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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome

Overview


Details
Property
apartment
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome

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

Owner
Russell Ogg
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 28, 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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Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Central Edinburgh- The Writers Pad- drawing on the towns literary heritage
average rating of 4.5 based on 18 reviews
4

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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5

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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5

Extraordinary!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Writer's Pad is a magical place nestled in an old town Edinburgh neighborhood with a lively, warm community and access to all that Edinburgh has to offer! But, the simple and comfortable location is also extremely private which makes it the perfect sanctuary as well! It was wonderful not to need a car as we were within walking distance of every form of public transportation, museums, restaurants, pubs and nightlife! Thank you Russell, for making us feel so welcome!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these kind words. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and that you enjoyed Edinburgh and it's surrounds so much.
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5

25a Scotland Street, Edinburgh - Brillaint!

  • 5 of 5

This was,simply,a brilliant flat to stay in and then discover Edinburgh, just as described. Very well appointed flat with two super bedrooms. Fabulous welcome from Eddie and David. Green folder contains everything you need to know about the flat and the city. Big fridge to store wine! All-in-all, the perfect flat in the perfect location to access all you wish to view in Edinburgh. Clean and well presented.Visited National Museum rooftop fr spectacular view of the city. Ate a fabulous meal at La Petite Mort.Go for it!

Barbara and Sally

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Barbara and Sally- I'm really delighted you had a great time and we matched up to our description! Thanks again Russell
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5

Cosy & stylish and safe

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment and an ideal homey base. I booked this for my two daughters to stay as their niece was being Christened in Edinburgh and they felt extremely safe. They successfully located several of the beautiful bars and restaurants the city has to offer and were able to walk to and from with great ease. I would definately recommend this beautiful apartment and would love the chance to stay there myself at some point.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for these kind words and we'd love to have you stay with us sometime as well.
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4

Clean, good location, nice welcome

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Writers Pad. Would definitely stay again if in Edinburgh

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you enjoyed our place- haste ye back.
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Cumberland Bar
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Numerous
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

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Rates & Availability

Bonnington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High
Feb 23 2017 - Feb 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
$218
$1,247
 
 
Med
Feb 28 2017 - Mar 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$181
$1,098
 
 
High
Mar 17 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
$218
 
 
Med
Mar 20 2017 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$187
$1,098
$3,305
 
 
High
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
$1,310
 
 
Festival
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$249
$1,746
 
 
Medium
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$187
$1,098
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$137
$873
 
 
Med
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
$187
From
$206
Fri,Sat
$1,098
 
 
High
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,310
 
 
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
$249
$1,746
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $62

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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Amenities

Bonnington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Can be split to two singles
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

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