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Well Located Apartment Close to Royal Mile and City Centre Attractions

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.

Conveniently located apartment in thriving Easter Road area of Edinburgh. The apartment is spacious and has everything you need for a fully self catered stay. Walking distance from both the historic Old Town and the city centre plus many restaurants, bars, theatre and cinema. There is the advantage of free on street parking immediately outside the apartment and easy access to all parts of the city. Local supermarkets, food outlets and specialist shops mean that everything is on hand local to the apartment. Only a short 10 min walk to the Royal Mile, Holyrood Park and Calton Hill viewpoint. Buses to all parts of the city including Royal Yacht Brittania and shore area.

John Paul Mason
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

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.

John Paul Mason purchased this apartment in 1997

Why John Paul Mason chose Edinburgh & Lothians

This property sits in a terrific location within Edinburgh. The Easter Road area has it's own identity, is close to Calton Hill and Holyrood Park, is near the coast and very accessible for the city centre. Lots of great local shops and 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • 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
  • 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:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
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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Well Located Apartment Close to Royal Mile and City Centre Attractions
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: Jun 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: Feb 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: Oct 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: Oct 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 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

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the full balance due by 8 weeks before the booking commences.

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 £45. 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.

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