Cosy pied-à-terre in the heart of Old Town

A bright, centrally located one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–4; suitable for 1-3 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1-2 children) on the second floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed) on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Second floor (no lift)Second floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • TV and DVD playerTV and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • Public parking nearbyPublic parking nearby
  • 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
  • Tumble dryerTumble dryer
  • Washing machineWashing machine

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living-room (with double sofabed) with dining area and kitchen area

Living-room (with double sofabed) with dining area and kitchen area


  • sleeps one to four: one bedroom with standard double bed; small double sofabed in living room
  • suitable for 1-3 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1-2 children
  • living room with dining area, separate kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom with bathtub and shower over
  • a cosy pied-à-terre in a quiet sidestreet
  • free wifi internet access
  • Licence EH-72044-E
  • EPC rating E49

This refurbished property is a centrally located one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of an architecturally significant building (B-listed)on Forrest Hill, a quiet lane off George IV Bridge, close to the historic Royal Mile, within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

The living room has a dining area and a traditional fire place with electric fire. The two-seater sofa converts in to a double sofabed. There is a TV with DVD player. There are extra fold-away chairs for use at the dining table. The property is suitable for 1-3 adults or 1-2 adults plus 1-2 children.

The modern kitchen area is well provided with crockery, cutlery, cafetiere, glasses and kitchenware, as well as a washing machine with integrated dryer, fridge-freezer, cooker and microwave. The double bedroom has a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The bathroom is tiled and has a wash-hand basin, toilet and bathtub with shower over.

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.

Entrance to Greyfriars churchyard

Entrance to Greyfriars churchyard

The apartment is beside Greyfriars Church (built in 1620) and churchyard. There are many tales attached to Greyfriars, perhaps the most famous of which is that of Greyfriars Bobby, a faithful Skye terrier. So devoted was the dog to his master John Gray that when Gray died and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, Bobby kept guard over the grave for fourteen years until his own death in 1872. The dog is buried close to his master and his faithfulness is commemorated in a statue opposite the entrance to the churchyard at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the churchyard was a haunt of the ‘Resurrection Men’: body-snatchers who would dig up fresh corpses to sell for dissection to anatomists at the nearby medical school. You can find out more about Edinburgh’s grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile (see, for example, Mercat ToursWitchery Tours and Mary King’s Close). The church is an atmospheric concert venue and there are regular recitals and concerts throughout the year, including during the Edinburgh Festival.

Across the road from Greyfriars Bobby are the National Museum of Scotland, an award-winning modern building that holds the national collections, and the adjoining Royal Scottish Museum, an impressive Victorian building that houses international collections of decorative arts, science, industry, archaeology and the natural world. The Tower Restaurant on the top floor of the Museum of Scotland has terraces with spectacular views over the city.

The apartment is close to the main campus of the University of Edinburgh (established in 1582) and its landmark buildings Old College (the Faculty of Law), the Medical School and the McEwan Hall. Beyond the University lie the Meadows, a large 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. 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.

From the apartment it is a short walk along George IV Bridge to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle or down Candlemaker Row to the picturesque Grassmarket and the more earthy Cowgatecentre of the city’s nightlife. The Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. Don’t miss Victoria Street, one of the most charming streets in the city, with its colourful mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars; it snakes down from George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket. Edinburgh’s main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants and bars to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful cafés 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.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 20-25-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 20-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

There is metered parking on Chambers Street, 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. Edinburgh Quartermile Car Park is a 2-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, 5 minutes' walk from Jeffrey Street.

  • “Martin was a great host who was very easy to get in contact with and was very organised. The apartment was spotless with everything we needed. Thank you again!”
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  • “Neat, tiny flat within a shortest (footwalk) distance of all the important spots in old Edinburgh. Bus is directly in front of the building and hop-on-hop-off station right around the corner. Absolute recommendation to use this flat as a homebase for exploring Edinburgh!! Martin provided all information, recommendations and help asked for in no time. Communication and reaction time – as also always supporting attitude – was outstanding! Thank you.”
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  • “Conveniently located little apartment for our party of three. Everything was as shown in the photos, easy check-in and good communication from the host!”
    August 2021
  • “Your place is perfect. Everything is within walking distance. The museum down the street is great to learn about Scotland. Thanks for everything.”
    October 2012
  • “Lovely flat, close to everything. Really enjoyed Edinburgh!”
    September 2012
  • “Clean and cosy, everything within walking distance: This place is great, clean and cosy. Everything is within walking distance from the apartment so it's easy to enjoy this wonderful city. Don't miss the pub at the corner and be sure to visit The Outsider down the street. We will be back:) Thank you!”
    August 2012
  • “Perfect spot in Edinburgh: I give this apartment five stars because our overall experience was great. From my first contact with the owner, she was always very prompt and helpful in her replies, even about little things such as where the nearest grocery store was, etc. The apartment building itself is a beautiful old building, but it is obvious that this apartment was recently renovated and is kept in very nice condition. It is definitely on the cozy end size-wise, but still very comfortable for two adults. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking equipment (much more than we needed), and easy to use. The washer and dryer is a single machine that took some getting used to for those of us that have never used one before, but the instruction manual provided some help. When I first booked this apartment, my daughter wasn't walking yet, but by the time our visit arrived she was cruising consistently and wanting to walk constantly. This apartment was a little cramped for that purpose, but not such a big deal in the end because we spent most of every day sightseeing, and also let her stretch her legs in the Greyfriars abbey yard right next door. Also along the lines of child issues, we were also grateful for the numerous restaurants along this street, many of which offered take out, which is sometimes key with a tired toddler at 7pm. Also, the one night we did eat out with her, we went to an Italian restaurant (Vittoria) which was just a block away. Their window said "children very welcome" and I have to say that was very true. Practically every waiter in the restaurant cooed and flirted with our daughter and kept her entertained, while they also were careful to keep our dinner moving quickly. Overall, we had a great time in Edinburgh with this apartment being home base. Would definitely return again or recommend to family or friends.”
    September 2012
  • “Absolutely heavenly flat. Charming and perfectly sized, cozy bed, lovely fireplace! Recommended to future guests: Royal Museum (across the street!), Greyfriars Kirk cemetery, National Lbrary exhibits, Writers' Museum, and hiking up Arthur's Seat.”
    June 2012