16/1 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3NX 






A rarely available double upper apartment that spans the top two floors of a classical Georgian tenement overlooking a peaceful cobbled square and situated in the eastern fringes of the historic New Town.

  The spacious and light filled four-bedroom family home is packed with period character boasting a wealth of original architectural features including sash and case windows with working shutters, ornate cornice work, decorative fireplaces, oak flooring and Edinburgh Press. Contemporary touches and bespoke carpentry have been added by the current owners creating a versatile modern family home.

The property sits on the doorstep of Broughton Street with its excellent local amenities, restaurants, bars and independent stores and the recently opened St James Quarter, an upmarket retail and entertainment complex.  There are plenty of green open spaces nearby including Holyrood Park, Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Garden.

It is also just a short walk to all the attractions in Edinburgh’s city centre and lies within easy reach of the city’s major transport links.



Max Mills
Director of
Residential Sales


John Wybar
Assciate Director


Property Details & Description


Summary of Accommodation 

Second Floor

Entrance Vestibule, Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room. Home Office/Study, Kitchen-Breakfast Room, Two Hall Storage Cupboards, WC Room



Third Floor

Principal Bedroom with Bespoke Walk-in Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, Landing Laundry Cupboard, Three Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom


Communal & Outdoor Space

Entrance Hall, Stairwell, One Secure Internal Storage Room & Two Outside Cellars, Gayfield Square Gardens, Membership Access to Regent, Royal, Carlton Terraces Gardens, Residents Permit Parking and Pay & Display Meter Parking




16/1 Gayfield Square is an impressive top floor double upper property that forms part of a classical Georgian tenement situated on a peaceful and leafy square. The property combines the elegance of Georgian living and period features with contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The versatile accommodation is ideally suited for modern day family living and is as follows:


Second Floor:

  • Entrance Vestibule & Hall:  The front door of the property opens into an entrance vestibule that leads through a classical arch with plaster corbels into the spacious reception hall that is flooded with natural light from the overhead cupola. The parquet wood-floored hall has a cloakroom and an additional storage cupboard with a washing machine and tumble dryer.

  • Sitting Room: Bathed in natural light from the two sash and case windows that offer wonderful views across leafy Gayfield Square, this beautiful bow-ended sitting room features ornate decorative cornicing, a rose ceiling circle and a magnificent black marble fireplace that houses a recently installed Clearview Stove. Two symmetrical curved doors hide two shelved cupboards.

  • Dining Room:  Taking central stage in this stunning classical room is a circular dining table backed by an original working fireplace with a decorative wood mantel. The elegant room features many original period features including richly ornate cornicing, a dado rail, wood flooring and a sash and case window with an exterior cast iron decorative balconette. There is also a Butler’s pantry.

  • Kitchen-Breakfast Room: The light-filled kitchen has flag stone flooring and several integrated appliances including a Rangemaster oven, dishwasher and base and upper storage units. The bright and airy kitchen has ample space for a large breakfast table and has wonderful unobstructed views of the New Town through the sash and case window.

  • Home Office/Study: With a pleasant outlook over Gayfield Square, this is a good-sized home office with an in-built bookcase.

  • WC Room: The marble-floored WC room features a heritage-styled wash basin and WC.



Third Floor:

  • Upper Landing: An original stone staircase with decorative cast iron and mahogany balustrade curves up to the spacious upper floor landing which features a laundry cupboard.

  • Principal Bedroom: This magnificent and generously sized double bedroom enjoys outstanding views across the rooftops of the New Town to the Firth of Forth beyond through the two sash and case windows that have exterior cast iron decorative balconettes. There is also an original working fireplace with white marble surround.  Spanning one wall of the room, the current owners have installed a bespoke walk-in dressing room offering plenty of storage options. There is further in-built storage in the inner corridor that connects the bedroom with the en-suite bathroom. The double height bathroom has a bath, wash basin & WC as well as a decorative fireplace, clothes drying pulley and upper loft storage.

  • Bedroom Two:  This is another good-sized room with similar views out towards the Firth of Forth from the large window with exterior decorative cast iron balconette as well as an original fireplace and an Edinburgh Press.    

  • Family Bathroom: This lovely bathroom with tongue and groove paneling and wood flooring has a bath with overhead shower appliance, wash basin, heated towel rail & WC.

  • Bedroom Three & Four: There are two further double bedrooms both overlooking Gayfield Square at the front of the property with one featuring in-built deep eaves storage.



Outside & Communal Space

  • Storage:  The property has one designated and secure internal basement storage room. It boasts electrical lighting and sockets for appliances and is currently set up as a wine cellar. The property also has two additional outdoor cellars to the front of the property.

  • Communal Garden: In the centre of Gayfield Square are communal public gardens comprising a large expanse of grass sheltered by mature trees.

  • Private Gardens: The property has access to the highly desirable Regent, Royal and Carlton Terraces Gardens on payment of a membership fee.  Sitting on the east side of Calton Hill, the 12-acre private gardens offers woodland, grass meadows, a tennis court and pitch-and-putt golf course.



Gayfield Square is an attractive square located at the top of Leith Walk on the eastern fringes of Edinburgh’s historic New Town that forms part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is just a short stroll to the vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Broughton Street, where you will find independent shops, food stores, restaurants and cafes. Also close by is the recently opened St James Quarter, an upmarket mixed-used retail, dining and entertainment complex as well as a John Lewis. The area is well served with local amenities and there is a Tesco Express on Picardy Place whilst there is a chemist, post office and the famous Italian deli (Valvona & Crolla) on nearby Elm Row. Leith Walk is also lined with independent restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. In terms of recreational and leisure offerings, there is the multi-screen cineplex and a Nuffield Health Club & Gym at the Omni Centre on nearby Greenside Place that sits adjacent to The Playhouse Theatre.With its commanding hilltop position, Calton Hill is within walking distance of the property as is Holyrood Park.Inverleith Park, where you’ll find community tennis courts and children’s play park, Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden are both a short walk away as is George V Park that links into an extensive network of cycle and walkways. Residents may also apply for access to the Regent Street Gardens for a small membership fee.  The property falls within the catchment area for Broughton Primary School, Drummond Community High School and St Mary’s RC Primary School with several private schooling options available nearby including Fettes College and The Edinburgh Academy.  There is an extensive range of train available from Waverley Station and there are excellent bus and tram services from St Andrews Square to Edinburgh International Airport.  The A1 to East Lothian is easily accessible as is the City By-Pass that links into Central Scotland’s motorway network.

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General Remarks:

Proof and Source of Funds / Anti Money Laundering

Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.

Fixtures and Fittings:

Only appliances specifically mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale price. In all other aspects the treatment of fixtures and fittings within the relevant Conveyancing Standard Clauses apply.


Gas central heating, mains water, gas and electricity, broadband, telephone (subject to telephone providers’ regulations.)




Council Tax Band Category:  F




By appointment through Rettie & Co, 11 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH. Tel: 0131 220 4160.



1.   The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2.  The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contract in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3.   Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.

Particulars prepared September 2021 – First Issue