The sunny south-facing apartment spreads over the first floor of a listed townhouse on William Street, once the cobbled artisan quarter, now a colourful oasis of bijou boutiques, cool cafés and well-loved pubs. Rosy red geraniums flashing from the window boxes signal you’ve arrived, and the stone staircase up makes for a characterful entrance (but tricky if you’re less mobile.) You’ll find a welcome bottle of bubbles in the kitchen to celebrate: you’re in Scotland’s handsomest city! The sitting room is light and airy, with original Georgian shutters, panelling and cornices set-off beautifully against the neutral background. Absorb the surprising peace as you sink into the sofa or watch Edinburgh life unfolding under the dual aspect window. Both the double and twin bedrooms have crisp cotton sheets, and super-snug down pillows and duvets. The pristine bath and rainshower are a treat for tired feet after long days exploring. It’s easy to get to the Festival and Fringe venues, great eateries are literally just downstairs, and it’s only three minutes’ walk to Prince’s street with galleries and museums galore.