A great flat if you like Tattoos

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IT'S the ultimate des res in the centre of Edinburgh - as long as you don't mind occasionally noisy neighbours.

Potential tenants willing to pay 2000 a month can secure a four-bedroom penthouse flat with stunning panoramic views of the city and a ringside seat at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Located at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle, 14 Ramsay Garden has been put on the letting market by its owner, a Scottish investment broker based in Hong Kong, after the current tenants decided to move out.

Designed by the city's planning pioneer Sir Patrick Geddes, the flat has been described as the "Eyrie in the Sky" and has breathtaking views stretching from the Pentland Hills to the Firth of Forth.

Overlooking the Esplanade, it also gives its occupants the finest seat in the house for the Tattoo, firework displays and concerts in Princes Street Gardens.

And the new tenants will be rubbing shoulders with some well-known neighbours including Dr Michael Shea, the Queen's former press secretary.

Brian Adair of Ryden Lettings, said the location was unrivalled by any private property in the city.

"The panoramic views are truly incomparable," he said. "The bonus is the proximity of the Castle and everything that happens on the Esplanade.

"The view of the Tattoo rivals the view from the royal box and the fireworks and concerts can be seen from many of the windows.

"It really is an extremely dramatic location with a backdrop to rival the finest cities in Europe."

The apartment is on the top floor of the five-storey block which forms one of the most prominent skylines in Edinburgh. The Grade 'B' listed complex was built in the late 19th century as part of a redesign of the Old Town.

Mr Adair said Ryden had looked after the property for a number of years and it was a unique opportunity to live in a "truly breathtaking" location.

He added: "When you consider what's being asked for newly built apartments, particularly in the New Town, 2000 a month for a property as unique as No 14 isn't at all extortionate."

To the north and west, the windows look out over Princes Street Gardens, the New Town, the Firth of Forth and across to Fife.

To the east and south west, the views extend all the way from the Isle of May and North Berwick Law to Arthur's Seat and the Pentland Hills.

The letting agents are warning that any prospective clients must be fully mobile as they have to climb 94 steps to reach the flat.

The apartment below was inherited by the National Trust, while another property in the "cluster" is the home to the Tattoo Administration.

The brochure for the property describes the home saying: "No king or queen ever had finer outlooks from palace windows.

"Part of a spectacular cluster of buildings that was conceived by Sir Patrick Geddes, this superbly appointed penthouse occupies a unique position atop a five-storeyed tower block, and has incomparable panoramic views."

The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining room with an outdoor balcony overlooking the Castle, a fully equipped kitchen, a drawing room and a large entrance area.

• Although a relatively new addition to the Old Town, Ramsay Garden is one of Edinburgh's most desirable addresses.

It was conceived by Sir Patrick Geddes and built in 1892 as part of a his plan of urban renewal in Edinburgh's Old Town to attract the middle classes back into the area.

It was initially a town-and-gown hall of residence, with rooms for 45 students, and a block of 23 apartments.

The land was originally owned by 18th-century poet Allan Ramsay, who built the first house there in 1733.

The buildings were designed to emphasise their elevated position. They are a mixture of Scottish baronial and English cottage styles with distinctive red sandstone and whitewash.

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