Peaceful historic city centre location - Designed by James Milne for the owner of the St Bernard's Estate, painter (Sir) Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) St Bernard's Crescent is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets. The apartment is accessed between two of the grand Doric columns which are the unifying motif of the Crescent's beautiful facade. It is compact, convenient, and well designed. Completely refurbished in late 2008, the apartment is also freshly decorated with neutral Farrow & Ball paints. The Stockbridge location, to the north of Princes Street is a superb base for your Edinburgh visit.
Bounded by the New Town and Comely Bank, with its own distinctive character, Stockbridge retains the friendly air of a village. Complete with pubs, cafés, restaurants, a proper fishmongers, independent butchers, fruit and vegetables, delicatessen, etc., all within a 5 minute walk of the apartment. The main retail thoroughfare is along Raeburn Place, the location of the first international rugby match between England and Scotland on 27 March 1871 at the Edinburgh Academy sports ground. The same ground now hosts The Grange sports club, home turf of the Scottish cricket team.
Princes Street is a pleasant 15 minutes walk through the Georgian New Town, but if you prefer, buses regularly go to Princes Street, Holyrood Palace and to Ocean terminal in Leith where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. The Water of Leith Walkway can be accessed close to the flat from Dean Park Terrace. The walk is an unexpected and peaceful retreat within the city centre. Head west along the river and you’ll discover the historic Dean Village, the Modern Art and Dean Galleries or east to Leith and Edinburgh’s dockland area.
The south facing sitting room has large windows with views to the Crescent and its gardens. It is a harmoniously proportioned Georgian space, retaining many original features including black marble fireplace, working wooden window shutters, ornate decorative cornice moldings and a salvaged oak wooden floor
There is a gate-leg oak dining table to seat four, two sofas (includes a sofa-bed) and an ottoman with a built-in single bed. The antique desk creates a workspace for you to use the computer provided and a set of drawers houses the TV with built-in DVD player. Selection of books, board games, etc provided
The traditional cupboard’ to the rear of the room miraculously conceals a modern compact but extremely well-equipped kitchen. Deceptively large, the depth of the granite worktop creates a spacious work surface for preparing meals (2.4mx 0.85m). Built-in energy efficient appliances comprise a dishwasher, traditional electric oven and electric induction hob, integrated fridge, washing machine, freezer, microwave and extractor fan. The cupboard contains crockery, cafeterias, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans, kettle and toaster. Iron and ironing board provided.
The bright and spacious bathroom is tiled in grey-green slate with some mosaic detailing in the walk-in shower. For those who prefer to take their time and relax, there is a separate bath which benefits from shower mixer taps. The wash basin also has a mixer tap. The tiles have under-floor heating and there is a stainless steel heated towel rail.
St Bernard’s Crescent is not a noisy street, but the bedroom is at the back of the apartment so is extra quiet for a good night's sleep. The bed is a standard double bed. Hairdryer and clock radio with iPod docking point provided.
Keywords: Flat, Holiday Accommodation
My background is in property and design. An MBA graduate in International Business from the University of Edinburgh, with further degrees from Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt Universities I founded my business with the vision of providing a homesearch service with a different perspective.
Professionally I was a former Regional Director of a national firm of property managers, an Associate and Senior Surveyor with two further national firms of Estate Agents, within both the sales and corporate rental markets. Now assuming the role of poacher turned gamekeeper I believe that I’m well placed to act on the buyers’ behalf.
In parallel to my professional career I’ve undertaken a number of private redevelopment projects, utilising the skills gleaned from my first degree in Landscape Architecture. I’ve successfully applied those skills to the redesign and remodeling of Edinburgh City centre flat interiors over the last 15 years.
My vision and design experience allows me to see beyond the existing internal configuration and maximize the space available – a hugely important factor when space is at a premium in the city centre location. St Bernard’s is a prime example of this. I have remodeled it from a run-down studio to a beautiful comfortable home with separate bedroom. The innovative kitchen solution has worked well and has evolved along the way as I have developed more properties for let.
It has been fun to redevelop for the holiday let market. You receive lots of varied and constructive feedback from your work, which I find very rewarding. I don’t develop anything that I wouldn’t want to stay in myself and creating a ‘home from home’ is my goal rather than resembling a furniture showroom where guests can’t relax and enjoy themselves. The amount of repeat and referral business that has been generated to date is a huge compliment.
I chose to buy a property in Edinburgh because I was at University here and have lived in the city on and off, ever since. My business is to source properties for clients so I’m familiar with the market and I was looking for a new design project/ investment for myself when St Bernard’s came onto the market. At that time it was a studio requiring a complete renovation and was too good an opportunity to turn down.
I bought in the summer of 2008 and decided to make it into a holiday home to rent out. I had been developing and selling for a number of years, but having looked at the potential returns, it made more sense to keep the apartment as a long term investment. Long terms lets in Edinburgh have historically generated low yields so the holiday market was more attractive. My philosophy is to renovate to the highest standard and work on the assumption that if you produce a good product, the guests will look after it. So far, that has been the case. The yields from holiday lets are higher and the wear and tear considerably less than I have experienced doing long term lets.
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