The Scott Apartment

Newly redecorated stylish and spacious New Town apartment, once home to Scottish icon Sir Walter Scott.

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Newly refurbished throughout, this stylish apartment comprises the garden level of Sir Walter Scott’s residence during the years 1802-26, the period in which he established his international literary reputation and status as a Scottish icon. The apartment is situated on North Castle Street, so-named because it sits under view of Edinburgh Castle. The adjoining Castle Street intersects with Princes Street, the city’s retail hotspot at the boundary between the New and Old Towns.

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 unwind after a day out. On the façade of the building, you’ll find an inscription with the dates of Scott’s residence. Descend the short flight of stairs and enter the hallway, which extends a warm welcome with its neutral stone- and cream-coloured décor, expansive dimensions, and polished wooden flooring. Adorning the walls are paintings of the Royal Mile and the junction at Candlemaker Row.

On your immediate left you’ll find the sumptuous guest bedroom, with a double bed, a cheval mirror and a writing table by the shuttered window, aptly positioned beside a portrait of Scott and his dogs. The room also benefits from a fitted wardrobe. 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. The bathroom has been repainted and has a new marble countertop.

Also to the front of the property is the expansive chic living room with bay windows, which has two new sofas (one a double sofa bed) opposite a 55-inch Sony Ultra HD flat screen TV with Sky Q and DVD player. Fluorescent down-lighting along the left of the room adds extra flair to an already-classy relaxation and entertainment space.

The modern kitchen is off the end of the hall and has a dining table with seating for six. The room features a fridge-freezer, cooker, and dishwasher, with French doors to a private patio, where you can enjoy drinks and nibbles whenever the fresh air and sun beckon. As a courtesy to neighbours, we ask that our guests refrain from using this space after 10.30pm.

Washing facilities can be found in a utility closet directly off the end of the hall, housing the washing machine, iron and ironing board, and a pulley. The master bedroom with ensuite shower room is alongside, and like the guest bedroom has been completely redecorated. The room retains zip-and-link beds which can be made up as two singles or one king. The fitted wardrobes provide ample storage space and the love seat by the window adds a touch of elegance. This room, and the entrance to the ensuite, feature surreal artworks depicting Edinburgh scenes. The ensuite shower room is the apartment’s real novelty, a U-shaped tiled corridor with underfloor heating and the shower in the first corner, around from the sink and toilet.

The Scott Apartment combines standout design in a fresh, modern aesthetic and a high standard of contemporary 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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9 Reviews of The Scott Apartment

  1. Jacqueline Armstrong says:

    Just got back from the most awesome vacation we have ever had! The Scott Apartment could not have been any better! It was cozy, comfortable and just breathtaking. It was truly a home away from home. Close to all the main attractions with easy access to public transportation. Katie was a delight and most helpful for making our 25th wedding anniversary a truly unforgettable occasion.We did not want to leave! Would recommend this flat and Greatbase Edinburgh without hesitation. Thank you so much!!!!!!!! Scotland Rocks!!!! Already making plans for another visit!

    • Calum says:

      Dear Jacqueline,

      Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience in our guestbook. We agree that The Scott Apartment is an excellent place to stay; it has always been popular with our guests and its recent and extensive redecoration has given it a new lease of life. We’re glad we could help make your 25th wedding anniversary as special as it should be and we look forward to having you come and stay with us again in future.

      Kind regards,

      Marketing Executive

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  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. 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.

  6. Diane says:

    I love the look! Spacious and beautiful!

  7. 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.

    • Calum says:

      Dear Rita,

      Many thanks for your review and kind comments; I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

      As a note to guests from September 2017 onwards, the TV above the bath has been removed.

      Kind regards,

      Marketing Executive
      Greatbase Apartments Ltd

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