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Playfair Garden Apartment


A tranquil and luxurious oasis hidden away in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, The Playfair Garden Apartment is centrally located, within easy walking distance of world-famous Princes Street (0.4 miles/600 metres). This beautifully appointed and spacious studio apartment offers the discerning visitor boutique hotel levels of comfort and amenity.

Offering an attractive combined bed and sitting room, dressing room, separate kitchen and shower room, the 45m2 apartment has been exquisitely decorated, and has been furnished and equipped with painstaking attention to detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

A sumptuous leather king-size bed with deluxe mattress, pure and crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, goose down and feather pillows and duvet, dressed with luxurious silks, sets the scene.

The large main living room also has a comfortable quality sofa and elegant dining area. For entertainment, there’s a flat screen digital satellite TV and Bose ipod sound dock. And Wi-Fi broadband means that you’re connected for business or for pleasure.

This room has double French doors opening onto the most delightful west-facing terrace and shared private garden – the perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif or for al fresco dining in the summer months.

Situated within an impressive neo classical category A listed terrace designed by the renowned architect William Playfair and built in 1821, less than a mile from Edinburgh Castle (1400 metres), and very close to the fashionable and bohemian Stockbridge district (0.3 miles/500 metres) with its trendy bars and restaurants and speciality shopping, this stunning apartment is the perfect base for anyone visiting Edinburgh.


A tranquil and luxurious city centre oasis. Beautifully appointed and spacious boutique hotel style studio apartment. Walking distance to all attractions.


Property type: Apartment

Room details


1 bedroom, sleeps 2

Bedroom 1: 1 King size bed

Room for 2 in the dining area
Room for 2 in the living area
1 bathroom

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden
Shared garden

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Sports Center

Sights and attractions


Prices and availability

Last updated 11.04.2015

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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 0.1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 500m
  • Nearest supermarket: 100m
  • Railway station: 1.6km
  • Princes Street: 600m
  • Edinburgh Castle: 1.4km
  • Scottish National Gallery: 1km


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30 out of 32 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 01 November 2014 with Couple
We very much enjoyed this apartment. It was well located, quite, cozy and well appointed. Just as advertised. We had problems getting the TV to work properly, but maybe it was just that we were not familiar with the controls.
Stayed Tuesday 28 October 2014 with Couple
Wir haben uns wirklich sehr wohl gefühlt in diesem Apartment. Schon die freundliche Begrüßung durch Evelyn war ein guter Start. Zunächst waren wir überrascht, dass wir zwei Treppen tiefer in den Keller mussten, doch auf dieser Seite lag das Apartment dann ebenerdig mit Zugang zum Gärtchen. Außer der Doppelglastür zum Garten gibt es keine weiteren Fenster. Die Wohnung hat alles, was das Herz begehrt, auch die Küche ist gut ausgestattet. Einziger Nachteil: Sie ist so winzig, dass man sich kaum drehen kann, so dass wir davon Abstand nahmen, uns dort warme Mahlzeiten zu bereiten. Konsequenterweise ist dann auch der Esstisch nur gerade groß genug für ein Frühstück. Dafür ist die Dusche recht geräumig. Der Internetzugang ist sehr bequem. Wir haben kaum den Bus gebraucht, denn die meisten Dinge sind gut zu Fuß zu erreichen. Die Wohnung ist besonders für Paare zu empfehlen, die einfach die Stadt erkunden möchten.
Stayed Tuesday 23 September 2014 with Couple
The good points of this apartment are: the price is reasonable compared to Edinburgh hotel rooms, it is in an upscale neighbourhood and it was very nice to be given a bottle of wine at check-in. However, there were some frustrations. To enter the apartment, you have to descend two levels and use either three or four keys. Admittedly, you end up level with the back yard but it still feels like you are deep in the basement. In general, the web info overstates the level of luxury. The actual furnishings seemed to me to be generally good but not spectacular. In fact, the bathroom sink is very small and therefore hard to use and the bathroom mirror is actually two small mirrors attached at right angles which I found very unusual. To access the back yard, you have to deal with an iron bar which a large sign tells you to handle carefully. There was only one small table in the apt and once I put our laptop on it there was no surface to eat at. However, the kitchen, though small, has all one needs (but no table). We were told that all necessary info was in the big manual but the instructions for the TV made no sense. Evelyn straightened that out on the second morning by email. We also had trouble getting our clothes out of the locked combined washer/dryer. Perhaps Europeans are used to such contraptions. Evelyn just referred us to the operating manual which was hard to figure out. In retrospect, I dont think the 30 pound nonrefundable deposit is appropriate or justified. The apt is not full of expensive antiques at risk of breaking. Finally, although the apt qualifies as "central" in practise it is too far from the main Royal Mile sights to walk back to for a short break.
Stayed Sunday 07 September 2014 with Couple
My partner and I had a week staying in the Playfair Garden Apartment at the start of September 2014 and really enjoyed our time there. The apartment is in a great location in New Town, its nice and quiet yet close enough to hop on a bus or have a stroll into the centre of Edinburgh. It was perfect for us as a couple with a well appointed kitchen if we didnt want to eat out, a sofa to curl up on and the bed was so comfy. Evelyn was very accommodating and met us on our arrival, she showed us round the place and had left some supplies so we could have a cuppa without having to nip to the shops. She had also laid on one or two other items but that will have to remain a surprise for any future guests reading this review. Overall we could not fault the apartment, it was a great base for exploring the wonderful city of Edinburgh and I would definitely look to stay here next time were in town.
Stayed Friday 04 July 2014 with Couple
The flat is very nice and very well located. The area is quiet and very close to the busy parts of town. It has a lovely garden as well. The bed and sofa are comfortable. The kitchen area is fine for one to make food. The bathroom is clean and well appointed. The recommendations for restaurants etc. given are very useful and accurate. There are quite a few nice places to eat situated very close to the flat. All these positive aspects work together for one to have a really good stay in Edinburgh!
Stayed Monday 12 May 2014 with Couple
Evelyn was fantastic and very kindly. The apartment is lovely and close to everything. It realy fulfilled our expectation. We had a realy good time in Edinburgh!!!!
Stayed Tuesday 10 September 2013 with Couple
It was a lovely apt in a great area .kitchen a little small to cook major meals in but ate out most nights . Evelyn had us checked in as soon as we arrived in Edinburgh and she left us some lovely chocolates and wine . Check out was easy process as we just left keys for Evelyn to pick up , I would definitely stay here again and would recommend .
Stayed Friday 29 March 2013
The apartment is located in centre of the city and its easy to reach the attractions. Bus stop is very close to the apartment but we were mostly walking as main attractions are only 15mins walk. Pros: - Apartment is very clean and all towels, linens were clean as well - Close to the city centre and many restaurants - Large bedroom which has seperate wardrobe room - Bathroom is nice - Central heating system - Wi-fi Cons: - Apartment is located in minus level 2 but at the same time it has nice garden. This is due to House being located on the hill. So from one side it is minus level 2 but from another side its ground floor - Apartment has only one window
Stayed Tuesday 21 August 2012
Apt was very clean, cute and had lovely french doors leading to a private garden with patio. Bed was extremely comfortable, Plenty of room for hanging clothes in wardrobe. Conviently located to Princess st and the Castle. Lovely pub just around the corner with great people!! Bathroom is tiny but suitable. was very comfortable the entire stay. very quiet flat,no street noise or noise from other tenents.
Stayed Saturday 11 August 2012
We attend the Fringe Festival each year and this time found a little gem of a place to stay. The owner could not have been more helpful, the place itself is excellent. I would recommend this to everyone without hesitation and will be booking again for next year!!!.
Stayed Saturday 21 April 2012
Lappartamento si presenta molto bene, elegante, e si trova in una posizione molto tranquilla e comoda per raggiungere a piedi i luoghi più interessanti della città. La proprietaria è molto gentile e disponibile. Sicuramente è un appartamento da consigliare agli amici.
Stayed Thursday 22 March 2012
A beautifully presented garden flat, perfect for myself and my husband for our long weekend in Edinburgh. Clean and fresh with a comfy bed, super shower and cable TV, great for relaxing after a long day exploring and visiting family. A lovely personal welcome from the owners son. Pleased to find milk (and a bottle of wine!) in the fridge, with emergency tea and coffee. So close to cafes in Stockbridge (downhill) or Frederick St (uphill) that we breakfasted out, but a fine Sainsburys in Stockbridge (5 mins walk) would supply all your self catering needs. A bus into town (think it was a 36) can be caught from Hamilton Place in Stockbridge to save walking uphill! There are two flights of stairs down to the flat and as you have seen the choice is to walk up or downhill when you get out again, I think this is worth mentioning, for anyone who may have a heart condition or mobility problems. We will definitely stay here again if it is available on our return to Edinburgh
Stayed Friday 10 February 2012
A hidden Gem, clean, well equipped and modern. Small but adequate bathroom and kitchen, lovely lounge/bedroom with patio doors to a secluded garden. A five minute walk to Restaurants, bars and sightseeing. Well worth a visit. Will book again soon
Stayed Saturday 06 August 2011
This was our second stay at the Playfair Apartment so we knew what to expect. It is an extremely comfortable, well-appointed apartment which offers a home from home after a hard days slog around the Fringe Festival events. Ideally situated within walking distance of the city centre and on a regular bus route. Already planning our next visit.
Stayed Friday 03 June 2011
The best apartment we stayed in during our seven week holiday across England, Scotland, France, Belgium and Italy - beautifully appointed (it felt like luxury), convenient to quality restaurants, good provisions for weary travellers, very quiet, a great courtyard to access on sunny days - a real oasis in a busy city. A good explanation by the owner when we arrived and useful written information available in the apartment. Excellent value for money. Its a great place!
Stayed Sunday 26 September 2010
My partner and I booked this property to celebrate out 10th Anniversary. The owner met us on arrival and was very friendly, the apartment was spotless and even lovelier than the photos. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The kingsize bed is supersoft, there is a sofa, large tv with DVD player and an ipod dock. Also there is a dressing room with wardrobe, full length mirror and a washing machine, bathroom with fantastic shower and a little kitchen perfect for cooking for two. The decor is gorgeous and you feel very tucked away from it all, there is no street noise at all even in the garden. We were very comfortable for our 3 day stay. It is situated around a 10 minute walk from Princes Street in a lovely quiet area. There are a couple of grocery shops about 5 minutes walk away as well as a Sainburies Local in the town centre and a fairly large Tesco in Broughton Rd (around 15 minutes away). There are loads of restaurants in the area too. We found everything we needed to be within easy walking distance. Edinburgh is a lovely city and this is a perfect place to stay while you explore it. Highly Recommended
Stayed Saturday 21 August 2010
A very comfortable apartment in a vibrant area of Edinburgh and within walking distance of the main tourist attractios.
Stayed Tuesday 27 July 2010
The perfect place to enjoy Edinburgh! My wife and 16 months daughter spent a week in Edinburgh and we had the great pleasure to stay in this really nice place. The decoration is very sweet and make this apartment extremely cosy. Tere is everything you might need to live like at home: fully furnished kitchen, lleaving room - bed room - dining area, tv/stb, wi-fi, and a lovely terrace where you can enjoy your meals should the weather allow it (which was the case for us!! So nice!). The landlord is a very nice lady who warmely welcome us at our arrival. Location is simply perfect, just a 10 walk to the city center and there are plenty of coffee shop / grocery shops at a walking distance. We had to bring our baby cod but that was not problem since we had more than enough space in the living room.
Stayed Saturday 19 June 2010
This is a piece of heave on the middle of the town. The places are so quite and free of noise that you cannot believe it. We were welcome by the owner who gave us a very good inside of the area. The apartment has a private yard with a special place to practice yoga and meditation. Everything is new and very good taste on the decoration makes us feel that we were in a 5 start suite hotel. The privacy is incredible. If you are looking for a relaxing, close to town and value pricing place I think you just found it so go ahead a booked while available. Thanks for great Holidays!!!! rgds, Maria
Stayed Sunday 27 September 2009
Comfortable ,clean accommodation. Facilities provided were excellent & attention to detail regarding my stay were first class . I would definitely recommend this property. The only downside about this property would be that it may not be suitable for someone who has difficulty in climbing stairs. One constructive criticism would be that the stairs could do with having a handrail.
Se trata de un apartamento ,muy cómodo con todo lo necesario para una muy buena estancia.Su propietaria muy amable.muy luminoso pese a estar en un sótano.Bonito jardín.Muy buena limpieza.Las fotos que aparecen de la propiedad son muy reales.Lo recomiendo.
Loved the location of the property - felt like a local with my own key to the front door. Lovely accommodation - extremely well presented and I was met as arranged with a bottle of wine and chocolates awaiting me. Everything was exceptional with the only exception being the upstairs neighbor who I was awoken by on my first night at midnight with banging and loud footsteps. Fortunately this was only a one off and the rest of my stay was peaceful and relaxing. Again, the location is excellent and fittings and fixtures of a high quality. 83
We visited the city for a couple of days for my birthday and the apartment was perfect. Upon arrival there was a selec tion of towels beautifully presented and also, chocolates,wine and a selec tion of hot drink options. The apartment was spotless and had everything we needed, we would definitely come again!
A lovely, well kept property with a large living room/bedroom. The bed was luxurious ensuring a good nights sleep. Within walking distance to attractions but also close to bus stops. Very welcoming owner who made us feel very comfortable.
Lovely apartment in an excellent location. The owner was very helpful and prepared plenty of information as well as milk, wine, and chocolates. The kitchen is small but functional for two people. The apartment is down two flights of stairs but gets plenty of light from the patio doors off the bedroom.
Cosy, well-appointed apartment right in the centre of the the elegant New Town area of historic Edinburgh.
The apartment is really lovely, spacious, quiet, in a smart part of Edinburgh. It has a very comfortable large bed. It is all spotless, very tastefully decorated, everything we needed was there, even a patio table and chairs for the small secluded garden. It is also within easy waliking distance of the centre and good restuarants. We will definitely come again, thank you!
The place is very well run. It meets the description, as being tastefully equipped. The furniture is either barndnew (as of 2011) or very well maintained. The landlady has put a bottle of fresh milk, some orange juice into the fridge and a bottle of red wine oton the table. The small terrace allows you to sit in the evening sun. The apartment is absolutely quiet at night. I would definetely recommend the place to others. I am travelling a lot (by my profession) and know quite some other objects for comparison.
This property was excellently furnished with lovely double french doors onto the garden. It was quiet. The kitchen was small but fine for travellers. The bathroom was excellent. The bedroom is large and pleasantly furnished. It has free wifi - great for doing travel planning. It is perfrectly located in New Town, an easy walk to Stockbrige sites in New Town, and a slightly longer walk to the Royal Mile and Arthurs Seat. The owner is very pleasant helpful and easy to deal with.
Evelyn, the owner was exceedingly helpful with the early check in and the supplies she provided in the fridge. She provided wealth of information.The apartment was extremely comfartable and ideally located for the town centre and the local everyday life. A quite and tranquil haven, never ever heard the traffic or any noise. The St Vincent Pub is literally around the corner (40 paces), good for sport on TV. Plenty of good/reasonable priced restuarants around. Wonderful stay
Beautifully appointed and well furnished - a great cosy retreat for two. The bathroom and kitchen were tiny but there was enough space for a few days of cooking and washing and these were more than compensated by the enormous sitting room / bedroom with a massive and very comfortable bed, wi-fi and a great big telly. The steps down hid a real gem.
This really is a 5 star apartment, beautifully decorated with attention to detail such as adequate hanging space, hooks and mirrors. Very quiet location for the city centre and the owner is very hospitable, nice touches of a bottle of wine in the fridge and chocolates will be booking this again
1 other reviews
This is a great place to stay in Edinburgh. Located in a quiet zone, its near to the principal streets and monuments of the city. You can be in Princess Street in five minutes by feet. The apartment is very comfortable and has everything needed for a perfect rest after long walks through the city. (Big comfortably bed, a small but useful bathroom as well as the kitchen, full equiped, and the main room which have all the modern facilities availables). The owner was very kind with us and very concerned to explain all the details of the apartment.


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