4 Historic HomeAway & Vrbo Holiday Homes In Edinburgh, Scotland - Updated 2024

4 Historic HomeAway & Vrbo Holiday Homes In Edinburgh, Scotland  - Updated 2024
| 5 min read

Ever wondered how cool it would be if it was still possible to live in the historic times? A time when castles and knights in shining armour still existed, a place filled with elegant gardens and neoclassical buildings. We all know is it simply impossible to rewind time, despite having so much to learn from history. From that vinyl player you have been using to that pearl necklace handed down from your grandma, history is immensely rich and ever-present. Still, don’t get too disappointed, for we present to you a solution that will give you a taste of what you have missed.

Take a trip to Edinburgh, and be awed by the dramatic sights of intricate architecture so delicate that it’s hard to not fall in love. From each winding path to each dusty cobblestone, there are always stories to tell and things to reminisce about. Edinburgh offers history at its finest. So, what are you waiting for? History awaits! Grab your bags and get ready to experience fascinating history in Edinburgh with these 5 historic HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals accommodations:

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 09, 2024.

1. So Sophisticated: Beautiful Old Merchant’s House (from USD 290)

Situated right in the heart of this wonderful historic city, this fabulous two-bedroom property is located on a beautiful leafy square in the elegant Georgian New Town. The apartment is typical in design for its era, dating back to the 1820s, and built with the grandeur that represents its prime. The main sitting room is sizeable, with a beautiful gas fireplace and ornate cornice work. This might be the first and last time you get to sit on an antique gilt chair upholstered in in a bold print motif. Only original pieces of art are hung around this lush property. The interior style is sophisticated, contemporary and calming, a lovely blend of old and new. This Barcelona chair in white leather sure does fit the look. This fully equipped kitchen is not only a cook’s dream place to be, but is also a sociable spot to sit around the large granite kitchen table while you eat or watch the cook do their magic! Get some fresh air! Open up the French windows from the kitchen to arrive at a back patio. Both bedrooms are quietly located. Sink into the cosy European king-sized leather bed with calming taupe and and pale mocca colours covering the walls. The main bathroom is luxurious and elegant, with chocolate leather effect tiling and an immaculate bathtub for a refreshing soak.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1.42 km (0.9 mi) from Edinburgh Castle
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the lounge is a good size with 2 beautiful bedrooms and a fab kitchen with everything you need
we had a wonderful three night stay at this beautiful apartment in edinburgh
lovely clean and had everything that we needed plus a few extras too
robin has refurbish this to a lovely standard and it is spotlessly clean
robin is a great host
his recommendations for restaurants and other facilities were helpful
helpful kind and made us feel welcome
robin excellent host and recommended great tour guide michael mckinley from capital tours
we would definitely go back robin was very helpful and informative
we really enjoyed the property and the location was very convenient to everything
this apartment is ideally located within an easy walk to many wonderful restaurants and pubs
perfect location easy to find and no steps which is a bonus
we loved staying in an area across from a park and quiet
loved the location and enjoyed all the amenities
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2. Pretty & Prestigious: Beautiful Georgian Property (from 217 USD)

Situated on Eglinton Crescent, this crescent has been given World Heritage status due to its beauty and architectural significance. This spacious lounge has deep ornate cornices framing the high ceilings, a flat-screen TV with surround sound, and an antique mantelpiece that houses an open fire. The main highlight would have to be the fabulous bay window, which will take you outdoors with just a glance. Eat in style with this glass-topped table fit for eight. The master bedroom consists of a mahogany bed and full length gilt-edged mirror, the perfect room for rest and relaxation. Climb up the removable ladder to reach probably the most conducive study spot ever. This third bedroom is not lacking in any way either; the comfy memory foam mattress will bring you the ultimate soundless slumber. The third bedroom is the best fit for foodies too. Climb up this exquisite spiral staircase and … Ta-dah! Find yourself in the kitchen and say goodbye to your growling stomach that complains in the middle of the night. Your cravings will be satisfied here for sure.

Beautiful Georgian property in the prestigious West End, with garden & real fire

Area: Haymarket, Edinburgh

Price: from 217 USD

Number of Guests: 6

Access: 5 minutes from Haymarket train station

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3. Breathtaking Views: 15th-Century Townhouse (from 207 USD)

With its breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh, this historic townhouse has been painstakingly restored to a high modern standard whilst still maintaining the rustic feel of a castle. The tower is accessed from an outer wooden staircase, which leads directly to the Great Hall, or living room. This winding staircase is left just the way it was in the past to make you feel as though you have taken a journey back in time. Enter the Great Hall, the wall hangings and oak furniture giving it a grand lavish feel. The log fire and underfloor heating sure do create an inviting atmosphere in this spectacular room. Descend another flight of stairs to arrive at a fully equipped kitchen and dining area with a vaulted ceiling and an original iron grill. The master bedroom has a four poster bed fit for two. Snuggle up and get your beauty sleep. The twin bedroom is just as atmospheric and enticing, but with an added special feature. Ascend the ladder to touch the vaulted ceilings and peer out of the highest window, but be careful not to lose your footing! The stone parapet with splendid views of Edinburgh awaits you!

Do note that this property is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties, and it is not wheelchair accessible.

15th-century Tower House, 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre.

Area: Liberton, Edinburgh

Price: from 207 USD

Number of Guests: 4

Access: 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) from the city centre

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4. Rich in History: 5-Star Historic Rental (from 188 USD)

This lovely 5-star two-bedroom property is an A-listed, 17th-century Scottish townhouse built in 1638. It has a distinguished history and a wonderful literary connection with Robert Louis Stevenson (it was his mother’s family home). Pilrig House is uniquely located in a tranquil park, yet it is only a short stroll or 5 minutes by bus to Edinburgh centre and the many tourist attractions. Be enchanted and relive many scenes in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novels; he mentions Pilrig House in lots of his stories and letters. Guests can enjoy sitting in the private garden, which offers secluded seating areas and is teeming with birds and squirrels. It is a lovely outdoor experience. Climb the stairs to step back into historic times and have a comfortable stay. With the oak flooring and a generous living space, this house is definitely furnished to the best standard. There are three windows that showcase glorious views of the garden. Grab those binoculars and be enchanted by wildlife! The warm and comforting master bedroom has a super king-sized bed if you would like to spread out and sleep like a starfish.

5-Star Historic Rental - Once home of Robert Louis Stevenson's family

Area: Leith, Edinburgh

Price: from 188 USD

Number of Guests: 4

Access: 5 minutes by bus to Edinburgh’s city centre

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A blast from the past!

Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends the old and new, giving you the tastes, feelings, and sounds of a vibrant and diverse city. We hope these 5 alluring and magical HomeAway vacation rentals gave you a good blast from the past!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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