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Luxury Self Catering Edinburgh - Elegant Apartment in Edinburgh's New Town

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Vernon's review of this luxury self catering Edinburgh apartment
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Luxury Self Catering Edinburgh - sleeps 4

Elegant Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's historic New Town


If you don't already know the city, you might expect Edinburgh's New Town to be a modern quarter, but you couldn't be more mistaken. Planned and built in the 18th and 19th centuries in an open grid system, the New Town is full of wide, leafy streets graced with beautiful Georgian and neo Classical architecture and enjoying lovely views around the city. It's an easy and pleasant walk from here to the city centre, the Botanic Gardens or Calton Hill and local shops, restaurants and bars can be found in nearby Broughton Street.

On the east side of the New Town, No 1 Bellevue Terrace looks out from the middle of a striking, curved Georgian block over a broad, tree lined street. On the ground floor and with no stairs up from the street, it's great for families or those a little unsteady on their feet - a rare find in such an historic building. Once through the door, I find a stylish, attractive and very spacious apartment filled with light from tall sash windows - beautiful right through from the warm, welcoming hallway to the pleasant kitchen which overlooks the lovely gardens at the back.

The whole apartment has recently been completely refurbished and redecorated; colours are fresh and relaxing, an interesting collection of art adorns the walls and furniture to complement the period has been well picked out. I love the marble fireplace in the sitting room - simple in design yet stunning in effect - and the wooden shutters on the lovely tall windows.

The two gorgeous bedrooms are just as lovely, with beautifully made curtains, luxurious bedlinen, more than enough storage space and again, art work on the walls that draws the eye. The large double room, in warm pinks and creams, overlooks the private gardens at the back of the building while the delightful twin room, done out in fresh, pale blue and cream, looks out on trees, gardens and an attractive neo Classical church to the front.

An easy walk from the New Town takes me into the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh's Old Town where it's fascinating to explore the ancient cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden squares and courtyards. There's something interesting around every corner and even underneath the city, where long ago Edinburgh's poor took refuge in the city vaults. The grand, busy Royal Mile takes me from the castle down to Holyrood Palace past shops, pubs and cafes below old tenement apartments, tiny wynds leading down to hidden places, impressive churches and smart squares punctuating the route.

Stroll a pleasant mile along Leith Walk and I'm in a vibrant waterside world of culture, chic shops and cafes, ships and yachts on the dock. I'll have to put aside some more time - there's so much to explore in this wonderful city - and of course I'll have the perfect excuse to stay in the luxurious comfort of this wonderful self catering apartment!

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A two bedroom main door ground floor apartment (sleeps 4) in a beautiful Georgian terrace in Edinburgh's historic New Town.

Smart entrance hall with original period flagstones.
Enormous drawing room with elegant 18th century proportions, retaining classical Georgian features such as tall double windows and a marble fireplace which forms the centrepiece of the room. Two comfortable sofas and armchairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, iPod dock/radio, WiFi.
Kitchen/dining room seating six, well equipped with integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher, stainless steel oven and hob and washing machine. Leafy garden views to the rear.
Double bedroom with king size bed; two huge windows offering peaceful garden views to the rear.
Bright and airy front twin bedoom with charming views over public gardens and a colonnaded neo classical church.
Both bedrooms have generous storage space.
Bathroom with WC, bath and hand held shower.
A cot bed and high chair are available on request.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this luxury self catering Edinburgh apartment
self catering A ten minute walk from Bellevue Terrace are the Royal Botanic Gardens, seventy acres of lovely gardens and grounds featuring stunning glasshouses and the John Hope Gateway with its shop, science centre, restaurant and plant nursery. Climb nearby Calton Hill for a fantastic view of the city and to see Edinburgh's Folly, replica of the Athenian Parthenon. Watch the famous Time Ball drop at the top of Nelson's Tower every day at 1pm.
self catering Designed by Robert Adam in 1791, The Georgian House in Charlotte Square, New Town, is open to the public, transporting visitors back to the eighteenth century with period furinture, decor and original art. Visit the fascinating Riddle's Court in the Lawnmarket and go back further in time to the 16th century (Thursday pm only, book ahead). And of course don't miss Edinburgh Castle - allow plenty of time and avoid weekends if possible.
self catering The apartment is very handy for the Playhouse, which hosts all the best touring shows and as you might expect, Edinburgh has many more excellent theatres showing everything from local companies and experimental theatre to big West End touring shows. Of course if you come in August you'll find theatre going on all over the city, both on the street and in hundreds of temporary and permanent venues.
self catering Located close to vibrant Broughton Street with its restaurants, bars and shops, the apartment is only ten minutes from the city centre, the excellent department stores on Princes Street, upmarket George Street with its sophisticated designer shops and chic bars and restaurants and the galleries, antique shops and independent boutiques on Dundas Street, all located in lovely Georgian buildings.

Very close by are Urban Angel on Forth Street serving delicious organic food; Earthy on Canonmills – an organic restaurant, deli and shop and Edinburgh institution Valvona and Crolla.  For Jamie Oliver fans, Jamie’s Italian is at 54 George Street and the Scran & Scallie on Comely Bank Road – Tom Kitchin’s gastro pub - is also excellent.