Near the foot of the Royal Mile, the historic thoroughfare which links Edinburgh Castle at the top with the Royal palace of Holyrood at the bottom, lies the gardens of Dunbars Close. Twenty paces from the street with its bustling groups of tourists walking by, lies a tranquil and little-known public space, which has been reconstructed in the style of a 17th century formal garden.
The Secret Garden Apartment is small, recently refurbished holiday flat available for short-term let (2-31 days). Set in a typical 19th Century stone tenement, this stylish and comfortable apartment is on the 3rd floor with the windows of the sitting room looking out onto the Royal Mile. There are views from the quiet back bedroom over Dunbar’s Close Gardens and the adjacent Canongate Kirk yard (the Queens church when she is in residence just down the road at Holyrood Palace) and on to Calton Hill with its iconic Edinburgh monuments.
For visitors on a city break, all the museums, galleries, monuments and shops of Edinburgh’s historic old town are within walking distance. There plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants including a Starbucks just across the road. For those who also enjoy the outdoors, the 650 acre Holyrood Park which encloses the 823 foot high granite outcrop of Arthurs Seat, lies less than 10 minutes walk away.
The apartment is ideally located for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Winter Festivals and is only a short distance from the main train and bus stations. See the Edinburgh Map on the Location page for more detailed information.