A classical apartment high above the Old Townseating here, listen to the soft chime of bells at St Giles &  the 1pm Canon go off at the castle
Classical Apartment on Royal Mile

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Romantic apartment in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh, very much the perfect base from which to explore the city

The space

Romantic and stylish apartment, It's the perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh from. I've already had some great people come and stay, so I welcome you to my home.


Edinburgh castle is a short walk away from the apartment, and the National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, National Museum of Scotland are all close by.

My apartment is on the fourth floor of an 18th Century tenement with views on to the historic Royal Mile. With all mod cons and a unique location, this is the perfect apartment to have as a base while you explore Edinburgh.

The apartment retains the unique character of the Old Town with oak panelled walls and parquet flooring, mixed with family portraits, antiques and works of art, but also all the modern comforts of a home.

It is on the fourth floor and is reached by a spiral staircase (76 steps in all!) For our American cousins that's a walkup :-)
There is no elevator.
The apartment is South facing and full of light by day.

The hall has a cupboard to hang clothes/store shoes etc. There is also an ironing board/iron and a hair dryer kept here as well.

The bathroom has a bath and a shower, there is always hot water and plenty of towels for you to have.

Then through the main door off the hall, is the open plan living space. Five full height original Georgian sash windows face you as you walk into the space. Floor to ceiling book cases and a large period fireplace with French empire over-mantle mirror.

I don't own a TV.

But there is free wifi throughout the apartment, also a big collection of fiction/history/cookery/poetry/art/design books to while away the time with and I have a music/radio player with an eclectic choice of C.Ds. Plus cards and board games.

A large kitchen space with character and all the modern cons - toaster, washing machine, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, oven, kettle, induction hob etc. However I don't own a microwave.

I hate staying in apartments on holiday where there aren't even any basics to cook with like salt and olive oil, so the kitchen is stocked with all the usual larder fare to help yourself to if you're cooking in. Plus coffee and all sorts of teas. I also have an honesty bar if you want to finish off with a drink or two after a long day of walking around town.

By the windows is the generous dining space with oak dinning table and six chairs.

The bed is a unique 'bedbox chamber' made from architectural salvaged fitted Scottish 18th/19th century carved oak. A floor to ceiling hidden panelled door lets you into this cosy space with reading lights on the headboard and it is fitted out with a British king size mattress - width 150cm and length 200cm, white cotton sheets, pillows and duvet. Mary Queen of Scots would feel quite at home sleeping in it!

The living room area of the apartment is tucked at the West side of the room and has two good size sofas, reading lamps and is perfect to socialize and also have quiet time with a good book.

I hope to hear from you. I'm more than happy to answer any questions or give advice about Edinburgh/restaurants/bars etc


All the best

Calim

Guest access

The whole apartment is for you and is not shared with anyone else.

Interaction with guests

I should be able to meet you in person to let you in, show you the apartment and answer any questions. Sometimes, due to your arrival time and what I'm up to, I wont be able to meet you personally and so will arrange to leave keys at the building to collect. You can contact me by phone or on airbnb at anytime during your stay.

Check-in is usually any time after 1pm and check-out times are 11am. However I'm flexible and I will try and accommodate your schedule whenever possible. So with that in mind it's really helpful to know your travel plans so please let me know what time you intend to arrive and depart and by what method of transport when you book.


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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat

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Wireless Internet
Breakfast

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 1PM

Please make sure you have read the full description of my home, there is no lift and it's on the fourth floor, I don't own a TV. The bed is in a floor to ceiling box, with a door. Please keep music noise levels down after 10:30pm to respect the neighnbours, the building has some long term residents and other holiday guests.

It's my home so please respect the flat as if it were your own. This is not a "party flat" I trust the only people there are the guests booking.

Things break and get damaged its a fact of life, I'm understanding to these things, so please tell me before you leave or straight after so we can sort it out before it goes straight to the 'deposit' stage.

Its a small flat and there are lots of pubs and clubs around, of which I can tell you which are the better ones! so please no Parties or "Back to my house!" as noise travels in the building.

There is no smoking in the flat - and the fireplace chimmey has not been swept, so please dont attempt to light a fire in case the chimmey breast catchers fire or the soot fall's down and floods the living space.

Remeber to blow the candles out if you use them before you head out or go to bed. This is the most common cause of house fires in Edinburgh.


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Safety features
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Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

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Yunzhang User Profile
September 2017
Two-days staying in Calim's apartment is really amazing! The location is great, 10 minutes walk from train station. The apartment looks exactly as the photos. Calim is really kind and thoughtful! Highly recommend staying in his apartment!

Shauna User Profile
September 2017
Calim's flat is truly fantastic. The location is smack center on the royal mile and situated perfectly for exploring the city on foot. The pictures don't do the interior justice. The appointments are truly classy and you feel right at home. If you're going to Edinburgh don't pass this one up.

Donna User Profile
September 2017
Calim is a wonderful host. All his instructions were easy to follow. It is in an amazing location. The apartment is beautiful with everything provided to make it feel like home. We really appreciated the food Calim provided after a long day of traveling!

Cassandra User Profile
September 2017
Calim has been the perfect host right from when when booked the apartment. He emailed us with recommendations and was very accomodating we told him we were staying for our wedding, allowing us to drop off things earlier and check out later. We received such a warm welcome - background music playing, coffee and shortbread. The apartment is truly spectacular and even more beautiful than the pictures show. It is well located in the city centre and on the historic Royal Mile. Calim's attention to detail is impeccable and I would definitely recommend to others. I can't wait to return for another visit!

Ken-Cindy User Profile
September 2017
The flat is very close to the castle and was easily accessible to the rest of the best of Edinburgh. The flat was very nicely decorated and Calim was a terrific host.

Louise User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful, central and fun place to stay. Calim was great with communication throughout. We didn't want to leave the lovely apartment with such a range of awesome books!

David User Profile
September 2017
If you are considering booking this lovely gem, just do it. It is a treasure that will reveal lots of little thoughtful surprises during your stay. A beautifully curated collection of art, books, music, dishes, and glassware, along with treats and the makings of a delicious continental breakfast. Our only regret is that we did not get to meet the thoroughly charming and helpful host Calim in person.

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Edinburgh, United KingdomJoined in November 2011
Calim User ProfileCalim is a superhost.

I'm a well travelled, inquisitive and creative guy. I'm using this site primarily to stay in cities around the world, were family and friends live who lack the space to put me up for a short visit, but also to explore places on my list... Rome, New York your next!

I'm respectful and honest in dealing with people and their spaces.

I'm into design, photograpy, old films and modern dance.

anyway ask me more

cheers Calim

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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