Situated at the top of the famous Royal Mile, 100 metres from the entrance to Edinburgh Castle is the newly-refurbished David Hume Residence. It is in a grade A listed building within the Edinburgh Old Town UNESCO world heritage site, and is named after the famous Scottish Philosopher who took up residence in the culturally significant Riddell’s Court in 1751. The building retains much of the architecture and character of that era and contrasts uniquely to the modern, stylistic interior of the apartment which serves as a superb base from which to enjoy the attractions that Edinburgh and Scotland has to offer all year round.
Accessed from the entrance to Riddell’s Court at 322 Lawnmarket, a stone spiral staircase takes you up to the second floor apartment.
Occupying space over two floors, the architecturally-designed apartment provides a comfortable living area with open plan access to a fully fitted kitchen with modern appliances and breakfasting area. A bathroom with a bath and shower attachment complete the lower floor accommodation. A sweeping staircase from the hall accesses both bedrooms which share a Jack and Jill en-suite shower room which is well presented to modern standards. This floor is also complemented by a large balcony off the back bedroom which overlooks the courtyard. It is also worth noting that the all windows to the front of the property have secondary glazing resulting in virtually no Royal Mile street noise.
As you walk out of the apartment and onto the bustling Royal Mile you will be met with a multitude of attractions - shops, bars, restaurants and, of course, places of historical interest and significance. From the apartment windows, during the Edinburgh Festival you will get a classic view of the Royal Military Tattoo bands as they make their way up to the Castle. The famous shopping areas of Princes Street and George Street are a five minute walk away as are the train and bus stations which provide easy access for trips to surrounding towns and cities. There is an excellent local bus service as well as frequent trams to and from the airport. Edinburgh is also an ideal base from which to head east to the famous Golf Coast, north to the unspoilt Highlands and Trossachs or west to Loch Lomond, Glasgow and the Western Isles.
Please note: This property operates a key safe, so you can let yourself into the property any time after 4pm. The key safe code will be issued before your arrival.
Entrance hall: with wooden staircase leading to upper floor.
Open plan living space: with wooden parquet flooring and 3 secondary glazed windows overlooking Royal Mile.
Living area: with electric log-effect fire, Freeview TV and CD player, sofa, chairs and fold-away dining table.
Kitchen area: with breakfast bar, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bathroom: Fully tiled, with bath and shower attachment, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.
Front bedroom: with 2 single beds (can be joined in a super kingsized bed on request), wooden floor, secondary glazing, en-suite shower room with shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail (Jack and Jill with back bedroom). Triple wardrobe with full size mirror.
Back bedroom: with zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request), wooden floor, double wardrobe with full size mirror, dressing table with hairdryer. Shared Jack and Jill en-suite shower room.
Balcony (via back bedroom): with wicker settee and chairs, folding external windows.
Due to the centrality of this apartment there is no parking directly outside the apartment. There is paid metered parking about 150 metres from the apartment. Alternatively there is public parking available at NCP Castle Terrace.
Earlier entry can perhaps be arranged but depends if there is a departure at your chosen apartment that day. This can be confirmed within 48 hours of arrival. If you are arriving earlier than 16:00 on your day of arrival, it is always worth contacting the property manager as they will always endeavour to give you access as soon as possible. You may be able to arrive early and leave luggage and come back however this is not guaranteed.
The latest departure time is 10:00, however, a guaranteed later departure (up to 20:00) can be arranged for a fee of 50% of the daily rate for that day but please note this is subject to no existing booking arriving that day already.
A £200 refundable damage/security deposit is due 7 days before arrival, and refunded after departure.
All properties are strictly non-smoking, and do not accept hen/stag/party groups. At least one guest must be over 25 years old.
Check in is from 4pm, and check out is before 10am.
If you require the sofa bed to be made up and have not booked for the maximum number of guest, there will be an additional charge.
Sleeping arrangements The apartment has 2 x superking zip-and-link beds which can be separated to create 4 x single beds. These will be prepared as 1 superking size bed and 2 singles unless requested otherwise.
There is also a double sofa bed in the living room for 2 x additional guests.
Exterior Traditional historic Edinburgh tenement dating back more than 250 years.
Parking notes Due to the centrality of this apartment there is no parking directly outside the apartment. There is paid metered parking about 150 metres from the apartment. Alternatively there is public parking available at NCP Castle Terrace.