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Secret Garden Apartment

55 reviews
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
3 guests
2 nights minimum
Condo/Apartment
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 Quee...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.More
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About the Owner
Sandra M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2011
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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Reviewed February 10, 2019

We LOVED staying in this apartment! David & Sandra were excellent hosts, from the first email inquiry to wrapping up our stay. The kitchen, sitting area, bedroom, bathroom are all very nicely appointed and practical. It was a treat to look out the front windows...More

Date of stay: January 2019
Thank CountLola
LightPacker297909, VR Owner at Secret Garden Apartment, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

hanks for kind words and for taking the time to write the review. We look forward to welcoming you again - and all your friends! Sandra

Reviewed January 22, 2019 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights for Hogmanay. Communication from hosts was excellent, giving directions to the property etc. The apartment is of a high standard and fully equipped. Perfect location and great hosts. Already booked again. Thank you.

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Jodie H
LightPacker297909, VR Owner at Secret Garden Apartment, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

....And thank you for being the perfect guests and for taking the time to write a review. See you next New Year!

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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The "Secret Garden Apt" is located in a perfect location on the Palace of Holyroodhouse end of the Royal mile.This Apt has everything you need, amenities as previously mentioned by others, TV, "a dedicated washer & dryer for this Apt" for an extremely nice stay....More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank jsk2007
LightPacker297909, VR Owner at Secret Garden Apartment, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to write a review - always appreciated. So glad that you enjoyed your stay - you are welcome back anytime!

Reviewed June 30, 2018

Absolutely everything we ever would have needed. Myself, my mother and my 4year old son (his first fime) came to Edinburgh. The flat had everything we could have needed. The location was brilliant. My son walked the stretch if the mile and didn't blink. Shops...More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank Jennifer H
Management response:Responded July 1, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write, Jen, and for your kind words. Glad that you enjoyed yourselves and hope that you managed to find a suitable kilt! All the very best for the wedding and for the amazing sounding honeymoon!! Come back any...More

Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

This flat was the perfect place to rest my head while in Edinburgh. I couldn't have asked for a better location for my 5 night stay, with a great view out the bedroom window (see picture). The unit is perfectly updated and the bed was...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank smdailey
Management response:Responded June 15, 2018

Hi Stacy. Thanks for taking the time to write the review and leaving such kind comments. Sorry not to respond sooner. We were actually away on holidays ourselves in May. Glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to see you back if you are...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Central Heating
Washer
Highchair
Dryer
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Iron
Hairdryer
Stereo System
TV
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Microwave
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Toaster
House Swap
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 monuments of Calton Hill. All electricity, gas, linen and towels are included in the booking price. As well as free WiFi internet access, there is a laptop in the apartment for use by guests
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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 and ...
How to get there
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.
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