting a lot of care into the running of this wonderful gem.

An alternative for your choice of dinner could very well be the Café Fish, with its simple philosophy of 100% fresh produce that’s simply cooked, menus in line with what the markets were selling on any particular day, complemented with wines matched to the menu structure, and sensibly priced! With the best seafood in the world often found off the coasts of Scotland, it is no wonder that there is an abundance of seafood restaurants.

For more down-to-earth dining experience, Cambridge Bar would be the one to aim for; a hearty, good bar centrally located but nestled away from all the shoppers on George/Princes Streets. 

For those who prefer to eat at the comfort of their own homes but yearn for some night time entertainment, how about the Bailie Bar a great pub for all age groups if you are looking for a relaxed drink with friends. The Thistle Street Bar is another must-do for a night out, a place where the atmosphere is cool and the selection of drinks is extensive. The Thistle has a good selection of every kind of alcohol, beer, wine and pitchers of mixed cocktails to cater for every taste. A true hidden treasure, waiting to be found.

And if you are not convinced by our opinion alone, the Scotsman and rest of UK do agree!

Of course, when you want to have the best of Stockbridge, why not do it in luxury and book one of our gorgeous ideally located apartments?

Stockbridge Grandeur @ Carlton Street is right at Stockbridge, just around the corner from the best of the best: less than five minute walk from the Stockbridge Market, five minute walk from the Stockbridge Restaurant and Sprio, six minutes from the Antiquary Bar, just over ten minutes from the Royal Botanic Garden and for the good measure mere twenty minute stroll from Princes Street! You couldn’t have a better location for your stay!

If you’re travelling in a bigger group, our two lovely apartments New Town Chic @ Northumberland Street and New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street are just on the top of entrance to the Stockbridge. Together these two apartments hold eight people, or individually each flat is suitable for up to four. Just ten minute walk from Stockbridge and all the goodness it entails, less than ten minutes from Princes Street and mere six minute walk from Thistle Street!

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Our Castle Terrace 9A apartment is available and you could not find a better accommodation for your stay in Edinburgh!9-castle-terrace-5

With breath-taking views of the Edinburgh Castle, Castle Terrace is ideally located a walking distance away from the shopping of Princes Street, the restaurants of George Street, the ambience of Grassmarket and buzz of the Royal Mile. Each of the main areas of Edinburgh ensure that you will never find yourself without entertainment, food or a good drink in many of the venues just minutes away from the front door. 

Just as an example, the Michelin star adorned restaurant, aptly named Castle Terrace, is just a few doors away - and culinary exquisiteness is guaranteed. And for those seeking for more old style atmosphere, any of the pubs on the Royal Mile or Grassmarket offer fantastic, home-made classics from fish and chips to steak and ale pie. We highly recommend the World's End on Royal Mile and the Fiddler's Arms on Grassmarket. Also, George Street with all its fantastic shopping opportunities and its fabulous culinary scene are a walking distance away, same with the quirky Rose Street. And you would do well to get up early on Saturday to get the best of the Edinburgh Farmers Market, which is on every Saturday and is on the same street with the apartment is!

Also, just to top things up, do a last minute booking for our gorgeous Castle Terrace 9A apartment now and get 10% off you booking!

The affluent residential area of Marchmont is ideally located for anyone visiting Edinburgh. Roughly a mile’s walk away from the Old City, right by the Meadows and Bruntsfield parks and a walking distance away from Morningside, the area is ideally located for all the best of Edinburgh.

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Almost exclusively four storey Victorian and Edwardian era houses create an impressive walk ways around the streets, giving the area that familiar feel of Edinburgh being lost in era long gone. Especially when you discover the B-listed mosaic Warrender Swimming Baths, originally opened in 1887 that was restored back in 2005. For the literature buffs, if not already familiar, the area is also home to Ian Rankins’ famed character John Rebus, and was also the area where Muriel Spark grew up, went to school and based many of her stories upon.

The best of the city being available is not all that Marchmont has to offer, as the area itself boasts loads of wonderful little gems. The amiable Looking Glass Books, which is just a walking distance away, on Simpson Loan by Quartermile. This ‘booktique’ café boasts its own lively literary scene with regular events and author talks, together with enabling caffeine addiction. Perfect for bookworms and coffee enthusiasts. Another wonderful place to have your afternoon pick-me-up or your day-after remedy is the Pastures, on Marchmont Crescent. Considered the focal point for the local community definitely encouraged are the Friday nights, where the owners Jane and Stan stage a range of fun events such as ‘come-dine-with-us’ and ‘grub ‘n’ games’, featuring a continental-style dinner and plenty of laughs (BYOB is encouraged, which is another rare perk). 

For a bit of a wander about, the Morningside area is not too far and is yet another great location for some alternative shopping and some lovely cafes, lunch nooks and ice cream crannies. The city centre is not far away either, and Grassmarket and Princes Street are both a bus ride away only, and both offer a wide array of entertainment, living history and caters for some of the best in arts and culinary scene.

On top of all the best at the area, The Edinburgh Address is proud to have not one but two wonderful apartments just around the corner from Marchmont. The Classic Marchmont Charm and the Marchmont Main Door apartments are both ideally located in a calm residential area, with lovely cafes and shops just around the corner. For ideal breakfast why not try the Empire café, on Strathearn Road, and bask in its pleasant and reliable, a small, sunny café atmosphere, which also provides all the usual café items cheaply and well, such as fresh croissants and orange juice in the morning, strong coffee, milkshakes and a good range of sandwiches and paninis.

For a hearty brunch, Freemans is just down the road from the apartments, on Spottiswoode Road, from the chic rustic, vintage interior to the perfectly brewed coffees, this is a most welcome addition to the Marchmont neighbourhood. Although, many have claimed Toast to be the best place to have brunch in Edinburgh, so there you have it, more than plenty of wonderful choices! Another lovely one that is good to note is the new-comer to the lovely Marchmont village, The Insitute on Roseneath Street, but definitely go for the waffles!

Marchmont is definitely a place to keep your keen eyes on as we are excitedly browsing through all the old and new well-kept secrets of the area – join us, won’t you?For a good lunch, with proper unpretentious Italian food with no fuss and the best pizza in Scotland, give café Artista, on Marchmont Crescent, a try -  it really feels more like being in Continental Europe than Edinburgh, and is a hidden treat in Marchmont! For special afternoon delight, do drop by The Chocolate Tree on Bruntsfield Place – who proudly, and without unnecessary boast, house a world of organic chocolate delight in their café and shop both, a place where people can meet, take time out and indulge the individuality of chocolate delights in a welcoming surrounding.

The not-so-well kept secret of the Edinburgh festivals is the assortment of spectacles the Free Fringe offers. It can be daunting to keep up with booking tickets and running from show to show – so why not let yourself be drawn to whatever sparks your fancy. Get lost on the streets of Edinburgh and become mesmerized by the array of talented street artists, get invited to free shows by the cast members looking to break it into the biz, or get inspired by last minute deals that are filling Edinburgh’s venues and bars alike!

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A last minute cancellation for a lodging in Edinburgh during the busiest time of year could be just the deal you've been looking for, for that spur of a moment trip! Understandably, the prices in many places have shot up for the festivals, therefore the Edinburgh Address’ special deal could be just the way to get in the middle of the buzz and be ideally located for the best deals both for Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh Free Fringe!

 

 

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Edinburgh is a unique city with an atmosphere that brings together past and present in a beautiful mix. Every month, Edinburgh's atmosphere reaches a new level with every park and cobbled street brimming with life. If you visit Edinburgh you will feel that fantastic wanderlust and explore the city. Yet, after a long day of exploring you might need a beautiful base to relax and treat yourself. We have selected some of the most beautiful homes to enjoy this Cultural City.


 

The Edinburgh Mews @ Randolph Lane

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Quartermile Luxe @ The Meadows

Sleeps 6 - Bedrooms 3 - Bathrooms 2

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The New Town Idyll @ Dublin Street

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The Victorian Townhouse @ Stockbridge

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A New Edinburgh Address!

We are thrilled to introduce The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile.  With unbeatable location, top specifications and great views, it is certainly one of our most fabulous properties!

And whats more, it is available for this August and Festival fun!  But hurry we have already had a booking within hours of listing it.

Dining Near The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile

There are so many places to eat out near this apartment... and we have just secured a 25% food discount for a fantastic nearby restaurant for all our lovely guests. Book any of our apartments and take advantage of this offer from August 1st.  Call our office on 0131 629 8347 to find out more.

Restaurants such as The Tower, Angels with Bagpipes, Ondines, Zizi's and Wedgwood are but a stroll away.

More about the location of The Penthouse @ The Royal Mile

The apartment is situated on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s oldest thoroughfare stretching from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. The property is located approximately half way between the castle and the palace. No 126 spans Stevenlaw’s Close named after Steven Law, a supporter of Mary Queen of Scots during the Scottish Civil War of 1571-1573. Bonnie Prince Charlie also worshipped at the Roman Catholic Chapel here.

Other famous residents of Stevenlaw’s Close include:- James Wilson (aka “daft Jamie”), a victim of the famous West Port murderers Burke and Hare who killed to supply cadavers to Dr Robert Knox for dissection in his anatomical lectures. James was a well known figure in the town and his murder and recognition led to the eventual downfall of Burke and Hare. Also, Allan Masterton, the composer of the music for many of Robert Burn’s songs.

There is a wealth of Edinburgh street life right on the doorstep. The street outside is closed to traffic and one can expect to see pipers, jugglers, musicians and street actors throughout the year. Edinburgh Fringe headquarters is right downstairs so festival visitors can be in a prime position in the queue for booking shows and tickets. 

Want to know more about the Royal Mile and Edinburgh's history when on your holiday?

Thats easy... book one of our interesting and entertaining walking tours and get door to door service and your own tailored tour!

Edinburgh Summer Festivals

Every season in Edinburgh is a reason to be jolly. Edinburgh is the host of twelve major festivals and a whole bundle of smaller ones throughout the year, which is yet another reason why Edinburgh city is one of the most exciting places to be any time of the year - presenting an unforgettable mix of cultural experiences in an iconic and beautiful city. There is no better setting for festivals to take place than the medieval silhouette the city provides (Old Town has been growing from 1074 onwards, whereas New Town has been expanding since 1759). Artists from around the globe migrate to Edinburgh throughout the year to sprinkle on their own inimitability into the flux of creativity when inhabiting every theatre, every venue, every courtyard, every park and every nook and cranny of the city.

Throughout the year, Edinburgh caters to every cultural taste and niche, from young to the older and from the more serious to young at heart alike. As Edinburgh enters end of July and August, the city spouts festivals from left and right – and there is surely something for everyone.

Starting of the summer culture festivals is the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (19-28 July). There  will be great nights out at Festival Theatre, party atmospheres at the Spiegeltent, top performers playing at the Queen’s Hall, a cool new modern jazz club at 3 Bristo Place, a traditional haven at the Royal Overseas League, an all day Festival club at the Tron Kirk. All that jazz has city jiving straight to the string of international festivals.

Edinburgh Fringe (2-26 August 2013) offers a myriad of emotions and experiences, with over 2000 shows to choose from, there is something for everyone. Just last year, Edinburgh Fringe convinced the world of its status of being the largest arts festival in the world - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 closed with 42,096 performances of 2,695 shows. There are thousands of shows up for booking with reasonable prices as well as a whole selection of free events to entice the last minute arrivals and those out on a prowl for the next new big thing.

Along with Fringe, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (10-26 August 2013) is proudly standing by as the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. With over 800 authors in over 700 events, it is a title Edinburgh International Book Festival has truly earned. There is no better place for a bibliophile to be wooed with the uniqueness of the written word from around the globe, or for a budding writer to make their connections and discoveries and to be inspired for that next great novel.

The Edinburgh International Festival (9 August – 1 September 2013) brings another aspect to the festive summer time of Edinburgh, with its eclectic listing of the very best in international opera, theatre, music and dance. More niche than Fringe (which has a little everything for everyone), the Edinburgh International Festival brings the best of opera, theatre and music scene into Edinburgh, to be celebrated and awed in equal amounts.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2-24 August 2013) is a remarkable outdoor event, set to the breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, and bringing together tattoos from around the world. Edinburgh Castle esplanade is turned into a spectacular stage, hosting the tattoo where the castle and viewers become part of the experience. And while the commentator - the Voice of the Castle - brings the audience together, cheering individually for their countries four corners of the globe but united in an international fraternity, the Edinburgh city is faded into the dusk accompanied by the sounds of the cheers.

Edinburgh Art Festival (1 August – 1 September 2013) brings the best in contemporary arts together for a month long festival in the heart of Scottish summer. Some of the most important movements and artists of modern art are showcasing their talents in either exhibitions or commissioned works accompanied with various events throughout the art festival.

Edinburgh MELA (31 August – 1 September 2013) brings the Edinburgh summer festival season to a well-deserved end. For two days only Edinburgh MELA brings to the city a flow of world music, food, dance and fashion. Challenging the senses and daring to try new, MELA is Scotland’s largest international celebration of diversity.

Edinburgh provides throughout the year events and festivals, and you never know what unexpected, spur of a moment street art you encounter while browsing through the city on your way to your booked events. Edinburgh festival season is a like a honey for bear of diversity of artists all from musicians, dancers, cartoonists, caricaturists, painters, singers, to name but a few, all flock to the city to take part, to contribute and to experience some of the hype of what is Edinburgh Festivals.

 

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Do you know that we have separate apartments to let in the same building?

These properties are ideal for groups who would like extra space and privacy whilst not compromising on location or local amenities.  They may even give extra facilities such as a garden or parking that is only available with one apartment but as a group booking you can share! 

Plus you will get our great Edinburgh Address service throughout.  Don’t forget that through the Edinburgh Address you can book extras such as our private chef or door-to-door Edinburgh walking tours – again great for that group trip!

Special Offer at our apartments in the New Town

northumberland street 1The Grand Townhouse on Northumberland Street where New Town Chic and New Town Boutique are located  

Book and Stay in New Town Boutique and New Town Chic for the same dates over June, July and September and get 25% off New Town Boutique! 

Quote Newtown in the promos field when booking New Town Boutique. Min stay 3 nights**

Based within the lower floor of a grand New Town house and newly refurbished to a high standard; these one bedroom apartments are literally next door to each other.  They sleep 8 in total and each kitchen sits 4 comfortably.  They really are in an excellent position from which to explore Edinburgh, being less than 10 mins walk from both Princes Street.  Perfect for smaller families or couples.

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9 castle terrace 5If you are a bigger group, consider booking our Castle Terrace and Castle Terrace Garden together to give sleep 16 in total!  Five star accommodation right in the city centre with amazing views of Edinburgh Castle.  These apartments are very popular with families attending weddings or larger groups on a city break.

23b drumsheugh gardens 53Or how about our fabulous  Drumsheugh Gardens and Studio?    Drumsheugh is a spacious 3 bedroom property  (sleeps 6) and the studio is a cleverly designed self contained  property (sleeps 2). The 3 bed has one parking space and the  garden would be available to both apartments in a group  booking. Drumsheugh Gardens is a highly sought after street in the West End, just minutes walk from the city centre and of  course The West End could be described as a village itself with everything you need on your doorstep.

Need more beds?  You could also book Lyndoch Place, together with Drumsheugh Gardens as this apartment is just round the corner and would give the bonus of extra parking in its garage and lovely views across the forth – and goes without saying yet more wonderful accommodation.

 

**Terms and Conditions for New Town Apartments Special Offer.  Both apartments must be booked together at same time and for same dates.  For a stay in June, July and September 2013 Only.  Min stay 3 nights.  Usual booking terms apply.

 

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June has started off so sunny and we are keeping our fingers, toes and everything else crossed that this continues.   

In honour of the beautiful weather, here are our top ten things to do in Edinburgh when it’s sunny (in no particular order!)

Enjoy a BBQ on the meadows

Take a Train to North Berwick

Walk round the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens

Take a walk up Arthur’s seat

Boat trip on the Maid of the Forth

Explore The Hermitage

Sit in Princes Street Gardens 

Stroll up the Royal Mile

Take a walk along Portobello beach with an ice cream in hand then stop off at The Beach House cafe for further refreshments!

Have fun at The Annual Edinburgh festival!

 

Do let us know your favourite things to do in Edinburgh when the sun shines!  

We are lucky to have the lovely Rutland Square Gardens just outside our office (pictured above) and have been enjoying sunny lunches outside - come join us any time.

It’s the first Deal of the Day for June and it’s a great one!

Book a June stay in with us in one of the following apartments and get the last night of your stay absolutely free!

Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road

The City Retreat @ Merchiston Park

Sunny Haven @ The Meadows

Or

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland Street

Call us on 0131 629 8347 for more details.

T&C Only applicable for stays of 3 nights or more.

 

We’re on the lookout for some great new properties, especially ones with 3 or more bedrooms, to add to our books.

Our beautiful apartments range from accommodation perfect for families to luxurious city centre boutique chic. We strive to offer exceptionally high standards of accommodation and client service. If you’re looking to rent out your Edinburgh property or know anyone else who is please get in touch.

Contact us via email or call 0131 629 8347

"Everything I learned I learned from the movies" - Audrey Hepburn

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Come and celebrate the art of cinema here in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh from 19th-30th June. Bringing a slither of Hollywood glamour to our city, The Edinburgh International Film Festival is in its 67th year and is more popular than ever.

This celebrated and influential film festival has premiered fantastic movies to the world, Brave, Billy Elliot and Little Miss Sunshine to name a few. It is also renowned for showcasing the most impressive new talent.

Located at various venues across the city, we have luxurious apartments near to most of the participating cinemas. Come and stay at our City Retreat Apartment located 10 mins walk from Cineworld at Fountain Park from as little as £18 pppn - amazing value!

Also located close to a couple of the film festival venues namely, The Inspace Gallery and Festival Theatre is our stunning George Square Grade A listed house, an ideal oasis to base yourself at whist staying in Edinburgh. Stay from as little as £57 pppn!

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We love the Edinburgh festival; it’s one of our favourite times of year but we particularly love the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks!

This specular display marks the end of the International festival for another year. It is set to a classical concert in Princes Street Gardens and it’s a pretty special way to wrap up the summer!

Tickets are now available for both the concert and Princes Street Gardens and of course we have beautiful properties available for stays that weekend. 

We are delighted to introduce the newest member of The Edinburgh Address family, Kirsty.

Kirsty grew up in Northumberland before moving to Perthshire in 2002. She went to University of Stirling and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Business Studies and Tourism Management. After University she worked in a whisky distillery leading guided tours and occasionally, sampling the wears!

She has been lucky enough to travel throughout Europe but still thinks Edinburgh is pretty special.

She loves discovering hidden gems and venturing off the beaten path, The Mussell Inn on Rose Street is a current favourite.

Kirsty has just recently moved to the city and can’t wait to be living here full time during the festival!

Please wish her the best of luck and say hello if you speak to her on the phone! 

This week’s deal is a monster!

We’re offering 10% off lots of our flats and even a couple with of 15% discounts. Don’t say we’re not good to you!

The following apartments have 10% off from now until the 26th of May

The Causewayside Apartment @ The Southside

The Stylish City Break @ Gayfield Square

The West End Retreat @ Lynedoch Place

Drumsheugh Apartment @ Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh Panorama @ Western Harbour

Marchmont Main Door @ Spottiswoode Road

Sunny Haven @ The Meadows

The City Retreat @ Merchiston Park

The Gatekeepers Cottage @ Blacket Estate

New Town Boutique @ Northumberland

 

And if that wasn’t enough here are our properties with 15% off

The Old Chapel @ George Square

Apartment Castle Terrace @ 9A

 

Remember book and stay in May and get 25% off your next visit to us!

T&C’s apply

Happy May Day everyone!

This May we’re running a month long deal.

Book any apartment between now and the 31st of May 2013 for 2 nights or more and we’ll give you a special discount code that will get you 25% off your next stay with us!

 

T&C’s

Stays must be taken by Dec 2013, excludes 1-31 Aug, 23-31 Dec.

Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

Bookings must be completed over the phone.

We reserve the right to vet any group bookings.

No stag or hen parties.

One member of the booking party must be over 25yrs. Strictly non smoking.

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The first thing I did when I stepped out my house this morning was to turn my face up to the sky – Rain!

Not heavy drenching rain but a misting drizzle, the kind that weaves a crown of shimmering diamonds in your hair and makes you feel like you’re living in a cloud. I suspect this was not the reaction most people had, certainly on my walk to work there were countless umbrellas and bodies huddled deep into jackets. Not me though. Despite living and working in Edinburgh and the preconceptions of Scottish weather, I can’t actually remember the last time it rained. It’s been so cold over the past few months that any precipitation that has fallen has been snow. This morning, with my face wet I realised, I’ve missed it.

It’s not that I don’t love the snow - I do - I’m a child at Christmas when it snows and it’s certainly not that I don’t love sunny warmth. I gaze wistfully at friend’s tropical holiday photos but, I also love the Scottish rain.

While at university I spend a year studying at a university in New Mexico. It was some of the best times of my life and I’ll remember the people I meet and the experiences I had forever. One of my residing memories however was that it was hot, hot and dry, hot and dry and desert. There are parts of New Mexico that are incredibly beautiful but it was so sun-baked and bleached it felt a bit alien to me (perhaps that’s why Aliens tried to land in Roswell?!) I promise at one point I saw an actual tumbleweed!  

Descending through the clouds and coming in to land at Edinburgh Airport after my year away I was beyond excited to see my family, friends and homeland but I did think for a second “typical Scottish welcome – rain.” I’d been so used to blue skies and warmth, leaving the US in shorts and t-shirt I wasn’t really prepared for a Scottish August. I stepped off the plane. 

It was cool and drizzly and I wept.

It felt like home.

For the next few weeks I couldn’t get over how green everything was; the scenery felt so lush and vital - I kept touching leaves and grass to make sure it was real - the air was so fresh and clean; breathing deeply didn’t dry out my throat or scorch my lungs. A short time later I travelled to the North West of Scotland and rejoiced in spending hours tramping across heather, bog myrtle and bog cotton, fishing in lochs, paddling in fast running streams and sinking up to my knees in deliciously peaty squishy saturated land.  

Just after a rain storm can be the most beautiful time to see Scotland’s scenery. When it rains the mountains come alive with thousands of tiny waterfalls that squirm through rocks and drop over cliffs like falling stars. 

But the cloud and the rain-shrouded mountains can also look foreboding and severe. The Scottish mountains can be unyielding and relentless at the best of times but they are ruthless in the rain. Scotland is old and her history is violent and bloody. It seems to lend itself to misty mornings and wet shadowy nights, rather than sunny afternoons. In that type of atmosphere it’s easy to imagine fierce clashes on their slippery faces.

We’re lucky in so many respects in this country but our fresh, pure water is one of our crowning glories. We seldom if ever have hosepipe bans like our Southern neighbours and – thank God – there is always enough for everyone to drink as well as plenty to spare.  The rain is an integral part of Scotland and I think her people. We complain about the rain but without it this country wouldn’t be what it is today, verdant and fertile and beautiful - I think we should be grateful for it as well.

When I walk out the office this evening I’ll turn my face up to the sky and feel the rain. 

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