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Stunning Upper Apartment Of Large Victorian Villa In Quiet Conservation Area.

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Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 - 7 nights


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Apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland - Quiet Location With Ease Of Access To The City Centre, Holyrood Park And Major Festival Venues

Stunning large upper flat for up to 7 persons in quiet location. Many major bus routes and amenities including golf courses close by. An ideal base if visiting the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Many Fringe venues are within a 15 minute walk.

Ian and Sheila McLeish
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Ian and Sheila McLeish

Ian and Sheila McLeish have owned the property in a quietly hidden Conservation Area of Edinburgh for many years. During much of this time however they have lived and worked abroad mainly in Central America and The Sultanate of Oman. They love living in this part of the city which is extremely quiet with a true sense of community but with ease of access to both Holyrood Park where they spend much time walking with their black labrador, Monty and also to the city which is a short distance away.

Ian and Sheila McLeish purchased this apartment in 1980

Why Ian and Sheila McLeish chose Edinburgh

Our property is located in the Blacket Conservation Area, a small area encompassing 5 streets built in both Georgian and early Victorian times in the grounds of the now demolished Newington House in what was to become the first southern suburb of the city of Edinburgh. Lying between two major arterial roads, the area is extremely quiet with very little through traffic. However, there a large number of bus routes only a short walk away with routes which will take you to most areas of Edinburgh.

If you prefer more outdoor pursuits, Arthurs Seat ( the mountain within a city) and Salisbury Crags are within easy walking distance and golf is available at Priestfield Golf Club.

The completely refurbished Commonwealth Swimming Pool is 5 minutes walk away.This should reopen in the spring of 2012.

What makes this apartment unique

The houses of this area are very fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Number 9 Dryden Place was built in the 1860s and has a wealth of Victorian features, high ceilings, large rooms, intricate cornicing and working shutters.Careful upgrading however, ensures a well designed kitchen/dining room with all fitted modern appliances and bath / shower rooms.

The house was divided many years ago and the property available for rent forms the upper 2 floors of this large building. The views from the windows to the front of the house are quite spectacular, looking onto the hills of Holyrood Park. To the back, the views are over the gardens of Blacket to the Pentland Hills beyond.

The city centre, the hills and many local amenities make this a great place to work and play!


based on 15 traveler reviews

Stunning Upper Apartment Of Large Victorian Villa In Quiet Conservation Area.
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

An excellent spacious property

  • 5 of 5

All arrangements went well. All family appreciative of our stay in the property.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jean Many thanks for writing a review of your stay with us at No 9. It was lovely to meet you all and delighted that all your arrangements went well and you had a wonderful wedding weekend. With my best wishes Sheila
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Stunning Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Great well maintained property in very nice section of Edinburgh. Ian and Shelia were very accomidating host. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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great base for exploring edinburgh

  • 5 of 5

Ian and Sheila were lovely hosts, we were a group of 7 attending a friends birthday and stayed for 3 nights. The house is set in a quiet conservation area and has lovely views overlooking Arthurs seat and is only a 10 minute walk from the town centre. It was an ideal base for us, as we played golf at St Andrews and Gullane during our stay too. Can't fault it really, would definitely recommend a stay!

We had a fantastic lunch at the nearby Salisbury Arms... and also can highly recommend the Apiary as well... !

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review of your stay with us! It was great to meet you all and delighted that your stay lived up to expectations. Number 9 Dryden Place is in the centre of Edinburgh's first conservation area, very beautiful, quiet and yet with ease of access to the city centre. There are many of Edinburgh's top tourist attractions within a short bus/taxi ride or less than 30 minutes walk for example to the Castle, Holyrood Palace and several of our famous art galleries and museums. For those who enjoy outdoor activities Arthur's Seat is almost on the doorstep and the golf courses of East Lothian around 30 minutes away by car. Local beaches are not far off in Portobello and Joppa whilst the magnificent beaches of East Lothian are within easy reach. Closer to home, the Royal Commonwealth Swimming Pool is only a 2 minute walk away. There are excellent restaurants nearby serving food from many nationalities to a very high standard. There really is something for everyone! We do hope that you will return soon. With our best wishes Ian and Sheila McLeish
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Stunning Upper Apartment of Large Victorian Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay in this apartment, which was absolutely beautiful and so spacious! Everything we required was provided. The location is excellent - quiet yet just a few minutes walk from a very good pub (Salisbury Arms) and also bus stops to take you into the city centre. We also used taxis quite frequently as we were a group of 5 and the cost was pretty much the same as the bus fare. I used the company City Cabs and the taxis always arrived within minutes! The drivers were also very knowledgeable about the best bars and restaurants to visit.

We walked from the apartment to Arthurs Seat, which was very enjoyable! We also visited the Castle and did some shopping in the Royal Mile.

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a place in Edinburgh, it was a real home from home and we would love to return - there are so many things we ran out of time to see and do!

Date of arrival

05 May 2016

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  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mandy Thank you so much for your kind comments. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and we do hope you will be able to return. For those who do not know our city, it is often difficult to explain our very special location in the heart of Edinburgh's first conservation area - your review should most certainly help. We do try our utmost to ensure that our visitors enjoy their stay with us and it is wonderful when it is appreciated. Thank you again for taking the time to write your review. With best wishes Sheila
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Girls weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 6 friends booked this apartment for a 50th celebration in the city. The apartment is lots bigger than we imagined, and the photos don't do it justice. It is a beautiful apartment with loads of room and everything you could think of to make your stay comfortable. We loved the dining kitchen and we could all sit round the big dining table and eat together. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to book again should we need accommodation in Edinburgh. The owners made the booking process really simple and gave clear instructions re directions arrival times etc and were on hand if we had any problems - we didn't. Thank you Sheila and Ian for allowing us to book your lovely apartment and we hope to return hopefully not too far in the future.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Libby What a wonderful review, thank you so very much. We are always delighted when our guests really enjoy their time at No 9 Dryden Place. It is a very special apartment in one of Edinburgh's prettiest areas very central but full of trees and beautiful houses. We would be delighted to see you all again With best wishes Sheila and Ian McLeish
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Really nice house!

  • 5 of 5

Nice apartment in a wonderful house!

A very special atmosphere!

Big rooms, everything you need and more!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at No 9 Dryden Place. The conservation area of Blacket, where Dryden Place is to be found, is a wonderful area to live with mainly Georgian houses - very quiet but only 2 minutes walk from busy streets leading to the city centre. Our visitors have all really enjoyed their stay here with many returning several times!!
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Salisbury Arms
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Waverley Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Salisbury Arms
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


The beach at Portobello is a 10 minute drive away.

Other East Lothian beaches can be reached within 30 minutes.


Edinburgh Airport now has flights from many parts of UK, Europe and the USA.

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is in the city centre and a short taxi or bus ride away.

Further Details:

There are numerous restaurants, pubs and takeaways in the immediate local area.

The Edinburgh Commonwealth Swimming Pool is completing a total refurbishment and due to reopen in 2012. It is a 5 minute walk away.

There are many small supermarkets and bank/cash machines locally.

This is an ideal base if visiting students at the Pollock Halls of Residence.


Rates & Availability

Prestonfield Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Autumn
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Autumn/Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 13 2016 - Dec 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Year 2016/17
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
January 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
early Spring
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Easter Weekend
Apr 13 2017 - Apr 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early summer
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Whitsun Weekend
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Festival Month
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Pre Christmas
Dec 13 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 3 2018
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $61

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required on confirming your booking reservation. The balance plus a cleaning deposit of £50.00 must be paid within 8 weeks of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.
Departures should be by 10.00am and arrivals after 4.00 pm unless otherwise arranged.

Notes on prices:
Please contact the owners if you wish to discuss the rental rates for a stay of longer than 2 days.
Discounts may be available, do ask for a quotation.
Prices shown are for groups of up to 7 people. Smaller groups will be cheaper.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Prestonfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Main floor - Family bathroom with bath and overhead shower, toilet and wash basin Upper floor - Shower room with shower, wash basin and toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main floor - Bedroom 1 1 double bedroom - double bed Bedroom 2 1 single bedroom - single bed Upper floor -Bedroom 3 1 double bedroom - double bed Bedroom 4 1 double bedroom
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is a property furnished to a high standard. It is not a suitable venue for stag/hen weekends. Do ask for a quotation for your stay - discounts are often available depending on your group size and time of the year. The prices displayed are for groups of up to 7 people. Outside: This property does not have any outside area. Utility Room: The washer/drier is in the kitchen. Ironingboard and iron are in the hall cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. The property is cleaned thoroughly at changeover day. Other: There is a delightful wood-lined study on the upper floor which overlooks Arthurs Seat.

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