Scottish fact of the week: Castle Snug, Edinburgh

The snug is situated in an unassuming close on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
The snug is situated in an unassuming close on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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A SMALL and quirky 18th century apartment, nestled discreetly inside a Royal Mile close was once the home of prolific Scottish lawyer and author James Boswell.

The Castle Snug is steeped in historic character and known to be the very residence where Boswell played host to his friend Dr. Samuel Johnson before going on to write his infamous autobiography ‘Life of Samuel Johnson’, claimed by many to be the greatest biographical work ever written in the English language.

A definitive hidden gem, the Snug is situated on James Court, a place renowned for the residency and meeting point of many of the important figures of that period. Now serving as a self-catering apartment with only enough space to sleep 2-4, it’s hard to believe this miniature abode was once considered to be a mansion by the Edinburgh elite due to its opulent and elegant style.

Partly destroyed by fire in the 19th century, the building has successfully retained its charm and historical heritage and many of the Snug’s authentic architectural features can still be seen today in its exposed stone walls and original cedar ceiling, while the newly refurbished ironwork and carpentry, lovingly crafted by local artisans, add to the building’s traditional ambience.

Castle Snug provides a slice of historic Auld Reekie, beautifully combined with contemporary features in central location, perfect for those who like their 18th century with a dash of 21st.

• For more information visit http://castlesnug.com/