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A hidden historical gem, with grand views to Arthur's Seat

Bedrooms 2
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 star rated self-catering awarded by Scottish Tourist Board, 2 bed apartment

We are excited and pleased to announce to all guests that our apartment had just been awarded a 4 star-rating for self-catering by the Scottish Tourist Board!

The beautifully presented 4-star Balfour House Apartment, situated in the highly sought-after area of Newington in Edinburgh is a hidden historical gem, offers stunning views of Arthur’s Seat.

Guests also get to enjoy all the private residents only facilities within the eleven acres of beautifully landscaped private grounds at East Suffolk Park – with beautifully maintained garden, tennis courts and 4.3 acres of open field. Guests will enjoy the stunning views of Arthur’s Seat from the living-room, master bedroom and hallway, while enjoying the beautifully maintained residents only private garden from second bedroom and the kitchen. Free private off-road parking is available on site.

Virtual tour of Balfour House Aparment, on Youtube:

The apartment is only 2 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the City Centre, 10mins via car, 20mins via bus or 25-30mins on foot. There are regular bus services at 3-5mins interval to and from East Suffolk Park into City Centre.

The apartment is 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 1.3 miles from Holyrood Park (Arthur’s Seat), 1.4 miles from National Museum of Scotland and University of Edinburgh. Royal Mile and Edinburgh Military Tattoo is 2 miles away from the apartment. The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport, 8.9 miles from Balfour House Apartment, East Suffolk Park.

Cameron Toll shopping centre is just 0.3miles, within easy walking distance from the apartment. Guests can do their groceries and other shopping at the shopping centre. There are also a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars nearby the apartment too!

All fixed kitchen appliances are of Bosch, consisting of 4-ring gas hob, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a bread toaster, kettle, and a microwave that can be found in the kitchen.

Superfast 50Mbps Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen SMART TV with Cable TV, docking station are provided within the apartment. The whole apartment is fully gas central heated with smart control.

Master bedroom has a full-size double solid oak bedframe and the second bedroom has 2 full-size single solid oak bedframes. All beds are of high quality mattresses for guest’s comfort.

Balfour House Apartment offers both a traditional Victorian style en-suite shower room and a separate family bathroom for guests.

The apartment has a strictly non-smoking and no pets are allowed policy due to the nature of the ground deeds.

More Details

Jenny Yeo
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Jenny Yeo

Like most people who visited Scotland, we fell in love with Scotland, especially Edinburgh, when we visited during our previous summer holidays and dreamt of moving up to Edinburgh.

Our love for Edinburgh deepened further when we saw this, in our humble opinion, a hidden historical gem of East Suffolk Park residential area within Edinburgh.

We are excited to announce that our apartment had just been awarded a 4 star rating for self-catering by the Scottish Tourist Board!

Jenny Yeo purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Jenny Yeo chose Prestonfield

Balfour House was one of the five houses held within the 11 acres of beautifully landscaped of East Suffolk Park. The plot was built circa 1890, part of University of Edinburgh and used as a Teacher's training college.

Together with the other 4 houses, Balfour House at East Suffolk Park were converted to individual apartments around 2003-2004.

We bought this apartment in late 2016 and have recently completed a full renovation of the property to a high standard. Balfour House Apartment officially launches itself onto the market on 24th April 2017.

What makes this apartment unique

Within this 11 acres of landscaped site at East Suffolk Park, there are private residents only facilities that we get to enjoy, a unique feature that is seldom offered by other holiday apartments.

The 4.3 acres open field offers a scent of freshness as we get to view it from our apartment, taking a strolling or even playing on it!

The beautifully maintained garden offers a good resting place during a warm (when it is sunny) afternoon to relax in. And if we have the physical vibes to spare, the twin tennis courts within East Suffolk Park is the place to go exercising!

Each time we walk into East Suffolk Park, the tranquillity and peace within this site offers us nothing but wanting more of Edinburgh. All in all, Balfour House Apartment is so near (to Edinburgh city centre) but yet so far (from the noisy traffic and crowd).


Prestonfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No party of any nature allowed, e.g. stag/bachelor and/or hen/bachelorette parties etc.
  • No business events of any nature allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom - toilet , tub
    En-suite shower room - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom - contains 1 full size solid oak double bed, 2 bedside cabinets and lighting, 1 dressing cabinet and 1 separate storage room. The bedroom has an en-suite shower room attached to it. Bedroom 2 - contains 2 full size solid oak single bed and mattresses, a bedside cabinet and lighting with a full size cupboard and dress cabinet.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(6 traveler reviews)

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A hidden historical gem, with grand views to Arthur's Seat
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Superbly situated apartment within Edinburgh city

  • 5 of 5

Was looking for an accommodation for our family and was so glad we found this property! It is surprisingly spacious, a well-equipped kitchen and so near to a local shopping centre with grocery store. The host was extremely helpful during our stay - we got lost before getting into Edinburgh as our sat-nav broke down but the host was so patient to help guide us and lead us to the apartment via the phone, that was greatly appreciated! Will definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mesmerising surroundings and accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

Truly indeed as advertised, thank you for a mesmerising stay for us! Excellent views with superb attentive owners and spaciously clean accommodation! Will revisit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at Balfour House

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at Balfour House was lovely, from the time I contacted Jenny about staying there until we checked out. My husband and I visited Scotland on our honeymoon, and as we were putting together the details of our trip, our plans for Edinburgh fell through. We weren't able to find a place we wanted to stay for three nights. Enter Jenny and Balfour House! From the moment I told her our predicament, Jenny was the ultimate hostess. She went above and beyond to make our visit special, even leaving us chocolates as a wedding gift! I had trouble with billing and payment through HomeAway, but Jenny worked with them for several days to fix the technical glitch, all the while reassuring me that our reservation was secured. The directions to the East Suffolk Park and entry into the flat were detailed and spot on. The flat itself was so spacious and comfortable, we would have moved in permanently if we could have! The home was clean, airy and light with tall windows and views of greenspace and a lovely blooming garden. We used the well-appointed kitchen to cook several meals, which was made even easier with a grocery store a few minute walk away. The guest notebook was terrific - full of detailed instructions for everything from the WiFi to the shower faucet to how to catch a bus from the flat. We truly felt taken care of at Balfour House and with Jenny's special touches and incredible customer service. What a lovely place to spend part of our honeymoon. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful property in a quiet area

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great. The property was very clean and had everything we needed for the time we were there. The owners were even kind enough to purchase a cot bed for our one year old, which saved us a lot of space in our vehicle while traveling! The grounds the property is located on has stunning views, and having access to the tennis courts (racquet and tennis balls provided) was a great way to spend some time together as a family. Also, the shopping centre was just a short walk away and very convenient to buy meals to make at the apartment. Thanks again for an amazing stay, we will definitely be back the next time we travel to Edinburgh!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to hear you reached back home safely, especially with the little ones in the car, Ashley! No worries about getting the travel cot for you during your stay as we know it can be difficult to bring too much stuffs for kids during a trip. Thanks for the review and we hope to see you and your little ones soon. Hopefully next round, they will be running faster than the adults round our private residents only open field and playing at the tennis courts! See you soon Jenny and Jonathan
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Wonderful stay in East Suffolk Park!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Balfour House in East Suffolk Park was meant to be! As my husband and I were putting the last-minute details of our honeymoon in Scotland together, we found ourselves without lodging for our three nights in Edinburgh. I inquired about this place, and Jenny moved mountains to make sure we were able to call Balfour House ours for our trip. Due to a computer glitch, HomeAway was having trouble processing my request and payment, but Jenny pressed on with them, keeping me updated every step of the way and personally assuring me that we would be able to rent the flat. That was just a preview of the attention to detail and sense of welcoming that awaited us at Balfour House! What a beautiful and spacious home! Big windows looking out to greenspace and blooming gardens, lovely rooms and furnishings, an outfitted kitchen (which we took full advantage of after a short walk to a grocery store) and comfort and ease at every turn. The bed was firm, but comfortable, and it was handy to have a second bedroom where I could unload my suitcase and spread out a bit. The booklet Jenny provided for guests was most helpful, offering instructions for everything from how to work the shower to what buses to catch into the city! It also included the history of the homes in East Suffolk Park...very interesting! We were delighted to have context to where we were living for these three days. We were able to park our rental car the days were were there and bus into downtown to see the was a relatively short ride from the flat to Princes Street. Jenny was an absolute delight to work with, even going so far as to leave us the most delicious box of chocolates as a treat for our honeymoon! She went above and beyond to rectify a frustrating (computer glitch) situation, and I would recommend staying in this lovely flat to anyone visiting Edinburgh. When we return to Scotland - and we will! - we'll definitely look up Balfour House again. Thank you, Jenny and Jon!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bekki We are so pleased for you newly weds to have spent your honeymoon in Edinburgh, Scotland and had chosen our Balfour House Apartment during your stay! Glad to know the little helps we offered had found themselves useful for you during your stay! We would welcome you back on your next anniversary and will sure to offer you another surprise! Jenny n Jonathan
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Absolutely amazing property accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

Travelled to Edinburgh with my family for few days and saw this newly advertised self-catering accommodation. The property Jenny was extremely helpful by going all out to help with our stay there! Think we were their first guests.

The property cleanliness was immaculate and the road directions that Jenny provided was really a guide for dummies, especially for us who are used to driving to the opposite of UK!

The view to Arthur's Seat from various rooms in the property was awesome! And we got to use the tennis courts and strolling in the beautiful garden and open field.

We will definitely be coming back to this accommodation via Jenny again.

Totally loved it!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Patrick for the lovely review, which is greatly appreciated! Apologies for our late response to your feedback - as your review for some strange reason did not appear until today! We have asked HomeAway to advise on this. Hope to see you again in Edinburgh and our Balfour House Apartment! Jenny n Jonathan
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Nearest Airport
8.9 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station
Nearest Beach
3.8 Miles
Portobello Beach
Car: not necessary

Cameron Toll Shopping Centre is just 5mins walk away from the apartment - where grocery, pharmacy etc are locted.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $138.49

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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