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Beautiful Old Merchant's House in Historic Central Edinburgh

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Gas Fireplace
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Our Gayfield Square apartment is our fabulous two bedroom property situated in a fantastic position, right in the heart of our wonderful historic city. In fact you couldn't get better - the apartment is located on a beautiful leafy square in the elegant Georgian New Town. Residential and quiet, yet just a few minutes walk (about seven) from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street and George Street and from there easily accessible to the castle and Royal Mile. Moreover, we're just round the corner from the funky Broughton Street area with its great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as some lovely 'local' and quirky shops (the best butcher in town, great health food store and fishmonger to name a few!)

The apartment is typical in design for its era, dating back to 1820 (yes, 1820!) and built with the grandeur that represents Georgian architecture in its prime. It's also quite a one off with its own private entrance, private front garden and back patio (very unusual for a property in such a central location of Edinburgh). The entire apartment is on the ground floor with only one step up into the front garden so is very accessible for those who have difficulty in managing stairs.

Interior style is sophisticated, contemporary and calming with a lovely blend of old and new.

The main sitting room is a very spacious 16 x 13 feet with beautiful working fireplace (living flame gas fire), ornate cornice work and double windows with views to the front gardens and square beyond. Furniture comprises a comfortable sofa and contemporary Barcelona chair both in white leather as well as two antique gilt chairs upholstered in a bold print motif. Original art pieces hang on the walls throughout the property.

The bedrooms are quietly located with cosy European king sized leather bed in one and white wooden Georgian style bed in the other, again European king sized. Wall coverings are in calming taupe and pale mocca colours.

One bedroom is serviced by an en suite shower room with walk in shower with chocolate leather effect tiling. The other is serviced by the main bathroom with corner bath and shower.

The kitchen is fully equipped - a large range cooker/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer - a great cook's kitchen as well as being a very sociable space to sit round the large black granite kitchen table whilst you eat or watch the cook at work! French windows from the kitchen open up to the back patio/sitting area.

We also supply a complete pack in the apartment which will guide you through how to use everything and also a great guide to our favourite restaurants, cafes, shops and top tips on things not to miss out on while you're visiting. Wifi internet access is available throughout the apartment.

We think we've created the ideal retreat to explore our wonderful city- we really hope you'll agree if you come and stay with us!

Keywords: Historic, Apartment, flat

More Details

Robin Jack
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2017

About Robin Jack

Hi- I'm Robin (pictured here with my best friend, Vera, my miniature schnoodle). I've lived in Edinburgh for more than 20 years, having moved here to study and then working in marketing for a number of years before buying a guest house and rental apartments. My Gayfield Square apartment is my pride and joy!- having bought it and renovated it to the style and standard it is today- I'm sure you'll love staying there!

Robin Jack purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Robin Jack chose Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a fantastic city- historical, vibrant and sophisticated. The apartment is located in one of the most beautiful and central parts of town, the Georgian New town. Built around the 1800s the architecture of this area is beautiful and grand, yet the apartment is only a short walk from the bustling centre of town, all the attractions and some great places to eat and drink.

What makes this apartment unique

Culture, art, history and a lovely quiet- you'll live on a wide leafy square inhabited by locals which is a stones throw from the bustling Broughton Street area with its great cafes, restaurants and local shops (a great butcher and fishmonger are just round the corner). And only a 7 minute walk from Princes Street too!


New Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The bed is a european king sized, 5 feet wide bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , The bed is a European king size, 5 feet wide bed.
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Old Merchant's House in Historic Central Edinburgh
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

A superb apartment

  • 5 of 5

Simply lovely accommodation in an extremely well located position to explore this beautiful historic city.

The apartment is truly luxurious and very well appointed and offering genuine value for money.

We had a great 3 night stay and a big thank you to the hosts who had thoughtfully decked the house for Christmas including a lovely tree in the sitting room making our time there extra special.

I would thoroughly recommend this apartment without hesitation and will certainly be returning for another visit.

A big thank you to Robin who has been extremely helpful from start to finish.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us and we really hope to see you again soon!
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A wonderful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely impressed with everything associated with the apartment including its location. The owner has clearly poured love on this beautiful residence. The testimonials in the visitors book are proof. No hesitation in returning in the future

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments and so glad you had a great stay. Hope to see you with us again soon! Robin.
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples travelling together without a car. This home is situated close to all of our needs, train, day tour pick ups, restaurants and all major attractions. Robin was extremely helpful right from the initial inquiry to rent up until we left. Had everything we needed for our stay. Very clean and comfortable. Quiet side street location was a plus during a very busy time in Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Gail and we are so glad you had such a lovely stay with us. All best wishes.
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Perfect flat. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Gayfield Square is as comfortable and charming as it looks. Comfy beds and comfy living room furniture, a warm and cozy place to come back to after a windy day seeing the historic sites. There's a great kitchen for preparing meals and it's within walking distance to everything you need. Take a 5 minute walk to Valvona Crolla for specialty foods and wine, or go the other way up the street to Tesco for everyday basics. Good restaurants and pubs are also just a few minutes walk. Transit is close and easy. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else next time we come to Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you enjoyed the apartment and hope to see you again soon!
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Victoria, BC

A great location to explore Edinburgh from a comfortable apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples traveling together and wanted 2 Queen beds, 2 baths, some outdoor space and a good location as we didn't have a car. This place met and exceeded our expectations and was a very fun place to stay. All the facilities are as described or even better. Comfortable beds, clean and well maintained, nicely decorated, a great kitchen; all around a terrific place to stay, location just of Leith Walk was tremendous; literally surrounded by restaurants of all kinds. Walking distance from Waverely Train station, Calton Hill, Hollyrood, the National Gallery, and Edinburgh Castle. Absolutely full recommend and favorite for a return to Edinburgh in the future. Wonderful stay and a big thanks to Robin.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your stay with us and I'm so glad that you got so much out of being at the apartment and exploring all the great things to do and see close by! Hope to see you with us again soon. All best wishes, Robin.
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Spokane, Washington

Wonderful townhouse right near all of the attractions

  • 5 of 5

Robin was a tremendous host. The place was clean and two blocks from the Conan Doyle, a couple more blocks to the Royal Mile - yet in a secluded square just off the busy street. Restaurants up on the corner, spring was everywhere - be sure and get to the Royal Botanical Garden! We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Best wishes, Robin.
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Rates & Availability

New Town Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
spring 2017
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
spring 2017/2
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Bank Holiday
Apr 28 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017/3
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Edinburgh Marathon
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Aug 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Festival 2017
Aug 3 2017 - Aug 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late summer 2017
Aug 29 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Oct 2 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
New Year 2017
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018-2
Apr 3 2018 - May 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
May Bank Holiday 18
May 4 2018 - May 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018-3
May 7 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Edinburgh Marathon
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
May 28 2018 - Jun 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 29 2018 - Aug 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Festival 2018
Aug 2 2018 - Aug 27 2018
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
Aug 28 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

Rates are displayed as a guide and based on a 7 nights stay and occupancy at 4 people. We may be able to discount against this during quieter periods and if there are less people staying. Please also note that for shorter stays than 7 nights, we may have to charge a small premium. At busier times of the year and for times when your booking leaves us with gaps on either side to fill we may not be able to accommodate shorter booking stays but will endeavour to offer our best option on these occasions. Please enquire with your exact requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate with our best offer.

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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley Station
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary


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