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Browns Close Apartment

Certificate of Excellence 2014


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Excellent 5/5 37 reviews

Seating area in the lounge, with door to balcony

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The apartment is located in the centre of Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile, close to many major attractions, and 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station and Airport Shuttle terminus. The apartment, which is on the first floor (one flight of stairs), is tastefully furnished and appointed to a very high standard, and has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. It has gas central heating and free Wifi internet access. Bed linen and towels are provided.

The lounge is comfortably furnished, with seating for 4-5 people, including a corner sofa. It is equipped with TV, HiFi & Wifi internet. There is a small balcony off this area. The dining area includes a sideboard and large dining table with four dining chairs. The corner sofa converts into a large double bed.

The kitchen is modern and fully equipped, including washer/dryer & dishwasher. The double bedroom contains a king-size bed, wardrobe and ample drawer storage. (A travel cot is also available by arrangement).

The shower-room has a walk-in shower enclosure, electric shower, wash-hand basin with illuminated mirror & shaver point, and heated towel rail.

This is a welcoming, luxurious base from which to explore Edinburgh. It is ideally placed for major attractions such as the Castle, Holyrood Palace & Scottish Parliament, as well as being close to most Festival & Fringe venues. There are numerous places to eat and drink within close proximity to the property.

Browns Close Apartment is an ideal place to relax in and take the occasional stroll around the Old Town, wining and dining at some of the many eateries and pubs in the area, or as a base for a more energetic exploration of the many things which Edinburgh has to offer.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Portobello 4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 13.5 km, Nearest railway: Waverley 500 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Further details indoors

The apartment is located in Brown’s Close, which is on the Canongate (part of the Royal Mile), a few metres from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building. The apartment, which is on the first floor, is tastefully furnished and appointed to a very high standard. It has gas central heating and free Wifi internet access. Bed linen and towels are provided.

The lounge is comfortably furnished, with seating for 4-5 people, including a corner sofa. It is equipped with 80cm (32 in) LCD television with Freeview, a DVD player, a Hifi system with CD player, DAB/FM/AM radio, iPod dock and MP3 connection. A glass-panelled door from this area leads onto a small balcony, with views of the surrounding area. The dining area includes a sideboard and large dining table with four dining chairs.

The corner sofa converts into a comfortable double bed (4ft 8in), if required, for an additional two guests.

The kitchen is fitted with modern units and integrated appliances, with a tiled splash-back and lighting beneath the wall cabinets. It is equipped with built-in electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer, fridge with freezer compartment, and dishwasher. It is fully supplied with crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans, as well as electric kettle and toaster. We also provide a welcome tray with tea and coffee.

The spacious bedroom contains a king-size bed, wardrobe and ample drawer storage. It is equipped with hair-dryer and mirror.

The shower-room has a walk-in shower enclosure, electric shower, wash-hand basin, illuminated mirror with shaver point, and heated towel rail.

With wood flooring throughout (excluding the shower room), gas central heating and instant hot water, this is a luxurious and restful base from which to enjoy your visit to Edinburgh, whether for business or pleasure.

Brown’s Close is part of the Canongate Development, designed by Sir Basil Spence, constructed in 1969 and now a listed building. It stands on a site formerly known as Golfers Land, which was built in the 17th Century.

Further details outdoors

On-street car parking is available at pay-and-display bays, or free overnight and Sundays. Secure paid car parking at nearby Waverley station. Free on-street parking 5-10 minutes walk away.

Further details

Please note that no pets are allowed in the apartment. Smoking is not allowed in the apartment, but the balcony may be used for this purpose.

The Lothians region

The area around Edinburgh, has many places to visit and many things to do. There is a huge choice of golf courses including the famous Old Course at St Andrews (about 80 minutes drive away), Turnberry (2 hours), Gleneagles (70 minutes); in East Lothian, there are over 20 courses, all within 30 minutes drive of Edinburgh, including Muirfield and Gullane.

For those interested in outdoor activities, there are many walking trails in East Lothian and the Borders. There are lots of bird-watching opportunities, especially at St Abbs and the Isle of May (early booking is a must!), as well as the Seabird Centre in North Berwick. There are beautiful sandy beaches at the John Muir Country Park (near Dunbar) and Gullane.

If you have an interest in history, there are many castles and stately homes – too many to list here, but some highlights include Blackness Castle (where Mel Gibson's “Hamlet” was filmed), Craigmillar Castle, Sir Walter Scott's house, Abbotsford; the abbeys of Jedburgh and Melrose; Linlithgow Palace; Tantallon Castle; and Hopetoun House. There are also the remains of Iron Age hillforts and burial sites dating back up to 5,000 years ago.


The apartment is ideally located for exploring Edinburgh. Situated right on the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building are both within two minutes walk. Edinburgh castle, at the top of the Royal Mile, is a few minutes walk away, as is St Giles Cathedral. Other attractions within a few hundred metres (or yards) include: Our Dynamic Earth; the Museum of Edinburgh; the Peoples' Story; Canongate Kirk; and the Museum of Childhood.

All of central Edinburgh is within easy walking distance, including the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Scotland. Most International Festival and Fringe venues are equally accessible – the Pleasance Courtyard and the Fringe Box Office are both within 10 minutes walk.

Of course, Edinburgh has many other events to offer: Science festival (April), Film Festival (June), Jazz & Blues Festival (July), the Military Tattoo, Book Festival, Mela (August) and a number of others. And don't forget the Edinburgh Marathon in May!

There are various Edinburgh Bus Tours, and these all pass very close to the apartment. Edinburgh is well-provided with public transport, and from the stop outside the apartment it is possible to get a bus direct to Ocean Terminal, where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored.

There are numerous options for eating and drinking in the area, with a teahouse, a Starbuck's and a pub all within 100 metres. A few minutes walk will take you to a choice of cafés, pubs (all offering food, and most offering a choice of real ales) and restaurants, offering a range of food from tea and cakes, through pizza and fajitas to sushi and award-winning Scottish cuisine.

For those who prefer to dine in, there is a small local grocer shop is also within 100 metres, and a Tesco Express supermarket is within 5 minutes walk, with a large Sainsbury supermarket about 10-15 minutes walk away.

The Royal Mile and surrounding area offer a range of shops for browsing and purchasing anything from tourist souvenirs through Scotch whisky and bagpipes to belly-dancing outfits and Venetian glass! Princes Street and the St James centre are also nearby, with Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Jenners all within 20 minutes walk.

Also within a few minutes walk are the Queens Park and Arthur's Seat: with a little exertion, you can experience fresh air, exercise AND get some of the best views of Edinburgh from Salisbury Crags and the top of Arthur's Seat! This area is very popular for strolling, jogging, cycling or feeding the swans, geese and ducks at one of the Park's three small lochs. The Royal Commonwealth (swimming) Pool is about 15-20 minutes walk away, through the park.

There are two children's play parks in the area.

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18 Aug 2014


"Perfect in every way."

Just a perfect experience. Thank you David and Margaret for having such a lovely place to stay. As a frequent traveller to Edinburgh, we've tried a number of apartments over the past few years.… More

18 Aug 2014


"Wonderful property, location and owner!"

We were very, very lucky to get a reservation due to a cancellation for the Fringe, we were visiting a friend who was performing. Finding the property was a doddle, right on the Royal Mile! The apartm… More

17 Jul 2014


"Amazing place to stay in Edinburgh"

If you are looking for a fantastic holiday flat located in the heart of Edinburgh then look no further. We recently spent an extended weekend with a toddler at Browns Close Apartment and we thoroug… More

14 Jul 2014



One rarely achieves perfection on a vacation residence, be it a hotel or B&B or apartment. This one ticked every box and exceeded expectations on most counts.Location - exceptional. So good that I c… More

Thank you for this exceptional review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Edinburgh and found our apartment comfortable and convenient. It is also good to know that the little touches are appreciated. We hope to see you again.

6 Jul 2014


"Fantastic Flat on the Royal Mile"

Browns Close Apartment is located on the second floor, surprisingly quiet. We were very happy we were near the lower portion of the Royal Mile, by the Parliament Building, away from all the night tim… More

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your FIRST visit to Scotland - perhaps you will get the chance to make more use of the equipment in the apartment next time! - and that you found the apartment quiet and comfortable. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us.

19 Jun 2014


"Great base for exploring, very comfy."

Really handy for exploring Edinburgh. The apartment is beautiful inside, clean and comfy too, with plenty of home comforts.… More

Thank you for a nice review - we are glad that you liked staying in Browns Close!

28 May 2014


"A Hidden Gem"

My family and I stayed at Brown's Close Apartment in May for 3 nights and absolutely loved it! The location was perfectly set towards the end of the Royal Mile above the Kilderkin pub. We were … More

We are glad that you enjoyed staying with us. Quite a few guests comment favourably on how quiet the area is in the evenings and overnight - a definite plus for a city-centre location!

Thank you for taking time to write this review for us.

24 May 2014


"Perfect Accommodation! :-)"

We (that is 3 persons) stayed in the apartment for 4 nights and had a wonderful time there! Very tidy flat and furnished with passion for detail... The welcome pack was very nice, too. There was even … More

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the extras and found the location so convenient - and that you liked Edinburgh so much!

I look forward to meeting you again - bis bald!


26 Apr 2014


"Excellent location."

Excellent location at the opposite end of the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. It was therefore quieter - away from the noise of stag/hen parties. It's location on the Royal Mile meant you can w… More

Thank you for this lovely review. We are pleased that you found Browns Close to be good value for money, and thanks too for the comments on the sofa bed - it's good to know that it is easy to use! - and the eating recommendation. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again if you are back in Edinburgh.

11 Mar 2014


"A little Gem on the Royal Mile."

This apartment is everything it says it is. Situated a short walk down the Royal Mile the apartment is well located for all tourist attractions. With plenty leaflets and books for info on Edinburgh … More

Thank you for taking the trouble to review our apartment. We are glad that you found it so welcoming and that you were able to make use of the information, games and CDs: it is nice to know that these touches are appreciated.

Thanks again!

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