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8 Jeffrey St (Flat 1), Royal Mile

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Cosy first floor apartment right beside Royal Mile, plus shared roof terrace

A very comfortable, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4) off the Royal Mile, with pleasant outlook onto historic buildings and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections. From the rooftop terrace, there are spectacular views of the city and surrounding area.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • First floor (no lift)First floor (no lift)
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • TVTV
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Shops within 50 metresShops within 50 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Shared roof terraceShared roof terrace
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • FreezerFreezer
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living room (with double sofabed)

Living room (with double sofabed)

 

  • sleeps one to four: one bedroom with standard-size double bed; double sofabed in living room
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen, double bedroom, shower-room
  • stunning views from rooftop terrace
  • free wifi internet access

This property is a bright centrally located one-bedroom apartment on the first floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed), off the historic Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

The apartment is light and airy and looks out to an historic church. The spacious living room has two sofas, one of which converts in to a double sofabed. There is also a dining table with seating for four. The modern kitchen is well provided with crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine, fridge, freezer, hob, oven and microwave. The double bedroom is fully carpeted and attractively furnished. The shower-room is partly wood panelled and has a wash-hand basin and walk-in shower (no bathtub). Unique to this building is the shared roof terrace, which is accessed from the top of the entrance stairway and which has spectacular panoramic views over the city, sea and hills.

The apartment has gas central heating. The price 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 facade of 8 Jeffrey Street

The facade of 8 Jeffrey Street

This first-floor apartment is situated on Jeffrey Street, a few metres from the Old Town's main street, the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The Scots Baronial building, built in 1891, has been deemed of sufficient architectural importance to merit a category B listing. Jeffrey Street and St Mary's Street straddle the Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, which connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many of the Festival venues. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities.

The apartment looks out towards Arthur's Seat, the Firth of Forth, and Calton Hill and its monuments: Nelson's Monument (from which a time-ball is lowered every day at 1pm as a time signal to ships out on the Firth of Forth), the Observatory and the National Monument, an unfinished replica of the Parthenon. Initiated by Sir Henry Dundas, 18th century bankroller of Edinburgh's Georgian New Town, to embody the city's reputation as the Athens of the North, the National Monument stands as a reminder of the folly of its patron. Dundas ran out of money and abandoned his ambitious plan; the unfinished building is now irreverently known as Edinburgh's Disgrace. There is also an impressive view of St Andrew’s House, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Scotland. Built in 1939 by Thomas Tait to house the Scottish Office (the Scottish administration of the central UK government), it is now the main office of the Scottish Executive, the Westminster representation to the devolved government of Scotland.

 

Jeffrey Street is named after Francis Jeffrey (Lord Jeffrey, 1773–1850), lawyer, critic and co-founder of the influential but now-defunct Edinburgh Review. Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate. The High Street part ends at the junction of St Mary's Street and Jeffrey Street, where the city's eastern gate, Netherbow Port, once stood. The remaining part of the Royal Mile, the Canongate, was a separate burgh for over 700 years, taking its name from the canons (priests) of Holyrood Abbey. As it was near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the area developed as the court quarter and many fine residences for aristocratic families were built there. One of these, Queensberry House, now forms part of the Scottish Parliament building. Queensberry House was bought in 1686 by the father of the 2nd Duke of Queensberry, whose eldest son, the mad Lord James Douglas, escaped from confinement one night in 1701 and murdered a kitchen-boy – the very night that his father was signing the Act of Union that dissolved the Scots Parliament and put Scotland under English rule. You can find out more about Edinburgh's grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile. See for example Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King's Close.

The apartment is approximately 5 minutes' walk from both the Airport Express Bus Terminus and the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. There is also a tram service from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

For those arriving by car, there is metered parking on Jeffrey Street itself, though the maximum parking period is 2 hours. Parking on meters and single-yellow lines is free from 6.30pm to 7.30am; please check on-street signage for exact times of parking restrictions; parking is forbidden at all times on double-yellow lines. St John's Hill Car Park is on the next corner at Holyrood Road. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh St Johns Hill”.

All tenement apartments in Edinburgh are accessed by shared stairways, which tend to be functional more than luxurious, although the entry-phone system ensures the security of the stairway. Because the building dates from the 19th century, there is no lift and thus no wheelchair access. The apartment is on the first floor.

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Trams and buses run throughout the city from early morning till midnight, after which there is a reduced night service. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Jeffrey Street.

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  • “Amazing stay! Thanks for the memories.”
    CD, Hasselt, Belgium Belgian flag
  • “Lovely apartment, wonderful location, lovely city! Love attention to detail. Everything is though through!”
    F, P & S, Wimbeldon, London, England English flag
  • “What a wonderful apartment! It is almost perfect. The design is classic and the flat is warm, both in aesthetic and feel. I appreciate the central heating. Wish I could stay longer.”
    MS, Ottawa, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Appartement is very central - just a few steps from the Royal Mile and yet in a quiet area so you can sleep comfortably at night. The place has all the necessary amenities. We were a family of 4 with 2 teenage girls and stayed comfortably in the apartment.”
    F & family, Malta Maltese flag
  • “Flat is in a great location and central to lots of sites and activities. Had a fun time in Edinburgh!”
    Z & co, Kent, England English flag
  • “Lovely place in a great location! Thanks for all the special little touches.”
    C&N, Amercians living in India Indian flag
  • “Once again a wonderful stay in Jeffrey Street. Beautifully decorated and cosy apartment. Peaceful visit. Will visit again.”
    DW, Lincoln, England English flag
  • “I had a lovely time here. I went on the ghost bus and to Calton Hill, which the ghost bus called "Calton Hell".”
    AZ, LZ & ZZ, Walthamstow, London, UK UK flag
  • “Lovely apartment. Very homely. Everything we needed. In a fantastic location. Would love to stay again. Thank you!”
    T&C, Nantwich, England English flag
  • “Thanks for the fabulous home away from home.”
    SR, Santiago, Chile Chilean flag
  • “Our second stay in this apartment and we booked almost immediately after leaving last year. Plenty of room to stretch out, and a well equipped kitchen. Most importantly, even though it is seconds from the Royal Mile there is little night-time noise from Festival revelers which we know disturbs other visitors. And then it is a few minute's walk from Waverley station, so if you are arriving by train, no taxis or buses to pay for.”
    KP, Cambridge, England English flag
  • “First the location is just perfect, in the middle of the Royal Mile, many attractive places you can visit just by a short walk, including Waverly Station if you need to travel or come to the city by train. The flat itself is very nice. It has got everything you need for a short vacation. For those who bring children, like we did, it has even some games, books and movies for them, baby stroller, baby chair, childrn cutlery.”
    TS & family, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesian flag
  • “L'appartamento è molto bello e luminoso, la location è perfetta! Lo consiglio vivamente. E' possibile raggiungere il mare in poco tempo, parchi, musei tutto a portata di mano. Ottimi ristoranti vegetariani, indiani e italiano.”
    LS, Lugano, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “Esta en el centro de la Royal Mile, para los que no conocéis Edimbourg, es la calle mas céntrica, en un extremo esta el Castillo y en el otro el Palacio de Holyrood; la ubicación del apartamento es muy cómoda, puedes desplazarte a pie, para visitar los monumentos famosos: Panorámica de Calton Hill, Monumento a Walter Scoot, cementerios con tumbas curiosas, etc.”
    MP & co, Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia Catalonian flag

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