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Comley bank

Historical insights behind a modern façade: amidst Georgian townhouses, right between Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Botanic Garden, an open, bright retreat hides behind corten steel and expansive glass.
Those who visit Edinburgh walk between medieval flair, neoclassical sandstone, colourful rows of shops and an extinct volcano. The award-winning Comley Bank holiday residence in the Stockbridge district finds its own aesthetic narrative in this spectacular as well as legendary setting.

Built in 1817, the commercial unit in the lower part of a traditional residential house was used as a bakery for a long time until it was transformed into a two-storey, contemporary-style apartment. The exposed brickwork in the living room, which tells of the house’s past, served as a blueprint and, due to its different minerals, determined not only the choice of colours but also the choice of materials.

In front of the house, a Corten steel and glass façade welcomes the guests. Inside, a double-height room opens up, with a mezzanine level added in the living room. To visually enlarge the entire living space and fill it with light, the front from the ground floor to the first floor was fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows. Next to the kitchen, whose long worktop doubles as a dining table, and the living room and fireplace, is a double bedroom and an L-shaped shower bathroom. Upstairs there is the master bedroom with an ensuite shower room, a further double bedroom as well as a study area.
The exposed sandstone wall inside has only been cleaned. Combined with oak floorboards and the black steel staircase, it unfolds all its charm along with a loft attitude. When the sun hits the orange-pink wall in the late afternoon, the living room is bathed in a warm, rather unique light. A stunning hideaway in the midst of a magnificent city.

What to do

The town is on the doorstep, the sea is only a 30-minute walk away, and there is a small garden for shared use just behind the house, which is particularly inviting for sociable evenings in the summer. Highlights: A walk along the Royal Mile with St Giles' Cathedral and Mary Kings's Close up to Edinburgh Castle with a detour to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, across Princess Street to the viewpoint of Calton Hill, Holyrood Palace and a walk through the varied Holyrood Park with Edinburgh's local mountain Arthur's Seat (best in the evening atmosphere), Greyfriars Kirk, National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket with its many restaurants and pubs, Stockbridge Food Market, Royal Botanic Garden, a visit to the Fringe Festival (in August) and many other festivals, a trip to Dean Village, cycling and golfing around the city and of course whisky tasting.

Why we like this house

Rough on the outside, cozy on the inside - a truly special hideaway for a city or business trip.

This house is great for

Couples, families, friends

Sustainability

E-charging station directly opposite, public transport: various bus lines are only a five-minute walk away.


Details

Region UK – United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Name Comley Bank
Scenery In the heart of the city, between Edinburg Castle and the Royal Botanic Garden
Number of guests Max. 6 in 3 double rooms
Completed 2022
Design Cabins in the City, Edinburgh; David Blaikie Architects, Edinburgh
Published Dezeen (2022); Architects Journal (2022); Scottish Homes and Interiors (09/2022)
Awards Scottish Design Awards/Interior Design Category (2022); Edinburgh Architectural Awards/Comendation Refurbishment Category (2022); shortlist Royal Institute of Architects Scotland Awards (2023)
Architecture Modern, Old & new
Accomodation Apartment
Criteria 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Metropolis, Sea, Urban, EV-charging station, No car needed

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