|Rental type||Apartment / Condominium|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Suitable for the elderlyNo
Description from the owner
A very centrally located, stylish, bright and arty apartment with stunning open views of Edinburgh's Old Town and Calton Hill. Newly refurbished, it has been awarded a 4 star rating by Visit Scotland and guests frequently comment on the high level of attention to detail in the facilities provided. With so many attractions just on the doorstep, its a delightful base to relax and enjoy the fantastic city of Edinburgh, any time of the year.
Loads of great restaurants & pubs nearby but if you'd like to stay "home" there's a well equipped modern kitchen (with full sized dishwasher as well as lots of cooking utensils!).
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Royal Mile - Dunbars Close, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh & Lothians, Scotland
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Easy walking distance to almost all of Edinburgh's attactions. You can take in the beauty and history of the city just looking out the windows!
Location Type City
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$122 - $251||$152 - $282||$746 - $1,759||$0||2 nights|
|Nov. 1 2012 - Dec. 20 2012
|Dec. 21 2012 - Dec. 27 2012
|Dec. 28 2012 - Jan. 3 2013
|Jan. 4 2013 - Feb. 28 2013
|Mar. 1 2013 - Mar. 31 2013
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Apr. 1 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Jul. 1 2013 - Aug. 1 2013
|Aug. 2 2013 - Aug. 26 2013
|Aug. 27 2013 - Oct. 31 2013
|All Other Dates||$183||$183||-||-||2 nights|
|View all 10 Rate Periods|
- 2 night adjustment - 25% of rental - Other - additional nightly rate for short stays (2 nights)
Additional notes from owner
Special late booking prices may be available and discounted prices for longer stays - please enquire.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: January 12, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Brilliant place to stay
Lovely flat - excellent views, comfy furnishings, clean,light, airy. Kitchen especially thoughtfully equipped so made a short stay - 3 nights, by fly, so can't carry much - easy. Basic food shopping really close by, but big advantage is position of flat relative to main attractions, so could return in middle of day if need be.
Hospitality and all organizational matters were highly professional, uncomplicated and friendly. All in all a truly great experience.
Response from Mary Macdonald - 12/15/2011
Thanks v much Ines!
I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Mike and Susannah
Perfect - Beautiful apartment in the heart of a fabulous city
Mary's apartment was warm, sunny, clean and perfectly located. You can walk everywhere and be back for lunch in the apartment (or you could eat at her wonderful restaurant - Always Sunday). Edinburgh was one of the friendliest cities we have ever been to and Mary personified that.
Response from Mary Macdonald - 11/14/2011
So glad you enjoyed your stay at Dunbars Close and your visits to Always Sunday! It was a real pleasure to meet you both.
Brilliant central location. The service we got from the owner was personal and met our every need. The appartment was clean and well kitted out.
The service we recived from Mary was outstanding, from the first booking email to being met on our arrival. We had a wonderful week - we explored the Old Town and Leith, ate out every day, and returned to a comfortable, clean apartment
at night. Easy access to all sights, yet quiet and secure at night.
We will return to Edinburgh and Dunbars Close - thank you so much for your
welcome, we will spread the word amongst our friends.
Wonderful, special apartment in the centre of Edinburgh
I recently stayed for 3 nights in Dunbars Close with my two adult sons. The apartment is as lovely as it looks on its website. Mary had suggested ordering a delivery of groceries, which is just one of the thoughtful and helpful additions to this rental property. We arrived on a sunny late Friday afternoon, and Mary met us there, and showed us around the apartment, including the lovely kitchen, and bathroom. The kitchen is stocked with all the necessities. Although the next day was rainy, it allowed me to meet up with an old friend and welcome her to the apartment where we drank copious amounts of tea in comfort and relaxation. When we finally ventured out into the late afternoon we just crossed the road to the People's Museum - everything is so close. Since staying at Dunbars Close I have seen numerous references to it in the history of Edinburgh. The views from each of its windows was different and interesting, either in terms of grandeur, history, beauty or intrigue. I would recommend this apartment to anyone who likes to be close to the centre of a fabulous city, who appreciates lovely design and careful, considered decore, who appreciates an easy and friendly booking process. I definitely want to go back to Edinburgh and to Dunbars Close.
My tips would be to book well in advance and to have groceries delivered.
Crofton BC Canada
Definitely will come back..
We had booked this particular accommodation because it had 2 bedrooms, and my sister in law was with us. It was perfect, Mary was there and was just so friendly and helpful, she had wonderful biscuits, a bottle of wine, milk in the fridge for us. The flat is fully stocked, hairdryer, soaps, condiments, dishes, pots, on and on. There is also a full laundry room with washer and dryer.
It is in a beautiful location, we walked and walked, and just saw so much. We were there for 7 nights, we ate dinner out only 2 of those, and just loved being there.
Oh and the bed was like sleeping on a cloud.
Response from Mary Macdonald - 10/07/2011
Thank you for your lovely comments! It was a pleasure to meet you all. I'm so glad you enjoyed the comfort of the bed - the secret is a "luxury mattress topper" to supplement the firm mattress base! I look forward to welcoming you back!
my most favourite holiday rental...ever
Finding Dunbar's Close three years ago was my greatest short break find ever. We have just returned from our fourth weekend stay and I cannot praise the apartment and our host, Mary, highly enough. After a day exploring all the treasures Edinburgh has to offer, the trek up three flights of stairs is the only downside - but you can't have such wonderful views without that! And once inside the apartment, you would be tempted never to leave it! Every time I go to Edinburgh I find some new treasure to explore - it's a city I don't think I could ever tire of and Dunbar's Close is perfectly located. Mary has thought of everything you could need - and more. This year she even laid on a Royal Wedding next door for us! it was fun to be in the flow of things for Zara Phillips' wedding, and the minister and people of the Canongate Kirk will make you feel most welcome - would highly recommend a visit if you happen to be there on a Sunday morning. And they do occasional concerts as well.
Pleasant modern apartment in excellent location in Edinburgh.
We had a very enjoyable stay. On arrival Mary was extremely helpful and welcoming.The apartment is comfortable, adequately furnished and contains all the modern appliances and technology required. Tea,coffee,milk etc was provided as well as basic kitchen and cooking items. There was a good range of very useful information,guides books etc for visitors and a selection of Dvds
as one might expect with a city centre location there was no free car parking close to the apartment although this was available a 15-20 minute walk away.
We stayed 3 nights at Dunbars Close this august. A reat location on the Royal Mile and a really nice apartment. The standard is high and Mary the owner Mary is very accommodating.
Will be back next year!
Highly recommended a perfect long weekend in perfect apartment
Mary the lovely owner makes sure that everything is 100% for this wonderful city apartment with everything on hand for a perfect break. From arrival to departure we and our two small boys wanted for nothing - a very welcome bottle of wine and lovely shortbreads (which lasted the first half hour!). The views are to die for and the location is perfect - right in the thick of things but very quiet - we live in a country village and thought we would struggle to sleep being on a main thoroughfair but we need not have worried. All in all a brilliant short break, even the Icelandic ash cloud didn't spoil our adventure as our plane got home with no problems. Thank you Mary and we will definitely be seeing you again!
A lovely flat with fantastic views in a great location
I can highly recommended this flat. It is probably the nicest, most comfortable and best-equipped we've stayed in.Everything was very clean, the beds and sofas were really comfortable and the flat was very homely but stylishly decorated and furnished. The 'extras' such as loo roll, tissues, washing-up liquid, clothes detergent, dishcloths, binbags,tea and coffee, etc., were a huge help and mean that you don't have to rush out and buy all those essentials straightaway.
All of the equipment worked perfectly and it was great having the washing machine and tumble dryer as we came with a small suitcase on the train.The heating is really good, too.
The location is excellent; we were able to walk to all of the main attractions easily. The Royal Mile is surprisingly quiet and the double glazing really helped with the minor amount of traffic noise.
My email contact with Mary prior to our stay was useful - she was friendly and gave us useful information. She welcomed us herself at the flat and we were very grateful for her calm response to our text message to say that our train would be late and we feared our Sainsbury shop would be delivered to an empty flat - Mary said she would go to the flat and, if necessary, take delivery of the shopping for us.I can't praise the flat or the service Mary gave highly enough.
London, United Kingdom
I want to live here!! Loved it
Would highly recommend staying in Dunbars Close if you are thinking of making a trip to Edinburgh. The location is excellent, in the old part of town, close to great pubs and restaurant but in a nice quite area, and very near a starbucks! Bliss. Mary was very welcoming and helpful. The flat was immaculately clean but also felt very homely with fantastic views.
Excellent â€“ thoroughly enjoyed
Very nice apartment in a nice location - highly recommended.
A home away from home
My friends and I first stayed at Dunbars Close in January 2010 and decided to come back in January this year. We had a lovely stay there. The comfort of flat and the warm welcome by Mary make one feel at home immediately. It's very conveniently located along the Royal Mile, offers great views of Edinburgh and really is a comfortable home away from home. We are very much hoping to return there in the not too distant future!
Response from Mary Macdonald - 11/07/2011
I'm delighted that Nathalie has just booked for her 3rd visit to stay at Dunbars Close! Its always a particular pleasure to welcome repeat guests.
Everything was just great about our holiday.Information about property and location was informative and complete.Most of Edinburgh's attractions are in a walking distance.Perfect for a site seeing holiday.Late booking was problems free.Flat is with stunning views nicely decorated and with friendly and warm neighbors.Free parking is easy to find and was helpful to save towards other expenses.Fully satisfied with our stay in this flat and would recommend it to all our friends
I stayed at Dunbar Close from 29th December 2010 to 2nd January 2011, with my husband and our best friend, for Hogmanay. We found it fantastic. The flat is beautiful, with outstanding views, you really couldn't want for better. The stairs up are a bit tiring, but worth it & an excellent fitness strategy! Everything made all the more welcoming by Mary actuallying meeting us herself & the lovely sparkling wine & handmade shortbread that she also left for us! We hope to be able to stay again soon!
The only place to stay in Edinburgh...
We stayed at Dunbars Close for 5 nights at the beginning of November...and didn't want to leave! My expectations were high after reading previous reviews, but the apartment exceeded all expectations.
From the moment I contacted Mary, she was so professional and efficient in answering my texts/emails and the booking process was effortless. I had to amend the dates of my stay, but this wasn't a problem and Mary went out of her way to accommodate us. She provided us with lots of information upon booking, which made our journey to the apartment really easy. We also ordered some groceries online from Sainsbury's thanks to Mary's recommendation.
The apartment is beautiful and furnished to a very high standard. Mary's attention to detail is impressive and I felt at home straight away. The shortbread and wine were a lovely touch and were much appreciated after a long journey. The kitchen is very well equipped and contained everything required for a comfortable stay and more.
The views of the Royal Mile and Calton Hill are stunning and you feel so close to the city, but far enough away to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Dunbars Close and the lovely gardens. I was so content just sitting on the comfy sofa, looking out of the window!!
We visit Edinburgh 2-3 times a year and this is by far the best accommodation we have stayed in for its location, comfort and surroundings. I wont stay anywhere else now I have found this truly wonderful apartment. I would highly recommend it to all. I cant wait to return in the New Year.
This apartment exceeded my expectations. It had the wow factor
Mary was a wonderful host. She provided a most confortable stay, a relaxing retreat from the hectic life in Edinburgh. The apartment was equipped with everything you could possible need, with little personal touches to make this 'Home from home' We really enjoyed our stay there. Thank you
This is a lovely apartment in the perfect location. We were in Edinburgh in august for the festivals and the apartment's location, with easy access to all venues, made us really feel part of the festival season. The apartment was spotlessly clean and had all the amenities anyone would require.
Fringe Festival Visit
Just a quick note to say thanks for the stay at Dunbars Close. We really enjoyed our time in Edinburgh and the apartment was just right. It was very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Plus the location was great, especially at the end of long days out!
Fab Fringe accommodation
From the first contact with Mary, I sensed that Dunbars close was going to be a great place to be. Mary's communication skills really came accross, on the phone and in her emails...and that she cared about our experience in Edinburgh.
The apartment was found exactly as described and perfectly formed! Beautiful layout and decor and the views astounding. Attention to detail was excellent...so our stay was relaxing, comfortable and stress free. Everything was as it was stated on the box...and everything worked well. A great location that could have been noisy but double glazing was excellent. The location couldn't have been bettered...right in the heart of the city but it seemed so quiet! Lots of restaurants close by (not actually needed because cooking facilities superb in the flat) and a short walk to buses and trains. Only down side was no where to keep luggage on the day of departure which meant for us, a struggle with our large case to the station, where we gave up with the left luggage dept because the queue was huge, leaving us to spend the last hours taking it in turns to baby sit our luggage at the station. Now home, we remember what a comfortable, fabulous place Dunbars Close was and that we hope to return next year.
Response from Mary Macdonald - 08/22/2010
Thanks Julie for your super review! So glad you enjoyed your stay.
I'm so sorry it wasn't possible to store your cases on your last day - wherever possible I am flexible with storeage in the flat but on this occasion the next guests were arriving before your train departure time. Will be great to welcome you back again next year!
A most comfortable base from which to explore Edinburgh
The amazing views over the city from the apartment's windows are just the icing on the cake. It is so well appointed and offers every facility for a great stay. The decor is quite exceptional and the holiday maker wants for nothing.
Above and beyond expectations
Everything about this apartment was great- from the booking right through to checkout. The apartment is in a great location for exploring Edinburgh and the open top bus tours pass the door. The apartment is beautifully decorated and every little detail has been taken care of. Mary has provided so many extras that you would never expect in any self-catering property; books, Dvds, board games, wine, shortbread, tea, coffee, large umbrellas (which were very handy), loo roll, shower gel, towels, bedlinen. There's an ipod docking station, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher- all the comforts of home!
The only thing to be mindful of when booking this property would be the stair climb to the 3rd floor- would not be suitable for eldery or very young children/buggies. Otherwise faultless.
Fabulous appartment in the heart of the city
This is a stylish and comfortable appartment ideally placed on the Royal Mile for anyone wishing to explore this most interesting and beautiful city. There are all the comforts you would wish in a city appartment and the decor and fittings have been chosen to add a touch of style and complement the setting. However, one of the best things about this appartment is actually what is outside the windows, as it boasts the most stunning views both down Canongate and out to Calton Hill. You would be hard-pressed to beat this combination of detail and comfort inside and excellent setting and views outside.
Charming, well located flat with beautiful views
We have stayed in Edinburgh before and found Mary's flat much nicer than our previous accommodations. It's on the quiet end of the Royal Mile: close to shopping, tourist sites etc, but also on the edge of a beautiful park for evening walks. The flat is perfectly clean, airy, charming, and comfortable, and Mary has thought of everything a visitor might need. We hope to return soon!
Boston , MA
Home away fron home
My family and I have stayed at Dumbars Close two times , both visits where for 1 week stays. Dunbars Close has a great location ,right on the Royal Mile. The apartment is spacious and spotless. Fluffy towels, cute placemats ,comfy couch ,all add to the feeling that you are not just a visitor but really living in this wonderful city.I tell my family that someday I am going to own Dumbars Close! The views from the apartment are wonderful. There is a garden to stroll through right at the entrance to the apartment, numerous places to pick up a bite or purchase items to make a meal in the apartment. It is quiet and just an extremely pleasant accomidation. The best part is the owner , Mary, she has gone above and beyond to make my family and myself feel welcome. She has been a resource of everything Scotland! I consider her a friend :)
The best in Britain ?
We(2A & 2C)stayed for 4 nights at Dunbars Close in January 2010 at the end of a 3 week trip around the UK, staying mainly in self catering flat/apartments, and travelling by train and on foot.
Dunbars Close has to be one of (if not)the best self catering flat/apartment we have ever found. Why?
1. Everything is as described.
2. Everthing works
3. Little extras like the internet
4. The wonderful style and charm of the flat.
Located toward the bottom of the Royal Mile, this location is perfect for foot exploration of Edinburgh. We only reverted to a bus for a night at the Kings theatre, although if the weather was fine, it would have been an excellent walk. Supermarkets, cornershops and cafe's abound in a very short walk.
The flat has everything you need from the internet to the laundry dryer. As bathrooms go, the bath is one of the few I can fit in and feel relaxed (at 181cm tall that is something special). The furnishings are like new and extremely clean and fresh, and the style of the flat with its art work and overall decor is wonderful.
If you are heading to Edinburgh and want to feel part of the city, but also feel at home - try to book here.
An Oasis in the heart of the Old Town
Dunbars Close is a fantastic apartment which is truly a home away from home. Every detail has been catered for your stay, by your friendly owner Mary McDonald including: a fully equiped kitchen; big comfy sofas; a sumptuous bathroom; large bedrooms; LCD TV with freeview and even an iPod docking station.
No expense has been spared on this apartment with the sort of furnishings that you would actually "want" in your own home, rather than the usual Ikea cast offs in some of the Edinburgh accommodation often seen elsewhere.
The location is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the Edinburgh's Old Town, but just far enough away from the masses at the same time to make you feel like a 'local' for your stay- lots of coffee shops and traditional great pubs nearby as well.
You're also only 2 mins walk from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building and the wonderful Holyrood park itself. There are great views of Carlton Hill from the living room- perfect for an early evening glass of wine, before your night out on Royal Mile...or in the case of here, a lovely night in as well!!
A very nice flat right in the center
The flat is very well decorated and located. Very practicle to visit Edimburgh and spend a few days there. Ideal for a family of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children), but perhaps not for older people, as there are 3 stairs to climb up (quite high).
Very nice wellcome.
Mary's attention to detail is immediately apparent as soon as you walk through the door. The whole flat was immaculate and there were lovely small touches throughout. The view from the flat was truly breathtaking, and it was then that I realised that I was staying somewhere really special. It is a very comfortable flat, with Edinburgh right on your doorstep. The gardens are beautiful and it's wonderful to have them there to wander through at your leisure. I would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Dunbars Close, it truly was a special experience staying there. Thank you Mary!
One of best holiday lets we've had....
This was one of the nicest holiday lets we've stayed in - anywhere. It had everything we needed plus extras. The apartment has been fitted throughout with high-end quality furniture and amenities. Being on the third floor, it gave us fantastic views on two sides - one being up the Royal Mile and one up to Calton Hill and the historic monuments that look down over Edinburgh. Plenty of reasons to just stay in sometimes and relax.
We arrived on the first day of the Edinburgh Festival after a long train journey. It was lovely to get there and be able to have a cup of tea (or glass of wine...) as these 'essentials' had been provided and were there waiting for us on our arrival along with a warm welcome from Mary, the owner, and plenty of local and up-to-date information about what was going on in and around the city at that busiest of times. Being so centrally-situated, it's also a short walk to many of the places that Edinburgh has to offer. We can strongly recommend it as a place to stay at any time.
Rob and Judy
We loved stepping out of the apartment and finding ourselves rig
Mary was highly organised and professional, as well as being incredibly helpful and flexible with our arrangements - above and beyond expectations - both at the time of our arrival and previously when we were making our booking.
The apartment is tastefully furnished, clean, light, modern, spacious and equipped with far more than the basic necessities for cooking and comfort and pleasure. It was warm and a delight to come home to after a day out. We loved it!
It is hard (impossible?) to imagine a better location in Edinburgh's Old Town - the apartment windows look down onto the Royal Mile, out to the Canongate Tolbooth's clock and turrets and beyond to the Close's gardens and Calton Hill. It is a very short walk to Holyroodhouse and the new, unusual, Scottish Parliament, and a charming wander up hill to Edinburgh Castle.
We loved the attention to detail in the apartment and the thoughtfulness of the extras provided, especially the WIFI internet access and the detailed information about the apartment and the surrounding area. It made our first few days in Scotland a wonderful welcome and helped us fall in love with Edinburgh.
It is hard to identify anything that we liked least; the only thing that might be difficult for some people would be the stairs - but without the height you wouldn't have the views! We loved stepping out of the apartment and finding ourselves right on the Royal Mile!
We felt on top of the world!
I was a bit dubious about city breaks having a three year old accompanying me but staying at
Dunbars Close was an amazing experience for both of us- one that makes Edinburgh really
come alive. The host Mary Macdonald could not have been more welcoming. The apartment is
delightful, with fantastic views and good for staying in and relaxing or popping in and out
due to its excellent proximity to all that Edinburgh has to offer. Right on the door step are at
least three or four attractions and nothing else is much further than a few minutes walk away.
There is a beautiful secluded, almost private garden leading off from the property excellent for
a stroll or a sit in the sun. The apartment itself more than met our expectations, immaculate,
modern, great shower, quiet and well equipped and besides the lovely feeling of light and the
tasteful contemporary design, the art work in the apartment caught my eye. We were also
fortunate to include a to visit to the cafe, 'Always Sunday' also managed by Mary Macdonald -
a similarly recommended experience. I am sure the apartment would be equally fabulous in
the middle of winter and we certainly plan on returning.
Jac & Margaret
Isle of North Uist
Perfect place to stay
Dunbars Close is the perfect place to stay. The appartment is very comfortable, modern with an 'arty' touch and surprisingly quiet for a city centre venue.
The views are exeptional and it was a shame we had to leave so soon.
We will defenately return to Mary's very special place!