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Central Edinburgh- The Writers Pad- drawing on the towns literary heritage

Bedrooms 2
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Centrally located yet in a quiet area- ideal for exploring Edinburgh

The Writers Pad has been designed around Edinburgh's rich literary heritage. This New Town property has many a nod and a wink to the writers that have graced the city. This garden apartment offers a great place to stay close to the town centre and many local attractions and has undergone an extensive renovation in early 2014.

The apartment itself contains two double bedrooms, a comfortable lounge/ dining area, bathroom with shower and a well equipped kitchen. There is a comfortable double bed in one bedroom while the other contains zip and link beds which make the sleeping arrangements a bit more versatile. In addition there is a sofa bed with a pocket sprung mattress in the lounge.

The flat is a 10 minute walk from some of Edinburgh's most iconic landmarks including The Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Square. The main shopping areas of Edinburgh are all within easy walking distance.

Closer to the property there is the busy areas around Broughton Street and the top of Leith Walk with many great delicatessens and restaurants to tempt you after a day in town. The bars nearby the property offer a fantastic choice from the more traditional Edinburgh pub to some of the more modern bars.

The property offers a great place to explore the city from while at the same time provides interest and comfort. Freeview TV, Blu-Ray DVD player, DAB radio and bluetooth speakers all add to the comfort of your stay. There is a collection of books with links to Edinburgh as well as a small DVD collection.

There is parking available via pay meters on the street. These cost £2/hr between 8.30- 5.30 Mon to Fri. Parking out with these hours is free. If you're staying during the week and you plan to bring a car please let us know as there is a few suggestions we may be able to offer.

More Details

Russell Ogg
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Russell Ogg

Born and raised in Edinburgh I live within walking distance of the property listed here. I have a few business interests but undoubtedly the one that is most fun is the holiday lettings we offer. This is our second flat and having learnt a few lessons on the way I hope we can offer our guests an excellent experience in the time they spend in Edinburgh.

Russell Ogg purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Russell Ogg chose Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, provides a wonderful and interesting place to stay and explore. The property here provides an ideal base to do this from- 10 minutes to the Old Town, Stockbridge, Leith and set in the New Town- it provides an excellent place to find experience the city.

It is a town of contrasts, maybe best illustrated by the slightly chaotic nature of the Old Town, around the castle and High Street versus the comparative order of the New Town with it's Georgian architecture and grid like street layout.

Edinburgh is world renowned for it's Festival and Fringe - making the month of August colourful and vibrant. It is also the first city to be a UNESCO city of Literature - and this is what the property here draws on. The property is based in a street that was used as the basis for the novels by Alexander McCall Smith. There are several nods to Edinburgh writers of the past and a small collection of Edinburgh novels available to acquaint, or reacquaint, yourself with.

Edinburgh is well served by transport links but is also a City that is easy to walk around in. It provides a safe environment and while by no means flat it is well served with coffee houses, deli's, restaurants and bars if you need a break in proceedings. Again the flat here provides a good range of amenities close on hand.

The areas close by such as East Lothain and Fife are very attractive parts of the Scotland and both of these are a golfers paradise while at the same time providing stunning countryside and picturesque coastal areas. Both are accessible by car or train and with a station only 1km or so away this makes this quite straightforward.

The property is one we take a deal of pride in and we hope this shows in the standard of decor and accommodation we can provide.

What makes this apartment unique

The property is situated in a wonderfully quiet area of the central part of Edinburgh. This makes it ideal for those that want access to the town yet may be a lighter sleeper. The back bedroom indeed backs on to a garden with no traffic on it at all- not necessarily the norm in central Edinburgh.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the Writers Pad! Great location just a short walk into the city. It was on a lovely residential street which was very quiet. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was nicely equipped with everything we needed. There was even a cute little yard in the back. We would definitely stay here again. Russell was a very accommodating and helpful host.
Apr 2015
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Bonnington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Can be split to two singles
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Central Edinburgh- The Writers Pad- drawing on the towns literary heritage
average rating of 4.45 based on 24 reviews
St. Louis, MO

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Easy walk to the tourist attractions yet tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. 5 min walk to a giant Tesco for groceries. 5 min walk to where the locals get fish n chips (for the last 30 yrs). Just a nice cozy place that had everything my family of 6 could need.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you loved the place and hope you had sauce on the fish and chips. Many thanks
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Very very nice

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. This flat was very comfortable for the three of us. We were able to walk everywhere including a hike to the Castle. I would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Joan- really delighted you enjoyed the place.
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ideal for a short break

  • 4 of 5

The writers pad is in a great location. Only 10-15 mins walk up Broughton street to the theatre and bars and restaurants.

The flat itself is great for 4 adults for a short stay. The kitchen and bathroom are both small but for a few nights stay this didn't bother us.

The flat didn't smell very fresh but we found it all clean and tidy.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would use it again.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Hazel Thanks for your review. I'll look into the smell thing- sometimes with hotter weather and a basement flat we need to air it a bit more so I'll get that done Thanks again Russell
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Cute apartment/Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Nicely decorated. The host is very responsive. Loved the location!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this Karen- glad you had a good stay
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Perfect Christmas booking

  • 4 of 5

We stayed a week in this apartment, 2 adults, one 2yr old and 1 infant. The layout was great for a small family just needing to use the flat for a short amount of time. It is very close to town centre in a quiet part of town. There is a kids play park only metres away, and decent TV and channels kept them entertained when we couldn't go outside, and good restaurants and bars just a couple of minutes away (everything is always close in Edinburgh though). As with older buildings in Edinburgh, the windows are single glazing, but we had the heating on during the day which provided heat in the evenings, but the boiler system was quite noisy and in the master bedroom so we couldn't have it on at night.

I would recommend this for anyone with a small family, or a short stay for a few people.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for these comments. It's always good to know that the flat works well, especially over the Christmas period. The windows as you say are single glazed but we have undertaken draft proofing to try to help retain some heat and we are looking at the possibility of a new boiler- I'll take the comments on noise into account when we are looking at this change.
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Very convenient for the fringe perfect location surrounded by lovely cafes and bars

  • 5 of 5

Great property with everything you could possibly need with the pleasure of a bedroom overlooking the garden enjoying the sun all morning ... Great way to start the day

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the kind words. I'm really delighted you enjoyed your stay and the property was great for you. Come again!
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Cumberland Bar
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Olive Tree/Karens Unicorn/ Stac Polly
Nearest Ski
8 Kilometres
Hillend (Artifial slope)
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Crammond or Portobello
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Bonnington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $64.68

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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