Arriving simply days after the top of the Edinburgh Fringe, and with the brand new faculty time period effectively underway, you’d be excused for pondering that Scotland’s capital metropolis could be having fun with some downtime after a summer time of festivities.
Not in your nelly – or ought to that be nessie. Regardless of the season, Edinburgh is now a year-round vacation spot that’s good for a protracted weekend, or for much longer must you select to discover Scotland’s magnificence additional afield.
Whether or not it’s your first time in “Auld Reekie”, otherwise you’re a daily customer, I might all the time advocate a spot to remain that’s proper within the coronary heart of the motion so the most important hot-spots are walkable. And for that purpose you possibly can’t go fallacious with Cheval Previous City Chambers, which has a incredible location proper on the enduring Royal Mile within the historic Previous City.
Why keep right here
A part of the Cheval Assortment, which has three luxurious all-apartment residences in Edinburgh and 9 in London, the Cheval Previous City Chambers constructing is immediately reverse the medieval St Giles’ Cathedral.
Flip proper out of the primary reception on to the Royal Mile and also you’ll head in the direction of Edinburgh Fortress. Flip left and also you’ll go in the direction of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Additionally, on either side of the residence, the alleyways and (many) steps lead right down to the New City, Waverley Station and the Princes Road buying district. As areas go there isn’t significantly better in Edinburgh.
There are three buildings that make up the Cheval Previous City Chambers. The brand new extension on the Royal Mile, which opened in November 2021, options the reception and 24 residences – together with a spread of swish loft penthouses. The opposite 50 residences are within the buildings simply throughout the rear courtyard.
Like its sister property the Cheval Gloucester Park in west London, the Previous City Chambers has a really slick and up to date really feel. The reception has a cushty sitting/studying/ready space and there’s additionally a small retail spot that sells gentle drinks, gins, whiskies and a few luxurious magnificence merchandise.
Housed on the second flooring of one of many rear buildings, the luxurious one-bedroom open-plan condo I stayed in had every part I wanted to get pleasure from a soothing time after hours strolling the Royal Mile and close by streets.
The residing space featured a lounge, kitchen-diner and in addition had entry to a balcony with wonderful views over the New City, Princes Road Gardens, the Scott Monument and Waverley Station. Within the lounge there have been sofas and a big-screen TV whereas within the kitchen-diner there was a desk and chairs, desk, oven, hob, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, fridge and even a washer-dryer. An actual dwelling from dwelling.
It could be one of many busiest areas of town, however sleeping was actually not a problem right here. The mattress was as comfortable as anyplace I had skilled. The toilet was equally swish with a bath-shower and luxurious merchandise from ARRAN Sense of Scotland.
Consuming and ingesting
The condo has all of the utensils and kitchen devices wanted to cook dinner one thing up “at dwelling” must you select. On arrival company are additionally welcomed with a hamper of bottled nonetheless water, milk, tea, espresso and sugar. Having the fridge, the crockery and cutlery makes breakfast “in” a simple selection, so you need to undoubtedly contemplate frying up your personal full Scottish.
If consuming out is extra your factor then there’s a great deal of locations inside a couple of minutes’ stroll of the property. In actual fact you solely must stroll a few metres if you wish to pattern some tasty Scottish delicacies.
At Luckenbooths, an all-day bar and restaurant situated on the bottom flooring at Cheval Previous City Chambers, I went all-out Scottish and ordered the Campbell’s haggis and swede pie (£16), which was topped with olive oil mash and got here with buttered greens, carrots and a peppercorn and whisky sauce. That is the must-have merchandise right here.
For dessert I couldn’t resist the Cranachan s’mores brownie (£6) with toasted marshmallow, raspberry compote, toasted oats and vanilla crème fraîche. To scrub all of it down I selected the Innis & Gunn lager (£6 a pint) and a Glen Scotia 15-year-old whisky (£6) from the Campbeltown area. When in Rome…
Out and about
The Royal Mile location of Cheval Previous City Chambers can’t be talked about sufficient. There’s nothing higher than staying someplace inside a brief stroll of all the most important points of interest. With the fortress, historic walks, buying and cultural highlights so shut by, a keep right here offers you entry to every part wanted for the complete Edinburgh expertise – whether or not it’s a day, two or per week.
One spotlight was doing the gold tour on the Scotch Whisky Expertise up by the fortress. Not solely do you spend time studying about how Scotch is made, however you additionally get to pattern 4 scrumptious whiskies.
If you happen to determine to enterprise exterior of Edinburgh then trains to Glasgow take round an hour from Waverley Station. On the Royal Mile itself you’ll additionally discover loads of firms providing excursions to see Scotland’s hottest areas and points of interest.
Cheval Previous City Chambers, Royal Mile, 329 Excessive Road, Edinburgh EH1 1PN. Open-plan studio residences begin from £215 per evening; chevalcollection.com