Sciennes House Place, Marchmont

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Bright apartment in vibrant Marchmont

This bright apartment has a bedroom with double bed and a living-room with daybed (suitable for 1-2 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1 child). It's located in the vibrant Marchmont area, close to the University of Edinburgh campuses, the Meadows park and many pubs and restaurants. The shared garden is a quiet, secluded suntrap.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 3Sleeps up to 3
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • First floor (no lift)First floor (no lift)
  • Gas central heatingGas central heating
  • TV and DVD playerTV and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Shops within 100 metresShops within 100 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 gardenShared garden
  • Washing machineWashing machine

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • FreezerFreezer
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Livingroom with double daybed

Livingroom with double daybed


  • sleeps 1-2 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1 child
  • double bed in bedroom and daybed in living-room
  • bathtub with shower over
  • separate WC
  • city centre 10 minutes by frequent bus services or 15 minutes' walk

Sciennes House Place apartment is a one-bedroom apartment in a traditional Edinburgh tenement building in Marchmont, only a 10-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk from the city centre. The University of Edinburgh campuses are just a few minutes' walk away, as is the Meadows park and many pubs and restaurants.

There is a small well-equipped kitchen, a bedroom with double bed and a living room with daybed. The apartment is suitable for 1-2 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1 child. The bathroom has a bathtub with shower over, and there is a separate WC. Free wifi internet access is included. Use of bedlinen and towels is included in the price. There is a shared garden available for guests, which is a quiet, secluded suntrap.

The apartment has gas central heating. The price of heating, electricity and local taxes is included. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

The Meadows park

The Meadows park

This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The apartment is close to two major bus routes and you can hop on a bus into town, which in 10 or 15 minutes will have you in the heart of the city. We recommend that you buy day tickets (buy one on your first bus of the day) so that you can take as many buses as you like over the course of the day. Or if you want to experience more of the city, you can easily walk to town through the University via Causewayside and Buccleuch Street, or via the Meadows, an area of open parkland. The Meadows were originally under water: the Burgh Loch, which was drained in 1740, was one of Edinburgh’s main water supplies. The area is now one of the city’s biggest green spaces, ideal for jogging, walking and other sports. There are public tennis courts, a children’s playpark and Bruntsfield Links Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in the world, where you can have a round of pitch-and-putt.

Sciennes (pronounced sheens) gets its name from Sciennes Hill House (built in 1741, but long since incorporated into a tenement building), which was the home of Robert Biggar, who was ruined financially by investing in the Darien Scheme. Nearby Causewayside was historically the main road south form Edinburgh, and the name derives from the old Scots word causey, meaning a paved road. The street has many eating and drinking places, along with interesting independent specialist shops, including a number of antique shops. The arts centre Summerhall is just up the road and in the other direction is a satellite of the National Library of Scotland. Just along the road the adjoining area of Marchmont has lots of independent shops and eating and drinking places. Marchmont is the home turf of Detective Inspector John Rebus, Ian Rankin's fictional detective. The former James Gillespie's High School for Girls on Warrender Park Crescent was the alma mater of Muriel Spark, and inspired the lead character (and school) in her book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 25-30-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 25-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre, and there are bus stops nearby for buses to the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

There is metered parking on Sciennes House Place and surrounding streets, though the maximum parking period is 2 hours. Parking on meters and single-yellow lines is free from in the evenings; please check on-street signage for exact times of parking restrictions (please check signs and times carefully); parking is forbidden at all times on double-yellow lines. Edinburgh Quartermile Car Park is a 10-minute walk away from the apartment. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh Quartermile”.

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 18th century, there is no lift and thus no wheelchair access. The apartment is on the second 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.

  • “A great place, especially for a longer stay. Very central and with all amenities you need. Very kind and helpful hosts who care a lot about their guests. I would definitely stay here again.”
    AP, Berlin, Germany German flag
  • “The flat is in a really good location just across the Meadows. There are supermarkets within a stone's throw and lots of good local restaurants and cafes ... The flat is cosy and very comfortable with stylish touches and everything was very clean. We would definitely recommend it and I'm sure we will be back! Thank you.”
    SB & co, Cambridge, England English flag
  • “Nuestra estancia en Edimburgo y en Escocia ha sido maravillosa!!! La casita es realmente bonita y con todo lo necesario para sentirte en casa cuando llegas después de todo el día fuera descubriendo la ciudad!! Es muy acogedora y dispone de todos los detalles para sentirte en tu propia casa!! Se encuentra en un barrio tranquilo a unos 20 minutos caminando de la Royal Mile, un paseo muy agradable y que vale la pena recorrer!”
    RG, Madrid, Spain Spanish flag
  • “The flat is in a great location and if you enjoy walking then it's easy to get to Arthur's Seat as well as some of the main galleries and museums. There is a Sainsbury Local just around the corner and some really good and not expensive restaurants nearby. The flat was clean and comfortable and the kitchen had enough equipment if you want to cook there.”
    MM, London, UK UK flag
  • “Practical, convenient, great little bolthole: I was in Edinburgh for an event and this was perfect. Great location, spotlessly clean, convenient in terms of equipment and facilities and access to transport (though you can walk most places anyway).”
    BR, Peterborough, England English flag
  • “Lovely place and location. Very close to the university which suited me as I had work there. Very thoughtful with the amenities.”
    VS, Cuttack, India Indian flag
  • “A lovely calm place to be. Booked this for over the New Year. Great location for going into the centre but peace and quiet once you came out of the hectic city. Bus around one corner and a nice park to walk through along the road if you wanted to walk into the city. Very comfortable, clean and peaceful flat. All you could want facility wise. Lovely and very helpful owners. We had a very special time in Edinburgh which really helped by lovely accommodation. Great team at Vacation Rentals who we booked through, Very helpful and efficient.”
    JO & co, Church Stretton, England English flag
  • “Prenotato per sei notti appartamento a Edimburgo. Nessun problema, tutto come descritto. Dovessi tornare da quelle parti sceglierei di nuovo rental.”
    MV, Pisa, Italy Italian flag
  • “Best property I have stayed in. Clean, bright and homely: Felt at home straight away. Cooking equipment very good, good quality crockery and utensils. Lovely towels provided.”
    CT, St Albans, England English flag
  • “Home away from home: This flat in the Sciennes neighborhood was located at the perfect distance between the University of Edinburgh's King's Building, The Meadows, and Holyrood Park. In addition, it has bus stops at walking steps from the flat and a local supermarket. For an extended stay this flat offered all that was needed away from home. Also, if you are a runner the location of this flat provides you with access to nearby trails/paths with many to choose from (i.e. Innocent Railway Path, The Water of Leith Path, etc.). The renter was very prompt and responsive. Excellent stay.”
    IR, Ames, IA, USA American flag
  • “Great location in a lovely part of Edinburgh. A very comfortable flat with everything you need. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a centrally located flat not too far from the attractions of the Royal Mile.”
    JK, England English flag
  • “Quiet flat, slept well: Quite central, near bus routes, just south of the Meadows and very close to Summerhall venue. Comfortable flat on a side street one flight up, with sunny bedroom at back so very quiet for sleeping. Perfectly clean and welcoming.”
    MB, London, UK UK flag
  • “The flat is well situated, not too far from the Old Town and Holyrood Park. Everything was clean and functionnal. A good place to explore Edinburgh from.”
    HSA, Zurich, Switzerland Swiss flag
  • “I stayed in this flat for just over a month while house-hunting nearby ... The flat itself is spacious for a one-bedroom and well-furnished. The building and street are extremely quiet despite being just off Causewayside. Location is superb- only a 10-15 minute walk to Old Town. Many bus stops nearby and the Meadows park was just a stones throw away. I highly recommend this flat!”
    KS, England English flag
  • “Well located off the beaten touristy path, in a real neighbourhood. Supermarket literally around the corner! Close to green spaces. Comfortable and sweetly decorated with lots of hearts and positivity!”
    MG, Toronto, Canada Canadian flag
  • “Comfy and Convenient: The little flat in Sciences House Place was a perfect base to explore the city. Regular buses run from just around the corner but we walked into town every day to get the best feel of everyday Edinburgh and Leith. We would happily return on the next visit to the capital.”
    GW & MW, Bristol, England English flag

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