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West Bow - The Edinburgh Wizarding Residence on Grassmarket

4.72(175)SuperhostEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Entire apartment hosted by Barry
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath

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Due to COVID-19 there are lockdowns in place across the UK and travel is not permitted other than in limited circumstances until at least April. Failure to follow the law is a criminal offence.
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Welcome to the Wizarding Residence, set on The West Bow which was J K Rowlings Inspiration for Diagon Alley and has had some real wizards live there too!

The apartment is right on The Grassmarket which is in the heart of Edinburghs Old Town and the City Centre.

You can walk to Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Princes Street and so much more in a matter of minutes.

There are local conveniences and supermarkets all within walking distance as well as bus links to the Airport and Train Sta

The space
Our apartment is truly one of a kind!

The apartment has been well thought out taking inspiration from the Harry Potter books which are based on parts of Edinburgh are were written around the corner in the Elephant House coffee shop.

The Wizard of West Bow once lived in this street in the 1600s, an infamous person in Edinburgh's history who led the town guard and was arrested after accusations of witchcraft!

The Largest room takes inspiration from the grand halls of Hogwarts, with walls covered in antique portrait wall paper, a grand stag chandelier and some luggage that could be from the Hogwarts Express! There is a full kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine and everything you need to make a proper meal

The bedroom takes inspiration from Hagrids Hut as well as the womping willow and forests around Hogwarts. The bed frame is a 4 poster bed made from tree branches with forest wall paper and modern amenities such as a smart TV.

The bathroom takes inspiration from Gringotts Bank, with a vault style door and a floor made of money! There is a large walk in shower, washbasin and WC.

The hallway has a secret cupboard hidden behind the long mirror for coat storage.

Covid 19 -Tier 4 Restrictions
All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only:

anyone who is using that accommodation for work purposes

anyone who requires accommodation to attend a funeral

anyone who is providing accommodation or support services to the homeless

anyone who uses that accommodation as their main residence

anyone who needs accommodation while moving home

anyone who is unable to return to their main residence

anyone who requires accommodation to attend a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration
anyone who requires accommodation to participate in or facilitate shared parenting arrangements
When providing accommodation to workers, this should only be open for essential workers who require accommodation as part of their role. Workers accommodation guidance.

Breaching the restrictions in the Regulations is a criminal offence, unless you have a “reasonable excuse” for doing so. This means that accommodation providers may offer accommodation to customers in other circumstances provided it is an essential purpose.

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The whole apartment.

Other things to note
COVID 19 - Cleaning

The head of our cleaning team has been working closely with the Association of Scotland's Self-caterers, who in turn have been informing the Scottish Government Policy on cleaning in self-catering units. We are positive that our renewed cleaning protocol goes and above and beyond the needs to eradicate chances of any cross-infection.

COVID 19 - Tier 4 -Guest restrictions

Mainland Scotland entered Tier 4 on 26th December 2020. We are severely limited in the type of guests we can accept. Please look at the list below. If you use Instant Book and your reservation type is not listed below, you will not be granted access to the property but we would reserve the right to refuse to refund you.

All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only:

anyone who is using that accommodation for work purposes

anyone who requires accommodation to attend a funeral

anyone who is providing accommodation or support services to the homeless

anyone who uses that accommodation as their main residence

anyone who needs accommodation while moving home

anyone who is unable to return to their main residence

anyone who requires accommodation to attend a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration
anyone who requires accommodation to participate in or facilitate shared parenting arrangements
When providing accommodation to workers, this should only be open for essential workers who require accommodation as part of their role.

Breaching the restrictions in the Regulations is a criminal offence, unless you have a “reasonable excuse” for doing so. This means that accommodation providers may offer accommodation to customers in other circumstances provided it is an essential purpose. An example of this would be where someone needs accommodation for an essential hospital visit.

If in doubt, please message us and we will let you know whether we can accept your booking request.
Welcome to the Wizarding Residence, set on The West Bow which was J K Rowlings Inspiration for Diagon Alley and has had some real wizards live there too!

The apartment is right on The Grassmarket which is in the heart of Edinburghs Old Town and the City Centre.

You can walk to Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Princes Street and so much more in a matter of minutes.

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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Cable TV
Dryer
Hair dryer
TV
Dedicated workspace
Iron
Washer
Hangers

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books just round the corner, and the apartment is on West Bow, which Diagon Alley was based on. The Grassmarket neighbourhood is also a very vibrant area, and it's close to Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile too.

Hosted by Barry

Joined in February 2016
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Barry is the director of Evergreen Property. Barry and his colleagues manage many properties across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Barry is also a Director of the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers. Evergreen Property prides itself on having maintained its Superhost status for so long. We treat every guest as an individual and try our utmost to ensure they have a fantastic time in Edinburgh.
Barry is the director of Evergreen Property. Barry and his colleagues manage many properties across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Barry is also a Director of the Association of Scotl…
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House rules
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
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