The Scott Apartment

Stylish and spacious New Town apartment, once home to Sir Walter Scott and certainly one of the more unique places to stay in Edinburgh.

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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 IvanhoeRob 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.

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    6 Reviews of The Scott Apartment

    1. Rita Alves says:

      We loved our stay at the Scott Apartment. Upon arrival we were greeted by Katie, who gave us a tour and explained the key aspects of the apartment.
      Everything was clean, tidy and quiet. The decoration is contemporary and very cozy.
      The kitchen is very well-equipped, the bathrooms are clean and even one of them has a TV on the bathtub. The rooms are spacious and the living room is comfortable.
      There’s a collection of board games, DVDs, magazines to choose from.

      The apartment is centrally located and everything is at a short walk away.

      Choosing the Scott Apartment was a great choice. I would, without any doubts, recommend it!

      
Congratulations to the Greatbase Edinburgh, they know how to really make you feel at home, and if you need anything they are there to help.

    2. Diane says:

      I love the look! Spacious and beautiful!

    3. Stefanella says:

      Just came back home after a week at the Scott Apartment which turned out to be even better than our expectations! The apartment is centrally located but it is quiet. Very clean and cozy with big airy rooms and a nice well equipped kitchen leading to the small outdoor seating area which we were lucky to be able to use since the weather was fantastic in the last few days. There are parking places just in front of the apartment and if you need a taxi, it will be at your front door as soon as you put your phone down! I can only highly recommend this lovely apartment and will definitely return.

    4. Brian says:

      This place is the best. I can’t say enough about this flat or Greatbase. Katie, you are wonderful to work with. If everyone did business like you guys do, the world would be a better place.

      We used this as a base for the second league of a UK trip that started in London. When we arrived in Edinburgh it was my wife’s 40th birthday and I asked the Greatbase to have a few things in the flat to surprise my wife and they obliged. I will recommend this flat and the Greatbase to everyone I know.

    5. Isobel Cleary says:

      Stayed for a long weekend in July in Cockburn Street – our second stay here and I was so happy to be returning. The location is perfect and the apartment is a wee haven in the city. All you could ask for in the apartment and everything you could want within walking distance!

    6. Katie says:

      From Upfront reviews – Reggie stayed November 2013

      A fantastic high spec apartment in a great location. beautiful. Lots of great restaurants and bars near by. comfortable beds and immaculate interiors, all self catering should be like this!

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