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Bright and Spacious Apartment Close to Royal Mile and City Centre Attraction

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Hillside, Edinburgh - Spacious and Bright Apartment, Excellent Local Area, Free parking, Close to Palace, Parliament.


Bright and spacious conveniently located apartment close to the Old Town and city centre. Flexible accommodation sleeps up to six guests in a combination of double, twin or super king plus additional sofa bed. Only a short walk to the Royal Mile, palace and parliament area (10 mins) and the city centre (15 mins) plus many restaurants, bars, theatre and cinema. Also good access to Holyrood Park and Calton Hill viewpoint. Free wifi, free on street parking and easy access to all parts of the city. Local supermarkets, cafes and specialist shops mean that everything is on hand local to the apartment. Full meet and greet service with all towels and linen provided. Excellent and convenient location.


You enter into the hallway which provides access to all the living accommodation.The lounge has a bright corner bay window with dining table, flat screen TV and DVD, stereo and sleeping for two on the double sofa bed.

The separate well equipped kitchen has modern wall mounted units with integrated oven, hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, cutlery, crockery, etc and everything you need for a fully self catered stay.

The master bedroom has zip and link beds which can be made up with either 2 single beds or a super king size bed, has a fitted large wardrobe and hand crafted shelving.

The second bedroom has a double bed and also benefits from hand crafted wardrobe and desk area and a chest of drawers.

The bathroom has a fresh white three piece suite including both bath and shower.

The apartment has gas central heating, free high speed Wi-fi internet access and Virgin Media Cable TV.


The apartment is located one the first floor of a traditional tenement in the popular Easter Road area of Edinburgh, which lies close to the Old Town and to the east of the City Centre. The property is well positioned to take advantage of a superb range of local shops, cafes and delicatessens and a cosmopolitan selection of bars, cinemas, theatres and restaurants within the nearby Leith Walk area.

Being a major international city there is an excellent choice of sightseeing possibilities and leisure pursuits close at hand. Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile leading from the Palace to the Castle is easily accessed, as is the Scottish Parliament and the beautiful open spaces of Holyrood Park. Also within walking distance is the stunning viewpoint of Calton Hill where you can get views across the city and up to the Highlands in the north. For the more adventurous there is Arthurs Seat - Edinburgh’s highest hill just a short hike from the apartment.

Within 10 minutes walk are the Vue multi screen cinema and Omni Centre, Playhouse Theatre and the various bars and restaurants of Leith Walk. Good shopping is available in the city centre including Harvey Nichols, luxury shopping in Multrees Walk and the St.James Centre.

Further afield the cosmopolitan Leith's Shore District offers an array of bistros and restaurants, the Ocean Terminal Shopping Complex and the famous Royal Yacht Britannia. Around two miles from the apartment there is Portobello Beach - a suburb of Edinburgh with a promenade fronting on to the wide sand beach.

There is also an excellent bus service from near the apartment to all parts of the city.


We provide a 'meet and greet' service, whereby we will meet you at the property to hand over keys, show you the layout, provide local information and answer any questions you may have.

Upon arrival, your apartment will contain fresh flowers and a complimentary welcome pack to get you started, so you won't have to worry about tracking down the local shops on your first night for those essential items; coffee, tea, sugar, milk and set of basic cleaning products (washing powder, liquid for dishes, liquid soap, toilet paper, garbage bags) . A guest information pack will provide you with instructions on the various appliances in addition to tips and suggestions for local shops and where to visit during your stay.


We welcome singles, couples, families and groups of friends however the apartment is strictly not suitable for stag or hen parties or rowdy groups.

The apartment is on the first floor accessed via stairs with no disabled access.

There is no smoking permitted in the apartment and pets are not allowed.


Master bedroom: super king size or 2 single for 2 guests,

Second bedroom: double for 2 guests

Lounge: 1 double sofa bed for up 2 guests

Please let us know when you book if you would like the master bedroom set up as super king or twin.


Check in is from 14:00 and check out by 10:00. For check in later than 7pm And before 10pm there is a £20 late check in fee. For check in times later than 10 pm and up to midnight the fee is £30. For late check in please contact us to discuss your requirements. It may be possible to check in earlier if there are no other guests leaving that day. Please contact the owner directly.


There is free on street parking immediately outside the apartment and on adjacent streets. This is available on a first come first served basis and can be busy but usually possible to find a space near the apartment. There is an excellent bus service in Edinburgh and you may wish to leave your car parked near the apartment as you explore the city.


The apartment is around 15-20 minutes walk from Waverley train station. A taxi from the train station costs between £5-£10. From the airport by taxi takes around 30 minutes or you can catch the tram direct to the city centre (£5, 30 mins) followed by local bus (£1.50, 5-10 mins).

This is a well located and comfortable apartment and we hope you will enjoy your stay. Your host is also a tour guide in Scotland and can provide you with information and advice on 1 day tours or longer to sights such as Roslin Chapel, Loch Lomond, whisky distilleries, Loch Ness and the Highlands.

More Details

John Paul Mason
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About John Paul Mason

The apartment you will be letting was my home for 13 years. I am Edinburgh born and bred and have lived in the city for a total of 28 years. I now live in rural Perthshire where I make a living as a tour guide, musician and therapist. I have three properties in Edinburgh that I let. I hope you enjoy the apartment and the city.

John Paul Mason purchased this apartment in 1997

Why John Paul Mason chose Edinburgh

This property sits in a terrific location within Edinburgh, just outwith the city centre but close enough to walk to most of the main sights. The Easter Road area has it's own identity with a great selection of local cafes. If you like the outdoors it is close to Calton Hill and Holyrood Park, is near the coast and is very accessible for the city centre. The area has a good local feel.

What makes this apartment unique

There are great views from the property - you can sit in the bay window and just watch the world go by. Enjoy being walking distance from the park, Calton Hill, the city centre and the heart of the Old Town.


Edinburgh Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom with full size bath, electric shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Room can be set as Superking or twin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 in Double, Superking/Twin and Sofa Bed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is available as either superking size double or as a twin and has hand crafted shelving and built in wardrobe Bedroom 2 is a double with hand crafted wardrobe and desk. Additional sleeping for 2 on the sofa bed in the lounge. Travel cot available on request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We provide a meet and greet service to introduce you to the apartment. Please make sure you let us know your arrival time in advance so we can coordinate to meet you. One of the bedrooms can be set up as either a superking size double or as two twins. Please let us know in advance which you would prefer and if you also require the use of the sofa bed in the lounge. Cot and high chair are also available - please specify when you book. The apartment benefits from free parking on the street immediately outside the apartment and on adjacent streets. Outside: There is a quiet communal shared garden to the rear of the property. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included. For stays of more than one week, fresh linen is provided each week. Fresh flowers, tea and coffee are provided on arrival. Meet and greet service on arrival and on call property contact to ensure your stay runs smoothly.


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Bright and Spacious Apartment Close to Royal Mile and City Centre Attraction
average rating of 4.45 based on 20 reviews

Beautiful, well kept and located in between Edinburgh and Leith!

  • 5 of 5

Groceries near by, walking distance to Holyrood Castle and nearby hiking. Walked everywhere but there is bus line right in front of the place as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay in the apartment and the easy access to the sights. John Paul
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Excellent location, comfortable flat!

  • 5 of 5

The flat is in an excellent location - very close to Holyrood and in a pleasant neighbourhood.

Convenient shopping nearby, bus routes right outside the door. All in all a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Awesome Value for the Price!

  • 4 of 5

Shared the property with 3 of my friends and had a great experience. The home owners were very nice and welcoming. They left tea, coffee, sugar and milk for us when we arrived! The apartment is a little small but not unexpected in a European city. Beds were comfortable, though the rooms could get a bit chilly. The view outside the bay window was picturesque of a stereotypical European city. Location was also great! The apartment was only a 25-30 minute walk from the Royal Mile and was close to Holyrood Park. There are plenty of convenience and grocery stores in the area, as well as two liquor stores. Overall great experience and would stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi. Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed the apartment and location. The apartment is centrally heated throughout so it sounds like you would have benefited from putting the heating on. Glad you enjoyed the view and all the local facilities. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Awesome location

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable apartment centrally located, minutes to everything, very comfy beds all in all would stay here again

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the apartment and the location. Hope you enjoyed the rugby and that we will see you again. John Paul
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Spacious, clean and well located apartment

  • 5 of 5

A spacious and clean apartment in a great location, just a 15 minute walk to the old town and Arthurs Seat. Local take away and pubs to enjoy enroute home after a busy day sightseeing. Plenty of room for 6 people.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the apartment and the location. Our own particular take away favourite is The Shapla 200 yards from the apartment. Thanks for your review and hope to see you again.
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Very good apartment close to town centre about 15mins walk also buses from near to property. The apartment was well equipped and spacious with comfortable beds and very clean and tidy

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the apartment and it's location in the city. Thanks for taking the time to review and hope we see you again.
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Middletons Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Edinburgh Waverley
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Hillend dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

Your host is a tour guide within Scotland and can provide you with details of excellent tours available to places outwith the city such as Roslin Chapel, Stirling Castle, Whisky Distilleries, The Highlands, Loch Ness, St Andrews and other places of interest which could all be reached in a day trip from Edinburgh. Longer multi day tours to places such as the Isle of Skye are also available from Edinburgh and your host is happy to provide further information.


The apartment is ideally located for Portobello beach, only 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes by local bus. This is the city's local beach and as well as a long sandy beach there are numerous amusement arcades along the promenade.

There are further excellent beaches within 30-40 minutes drive along the east coast from the city such as Yellowcraigs and Gullane.


The apartment is located 15 minutes walk or 10 minutes by taxi from Waverley Train Station. From the airport, a taxi takes around 30 minutes to the apartment or the airport shuttle bus to the city centre takes 30 minutes (last stop Waverley Station). You can also take the tram from the airport to the last stop in the city centre (30 mins) and then from the same stop a bus (4,26,44) the last 5 minutes to the apartment. A car is not necessary within the city which has an excellent bus service.


The palace, parliament and Royal Mile are only a 10 minute walk from the apartment. Edinburgh castle around 20-25 minutes walk (bus 10 mins). The city centre is only a 15 minute walk (10 mins bus). Royal Yacht Brittania and the shore area of Edinburgh are 15 minutes by bus from the apartment as are any of the main galleries and theatres within the city. Further affield the coastline of East Lothian is a 30 minute drive, Roslin Chapel 30 mins (or bus no 15), Stirling and Glasgow 1 hour by rail.

Further Details:

There are a range of great little shops close by - the Manna House coffee shop and patisserie is an award winning bakery and definitely worth a visit and there are several other good coffee shops/cafes/delis. Cornelius wines is excellent and full of good advice on wine choice. There are also a good local supermarket, take away restaurants and several convenience stores and grocery shops in the immediate vicinity of the apartment.

For a fantastic view of the city take a walk up Calton Hill. You can be at the top in 10 minutes from the apartment and the views are just tremendous. For a little more exertion take a walk through Holyrood Park, just 10 minutes away and up along 'The Crags' - a long cliff line with fantastic views or up to the summit of Arthurs Seat - the highest point in the city.

If shopping is more of interest then George Street in the city centre is full of designer outlets and is now partly pedestrianised. For restaurants there are numerous good places at the top of Leith Walk (10 mins walk away) or if you would like to seek out a good Edinburgh pub then the Broughton Street area near the top of Leith Walk has some good traditional ale houses.

For children we reccommend Our Dynamic Earth near the Scottish Parliament and 10-15 minutes walk from the apartment. This is a fascinating journey through time and the history of the earth with plenty of interactive material for children.

There are numerous tours on offer within the city including open top bus tours and various 'ghost tours' in the Royal Mile area. Details of these and other activities in the city are provided within the apartment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $27.79

Check In:
Changeover day is flexible. Check in is from 2pm on the day of arrival. For check in between 19.00-22.00 there is a late check in fee of £20. For check in between 22.00 - midnight fee is £30. Check out is by 10am on the day of departure. Full details for check in will be sent with your booking. Check out is by 10am. Late check out may be possible subject to a fee of 50% daily rate for that day.

Terms and Conditions.

This property is let on the understanding that it is to be used as a holiday let. It therefore is subject to Section 12(2) and paragraph 8 of Schedule 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

We'll send you an email confirming your booking, this then forms a contract of booking.

You are not permitted to sub-let the property (or any part of the property). The number of people occupying the premises must not exceed the amount stated at time of booking.

You must vacate the premises without demand on the agreed departure date (at the agreed time). You agree to pay the lessor to cover any loss or damage caused (beyond general wear and tear). At all times, the property must be kept in a clean and tidy condition. We may charge you for any unreasonable amount of cleaning required after your stay.

You agree to prevent any party members from causing a nuisance or disturbance to other residents/neighbours. You agree that the hired premises will be secured when unoccupied during your stay. You agree that owners/agents will be allowed access to the property if required.

We recommend obtaining personal holiday insurance to cover any potential losses. We take no responsibility for any damage or injury however caused by any member of your party whilst you stay at the property.

We (including the property owners, managers and agents) accept no responsibility for loss, injury or damage to any member of your party.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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