Pilrig House - Balfour Apartment

Self Catering

30/4 Pilrig House Close, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH6 5RF

    Award-winning historic house apartment (sleeps 4). Unique parkland location - yet only a short stroll to the centre of Edinburgh or trendy 'Shore' area of Leith. FREE pparking in private car park. Free Wi-Fi & all-inclusive welcome treats.

    Our lovely 4-star, 2-bedroom 'Balfour Apartment' (sleeps 4 max) is within Pilrig House - an A-listed, 17th-century Scottish townhouse (built in 1638), which has a distinguished history and a wonderful literary connection with Robert Louis Stevenson - it was his mother's family's home. RLS, as a child, visited and played in the gardens here - he mentions Pilrig House in many of his novels and letters, eg Kidnapped and Catriona.

    We offer all solo travellers a 10% discount on our nightly rates! We also offer discounts on nightly rates for longer stays.
    2 weeks - 15%
    3 weeks - 20%
    4 weeks or more - 25%
    We are flexible and may offer a greater discount in low season - Do ask!

    Please see owner's website for up-to-date calendar availability. (Click on 'Availability'.)

    An Enviable Location
    Pilrig House is uniquely located in a tranquil park, yet it is only a short stroll or 5 minutes by bus to Edinburgh's city centre and all the main attractions. Guests can enjoy the private gardens, including a lovely Regency garden, which offers secluded seating areas and is teeming with wildlife - a wonderfully peaceful retreat, away from traffic noise.

    The Apartment
    Occupying a commanding second-floor position in Pilrig House, the Balfour Apartment offers impressive views of the entire park and front gardens from dual-aspect windows in the spacious living-room. The interior is extremely comfortable & beautifully furnished: wonderfully spacious living-room with designated dining area, two delightful window seats with views of the park; two bedrooms - both doubles (1 with double bed and the other super king-sized bed that can be separated to twins); a fully-equipped kitchen; and, a luxurious, fully tiled bathroom with spacious walk-in shower cabinet, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    FREE Parking
    Rare for Edinburgh city centre rentals, we offer the bonus of a FREE allocated parking space in a safe private car park to the rear of the house.

    Included in the Price
    FREE Unlimited High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi internet access (and, for a tiny daily price, we can offer you a laptop should you want to leave yours at home), fine bedlinen, luxury mattress toppers on beds, Egyptian cotton towels, all utilities - heating & electricity (no hidden costs). And, on arrival, refreshment tray, fresh flowers, crystal decanter of whisky, Scottish fudge and fruit bowl; luxury Scottish toiletries; fluffy towelling robes/slippers, full Welcome, Places to Visit, Restaurant and Edinburgh Tour Packs, up-to-date Tourist information file, telephone (FREE local & national calls & telephone message answering service), Pilrig House postcards, bookmarks & stationery; a wide selection of novels, Edinburgh guidebooks/ maps/DVDs, AA-Touring Atlas, board games, binoculars, CDs/DVDs, and many other thoughtful extras.

    FREE PARKING IN PRIVATE CAR PARK, Broadband Wi-Fi access, iPhone/iPad Docking Station, flat-screen TV, Digital TV, CD-Player/i-PodPlayer/Charger, DVD-Player, Digital Radio, Clothes Washer/Dryer, Ironing facilities, Fridge, Freezer, Dishwasher, Blender, Microwave, Oven, Hob, Coffee-Maker, Hairdryers, Real Flame-Effect Fire, Adjustable Heating & Overhead Dimmer Lighting in all rooms.

    Open all year. The apartment is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke outside, and, sorry, no pets. Children aged 7 and over are welcome. Please see our website for minimum stays each month, rates, availability, and booking form.


    For bookings of 7 nights or less, we ask for payment on booking. For bookings exceeding 7 nights, we ask for 50% payment on booking, and 50% is due 8 weeks before your stay. We send an online payment request by credit or debit card.

    Cancellation Policy
    We ask all guests to send in  Booking Form via our website, after reading our conditions of rental.

    4 Self Catering
    Regional Winner
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Pilrig House-Balfour Apartment
    £1035.00 per unit per week

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • City Breaks
    • Holiday Rentals
    • Seasonal Breaks
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Dishwasher
    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property Fully adjustable to suit your needs)
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Linen Provided
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower Spacious curved shower cabinet)
    • Telephone Free local and national calls, and telephone answer service
    • Towels Provided Fresh towels provided on request throughout your stay
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player Extensive DVD library
    • Garden
    • Hi-Fi
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • Television
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Cycle Hire Nearby Cycle hire shop a 4-min walk away from Pilrig House
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Internet Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • City Centre In unique parkland location, offering peace and tranquillity, away from traffic noise!
    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Families Children over the age of 7 welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People Children over the age of 7 welcome

    Road Directions

    Please enquire for full directions! We are located just under 1 mile from Edinburgh's Princes Street.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- It is just under one mile from the Tourist Information Centre on Princes Street to Pilrig House - you can walk in around 20 minutes or take a bus from the top of Leith Street (just around the corner from Princes Street) to just outside the Park. Please enquire for directions - it is a very straightforward route.

    Getting there by railway:- Disembark at Edinburgh's Waverley Station. Then, take a taxi to Pilrig House - it will cost in the region of £5-£6.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- You arrive at Edinburgh International Airport - from here it is around 12 miles to Pilrig House. You can either come direct by taxi from the airport (will cost around £22), or take the airport shuttle bus into Edinburgh city centre and then take a taxi to Pilrig House. Please enquire directly for full details.

    Getting there by ferry:- Nearest ferry ports - Stranraer or Troon.


    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • level entry shower

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours

    Building Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 8


    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • with steps and no ramp
    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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