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This large, main door flat in Edinburgh's Newtown boasts two big bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped bright dining kitchen and grand Georgian sitting room with Sky TV and Wifi.
The neighbourhood offers numerous galleries, shops, bars and restaurants, with the historic city centre a short walk away.
At 130 square metres there is comfortably room for each person to relax in their own space. The high ceilings make for wonderfully light rooms, with traditional cosy style. Original features and tasteful decoration create a timeless feel with all the comforts of home.
We know what it's like to get home with a bag of laundry, or have to wear your best dress with suitcase creases, so we're happy for you to use any of our appliances. There is a washing machine and separate dryer, and ironing facilities. We have a dishwasher, microwave and gas hob/electric oven if you fancy cooking.
We provide hair dryers in each bedroom, a really powerful and huge power shower, or a full size bath for a good soak.
We know you sometimes can't miss that crucial programme or match, so we provide Sky TV, and as life doesn't function without email there is high speed wireless internet as well.
One of our favourite toys in the flat is our table football table. It's really sturdy so will withstand fiercely competitive adult tournaments, and we think it's a must for any gathering or party. Loser buys dinner!
If we're in town we will always come and meet you, but if we're not there is a handy key safe to allow you to access the flat even if your flight gets in late, for example. We will send you a code before your stay. We are also available by phone for the duration of your stay, just in case of any questions.
A note from us, and our top tips!
The flat is based on the edge of the Georgian Newtown area, where it meets vibrant Leith. This area, sometimes known as Broughton, sometimes the Pink Triangle due to a strong gay scene, boasts some of the best restaurants in town, as well as hipster bars, organic food shops, pop up markets and independent art galleries.
All tastes are catered for; if you prefer the stately grandeur of the Newtown you can head west to the glamorous boutiques of Stockbridge and Dundas Street, if you are looking for the next big foodie trend or after a vintage bargain head down Leith Walk. If in search of a quieter and cheaper time, the Botanical Gardens are a wonderful free attraction just 5 minutes from the front door.
The well known draws of Princes Street and George Street are only a 10 minute walk away, and check out our guide below (also in the flat!) to find the real "Locals' spots".
We are very close the the Playhouse and Omni Centre, which host a wide range of big Broadway shows and the latest films, and give the area even more of its cosmopolitan buzz. Many of the restaurants offer excellent pre theatre menus, we provide a local guide to help you choose.
The Old Town is an easy 15-20 minute stroll across Princes Street and onto the Royal Mile, where you can find the Castle, Holyrood Palace and some of the city's most popular museums and art galleries.
Bars, Cafés and Restaurants
The Ox. Casual but quality local bar about 20m from the front door (turn right) serving excellent food, including ox! Booking essential at the weekend if you want to eat.
Nom De Plume. LGBT, but very (straight) friendly, licensed cafe serving home cooked food like your mum would've made in really chilled surroundings with varied and fun reading material. Incredibly cheap for the quality, quick service and free condoms in the loo!
L'Escargot Bleu. Posh and wonderful French restaurant sticking to the Provençal traditions; lots of long cooked stews, pigs' trotters etc Order the steak tartare just for the performance of the waiter who comes and prepares it to your taste at your table.
Pickles. Cosy wine bar selling delicious meat and cheese platters and other medium sized snacks. The service is really friendly and the wine is delicious.
The Olive Branch. Family friendly lunch or evening spot serving well priced good quality food with excellent opportunities for people watching.
Treacle. By day a trendy sunny hangout, by night a cool cocktail/DJ Bar, by weekend lunchtime a place for brilliant brunches. Food served all day, cocktails are fantastic, big comfy chairs and sofas to watch the world go by.
The Basement. Half quirky bar, half brilliant Mexican restaurant with a cosy outdoor space for smokers (fresh air lovers?!), this place is great for a chilled out night or lunch.
The Magnum. Traditional Scottish classy but reasonably priced bar and restaurant. They offer quality Scottish fare with friendly service in picturesque surroundings.
The Other Place. Venture away from town just 3 minutes walk to find this locals favourite for brunch and weekend papers. Worth booking on a Saturday or Sunday.
Earthy. Just beyond the above and facing Canonmills' historic clock Earthy is the trouvé of yummy mummies and organic Janets. The food is homemade and exceptional.
Star Bar. Grungy, table football, juke box and a beer garden this is a hidden gem of the Newtown right in your doorstep.
The Cumberland Bar. Known for its proper pub food, large beer garden and idiosyncratic Monday night pub quiz this place probably hasn't changed for 20 years and is all the better for it. Dogs welcome and encouraged!
Liquor. A bit further afield on Queens Street but worth a mention for excellent cocktails in novel shapes and sizes. Open until 3am and definitely worth a visit.
Shops and Conveniences
Groceries. Our great corner shop sells all from A to Z, open from 7.30am until 10pm every day.
Supermarkets. The ubiquitous Tesco is found at the top of Broughton Street to the left on Picardy Place, and also down the hill (5 minute walk) on Broughton Road. The Broughton Road one is cheaper and bigger. There is a Co-operative on East London Street.
Health food. Real Foods on Broughton Street is known city-wide for healthy and unusual ingredients, fresh foods, toiletries and snacks.
Meat and fish. We are lucky enough to have a local butcher Crombies on Broughton Street which also sells great ready meals and sandwiches, as well as providing a wealth of information on cooking great meat. Something Fishy also on Broughton Street sells excellent local fresh fish and seafood.
Market. There is a weekend market selling exotic hot snacks and local fruit and vegetables at the top of Broughton Street next to the Conan Doyle every Saturday and Sunday until about 2pm.
Pharmacy. Prescription and non prescription medications are available from Apple Pharmacy on Broughton Street. Simple remedies are often cheaper if bought in a supermarket.r
There is a supply of tea, coffee, non perishables for you to enjoy. Help yourself but if you finish anything please replace it!
We want you to enjoy our home as we do, but we ask if you do break anything please leave us a note of it so it can be replaced.
The price we quote per night is the price you pay - no hidden extras afterwards like cleaning fees etc. We ask you to leave the flat in a reasonable state and we will have it spick and span for the next guests.
We do not allow smoking in the flat and ask you not to bring pets.
I am a GP working in Edinburgh and all over Scotland. My boyfriend is a farmer in the west of Scotland but spends as much time as he can over here in our beautiful flat.
We've lived here for 6 years and found it a brilliant base from which to explore Edinburgh.
We've got lots of local knowledge so if there's something you're interested in just ask!