Close to the trendy Shore area, and only a 20-minute stroll from Princes Street, this craggily handsome house feels as if it’s in the country. The tree-lined garden opens onto lush parkland, and the Water of Leith runs by. The perfect proportions of the 17th-century townhouse, once home to the Balfour family, exudes a sense of timelessness. Lovely owners, Philip and Debbie, have created a smart, modern but cottagey feel in their Garden Apartment. The sunny blue sitting-room has a Persian rug on oak floors and flame-effect fire; the bedroom and pin-neat bathroom feel cosy and cossetting – bathrobes and slippers, organic Scottish soaps and lotions, tip-top linen. Both airy rooms have those peaceful garden and park views. The pretty, low-ceilinged kitchen has a Belfast sink and wood worktops – everything gleams and it’s fabulously equipped too. You want for nothing (WiFi, binoculars, books, large DVD library, maps, welcoming whisky, fruit, flowers… as well as membership of the Scotch Malt Whisky premises during your stay). Owners are on hand to help, and there’s the boon of a free car parking space.