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 sofas – one a single 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.