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Travel: Dunc and Dees Quirky Apartments in Central Edinburgh


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Back in May me and Alex enjoyed a quick mini-break to Edinburgh which was absolutely fabulous. We were so lucky because the weather was glorious and we spent most of our time sitting outside indulging and drinking cocktails in the sunshine or walking here, there and everywhere. I've never stayed in central Edinburgh before so was super excited to be able to explore a new city. 

So where did we stay?

VIBRANT APARTMENT BY EDINBURGH CASTLE

For the two nights that we were visiting Edinburgh, we stayed at Dunc and Dee’s vibrant apartment located close to Edinburgh castle. It is comfortably nestled within Edinburgh’s Old Town district, on Lady Lawson Street, and sits directly above a fine-dining restaurant (called Timberyard) that if you're foodie lovers like us you’ll no doubt be desperate to visit - we promise we'll be back to visit on our return! ;-) 

If your looking for a central base to stay in Edinburgh, then this apartment is perfectly placed, as its minutes from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens and the famous Grassmarket district.

When researching our weekend break to Edinburgh, it was cheaper (and certainly much quicker!) for us to fly from Gatwick-Edinburgh late on a Thursday evening, so we arrived at the apartment around 11pm, after a quick taxi ride (around 15-20 minutes) from the airport. 

Check-in was super easy and stressfree - if you’re concerned about arriving late, there’s no need to fret. All of Dunc and Dee’s apartments have a key-box on the outside, and Dee shared a passcode with us before we arrived, so its super ideal for those who look to check-in outside of normal hours. 

The apartment was vibrant and fresh throughout, with a unique style of new, vintage and up-cycled decor - the apartments are very boutique by nature.

Each individual room was very spacious, yet cosy and homely at the same time. Dunc and Dee really have thought about all the little details and essentials you would need during your stay; a well-stocked kitchen with complimentary breakfast cereals, milk, tea and coffee and in the bathroom, a full range of toiletries are provided, plus fluffy white towels for each guest. 

It was also lovely to see cute personalised touches throughout the apartment which included a chilled bottle of prosecco waiting for us in the fridge (now where else do you get this?), a bowl of jelly beans and some delicious homemade shortbread - which proved a welcome snack for the flight home :)

STYLISH OLD TOWN RETREAT BY THE GRASSMARKET

On our first morning waking up in Edinburgh, we had arranged to meet up with Dee to visit another one of their local apartments; the stylish old town retreat, which is in the nearby Grassmarket district. It was a quick five/ten-minute walk from our apartment on Lady Lawson Street, so would also be perfect if you're looking to travel as a group of friends to Edinburgh and would benefit from two apartments in close proximity of each other. 

 The old town retreat is the smaller apartment of the two with one-bedroom, however, is extremely spacious with a large double bedroom, separate bathroom, living area with dining space and kitchen - a brilliant base for two people. The second apartment was equally as glamorous with its quirky and individual character and style. 

A touch that we appreciated most was the local “food and drink guide” that clearly been given lots of thought and consideration from Dunc and Dee. Before embarking on a weekend away I would usually spend a good few days researching the best restaurants and cocktail hotspots to visit, however, I admit, on this occasion I was awful so the food and drink guide was very welcome indeed! Dee is a chef so the hosts really do know their stuff when it comes to recommending local foodie hotspots. 

The more I travel, the more I have developed a penchant for seeking out quirky and boutique accommodation; less and less am I drawn in by the standard hotel chains - sometimes its ideal for convenience, however, I find it so much more exciting locating a hidden gem, which offers much much more in terms of hospitality, individual style and personality and all the home comforts for a very competitive price! 

Its great when you've found an absolute gem that is SUPER reasonable in the price where you get triple the space of a standard hotel room - the apartments really are you're "home away from home".  We will definitely look to stay at Dunc and Dee’s apartments again on our next visit to Edinburgh :)

In my next blog post, I'll be sharing what we got up to, plus all of our new favourite foodie hotspots and cocktail hides in Edinburgh. 

Where's your favourite place to visit/stay in Edinburgh?

xo. 

For details on the individual apartments see below: 

Stylish Old Town Retreat by the Grassmarket:
one bedroom apartment priced from £90 per night 

Vibrant Apartment by the Castle:
two bedroom apartment priced from £120 per night

(*) Our stay at Dunc and Dees Edinburgh self-catering apartments was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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