Near the foot of the Royal Mile, the historic thoroughfare which links Edinburgh Castle at the top with the Royal palace of Holyrood at the bottom, lie the gardens of Dunbars Close. Twenty paces from the street with its bustling groups of tourists walking by, there is a tranquil and little-known public space, which has been reconstructed in the style of a 17th century formal garden.
The Secret Garden Apartment is a small, recently refurbished holiday flat available for short-term let (2-31 days). Set in a typical 19th Century stone tenement, this stylish and comfortable apartment is on the 3rd floor with the windows of the sitting room looking out onto the Royal Mile. There are views from the quiet back bedroom over Dunbar's Close Gardens and the adjacent Canongate Kirk yard (the Queen's church when she is in residence at Holyrood Palace which is literally 3 or 4 minutes' walk down the hill) and on to Calton Hill with its iconic Edinburgh monuments.
For visitors on a city break, all the museums, galleries, monuments and shops of Edinburgh's historic old town are within walking distance. There are plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants including a Starbucks just across the road. For those who also enjoy the outdoors, the 650 acre Holyrood Park which encloses the 823 foot high granite outcrop of Arthurs Seat, lies about 5 minutes' walk away. The University of Edinburgh's central campus at George Square is only 10 minutes' walk and the Holyrood (Education School) campus is across the road.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Portobello 6 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport 12 km, Nearest railway: Waverley 400 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment was totally renovated in April 2011 to a high standard of finish. Whlst we wanted a modern looking decor we were keen to retain a comfortable home-from-home feel for our visitors. The sitting room faces south, with two large windows overlooking the Royal Mile. This bright, comfortable room contains a modern, well equipped kitchen at one end. The room also contains a dining table and sofa, allowing meal times to be a relaxed, social affair. The sofa converts to a cosy double bed if more than two guests are staying.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment is adjacent to the Dunbar;s Close public garden which is a reconstruction of a 17th century formal garden typical of that found behind the properties on the Canongate in that era.
The ancient capital city of Scotland and the seat of its Parliament, Edinburgh has a rich and diverse character, landscape and architecture. With its cobbled streets, historic buildings, elegant squares and gardens and world-class galleries and museums, it is a city easy to fall in love with.
A cosmopolitan city, with first-class shops, restaurants and clubs, Edinburgh is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, a City of Literature and home to the largest arts festivals in the world every summer.
Surprisingly close to Edinburgh's busy centre and within 2 minutes' stroll from the apartment, peace and quiet can be found in Holyrood Park, a vast area of wide open space, small glens and lochs. A walk up Arthur's Seat (250m), an extinct volcano in the park, provides spectacular views of the city. Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament Building can also be found with a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment and the castle is at the other end of the Royal Mile.
The apartment is situated right on the Royal Mile which was recently voted Scotland's most romantic street. It is also a beautiful, historic and interesting place where you will find plenty to do and see to fill the days and nights of your visit. The area is best visited on foot but public transport is good and the ever-present taxis will gladly pick you up and direct you, if you are looking for somewhere in particular.
The city is very safe with low crime risks, but the weather is an ever-present threat. Windy and wet is not uncommon, and the city and citizens are prepared for this! If you are blessed with good weather it is an added treat. Wikipedia is a good place to look, for lots of historical information about Edinburgh with plenty of links to websites of special interest and photos.
Please be aware that Edinburgh is very busy in August when the Festivals are running and accommodation, tour and restaurant booking can be a challenge at that time.