59 The Playfair Donaldson’s (C05)
With its majestic character and architectural heritage, The Playfair at Donaldson’s is recognised as one of the most important landmark buildings in the city. The Category A listed Playfair building includes a collection of apartments designed to provide fantastic panoramic views across Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills, the sweeping lawns and the attractive internal courtyard.
The contemporary apartments provide a striking contrast to the building’s exterior. They offer impressive proportions and are designed to optimise natural light through the iconic period windows.
Residents are afforded exclusive access to The Playfair’s concierge service and several communal spaces, including the boutique Club Room and Chapel Room, as well as the internal courtyard. There is also secure underground parking and a total of 16 acres of parkland to enjoy.
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The long history of Donaldson’s began in 1830, when newspaper editor James Donaldson bequeathed his estate to build an orphanage for boys and girls. Renowned Edinburgh architect William Henry Playfair was tasked with turning Donaldson’s vision into reality, having won a design ‘competition’.
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La Bruschetta – 0.5 miles
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Cafe Nomad - 0.5 miles
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The Jolly Botanist - 0.6 miles
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Los Amigos - 0.6 miles
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Rustom Restaurant - 0.6 miles
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Pizza Geeks - 0.6 miles
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La Piazza – 0.9 miles
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The Rat Pack Piano Bar - 1 mile
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Cairngorm Coffee - 1 mile
A core asset of the Edinburgh coffee scene, crafting quality coffee since 2014.
The Timberyard - 1.2 miles
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Panda & Sons (Bar) - 1.3 miles
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Petit Paris - 1.4 miles
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Hoot the Redeemer (Bar) - 1.5 miles
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The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen - 1.6 miles
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Makars Gourmet Mash Bar - 1.6 miles
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The Milkman - 1.8 miles
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The Kitchin - 4.6 miles
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Roseburn - 0.4 miles
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Edinburgh Farmer's Market - 1.3 miles
Edinburgh’s original award-winning Farmers’ Market. Here you can find fresh, local produce including organic meat, fruit & vegetables as well as juices, sweets, baked goods as well as specialty products. This market takes places every Saturday, 9am – 2pm.
Hawico Scotland (Luxury Cashmere Store) - 1.5 miles
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George Street - 1.7 miles
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Additionally, there are a number of notable buildings, such as George Hotel, The Dome and the Assembly Rooms.
Craigleith Retail Park - 1.7 miles
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Princes Street - 1.8 miles
Princes Street features a plethora of high street brands, including:
Stockbridge - 1.8 miles
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Epitome (Women's Designer Clothing Store) - 1.8 miles
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Waitrose - 2.0 miles
Life Story (Boutique Homeware Store) - 2.2 miles
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Multrees Walk - 2.2 miles
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Darly Primary School - 0.9 miles
Broughton High School (State Secondary) - 1.7 miles
St George's School for Girls (Private Preparatory) - 0.9 miles
Cargilfield School (Private Preparatory) - 4.2 miles
Stewart's Melville College (Private Secondary) - 1.4 miles
Fettes College (Private Secondary) - 2.1 miles
University of Edinburgh - 2 miles
Edinburgh Napier University – 3.4 miles
Crossfit Murrayfield – 0.7 miles
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Murrayfield Stadium – 0.8 miles
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - 0.8 miles
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Edinburgh Gin Distillery – 1 mile
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One Spa – 1 mile
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Fountain Park - 1.1 miles
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Traverse Theatre – 1.1 miles
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The Usher Hall – 1.1 miles
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Escape Hunt – 1.3 miles
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Edinburgh Castle - 1.5 miles
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Scottish National Gallery - 1.6 miles
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Edinburgh Zoo - 1.8 miles
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Festival Theatre – 1.9 miles
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Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Park – 2.4 miles
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Haymarket Station Tram Stop - 0.7 miles
Haymarket Tram Stop to City Centre – 15 minutes
Haymarket Tram Stop to Edinburgh Airport – 29 minutes
Haymarket Station - 0.7 miles
Edinburgh Waverley Station - 1.8 miles
Edinburgh Airport - 5.9 miles
Haymarket Bus Stop - 1.1 miles
Average journey time to Edinburgh Airport – 30 minutes.
M8 - 5.1 miles
M9 - 9.3 miles
M90 - 13.2 miles
I have been very impressed with the care which has been taken by City & Country to preserve the original features of the building, and the service from the sales and after sales teams has been great, exactly what you would expect in a development of this calibre. Now I am looking forward to settling in to my new flat and having new neighbours to pass the time of day with. If I want to go into town the bus stop is only a short stroll away, but there are shops, a medical centre and supermarkets not too far away either.James Miller
The on-site concierge provides residents with peace of mind and is on hand to assist with daily tasks.
The central courtyard retains much of the simplicity and geometry shown within the historic layout – following the concentric paving lines originally drawn by Playfair himself.
16 Acres of Private Parkland
Residents of Donaldson’s enjoy 16 acres of private parkland. Clipped box hedging and parterres add a formal arrangement whilst balustrade terraces, sweeping lawns and mature trees provide a tranquil landscape in the heart of the city.
Boutique Communal Spaces
Two boutique communal rooms can be found within the iconic building, one within the original chapel and the other adjacent. Residents can unwind in The Club Room with a refreshment and enjoying beautiful views onto the central courtyard.
16 Acres of Private Parkland
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“The redevelopment of Donaldson’s has been a bit of an Edinburgh legend for some time. It’s such an iconic building and it’s been much anticipated. Buildings like this become part of the DNA of a city. It’s so important to protect them and it would have been a huge shame to have let the building fall into disrepair. Seeing it restored to such a high standard is magnificent.”
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A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at The Playfair, Donaldson’s. Located in Edinburgh’s historical West End. We will take you on a personal tour of this iconic building, highlighting our history and outstanding work achieved. We are proud to present this prestigious conversion project as your next home.Donna Martin and Mark Clay Sales Executives at The Playfair, Donaldson's Make An Enquiry