Grassmarket apt. Old town
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A lovely one bedroom 2nd floor apartment so near to Edinburgh Castle and a minute from the Royal mile.
The bedroom has a Laura Ashley king-sized wrought iron bed which is prepared for your arrival.
The modern bathroom is next door with an electric shower over bath, towels provided.
The sitting room has a Laura Ashley day bed which turns into two comfortable single beds. Also a reclining sofa and chairs.
Wifi. Large screen TV with DVD player.
There is a dining table in the sitting room adjacent to the galley kitchen. Fridge, electric hob and oven and washing machine. Short or long stay welcome. This apartment is ideal for tourists, couples, business travellers, parents of students.
The main approach from the West to the Old Town, the Grassmarket is still very well conserved with many historic buildings, and an open, cobbled market square, which allows pubs and restaurants to spill out onto the pavement. There are also a number of small retailers in the area.
Some of Edinburgh's tallest buildings are in the Grassmarket, with some having eight or nine stories, each story of around 9 or 10 feet.
The area's historic role as a marketplace continues to some extent with public fairs, market stalls, craft fairs, and festival events, such as at Hogmanay and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival mardi gras in July.
The Grassmarket was also the location for public executions. James Andrews was the last person hanged here on 4 February 1784, for a robbery in Hope Park, but Grassmarket bars still trade on the area's notoriety, the most obvious being the Last Drop.
The Grassmarket's close proximity to the entrance of the old fortified city and the fact that it is situated in a low-lying valley, that would have been accessible by livestock and carts, meant that there was probably a market here as early as the 1300s.
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city.
A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply bursting with some of the best shopping Edinburgh has to offer.
Far more than simply a retail haven, the area is well known for being home to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh as well as some of the most vibrant and eclectic bars in Edinburgh. In fact the Grassmarket pubs, many with a history dating back to the notorious days of Burke and Hare, are known throughout the world for their exciting, dark Edinburgh history mixed with some of the best traditional food, ales and music in the city!
The area's dramatic and intriguing history, well preserved cobbled streets, medieval architecture and inspiring views of Edinburgh Castle help to create an atmosphere unparalleled in Edinburgh, Scotland or indeed Europe.
With so much to see and do it's easy to see why a visit to Edinburgh wouldn't be complete without shopping, dining, exploring in Edinburgh's beautiful Grassmarket.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Scremerston near Berwick - a beautiful beach. 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh and Newcastle. 80 km, Nearest railway: Berwick on Tweed & Edinburgh - hire a car - 30 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Lothians region
The South of Scotland and the area around the Scottish boarder is home to a variety of interesting local pubs and restaurants, local butchers, bakers, salmon smokeries etc. There are many colourful Border towns and villages for shopping and dining out. Romantic hill country, with rivers, lochs and grazing animals. Wild birds and mammals. Ever changing skies. Quiet roads and genuine people, local produce. The region is renowned for great hill walking along the Pennine way, Dere Street, Southern Upland Way, the Abbeys Way.
Kelso was described by Sir Walter Scott as 'The most beautiful, if not the most romantic town in Scotland'. It has a glorious setting, nestling in the Cheviots, with the River Tweed sweeping round the backs of pretty Georgian cottages and the unusual octagonal parish church. The 18th century cobbled square and handsome townhouses give Kelso the elegant air of a French market town. Today the cobbled square has a wonderful collection of shops...cashmere, finest tweeds, pottery, , Tweedside Tackle, Lee's Butcher and delicatessen, Wylie the butcher , fish shope, many clothes and shoe shops and a unique assortment of gift shops.
There are reminders of the towns magnificent medieval past in the ruins of its Romanesque Abbey, built for David I in 1128. It was one of the biggest abbeys in the area before it was razed to the ground in 1545 during Scotlands rough wooing by Henry VIII. Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and you can wander through spectacular staterooms filled with priceless European paintings, tapestries and furnishings.
For action - new tennis courts, the Tweed cycle way, golf, rugby, racing, horse-riding, curling, ice-skating, fishing, walking, beaches.
For relaxing - several beauty salons, gardens, historic houses, the Border Abbeys, the quaint Roxy cinema.
For nourishment - several good pubs including the Queenshead bistro and the Cobbles, and a superb wine bar, Oscars, are all found in Kelso. Further out of town there is the wonderful Caddy Mans and the Teviot Smokery coffee shop on the Jedburgh Road.
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