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1930s Art Deco, 2 bed apartment in the vibrant Morningside area of Edinburgh

Reta and John MacLennan

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Reta and John MacLennan

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
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1930s Art Deco, 2 bed apartment in the vibrant Morningside area of Edinburgh

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Morningside Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Two double bedrooms, lounge and separate well equipped dining kitchen, WiFi, TV.

Located in a quiet street just off Morningside Rd, the area is served by many buses, running frequently to the city centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile in 10 minutes, or walk to the old town in 15 minutes. Walk to superb cafes, excellent pubs, supermarkets and lovely little individual shops. The apartment is serviced and run by the owners and we supply thick towels, 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and give you a welcome tray to get you started. A popular and interesting area of the city in which to relax after a day's sightseeing. The new kitchen has an induction hob and fan assisted oven, dishwasher,microwave, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Very well stocked with new crockery, cutlery, pans, cook's knives and utensils for four people. Bathroom has a new white suite of bath, shower, basin and WC. Selection of books, tourist information, DVDs, CDs, and games. Free Wi-Fi

We have equipped the apartment specifically for self catering with everything we could think of to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We manage it ourselves and give great care in cleaning, maintaining and updating all facilities, information and equipment. We have a well established five gold star (Scottish Tourist Board) B&B in Edinburgh, Violet Bank House, and have several awards for high standards. We give the same care and attention to detail to this apartment and our guests.

Current offer:

Free night - Get 1 free night for every 7 nights booked. (Free nights can not be offered in conjunction with late or early booking discounts)


Parking charges of £1.60 per hour apply from 8:30 am until 5.30 pm Monday to Friday only. Between 5.30 pm and 8.30 am on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday there are no restrictions in the on street parking bays or single yellow lines. The is also limited all day parking available at the Merlin Roadhouse on Morningside Road, just 2 minutes' walk from the apartment. The rate for this is £10 per day.

If you don't intend on using your car during your stay please contact us and we can advise further options.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Reta and John MacLennan (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2015

About Reta and John MacLennan

Together with husband John, we have a B&B which has won Five Star Gold Award from the Scottish Tourist Board and Five Stars from the AA with a special award for our breakfasts. We expanded our high standards into also running our two apartments in the city.

Prior to that I had a career as a Trainer and Manager of Quality Advisors for the Scottish Tourist Board, with the responsibility of driving up standards in facilities and services across the whole tourism product.

John is a retired CE of a very well established Civil and Structural Engineering Company in Edinburgh and now is the creative chef in our B&B.

John's hobbies are bee-keeping and curling, mine are singing in a choir and writing, and we both enjoy hillwalking and gardening.

We have a wide circle of friends and just love when they pop in or join us for a meal. We holiday mostly in Europe and the UK and have had a couple of trips to Florida, Canada and South Africa, staying at the best places of course because we never stop learning.

Reta and John MacLennan purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Reta and John MacLennan chose Morningside

We chose this apartment primarily for its location. Situated in the Morningside area of Edinburgh it has all the amenities close by that any self catering guest would need. Morningside is a vibrant area with many shops, bar, restaurants, theatre and cinema. The apartment is in a quiet street a few minutes walk from the main road that runs through Morningside. This is services by many buses that all pass through the city centre within 10 minutes. Alternatively guests can choose to stroll through the leafy streets and across the Meadows Park and into the Old Town area of Edinburgh. This takes around 30 minutes to walk. Many of our returning guests prefer to remain in the Morningside area for a few days of their stay and soak up the local atmosphere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments about this property:

Owners Reta & John are very friendly & hospitable and nothing is too much trouble.

The apartment has everything you need for a short or long stay.It is well equipped with a washer/dishwasher/microwave/Iron/ TV etc. The bedrooms are large and the beds are extremely comfortable. The apartment is furnished to a high standard. The neighbourhood is friendly and the apartment is situated in a quiet residential street, yet close to many amenities, such as Waitrose Supermarket and the local cinema.

Tips for other travellers:

The apartment is situated on a road very near [5 mins. walk] to a main bus route into Edinburgh centre. Morningside itself has many lovely shops and restaurants/cafes. If you purchase a day bus ticket for £3.50 you can travel into and out of the city centre from Morningside as many times as you want in a day. We visited Edinburgh Castle, went to the Odeon Cinema, saw a concert at the Queens Hall and spent a day at the Botanic Gardens, as well as having a meal at the 'Thai Lemongrass' resteraunt (highly recommended) & breakfast at one of the cafes a couple of stops down from where we were staying on the bus route into Edinburgh.[We had a fun-packed 2 night stay and I can thoroughly recommend the apartment!] This was the second time I have stayed there and I will be returning hopefully soon~ for another break in a great city!
Oct 2013
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1930s Art Deco, 2 bed apartment in the vibrant Morningside area of Edinburgh
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 10 reviews

A wonderful aprtment in lovely Morningside

  • 5 of 5

We love Morningside and with the efficient and frequent city buses, all of Edinburgh is virtually at your doorstep. Also, it is so convenient to have the Waitrose grocery store just a block away and, of course, Canny Man's pub nearby. John, Reta and Steven are all very friendly and accommodating and helpful as landlords. There was a small building problem we merely mentioned during our stay and they were right on top of it! This is a really nice apartment with comfortable accommodations - and being on the ground floor is a bonus. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind posting. We are glad that we were able to solve the bath problem right away and thank you for tellings us. We would not have picked it up just when we were there to clean. We love the Morningside area too, and would love to welcome you back. Christmas festivities are well underway in Edinburgh with the |German Market, two icerinks etc. Saw a heart warming thing yesterday. A girl on the ice was pushing a mentally handicapped wheelchair user along the ice in front of her. He was ecstatic with joy. Brilliant to see.

Fringe Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick email to say what a treat it was to stay in your accomodation

in Morningside. Great location near bus route, shops etc. The property was very inviting, clean and furnished to the highest standard. We particularly liked the quality of the sheets and towels! You have thought of lots of little things that make it a real home from home. John was so helpful on arrival even though we were later than planned - sorry again. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the little extras we provide. It is so important to have a squeaky-clean apartment - that is what we look for when we are on holiday, so want to do the same for our guests. Thanks for taking the time to write about Morningside apartment. We hope to see you again, as you indicated.
Flint, Clwyd, United Kingdom

Fantastic apartment and location

  • 5 of 5

One of the best apartments we have stayed in for a long time.very clean and of a very high standard. ideal location for exploring the city with buses very frequent and only takes 5 minutes to the city center. plenty of shops locally for all the essentials. overall a fantastic place to stay. highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your kind comments. We are happy that you are pleased and that you thought to write a report. We do try to keep the standards high. We have to thank you for leaving the apartment so clean and tidy, that was kind of you and unexpected. If there is anything in the way of equipment that you woudl like to have had and was not there, please let us know and we will put it in if we can. Many thansk again, Reta and John

Great location and ideal apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this apartment. We're a family of 4 with two young kids. The apartment matches the description, is very clean and has everything you need. Reta was very friendly and made sure we had everything, even supplying some toys to keep our 2 year old occupied!

The location is ideal in a quiet street, with supermarkets, various interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema a few minutes walk.

There are many regular buses to and from central Edinburgh and other areas around town. Its also relatively central so a pleasant 30 minute walk through Bruntsfield and down through "The Meadows" to the main tourist spots in Edinburgh such as the High Street and Castle etc.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: They are a lovely family, and it was a pleasure to give them toys for the kids, we have grandchildren and their toys are available - we can cater for all ages, even grown up kids. It is nice for us when guests appreciate these little extras. They enjoyed the eateries we recommended and made the most of their stay in Edinburgh.

Wonderful place in a wonderful city

  • 5 of 5

We loved this flat.

It was very clean and well equipped with just everything you can think of (even a dish washer).

The Landloards are very friendly, uncomplicated and really hospitable.

The flat has 2 sleeping rooms with double beds, a bath room, a kitchen and a living room with books, magazines and a TV etc. You can easily walk to the city centre of Edinburgh - or take one of the direct buses (its only a few stops to the most beautiful places of Edinburgh). The area itself is very pretty, clean and there is a big supermarket just a few steps from the house. For all those heading to Edinburgh, it could be the chance of staying at a lovely flat with really friendly landloards. A enjoyable citybreak!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hanna. We loved having you and your three friends in Edinburgh. It is good to know that you liked our apartment and lovely city and enjoyed what it has it offer. The new apartment we told you about, in the New Town, should be ready in November. We are spending a lot of time getting the furnishings and equipment just right - and I'm loving pulling it all together.

Lovely place to stay

  • 4 of 5

After a warm welcome by Reta, we (parents & 2 teenage girls) had a lovely stay in this cosy, well-equipped and clean appartment. It is an ideal place to relax after a visit to the busy center of Edinburgh. It is situated just outside the center in a very safe and quiet area. There are plenty of small shops, pubs and restaurants in the neighbourhood and a large supermarket (Waitrose) around the corner with fresh bread in the morning. Visiting the center of Edinburgh can easily be done by bus (busstop is a 5 minutes walk away, waiting time at most 10 minutes). In short: great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Hans, We worked out that it must be you who wrote the kind report (two teenage girls!!). Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review for us and for leaving the apartment so clean and tidy. We really appreciated this. Just to let you know, john performed an operation on the china parrot with some superglue and he looks just fine again. Back on his perch as before. It was lovely to meet you and we hope that we will see you again. Kindest regards Reta and John


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Local area and City centre choice
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Edinburgh has many public and private golf courses
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Waverly station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
City Bypass A720
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Local area and City centre choice
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Hillend dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

This area has many interesting privately owned shops, cafes and many charity shops where you can pick up books for a £1, memorobilia, brick-a-bac or clothes. There is a privately owned three screen cinema showing the latest releases. You can stroll through the 'Meadows' and across 'Bruntsfield Links' originally a public golf course to the Old Town area, past the newly refurbished Victorian Museum Building. Many people spend most of the day there, it is one of Edinburgh's greatest attractions. Grey Friar's Bobby sits on a water fountain just close by, and our National Libaries which have regular free exhibitions is just two minutes from the museum. On again a few minutes and you are in the famous 'Royal Mile' and the Castle area. It is a great centre from which to enjoy Edinburgh.


Rates & Availability

From £115 Per night

Morningside Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2015
Apr 1 2015 - Jul 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
Edinburgh Festival 2015
Jul 18 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Oct 30 2015 - Dec 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year 2015
Dec 21 2015 - Jan 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes If you would prefer not to book on-line then please feel free to conact us directly to make a booking.

There is an allowance for gas and electricity included in the price and we encourage careful use of those.
If you stay for longer than one week, we will change the linen, towels and give the apartment a thorough clean included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Morningside Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • A large bathroom with opening window to the rear and a heated towel rail. There is a modern white suite, with steel bath, a power shower over the bath, WC and washbasin. There is vinyl flooring and the walls have white tiles and a large mirror. A feature of this room is the original 1930s stained glass panel in the door. We supply toiletries by Scottish Fine Soaps. Towels, toiletries, room freshener and toilet paper are included in the price. Towels are white, thick in quality and there will be a generous size bath sheet, hand towel and face flannel for each guest, changed weekly. The window has a high quality fabric blind and decorative vase and sea shells. We supply a bathroom air freshener and toilet paper for your stay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Cot available on request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Sleeps 2 in either a large double or twin beds.
  • They are quiet rooms, with fully restored antique furnishings. One room looks onto the small private garden and seating area and enjoys the morning sun. This room is furnished with a antique Georgian mahogany wardrobe with internal drawers and has a triple mahogany mirror in the window. The second bedroom looks onto the shared communal garden area with trees and shrubs, and drying green and gets the afternoon and evening sun. This room is furnished with a restored 1930's oak dressing table and wardrobe. All new beds with pocket sprung mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen. Centrally heated rooms. The curtains are interlined high quality, and there are little extras in the rooms to add to the character. There are wooden and fabric covered hangers in all wardrobes. The decor is plain with pictures, and the carpeting is fitted, and is berber wool with underlay. Well appointed rooms with attention to detail..
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Accessibility details: There are three steps in the shared hallway, otherwise there are no steps within the property. Shower is in the bath with room for a seat in the bathroom. We automatically provide a weekly clean and change of linen and towel for longer stays. The apartment has a small laundry area and is supplied with washing powder, washing machine, clothes drying rack and outdoor drying facilities. We have given care and attention to detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The apartment has central heating throughout which is under your control. The price is inclusive of a reasonable amount of heating according to the season and we would ask that you have a careful and 'green' approach. We are contactable by phone at any time during your stay and operate a personal handover and talk you through the facilities. We have a wealth of local and Scottish knowledge and are happy to help you plan your stay.

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