This holiday home is a bright two-bedroom apartment on the third floor (no lift) in a central location and with spectacular views of some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks on Calton Hill. It is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town on the Canongate, a historic street forming part of the Royal Mile – the backbone of the city's medieval core, dominated by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other.
The living room has a sofa and easy chair and the window looks across the Royal Mile towards Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park. There's a dining area leading out to a private balcony, which has extensive views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill. The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, cooker and microwave.
The main bedroom has a king-size double bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The bathroom has a wash-hand basin and bathtub with shower over.
The apartment has gas central heating and double glazing. The cost of gas, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.
The modernist 1960s apartment block was designed by Sir Basil Spence, arguably the most famous British architect of his generation (Coventry Cathedral is his best known work). Unusually for a property in the Old Town, the apartment has a private balcony with uninterrupted views of the classical landscape of Calton Hill, which gives Edinburgh its soubriquet of 'Athens of the North'. From the front of the property there are similarly dramatic views of the cliffs of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.
The apartment is ideally located for many of Edinburgh's most popular attractions and amenities. Princes Street and George Street, the city's principal shopping thoroughfares, are just beyond the train station, and just beyond that is the New Town - the world's greatest showpiece of Georgian architecture. There are excellent shopping and dining facilities within a few minutes’ walk, with a Tesco Express supermarket about two minutes walk away, and Meadowbank shopping park about 10-15 minutes by foot past Holyrood Palace (Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Poundland etc.). The Museum of Edinburgh is within 100 metres of the front door, and the Royal Mile's oldest building – John Knox House – just a little further. The balcony directly overlooks Panmure House, the 18th century home of Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics and the author of The Wealth of Nations.