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  • 600 year old Edinburgh townhouse re-opens its doors

    Daniel Fountain
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    It was once home to wealthy city merchants in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries before falling into a state of disrepair in the 1800’s.

    But 200 years later, one of Edinburgh’s oldest townhouses has been given a new lease of life and re-opened its doors yesterday (Feb 24) offering luxury accommodation at £850 per night.The two bedroom property in Advocate’s Close, off the Royal Mile, pre-dates 1490 and is the latest contemporary offering from the Old Town Chambers serviced apartments, which was recently awarded a five-star rating from VisitScotland.

    Blending state-of the-art facilities with centuries old architectural features, such as solid stone walls, original fireplaces and painted wall panels and beams, contrasting against double smoked French oak wooden flooring and Italian tiling, alongside the latest home entertainment system and a 24 hour concierge service, makes it one of the most exclusive and historic places to stay in Scotland.

    The 12 month restoration project has been part of the £45 million redevelopment by the Chris Stewart Group to open up some of the Old Town’s hidden closes into a thriving leisure and business destination.

    The Old Town Chambers contains 31 apartments comprising of studio, one, two and three bedrooms, as well as a stunning penthouse and the 15th century townhouse. Unique features include original period wall paintings, exposed brick, through to bluetooth Bose sound systems, Smart TVs and a multi-zone heating system in every room. Entry is via a keypad for which every guest has a specific code. Prices range from £130 to £1200 per night.

    Daniel Fountain / 04.03.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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