Stylish and spacious New Town apartment, once home to Sir Walter Scott and certainly one of the more unique places to stay in Edinburgh.
The Scott Apartment is a stylish property in the former home of Sir Walter Scott, right in the heart of the city. It comprises the garden level of his residence during the years 1802-1826, the period in which he established his international literary reputation and status as a Scottish icon.
North Castle Street is suitably named for the views it affords up to Edinburgh Castle, a regal landmark commanding the skyline above Princes Street. Despite being flanked by George Street, lined with enticing boutiques, restaurants and clubs, and Queen Street, home to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, inside the apartment is an oasis of calm, and a great place to come home to at the end of a busy day.
On the façade of Scott’s building, you’ll find an inscription with the dates of his residence. Descend the short flight of stairs and enter the modern chic hallway, which extends a warm welcome with its neutral stone- and cream-coloured décor, expansive dimensions, and polished wooden flooring. The spacious living room with bay windows has two comfortable sofas, one of which folds out to become a large sofa bed; the plump cushions, sheepskin rug, pictures of the bard, and an interesting selection of reading material – which includes a number by Sir Walter, particularly Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, and more – provide an escape into fiction after a day exploring the city around you. The walled shelving also contains a CD player and radio combo, while underneath the portrait of Scott on the far wall, you’ll find a flatscreen TV, DVD player, and iPod speaker dock. A wooden study desk and chair provide for those feeling more productive, or even with aspirations to follow in Scott’s footsteps.
The second bedroom is also to the front of the property; it is similarly expansive and has a walk-in wardrobe, deep working shutters which provide heat and noise insulation, and a large comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep. Next door is the main bathroom which is beautifully tiled throughout, and has elevated mirrored panels, a heated towel rail, and a shower over the bath.
Off the end of the hall is a newly fitted modern kitchen, equipped with all modern appliances and ample cutlery, pots, pans, and crockery. It contains a fridge-freezer, dishwasher, the boiler, and a dining table with seating for four. Glass-panelled doors open onto a private patio area where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and the odd glass of wine whenever the sun invites. With its seating, it also makes an excellent spot to regale guests.
Directly at the end of the hall is a utility closet, which harbours the washing machine, iron, ironing board, and a pulley, and alongside you’ll find an additional raised cupboard wherein the router is kept. The master bedroom is at the back of the property, opposite the kitchen, and is furnished with a bed which can be made up as two singles or a large double, as well as a leather recliner. The room is lit from the large window looking onto the patio and dressed with ruffle curtains. An integrated wardrobe runs along the left, its endmost doors opening onto the hidden gem that is the apartment’s ensuite shower room. A real novelty, this corridor-styled space has storage alcoves, electric heating for the tiled flooring, and a shower tucked into the first corner, opposite the sink and heated towel rail and around from the toilet. It is similarly well-lit, with frosted glass windows in its second strand.
As with all our properties, utilities, towels, linen, and WiFi are included in the rental. Both bedrooms also have hair dryers, and a complimentary starter of pack of tea, coffee, milk and local shortbread is also supplied. Discounted rates are available for longer stays; please get in contact to discuss this further.
The Scott Apartment combines some standout design elements and a high standard of modern comfort with the rare opportunity to stay in a slice of history during your visit to Edinburgh, in the very building that one of the city’s most famous residents made his name.