Leith apartment rental - Historic Pilrig House (1638) - country living in the heart of the city
Historic Pilrig House (1638) - country living in the heart of the city
 
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • 1 Bathroom
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
 

Leith Apartment Rental Photos and Description
Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

2013: Entry in '100 Best' Guide (Self-catering properties in Scotland)

2012: Winner: Top Vacation Rental - Edinburgh/FlipKey Award

2009: Scottish Thistle Award Winner - 'The Extra Mile'

2008: Scottish Thistle Award Finalist - (category) Accommodation - Customer Care

100% of TripAdvisor reviewers said they would recommend Pilrig House to a friend (152 out of 154 reviewers awarded Pilrig House 5 stars!)

Pilrig House - The Garden Apartment (Sleeps 2 max.)

Perfect for:

Solo travellers (10% discount) or couples!

Our 4-star graded Garden Apartment is within Pilrig House, an A-listed 17th-Century Scottish Townhouse (built in 1638), which has an incredible history and a wonderful literary connection - it was once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's family - one of Scotland's most acclaimed authors! He mentions Pilrig House in his novels: Kidnapped and Catriona.

The Ultimate Peaceful Location

Uniquely located on the edge of a peaceful park, it is only a short stroll (just over a mile), or 5 minutes by bus, to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. The apartment overlooks private gardens and lush, green parkland - offering peace and tranquillity after busy days' sightseeing! Guests can enjoy sitting in the private garden, which has secluded seating areas, and is teeming with birds and squirrels - as well as the night-time strolls of our resident fox!

An Absolute Gem of an Apartment.

The Garden Apartment is cottagey, cosy, and charming. Beautifully furnished & extremely comfortable, the interior comprises: oak-floored hall with large cabinet filled with novels, games, CDs, DVDs; sunny living-room with oak flooring and Persian rug, window-seat offering garden views, plus second recessed window with garden & park views, 2 recliner seats and 2-seater sofa, dining-table, low tables, real-flame-effect fire, overhead dimmer lighting; spacious double bedroom, also with garden & park views - fully carpeted and with wardrobe, comfortable chair next to the window, dressing-table & seat, full-length mirror, bedside cabinets & touch-activated bedside lamps, overhead dimmer lighting; fully tiled bathroom with bath and shower over bath with glass shower screen, toilet, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, lit wall mirror above sink with shaver point; and utterly charming, cottage-style kitchen (fully equipped - see Amenities/Facilities) - which has two charming cottage-style recessed windows and has everything you could possibly need or want in a kitchen!

Free Parking!

Plus, rare for Edinburgh accommodation - there is the bonus of an allocated FREE car parking space for guests in a safe, private car park to the rear of the house.

Your Home-Away-From-Home. Included in the Price:

Fine bedlinen, Egyptian cotton towels, fluffy towelling robes/slippers, all utilities (heating and electricity - there are no 'hidden/add-on' costs), telephone with call-minder ansa message service (FREE local & national calls), luxury Scottish toiletries, refreshment tray, fresh flowers, crystal decanter of whisky, fruit bowl, shortbread and fudge on arrival, full Welcome, Places to Visit, Restaurant and Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist Information file, Pilrig House stationery, bookmarks & postcards, a selection of Books, CDs/DVDs, Edinburgh Guidebooks/DVDs and Maps, Walking Guides, AA-Touring Atlas, board games, binoculars - and many other thoughtful extras!

Facilities

Unlimited FREE high-speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (you can prebook a laptop if you want to leave yours at home), iPhone/iPad Docking Speaker, fridge, freezer, clothes washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee-maker, blender, ironing facilities, CD-Player, DVD-Player, Digital TV, Flat-Screen TV, Digital Radio, Hairdryer, Real-flame effect fire, oak wooden flooring, adjustable heating & overhead dimmer lighting in all rooms.

The Owners

We - Debbie and Philip, the Scottish owners - live in Pilrig House and personally warmly welcome all our guests. We are also on-hand to offer advice and assistance throughout your stay, should you require it.

Our Reviews

We could add hundreds of 'owner-added' reviews from our apartment Guestbooks - but, we prefer to let our guests add their own reviews - we feel, that way, you can be 100% assured of the authenticity of their comments and star grading awarded to their stay with us! On our own website, you can read over 150 additional independent reviews, and view some typical Guestbook comments.

Booking Conditions

Open all year. The apartment is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke outside. And, sorry, no pets.

Rates

Please view our extremely competitive nightly rates and our reduced weekly rates on our owner's website. You will note that we do not try to seduce you by giving 'per person per night' rates on the opening listing details - we feel this is disingenuous - we state our true minimum nightly and weekly rate - which has no hidden 'add-ons'.

Discounts (on nightly rates) for longer stays:

2 weeks - 15%

3 weeks - 20%

4 weeks or longer - 25% ( do ask - we are flexible and sometimes offer a greater discount if the stay is for low season!)

We also offer all solo travellers 10% discount on our nightly rates!

Note: Do check our Park and Balfour Apartments' availability if the Garden Apartment is already booked - we can offer a discount for a 1 or 2-person stay!

Booking & Payment

For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking. For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% 8 weeks before your stay. When you send us a Booking Form via our own website, we send you a Booking Comfirmation, followed by a secure online payment request via CardSave, payable by debit or credit card. On receipt of payment authorisation, we always send a payment receipt.

Cancellation Policy

We ask that all prospective guests read our Conditions of Rental on our website before completing a Booking Form - our Cancellation Policy is clearly stated on that page.

Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Historic, City, Unique, Award-Winning, Peaceful, Romantic, Unusual, Unique, Four-Star, Luxury

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Philip is a retired mechanical engineer, who travelled the world as a naval engineer for many years - living in Mexico and Belize for periods of time. He is an amateur historian, and has amazing local and Scottish historical knowledge... and, is also a keen 'treasure hunter' - going off frequently to local sites with his metal detector. I am an ex-copy editor who worked for over 20 years in the field of publishing, and then on a freelance basis as an editor/proofreader. We both enjoy travel, books, films. We decided, after meeting, that we couldn't bear to sell Philip's apartment in Pilrig House - it was just so special, and so we decided to turn it into a rental apartment. A year later, with great joy, we moved back into the house ourselves, then we purchased another apartment for renovation and rental, and so it just grew over the years since we started up. We have made many great friends, and still gain enormous joy and satisfaction in welcoming visitors here from around the world...It is also lovely that so many people come back time and time again.

Our emphasis, right from the start, was to create incredibly clean, and exceptionally comfortable, accommodation, with in excess of the usual facilities found in vacation rentals – and to maintain this high standard. We also wanted to ensure we met our guests’ needs, and so listened to our visitors and took on board, almost without exception, all comments and suggestions over the years. We always personally offer a warm welcome, and are really pleased to be able to provide further support your stay, if it is wanted! On arrival, we take you into the apartment, showing you all the need-to-know things, and will always take as long as you want to answer all your questions!

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1985

Well - there's the fact the Pilrig House is utterly unique as an historic 17th-century townhouse in Edinburgh, then there's the lovely location, and the parkland and Edinburgh skyline views... And the peace! Then, there's the wonderful ambience in the house itself - it really is special. And, the private parking, the beautiful gardens... there is so much to enjoy about living here. We just couldn't replicate what Pilrig House offers if we searched the length and breadth of Edinburgh. And the fact that we can walk into the centre of Edinburgh in 15 mins, or take a bus right outside the park... more than anything, we love the feeling of living in the country while living in the city.

In each apartment, the living-rooms and bedrooms have park and/or garden views – a lovely change from looking out onto city streets or other buildings! The house’s history also gives it a special feel – some people liken it to staying in a Scottish castle…

Robert Louis Stevenson’s mother lived in Pilrig House and he visited here often as a child – we include his novels in all three apartments, so you can read extracts that refer to Pilrig House, and imagine living in another time… One national newspaper journalist wrote after staying here that the house has a ‘timelessness’ that made for instant relaxation….

And, the centre of Edinburgh is under a mile away – most guests walk there, and sometimes take a bus home at the end of the day… and describe their pleasure at returning to the peace and tranquillity of Pilrig House. Great shops are almost on your doorstep – supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants… all within easy walking distance.

Many US & Canadian guests come back every year, and European guests visit at least 6 times per year – and they have stayed previously in the best hotels and now choose to stay here. Our Guestbook comments and reviews on all independent sites have been 100% positive - hopefully reassuring you of what you will find when you come to stay.

All of the above! We awaken to birdsong, can gaze out our windows and see the park in all seasons in all its beauty, or sit in the garden to the side of the house in total privacy and enjoy the tranquillity, and read a book... Everything we need is close-by - shops, transport links, restaurants, Edinburgh's main train station... and, there are beautiful drives to the East Lothian countryside and coastal trail, including some charming villages and historic castles - within a half-hour's drive. This coastline has 22 amazing golf-courses, many located directly parallel to the sea - Gullane, North Berwick, Craigielaw, Muirfield - to name but a few - to whet the appetite of those golfers out there!

Another great bonus is the fact that we can offer guests free parking in a private car park directly to the rear of the property – this is incredibly rare in Edinburgh – most properties have ‘metered’ parking on a street outside their property, which never guarantees a space, and is incredibly expensive – it means you have to top up the metre every couple of hours!

Philip and I often walk to the ‘Shore’ area of Leith, on the waterfront – which is Edinburgh’s port – a 5-10 minute walk from Pilrig House – it has great restaurants and bistros. You can also use your membership card to visit the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s ‘The Vaults’ premises here – even if you don’t like whisky – a great place to have a bar lunch in the oldest building in Leith.

41 Reviews of Property 130372 in Leith, United Kingdom

Historic Scottish Apartment/Free Parking & Wi-Fi/Unique Park Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews
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Leith Edinburgh
The Woodlands, TX
5

Wonderful Wonderful!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My husband and I stayed at Pilrig House for our anniversary trip. It was the most wonderful experience. The house is so amazing inside and out. The grounds are just beautiful. But our hosts are what made it even more special. We are already planning our trip back next year. The morning after we got to Pilrig I sat in the window seat with a cup of tea looking out on the gardens and the yellow roses. The listing was perfect, it was just as it looked on the internet. It was beautifully maintained. We would definitively recommend Pilrig to anyone!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathleen & Andy, We so enjoyed meeting you, and were incredibly happy that your anniversray trip was a special one. As we said at the time - just wish you could have stayed longer... Looking forward to trip 2! Debbie & Philip x
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Leith Edinburgh
columbus ohio usa
5

kathy

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Exceptional property in wonderful location. Helpful hosts with an amazing attention to detail. From restaurant and shopping advice to travel maps for excursions. Have never stayed somewhere where they stocked fruit, coffee, tea, milk, cookies, fudge and whiskey for their visitors! Highly recommend!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathy and Brad, great to know you appreciated all the little things we like to include for visitors - we have tried to make it as homely as possible, and with all the extras we always hope to find when we stay in rentals... and never have I hasten to add! Still hopeful. Hope we see you back for a Highland hillwalking adventure -we shall be happy to recommend lots of places to stay and visit so do stay in touch, even if you can't stay here with us before you head off - but, do visit us again, too, if you can! Debbie & Philip
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Arkansas USA
5

Loved my stay !

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Felt lucky to have spent two weeks in the Garden apartment! The first week was as a solo traveler. I could not have felt more welcome and taken care of by Debbie and Phillip – perfect blend of privacy and security. The setting of Pilrig House is beautiful and peaceful – adored my views of Arthur’s Seat while sipping whiskey each evening. The kitchen was appointed with everything needed to produce a top notch meal if desired. Debbie has stocked this apartment with an amazing collection of DVDs, books, etc. You have to read the correspondence between the last surviving Balfour servant and Debbie – so sweet and interesting. The location of Pilrig House is excellent for catching a bus and exploring Edinburgh. Before my arrival, my daughter had contacted Debbie and together they had organized a Mother’s day tea at a top notch location. If I have the joy of returning to Edinburgh, I will stay here again. Phillip is also an excellent history source of the area and Pilrig House. Loved it! Thanks again, Phillip and Debbie!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Vicki,

So odd - was just thinking about you this evening, and wondering how you were, when your review popped up - and what a nice review it is - thank you. I so enjoyed our day together, travelling around East Lothian and chatting... And, I loved the photos you sent - especially the one of what you thought was an owl at the back door - it made me smile. Hope life is good with you, and am so pleased you enjoyed your break in Edinburgh! Best wishes, Debbie
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Leith Edinburgh
Ottawa
5

Pilrig made our stay in Edinburgh memorable

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Debbie and Philip were outstanding hosts making us feel welcome and comfortable. We used the city buses and explored many areas always "coming home" to comfort and ease. The house is so quiet we slept soundly. We appreciated all the extras Debbie and Philip provided including the trip to Tesco and the city tour.
Since arriving home to Canada we have recommeded Pilrig to all our friends.
I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Martin Wishart's restaurant in Leith. Next time I will book for the cooking demonstration prior to lunch.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara & Ed,

Dear Barbara & Ed, Thank you so much for this review. We enjoyed meeting you both, and were so impressed with your pre-booking of your transport tickets and passes - think we should employ you as agents for others coming to stay! You made us aware of one or two train discounts!! Hope you had a great time when you headed further North, and to Orkney - and look forward to hearing about it. With all our best, Debbie & Philip x
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Leith Edinburgh
5

Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
The garden apartment was beautiful and fully equipped with all the amenities you would need. It’s very close to town so if you choose you can walk or catch the bus just around the corner and the bus services are very convenient and reliable. Debbie and Philip were very kind and nice hosts, Philip drove me to town to show me around on the first day to get myself familiar with the place and Debbie did also the same and also took me out in their beautiful small villages, very nice scenery around the ocean and everything in general is a must see. I had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend a visit to Edinburgh a city full of history and very beautiful. I’m planning to go back because there are lots of things to do and did not get a chance to finish all of them.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Atieno,

Look forward to your return visit! I really enjoyed out trip to the East Lothian coastline together. We are both so pleased you enjoyed your 2--week stay in the Garden Apartment, and were never lonely - taking advantage of guided tours to the Highlands, and various other places of interest, such as St Andrews - and telling us how friendly the Scottish people were to you. Best Wishes, Debbie & Philip x
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Leith Edinburgh
Australia
5

A fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
What a fantastic place to stay. The accommodation is in a heritage building and the location is particularly good as it is close to all the history of Edinburth and also to Leith with its great choice of restaurants. No detail, to make your stay comfortable, is overlooked by the friendly owners and the apartment is modern, well equipped and beautifully clean. An excellent find for our stay in Edinburgh and can highly recommend.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Brian & Faye - you were lovely people - hope you had a good trip overall, and that we may see you back in Scotland again one fine day! Debbie & Philip
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Leith Edinburgh
Pennsylvania, USA
5

A Hidden Gem!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Thank you to Debbie and Philip for making our stay in Scotland very enjoyable! We had a lovely time and the house was perfect! It had everything we needed and more and was very clean. Philip was nice enough to take us on a quick tour around the town when we arrived and answered any questions we had. He also had suggestions as to where to visit and dine. The house is in a great location, close enough to walk everywhere and see the sights, but set in a lovely park. Very close to resturants and shops. They provided a parking spot for our rental car, which was nice since we didn't use it while staying there. We can't wait to come back for another visit!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Leith Edinburgh
Amsterdam
5

Best short city-break apartment ever!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
This is a wonderful, cosy, spotless and very beautiful apartment, with flawless Wi-Fi, dvd's, squirrels and a family of foxes to boot! Will definitely visit again, if only to listen to the absolute silence at night...a relief for (Amsterdam) inner-city dwellers! Owners are exceedingly friendy, and very willing to help. Despite its country feel, the apartment is very near town, easy walking distance! So...do not hesitate and book this lovely place, before someone else does!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Saskia - we so enjoyed meeting you and your truly delightful daughter Lara - great to hear that you had an enjoyable mother-and-daughter break with happy memories to take away with you and treasure! Next time, I will happily drive you up to the Pentland Hills for that long walk you asked about. Here's wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas wehn it comes, and raise a glass to seeing you again in 2013! Debbie x
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Leith Edinburgh
New Jersey United States
5

Our Honeymoon in Scotland

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
Pilrig House sits on the edge of a beautiful dog park that we enjoyed walking through on our way into the city every day. With a short walk across its green space, You'll find yourself on the main drag into Edinburg and in the city's heart in less than twenty minutes on foot. The location is ideal for anyone looking to tour Edinburg, even if you don't have a car hire, as we never turned our car on our entire stay. Also the apartments were immaculately clean and well stocked with all the comforts of home. Debbie and Philip were wonderful and helpful hosts. Highly recommended!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your honeymoon here - you were lovely guests - and your time here seems to go by so quickly - do come back any time - and next time we'll have the champagne chilling for your arrival.... When are we going to receive a photo?? Debbie & Philip
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Leith Edinburgh
San Francisco
5

Fairytale Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
My Summer 2012 was spent traveling throughout the UK. I stayed in London, Cambridge, Dublin, Glascow, and many other locations throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. My stay at Pilrig House was by far my favorite. I fell in love with the cottage, the proprietors, Edinburgh itself, and hated to leave. The hospitaliy was above and beyond the call of duty. I felt entirely at home and had Debbie and Philip to turn to with any questions or advice. I learned so much from them about Edinburgh and Scotland in general. The cottage decor was so to my taste that I took photos and hope to duplicate it in my own home. From the windows you can watch birds, squirels, and little foxes play in the lush floral gardens. I highly recommend Pilrig House and that you stay for awhile because you won't want to leave!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Kate,

Philip says hello! Thank you for your kind words indeed - we are both just delighted that you enjoyed the cottagey-style Garden Apartment - and hope that we get the chance to see you here again - we enjoyed our chats and loved having you here. Do send us an email when you have the time to tell us about your further adventures in Ireland and the rest!! Our bestest wishes,

Debbie & Philip x