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The Castle Snug

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A historic, unique apartment in the centre of Edinburgh offering cosy accommodation

City of Edinburgh, Scotland

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A truly unique property. Situated in the heart of the old town of Edinburgh only 200 metres from the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is a historic apartment "The Castle Snug". Once the home of the writer James Boswell, it was in this very property that he played host to Dr Samuel Johnson in the weeks leading up to the departure upon their famous "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland" back in 1773. Whilst staying at the Castle Snug guests will be perfectly placed to experience everything that Edinburgh has to offer.

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Only a few paces off the Royal Mile the apartment is located down a traditional "close" within the 400-year-old James' Court. The accommodation which is located on the ground level is accessed via it's own private entrance and consists of open plan living/sleeping area with a luxurious Queen size bed which pulls out of the stunning library style bookcase, a second Queen size bed is situated on the mezzanine level and features a wonderful wrought iron balustrade, stained glass window and hanging tapestry. The main living area features original exposed stone walls and cedar ceiling and is sumptuously furnished with oxblood leather chesterfield seating and footstools alongside a Jotul cast iron stove, there is a small dining area seating four, overlooking the courtyard.

Should you choose to dine "at home", the kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob extractor hood, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/ dryer, microwave, waste disposal, toaster, kettle and a good range of pots, pans, crockery, cutlery etc. Additional facilities include cable TV, DVD, CD/Radio, high-speed broadband Internet connection, iron, ironing table, hair dryer and a travel cot is available on request.

The fully tiled bathroom consists of a 3 piece suite (full-size bath) with tiled floor, chrome towel shelf, mirrored cabinet, stained glass roof panel and a Mira Sport 10.8 kW instant shower.

Transport links:

Edinburgh Airport - 8 miles. (Airport shuttle bus service (25minute service) is a short walk away from Waverley Bridge. (subject to luggage).

Waverley train station - (walking distance subject to luggage).

St Andrews Square bus station - (walking distance subject to luggage).

Metered parking is available in nearby Johnston Terrace.

NCP car park is available in nearby Castle Terrace.

Suitable for: Honeymoons, Romantic breaks, family holidays (consideration should be given to small children due to the mezzanine level), Corporate accommodation, Perfect sightseeing location!

No Pets.

Priced from £100-£200 a night with a minimum stay of 2 nights. Reductions for weekly stays.

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Room Types:

  • Family Rooms (2 Adults / 2 Kids)
  • Double Ensuite
  • Quad


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Edinburgh


  • Family friendly
quirky features
charming open plan interior
in the centre of Edinburgh old town
the living area

by Charlotte Ainslie
on April 13, 2018
We loved our stay at the Castle Snug. Its location is fantastic, a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle and therefore also from many of the city's other top attractions. The appartment itself is cosy and unique - the bookshelf turns into a double bed! The kitchen is well stocked with self catering utensils and the information provided to us before our stay was hugely informative and helpful. Overall we had a wonderful stay.
The perfect hideaway
by Joanna Warwick
on August 19, 2017
The most magical hideaway in the midst of everything. This apartment has everything you need in a cosy retreat. The owners are really helpful and seem to have thought of everything. A romantic getaway or funky break with friends its a must and for us was spot on during the fringe tucked away down a historic alleyway.