City & Country unveils The Chapel at The Playfair, Donaldson’s

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Three remarkable homes converted from the former chapel at The Playfair at Donaldson’s have been unveiled by City & Country. The chapel is one of the former college’s most dramatic and striking spaces, dating back to the 1840s, with original features including beautiful stained-glass windows. Each chapel apartment features these windows, with one of the most impressive homes offering views of the landscaped gardens and parkland from a grand double-height vantage point. This property also includes the chapel’s two historic turrets, which have been converted into unique living spaces, including a bathroom with a beautifully appointed free-standing bath. A large open plan kitchen with a bespoke kitchen island area also provides triple aspect views. Other period features found in all three apartments include restored original panelling, shutters and decorative ceiling details.

Residents will benefit from access to The Playfair’s communal areas, which have already been restored. These include the grand entrance hall and impressive original staircase, which have been finished with brass light fittings, luxurious bespoke carpets and painted in stylish hues of dark grey, creating an elegant and homely sense of place emulating the feel of a boutique hotel. Additionally, residents can access The Club Room, a south facing boutique communal room where refreshments are available. The Club Room overlooks The Playfair’s discreet internal courtyard, which features a charming restored central lantern surrounded by planting and benches from which to enjoy the space.

Commenting on the new homes, Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, said: “The chapel is an incredible space and these new apartments are some of the most distinctive in Edinburgh. The beautiful, large stained-glass windows offer a real wow-factor to friends and family, but throughout the apartments many other unique features and living spaces can be found. 

“With much of the restoration work already complete, purchasers can immediately benefit from other aspects of living at The Playfair, including its communal living areas, landscaped grounds and concierge service.

“Internally, the apartments feature a contemporary, high-quality specification that compliments the restored period details. Living in such a striking historic building, minutes from the city centre, is an incredibly rare opportunity.”

The Playfair is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings. Built in the 1840s in the style of an Elizabethan palace, the former college is situated just moments from Haymarket station amidst 16 acres of elegant grounds. City & Country, the UK’s market leading developer of heritage buildings, has transformed the historic Playfair into beautiful period homes in a wide variety of sizes, from studio apartments to three-bedroom penthouses. The sweeping grounds have been transformed to provide idyllic outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the views of the outstanding building. They’re home to the acres of protected parkland, Chapel Gardens (which face the Playfair’s historic chapel), an arboretum and parterre terrace.