Opposite the National Museum and next to the court building and bars of Chamber Street, this smartly contemporary apartment is a super retreat from the bustle of town. A lift whisks you to the door, from where birch floors spread to interlinked rooms. The hall has an armchair for weary shoppers, and bits of lovely furniture from Peter’s family. Up here on the second floor you’re away from road noise and big windows bring in the light. The living, kitchen and dining space is minimal yet comfortable with a mix of modern furniture and antiques. You have a great bedroom with bold wallpaper and books to dip in to, and a seriously swanky bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and star-like lighting. Subtle tartan throws on the sofas, local art and a welcoming whisky remind you of where you are, while Peter’s friendly greeting makes you feel at home. You won’t be short of things to do, within a ten-minute walk are great restaurants, pubs for folk music lovers and a farmer’s market for foodies; in festival time there are performances on your doorstep. Tuck into your welcome breakfast, then set out to discover Scotland’s handsomest city.