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The Secret Garden Apartment in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment in Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland - Light And Airy Apartment Overlooking Gardens - But In The Heart Of Historic Edinburgh

Near the foot of the Royal Mile, the historic thoroughfare which links Edinburgh Castle at the top with the Royal Palace of Holyrood at the bottom, lies the garden of Dunbar's Close, a tranquil and little-known public space, reconstructed in the style of a 17th century formal garden. Set in a typical 19th Century stone tenement, this stylish and comfortable apartment is on the 3rd floor with views from the quiet back bedroom over Dunbar’s Close Gardens and the adjacent Canongate Kirk yard and on to Calton Hill with its iconic Edinburgh monuments. For visitors all the museums, galleries, monuments and shops of Edinburgh’s historic old town are within walking distance. There are plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants and for those who enjoy the outdoors, the 650 acre Holyrood Park lies less than 10 minutes walk away.The apartment is ideally located for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Winter Festivals and is only a short distance from the main train and bus stations.

Sandra Morris
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Sandra Morris

We are a Scottish/Australian couple who have lived and worked in both countries. We moved to Edinburgh as a family 30 years ago. I was employed by the University of Edinburgh in the International Office until my recent retirement and my husband was Director of IT for the Scottish Courts until he joined me in retirement in Autumn 2013. We both love the city and have enjoyed showing it off to many friends and relations who have visited us over the years. This was one of the main reasons for buying our holiday apartment in Dunbar's Close.

We enjoy travel and have used the Owners Direct site ourselves for many holidays finding the combination of having your own space and facilities a great and more relaxing way to holiday.

Sandra Morris purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Sandra Morris chose Old Town

We are keen gardeners and finding a flat right in the heart of the Old Town with an amazing view over Dunbar's Close Garden was just too good an opportunity to miss. We are hoping that all our visitors will enjoy the experience too.

What makes this apartment unique

Almost all the Edinburgh sights are within walking distance of the apartment. You can be in Holyrood Park, the Palace and the Scottish Parliament building in less than 5 minutes. Straight up the hill is the castle and during the Festival there are loads of venues within striking distance. The lower end of the Royal Mile is, however, much quieter than the upper end and with the bedroom windows overlooking Dunbar's Close Garden you are far less likely to be disturbed by crowds and tourists and entertainers! There's a supermarket just around the corner and loads of excellent bars and restaurants nearby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely flat in a great location. Making our stay more enjoyable – Sandra and Dave very helpful and friendly ensuring our first trip to Scotland was fantastic. Hollie and Beccy, Oxfordshire

Your flat was wonderful and in a perfect spot. We’ll definitely be suggesting your place to other travellers. Megan, Minnesota, USA

We've had a brilliant time at the Festival and the flat has been a perfect base to come back to. Very comfortable, everything we needed and more. Hope to return. Joanna, Birmingham
May 2011
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Old Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • There is a beautiful, modern bathroom in warm, earthy coloured tiles and underfloor heating. It has a bath with shower over..
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bright bedroom overlooking gardens with comfy double bed. Sofa bed (small double) in living room provides extra sleeping facilities. Cot available on request.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Outside: The flat is situated at the entrance of Dunbar's Close Gardens - a beautiful public space re-created in the style of a 17th century formal garden, with topiary trees and shrubs and protected seating areas to make the most of the sunshine! These gardens are open to the public on most days. Utility Room: A separate utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Property is cleaned and linen changed once a week for longer lets.


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The Secret Garden Apartment in Edinburgh's Royal Mile
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews

Central, clean, cosy apartment. Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Amazingly accommodating and friendly owners. Great central location, clean apartment with all facilities needed and more. Very thoughtful owners with all the nice touches in the apartment. Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What is not to love?

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Sandra for all your attention to detail. The apartment was not only as advertised it surpassed our expectations. Neat as a pin, close to everything and an extreme value over other "commercial" lodgings. We would stay here again and again. The accommodations were fantastic for a couple. We found the stairs and the walk from the train/bus station to be quite manageable. We also braved Arthur's Seat (so we got our legs in shape). With the Royal Mile out the front and Dunbar's Close garden out the back, the location could not be improved. In fact it is just a block or two far enough from the upper portion of The Mile to keep out of the noise after hours. The security door and secured laundry are an added plus that should not be overlooked. Shopkeepers nearby got to know us well and were very helpful throughout our very plesant stay...

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments and for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay and we would, of course, be delighted to have you to stay again and again!
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Lovely view of Dunbar Close

  • 4 of 5

We loved this apartment. It had a well equiped kitchen and had a nice large bathroom. Bedroom is tight but doable. Downside is there is no elevator and there is some street noise. Laundry is very convenient. Overall wonderful place to stay in Edinburgh right on the Royal Mile.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little Haven

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was a excellent from the start with a first class train journey from Newcastle,our apartment in Edinburgh's Royal mile was a little haven with all home comforts you could wish for .The weather was not good to us but did not spoil our days at all as the apt was so central we could pop out on to the mile and walk to many places I'e. Museums the Castle and many shops and cafe'sand the secret garden is wonderful a little gem ,I would recommend this property to anyone and hope to stay again .Irene,Eddy Cummings .

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Terrific Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was everything it was supposed to be, clean, well located, well equipped, along with an owner who was easy to deal with and available if necessary. The only criticism, and it is disclosed in the website, it was cramped for 3 adults. Without hesitation, I recommend it as a great base to explore Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Better than we could have hoped!

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect setting for our dream trip to Edinburgh. Sandra and David were so helpful and easy to communicate with all the we up to and through our trip. They even helped us sort out our train tickets! The location of the apartment is amazing. One window takes in all the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile and the other window in the bedroom overlooks a quiet garden. We walked to the apartment from the train station and didn't get in a car again until our taxi to the airport. We walked to hike Arthur's Seat, Holyrood House, New Town, and Edinburgh Castle. Everything is nearby to this apartment. Our biggest problem was that we spent too much time in the apartment! It had enough space that we felt like we were at home and the bathroom was sooo relaxing. Everything is updated and thoughtfully considered. Sandra and David have done an amazing job of outfitting this place for the perfect getaway. They even included a list book of helpful tips from restaurants to trails up Arthur's Seat. My parents are headed to the UK this fall and I've not only insisted they see Edinburgh, but that they stay at this apartment.

Thank you for an amazing trip we will never forget. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


There are a number of beautiful beaches within an hour's drive of Edinburgh.


10 minutes walk to Waverley Station and 15 minutes to the Bus Station in St Andrew's Square. The airport is about 30-40 minutes by car/taxi or you can take the Airport shuttle which runs every 15 minutes. It terminates at Waverley station and you can walk from there. The number 35 bus from the airport passes in front of the flat but is slower than the shuttle. A new tram system takes you from the airport to the city but, a longer walk to the flat. Public transport in Edinburgh is excellent.


An hour to Glasgow and the Borders by car. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond are around 1.5 hours away and the Highlands lie within half a day's drive. You can get to and from Loch Ness in a day (quite a long one!)

Further Details:

The apartment is situated in an historic area with lots of pubs, restaurants (from the very expensive to the cheap and cheerful), bars and cafes. The area is ideal for exploring on foot. If you really like to stretch your legs there is over 600 acres of park and hillside in nearby Holyrood Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking, by email preferred. Payment:25% deposit required to secure booking, balance 28 days before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible. Please contact owner.

Notes on prices:
Prices given for daily lets. Please see our website for prices for weekly or longer lets. The standard let is for up to 2 people sharing the double bedroom. There will be an additional daily charge of £5/£2.50 per adult/child for bookings of more than 2.

Payment:25% deposit required to secure booking, balance 28 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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