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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


New Town Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 4 people. One double and one twin room. Comfortable lounge

The apartment, which sleeps 4 people, has recently been refurbished to a high standard in a modern style and comprises a living room with a gas fueled stove, a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms one with twin beds, a bathroom with a bath and shower over and a small entrance hall. It offers comfortable, contemporary living within a building of character and historic interest.

The living room is a stylish, modern room with two sofas a dining area and a TV with Free view and a DVD/CD player. There is also free Internet/ broadband access with Wi-Fi.

The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with a wide range of good quality utensils and equipment including a cooker, hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and microwave.

The apartment has an attractive walled garden, shared with other residents, which provides an ideal setting for an evening drink or a lunchtime sandwich.

An ideal location ...

Duncan’s Land is located in the vibrant Stockbridge area of the city where you will find a wide range of interesting and unusual shops along with many cafes and restaurants. There is a small Sainsbury’s supermarket two minutes from the apartment open until 11.00 pm. The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes away, along which you can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art in about half an hour. It’s a delightful walk and you wouldn’t think you were in the city – all you can hear is the water and the local wildlife. The city center and Princes Street is within easy walking distance and has an excellent bus service. A Starbucks coffee shop is just round the corner - and you are just ten minutes walk from city center restaurants.

Edinburgh city centre ...

The city centre, Princes Street and the Royal Mile are within easy walking distance - uphill going there but downhill coming back! It’s a five minute taxi ride but there is also an excellent bus service. Edinburgh is the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, the Jazz and Blues Festival and many more. Google ‘Edinburgh Festivals’ for a full guide. Edinburgh is also a city of culture throughout the year with art galleries, theatres, concert halls and cinemas. Other attractions include Edinburgh castle, Holyrood palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Dungeon, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Zoo (with the pandas), the National Gallery of Scotland and the Modern Art Gallery, the Royal Botanic Gardens as well as the Georgian New Town and the historic Royal Mile.

Wonderful local walks ...

The Water of Leith walkway is less than 5 minutes from the apartment. You can stroll to the Gallery of Modern Art or the Dean Gallery in about half an hour and get a coffee before deciding to return. Dean village, described as 'a tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith', is half way and really beautiful. Six Antony Gormley statues are located on the Water of Leith. One is just under the bridge next to the apartment and another is at the entrance to the Modern Art gallery.

A little bit of history ...

Duncan’s Land is a merchant's house built about 1790 from the stones of demolished buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It was the birthplace of the artist, David Roberts (1796-1864), who worked as a scene painter at Edinburgh's Theatre Royal and London's Covent Garden. In 1830, he was appointed President of the Society of British Artists. During the following decade he toured the Far East, producing a celebrated series of paintings of Egyptian scenes and antiquities. A plaque on the wall of the house celebrates his birthplace.

A stone lintel, with the inscription, ‘Fear God Onlye, 1605’ was originally in a property on Bank street just off the Royal Mile. We think the staircase probably came from the same site. Duncan's Land is mentioned in Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh by James Grant, which was printed as a periodical in the 1880s. A drawing of Duncan's Land by E. W. Cooke R.A., is dated 1853 and appears in Ballantine, J., (1866), The life of David Roberts, R.A. published by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh.

Charley Boorman visits Stockbridge…

'The elegant district of Stockbridge is 'The One Thing' that completes any trip to Edinburgh' says Charley. Charley visits St. Bernard's Well, a picturesque Doric temple built on a renowned healing spring, and then explores some of the many attractions of Stockbridge. Find the video on YouTube using the search words Charley Boorman, Stockbridge.

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Morag Cosford
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Morag,

I didn't have time to write a note this morning so I wanted to e-mail and say how very much we enjoyed our stay at Duncan's Land. On our only previous visit we had stayed on the other side of town, so Stockbridge was a revelation. We loved the shops, the farmers' market, and the proximity to the Botanical Gardens and the International Book Festival as well as the Fringe.

Your thoughtfulness in stocking the kitchen with tea, milk, coffee, bread and jams was much appreciated after our journey. And we found the apartment superbly comfortable and a real oasis for rest after all our activities around town.

Your property is lovely and I hope we have the opportunity to rent it again.


Aug 2012
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Self catering apartment in an eighteenth century building in Edinburgh New Town
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  • 5 of 5

This was the best portion of my whole vacation. The property is so cozy it could double as my second home. I wouldn't hesitate to rent this property again. Amazing location, clean and comfortable. Parking is available selectively and you can walk to almost anything you'd like to see.. thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great first stop in Scotland!

  • 4 of 5

Morag's apartment was cozy, clean, and perfectly located to explore Edinburgh. We were so grateful to call it our first home away from home on our trip through Scotland. The two bedrooms are of good size, there's plenty of closet space, the WiFi is great, and Morag had even left out a small basket of goodies for us to enjoy during our stay. The location couldn't be beat - it was an easy walk to Princes Street and the Royal Mile and the neighborhood was nice with plenty to do. Thanks so much for a wonderful time in Edinburgh!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Wonderful charming flat in excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

The flat was cozy yet spacious, and in a wonderful location. It was perfect for the four of us. The kitchen was well equipped, there was a lovely welcome basket, and everything we needed was within a short walk. Everything was clean and the towels were nice and fluffy. We loved everything about it!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful apartment. Excellent owner. Lovely and convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed staying here. My children (ages 7 & 9) told me "we love it here! It feels like home!" For children, having that sense of comfort and security is important during travel and Morag's apartment gave them that. From my first contact with Morag, through the end of our stay, she was responsive, kind, and attended to our every need or desire. We were welcomed with a lovely basket full of goodies, made to feel completely at home, and given complete privacy. The apartment is located in a historic building in a beautiful section of Edinburgh.

The beds were delightfully comfortable, the living area, cozy with so many extra comforts: books, games, DVDs, maps of the area, just to name a few. The kitchen has all the basics and more, and reflects an owner who really cares about her property and the people who will stay there. The neighborhood, Stockbridge, is full of warmth, delicious restaurants (we recommend the Indian Takeaway), grocery and specialty stores (a cheese monger and wine store right around the corner!), and is within 10-15 minutes from the castle. It is a safe and friendly neighborhood, full of wonderful places to walk and explore.

Thank you so very much, Morag!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and historic building

  • 3 of 5

If you are looking for a character building within walking distance of the heart of Edinburgh this is it. It is not fancy but quite functional. Absolutely reasonable place to spend a few days in beautiful Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The flat in Duncan's Land is lovely. It has been furnished in a comfortable and homely way.The kitchen was well stocked with everything you needed and tea, coffee, jams etc. were also provided. The building itself is entered through a very pleasant garden with seating in which one can enjoy the surroundings.

Stockbridge is a really exciting place to be and must rate as one of the most desirable areas in Edinburgh. There is a variety of interesting shops,cafes, restaurants as well as some nice bars. There is a local Sainsbury's as well as many specialist food shops. In addition to this, the area is served by several buses all of which go through the centre of Edinburgh one way or another.

I would highly recommend this flat as a wonderful place to stay and experience the delights of the immediate area and further afield.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Metres
Baillie bar
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Rosyth Ferry Terminal,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Prestonfield Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M 8
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Stockbridge Restaurant
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Hillend - UK's Largest Artificial Ski Run
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Duncan's Land is an historic Georgian house in central Edinburgh with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 2 to 4 people. Down a few steps and through a delightful garden is the door to the old stone spiral stairs that leads up to this neat and comfortable first floor flat. You are welcome to sit out in the shared garden, and there are lovely walks along the Water of Leith nearby.

Duncan's Land is in a quiet position, and just at the bottom of the street is the 'village' of Stockbridge. Here the Sainsbury's Local stays open until 11pm, and there are lots of small interesting shops including the wonderful Mellis artisan cheese shop. Cafés and pubs and restaurants abound.

It's a 12 minute walk to Princes Street and a pleasurable 10 minutes back again (downhill!) through some of Edinburgh's finest Georgian streets. If you prefer the bus, Stockbridge has a good, regular service.


Rates & Availability

New Town Apartment Rental Rates

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Mid Season
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Jan 4 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Apr 18 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

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Six Nation weekends rental is £150 per night

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New Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, toilet and wash-hand basin. There are shelves for toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The twin bedroom has a built in wardrobe and what we believe to be an original eighteenth century fireplace. The window overlooks the garden. The double bedroom has a queen size bed, a full length mirror and a large built in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. The window overlooks a lane that runs alongside the property.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The living room has an fireplace with a recently installed gas stove. Electricity, linen and towels are included in the price. An iron, ironing board and hairdryer are provided. A travel cot, high chair and children's plates and cutlery can be provided on request at no extra cost. We give particular attention to ensuring the apartment is spotlessly clean on your arrival. No smoking and no pets please. Please note that the apartment is located on the first floor and there is no lift. Access is by an eighteenth century spiral staircase.

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