Exclusive look inside the amazing transformation of one of Edinburgh's most iconic buildings into luxury apartments

With its majestic character and architectural heritage, The Playfair at Donaldson’s is recognised as one of the most important and iconic landmark buildings in Edinburgh.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 9:50 am

Situated just moments from Haymarket station, the former college is set amidst 18 acres of elegant grounds and is dominated by the central Playfair building: a stunning quadrangular building built in the 1840s and designed in the style of an Elizabethan palace.

Award winning heritage developer City & Country has sensitively restored this majestic A-listed building, converting it into a range of outstanding apartments and dramatic communal spaces, designed to provide fantastic panoramic views across Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills, the sweeping lawns and the attractive internal courtyard.

After a three-year restoration, The Playfair now offers beautifully restored apartments in a wide variety of sizes, from studios to three-bedroom residences.

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The Playfair at Donaldson's.

Apartments marry the best of the old and new, with 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.

The clever use of space makes best use of the historic fabric, creating many unique living spaces ranging from studios, mezzanine apartments, split-level, loft and penthouse accommodation.

The contemporary design of the apartments provides a striking contrast to the building’s exterior and the living spaces have been stylishly designed to be practical and functional for modern life.

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.

Modern kitchens.

With prices ranging from £275,000 - £1,500,000, you can find more details of this amazing development at the City & Country website.

Combining old and new

Purchasers at The Playfair can enjoy a rare combination of minimalist design and period elegance, thanks to a new partnership with Scandinavian interior design company BoConcept, who can provide a personalised interior styling service.

Buyers will receive “welcome packs” comprising £250 design vouchers to spend at the Edinburgh store, a bespoke interior design and spatial planning service, complimentary styling visit and 3D visualisation of any furnished room, as well as delivery and installation of any products purchased through them.

Delightful living spaces.
Shower room in one of the apartments.
Luxurious bathrooms.
The building sits in its own lovely parkland.
Spacious bedrooms.
Bespoke interior design.
The latest innovations.
The former Donaldson's College has been beautifully restored.