Self-catering rental accommodation
in one of the oldest houses in the centre of Edinburgh
Free wireless broadband internet access
Visit Scotland ****. Sleeping 6 to 10.
87a West Bow
One of the oldest residences in Edinburgh this facinating house, available for self-catering rental sleeping up to 10, is just below Edinburgh Castle in one of the oldest streets in the city. West Bow was once a principal entrance to Edinburgh, a crowded bustling cobbled thoroughfare up which Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell and James VI would have rode on horseback.
The house itself was built in 1605 and still retains its stone vaulted ceilings and old stone fireplaces. You can enter from the bottom on West Bow on Victoria Street where there are good restaurants and shops including Mellis, the best cheese shop in Scotland, and there is a second entrance right at the top onto Victoria Terrace next to Maxie's excellent Bistro restaurant. Around the corner from West Bow is the Grassmarket, an open square with plenty more pubs and restaurants. There's a thriving nightlife in the streets round about but guests remark they have a good night's sleep.
You enter via a secure communal stair with entryphone and then the house is on two levels, the first apartment having the main accommodation. Then, upstairs there is a further self-contained apartment with its own kitchen, bedroom and sitting room.
Carefully restored and modernised with fine craftsmenship throughout, the house is full of antique furniture and interesting historical objects. This is a wonderful place to stay, and one of the most central you will find in Edinburgh. Sleeping 6 to 10.
Downstairs main apartment accommodation:
Above left and right; The incredibly romantic main bedroom has a big four poster bed under stone vaulted ceilings, and widows onto Victoria Street. TV/VCR.
Below left; The vaulted bathroom has a free-standing bath tub, walk-in shower with overhead and body jets, large basin, heated towel rail and wc. This bathroom is en suite with the vaulted dressing room (single bed) and the main bedroom.
Below right; Twin bedroom and 17th century fireplace and wide-board elm-lined walls. This bedroom has its own private shower-room a few steps away with basin, heated towel rail and wc.
Below left and right; The Drawing Room overlooks Victoria Street. It has two original 17th century stone fireplaces, one with a gas fired stove. Widescreen TV with digital channels. VCR and DVD player. Sofas, desk , telephone/fax/voicemail. Two sofas, converts into a very comfortable double bed. This Drawing Room is reputed to be one of the oldest in Edinburgh still in use in it's original condition.
Kitchen and dining:
Utility room with table for four in the room between the Kitchen and Dining Room. Washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, television
17th century vaulted Dining Room with oak table and seating for eight. Fine old American quilts hanging on the stone walls.
Kitchen. Electric hob/oven, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, radio/CD player, sink with waste disposal. The window looks out from the back of the house.
Upstairs apartment accommodation:
In the photograph you can see the door at the top which leads out Victoria Terrace. 20 feet from the door you can dine at one of the outside tables of Maxie's Bistro restaurant. Victoria Terrace is a pedestrian walkway with a long balcony directly above the shops on Victoria Street.
The carpeted stone stairs are private and connect the upper and lower appartments
Below left and right;
The Twin Bedroom looks out onto the quiet courtyard at the back of the house. Dressing room off, and door leading directly to the Bathroom Antique cast iron bath, overhead power shower, basin and heated towel rail. Adjoining wc with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Dining room and Sitting Room (or further bedroom):
Below left and right;
Dining Room and Sitting Room/bedroom. Two sofas - one converts to a double sofa bed. 17th century stone fireplace, widescreen TV with digital channels. VCR, DVD home cinema with surround sound and a selection of entertainment. Desk, telephone/fax/voicemail.
There's also a kitchenette with electric hob/oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, radio/CD player, sink with waste disposal.
Please email for Short Break prices outwith peak season.
Towels, bed-linen, heating, electricity, gas and starter food pack are included in the rental.
The telephone is open line with credit card authority and there is free wireless broadband internet access.
No pets are allowed and the property is non-smoking.
Prices, booking and availability are online at Charles and Lorrain's website Trust House
One of the original fireplaces dating from 1605.
To enquire or to book:
Please visit the Stewart's website
Lorraine and Charles Stewart
Melrose, TD6 0RP
Tel: 018358 23248
(or Tel: 44 1835 823248
Tel: 44 1835 823084 from outside the UK)
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