A unique range of apartments built in the turrets and original loft areas of The Playfair at Donaldson’s have been unveiled by City & Country.
The ingeniously designed new homes include apartments with private terraces and rooftop views of the majestic Category A listed building – and some of the properties also benefit from glimpses of Edinburgh Castle through the chimneys and turrets. Offering two or three bedrooms, the loft apartments make clever use of these interesting spaces and some include secondary living areas flexibly designed to be used as a cinema room, study or bedroom.
After acquiring the building in 2014, City & Country quickly recognised that the unique loft spaces could be transformed into a range of modern apartments with a variety of features of exceptional architectural interest. During the planning phase, the team designed a range of apartments within the lofts retaining original features where possible, transforming the roof spaces and a number of turrets into a range of unique and functional spaces.
Now the remarkable transformation of these spaces can be seen for the first time. The original lofts have been ingeniously opened to one side to create the exceptional, private terraces that most of these properties enjoy. Curious visitors will be able to experience the loft apartments first hand as a new show apartment has recently opened. Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, explains:
“We have transformed a great range of historic buildings and always pride ourselves on making sure that we maximise original spaces. These are often areas that other developers ignore entirely, either because they are too difficult to convert or because they don’t conform with standard house designs, but for us they create some of the most interesting homes of all.
“These loft apartments, surrounded by The Playfair’s turrets and chimneys, possess an enchanted quality akin to living in a castle. Private terraces give home owners a unique vantage point to view the majestic building, whilst large windows and glass sliding doors flood the properties with natural light.”
Renowned as one of the most iconic buildings in Edinburgh, The Playfair at Donaldson’s is situated just moments from Haymarket station. City & Country has transformed the historic building into beautifully restored apartments in a wide variety of sizes, from studios to three bedroom residences. Apartments combine a mix of original features such as large historic windows, fireplaces and cornices, alongside a contemporary specification of sleek handle-less kitchens combined with luxurious bathrooms that have all the amenities expected of high-quality modern living.