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Secret Garden Apartment

Dunbar's Close gardens behind the apartment
49 reviews
Dunbar's Close gardens behind the apartment
Looking down Royal Mile towards the apartment
Well equiped kitchen
Warm stylish modern bathroom
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Bright South Facing Living Room
Make yourself an espresso...
...settle back and relax
Quiet bedroom overlooking gardens
Minutes walk from the large Holyrood Park
Entrance to Dunbar's Close Gardens
Inside Dunbar's Close gardens
view of the apartment from the gardens
The front of the apartments on the Royal Mile
the Queen's palace at Holyrood, just down the road
View from the apartment window
View of Arthurs Seat taken from the rear of the apartment
Looking down on Holyrood from Arthurs Seat
View from the bedroom
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1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 3
Edinburgh, Scotland
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 Hol...
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About the Owner, Sandra M
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 95 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 14 days ago
Listed since : Jun 2011
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 49 reviews and 1 property
Interaction with guests
We like to meet our guest on arrival so we can let them into the apartment and offer advice and answer any questions you may have. We live in the Edinburgh area and can be contacted at any time during your stay if you have any questions or problems. For very late arrivals or very early arrivals we have a digital key safe which we can give the combination so guests can let themselves in.
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Listing #HL170104
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Excellent - based on 49 reviews
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County Cavan, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017

Couldn't fault this place, it had everything we needed for our weekend in Edinburgh, even a few little added extras like a bottle of bubbly in the fridge, tea, milk, biscuits, which was great for us tea-aholics! The hosts were very accommodating and the apartment was in a great location within walking distance of everything. And the beauty of Edinburgh...

Management response:

Thanks for taking the time to leave these kind words. So glad you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh and even made a virtue of all the steps and hilly bits! We would gladly welcome you and your friends back again.


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Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 21 November 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We stayed here for a long weekend at the end of September, the owner Sandra couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating. The apartment was clean and well equipped. We found the location excellent, with restaurants nearby and a small Tesco just round the corner. The apartment is on the tour bus route so is a good choice for those...

Management response:

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh. We would love to see you back again any time in the future.


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Los Angeles
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2017 for a stay in October 2017

Beautifully appointed and centrally located, this apartment is the must stay place in Edinburgh. The hosts have all the amenities you might want, including laundry and wifi. The bedroom window looks down on a kirkyard and a secret garden. The apartment is beautiful! I recommend this location to all who want a quality stay in Edinburgh.

Management response:

Hi Stephanie, Thanks for taking the time to write the review - and for your kind words. Glad that you had a good stay and hope to welcome you back some time. Sandra


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  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
Additional amenities & feature info
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.

There is a beautiful, modern bathroom in warm, earthy coloured tiles and underfloor heating. It has a bath with shower over.

The quiet double bedroom at the rear of the property overlooks the tranquil Dunbars Close Gardens and has views to the historic monumen...
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Sofa
    1 Full
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 2 nights
3 Jan 2018 -
31 Mar 2018
Jan-Mar 2018
2 nights
1 Apr 2018 -
30 Jun 2018
Apr-Jun 2018
3 nights
1 Jul 2018 -
2 Aug 2018
Jul - Aug 2018
3 nights
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Canadian Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
Additional Rate and Availability Information
The standard let is for up to 2 people sharing the double bedroom. There will be an additional daily charge of £5/£2.50 per adult/child for bookings of more than 2.
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About the neighbourhood
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...
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Edinburgh Airport: 12.0 km
Railway: Waverley: 0.4 km
Ferry: Leith: 6.0 km
Airport: Edinburgh. All major airlines including Briish Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, bmi etc. Taxi from airport - about £24 (20-30 minutes), Airport bus to Waverley Station (leaves every 15 minutes from Airport). You can easily walk (10 minutes) from Waverley Station which is less than half a kilometer away or take a taxi (around £6) to the apartment. A tram from the airport will take you around 20 minutes to the city centre. Train to and from London takes around 4.5 hours. Car Hire available at airport and Waverley Station but Edinburgh is an easy city to walk around and difficult to park in so it may be better not to hire. The Bus Station is about 15 minutes' walk from the apartment.
Activities nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Nearest Beach: 6.0 km.
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