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Edinburgh and the Lothians

Whether you’re situated in Edinburgh itself or somewhere nearby, a self-catering holiday in this region combines the very best of city culture and quiet coastal and countryside locations.

Edinburgh needs little introduction as it’s well known as one of Scotland’s jewels in the crown. This majestic city is packed with a wonderful mix of historical buildings that tell the tale of a fascinating past, lovely green open spaces, first class shops and a fine collection of restaurants and pubs. It’s a place to enjoy rich cultural heritage, bustling city life and some of the UK’s most glorious countryside handily placed right on the door step.

The city attracts visitors from around the world who come to see its wonderful architecture and learn about its rich history. The Old Town is well known for the Royal Mile which extends along cobbled streets from Edinburgh Castle to Grassmarket. The New Town is equally fascinating and in contrast with the Old Town has a well ordered street grid layout with wide boulevards and grand neoclassical architecture. In both areas you’ll find national galleries and museums and a host of historically significant buildings. Located just outside the city in Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat offers a relatively easy climb to the top with some spectacular views.

Horticulturalists will love the wonderful array of colours that can be found at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which has one of the world’s largest living collections of plants you’ll find. More regal encounters can be found on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored in Leith. Despite now being out of service it remains a uniquely fascinating icon from British history.

The Lothians rich heritage extends to the surrounding countryside of west Lothian, with castles and historical sites, rolling countryside and country walks. In east Lothian you’ll find beautiful stretches of quiet sandy beaches and some of the finest golf courses in the world.

So this area serves both those looking for an active outdoor break as well as those interested in a first class city break. A great combination of culture, history, food, drink and the great outdoors!

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
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  • Eliza Cottage

    Haddington

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28897

    With views of Traprain Law, this traditional, detached holiday cottage on a family farm is just 1.5 miles from Haddington and within easy reach of 19 golf courses and the lovely beaches of East Lothian. Spacious and comfortable, this is a peaceful spot from which to explore, with quiet side roads ideal for cycling, the Lammermuir Hills for great walks, and historic houses and castles to visit. Edinburgh is an easy day out, just 14 minutes by train from Drem, a relaxing way to make the most of this vibrant city at any time of year. Haddington has a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants, 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/1 step to kitchen. 4 steps to 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Eilean Donan

    Kirknewton near East Calder

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531130
    This delightful, centrally situated holiday cottage is perfect for easy access into Edinburgh by train from Kirknewton station, which is a five minute drive, and to explore the surrounding areas. It is set in the grounds of the owner’s home just off the A71, on the edge of a small collection of houses with an open outlook over farmland. It is very light and comfortable with a summerhouse and patio being ideal for relaxing after a day away. Nearby, visit Jupiter Artland, a contemporary art park and gallery, enjoy hill walks in Pentland Regional Park, retail therapy at the designer outlets in Livingston (five miles), or head off to the New Lanark World Heritage Site on the Clyde, which is a 40-minute drive. There is golf at Dalmahoy and Pumpherston. Edinburgh offers activity and entertainment for all ages and interests, and this cottage offers a lovely peaceful retreat to come back to.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and single bed.
    Wet room: With shower, bidet and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Wi-Fi. Garden with summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Unfenced stream in garden.

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  • Newhall Cottages - Spittal Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30951

    These beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. 1 single bedroom. First floor: 9 steps up to dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freesat TV. CD. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). Pets welcome - to be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Ashlea

    Gullane

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SPPZ

    This delightful holiday cottage is on Goose Green in the heart of the village of Gullane, only 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train. One of a small row of three, it is close to a wonderful sandy beach, within walking distance of four renowned golf courses including the world famous Muirfield, and has an array of restaurants, pubs and delightfully individual shops all within a few minutes’ walk. In short, there is something for everyone. Tastefully furnished and decorated, this very comfortable cottage has a bright, sunny living room and well-appointed kitchen. Take a boat trip from North Berwick round the Bass Rock, explore ancient Tantallon Castle or simply savour the peace and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 200 yards.

    Large living room with ‘coal-effect’ gas fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms, one with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double on request). Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • Bank Park Lodge

    Tranent, E. Lothian, Edinburgh

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SGGU

    In a superb location making the most of the magnificent golf courses and beaches of East Lothian and only 10 miles on the A1 to Edinburgh City centre, this stylishly decorated and furnished, detached holiday cottage is privately set in very extensive gated walled garden grounds. On the edge of Tranent, close to the Firth of Forth, there is a good variety of activities nearby, such as horse racing at Musselburgh, go karting at Longniddry, the seabird centre at North Berwick, historic houses at Lenoxlove, Dirlton and the memorable ruins of Tantallon, Museum of Flight at East Fortune, NT gardens in Inveresk, along with hill walking in the Lammermuirs or The Saltire Trail, fishing and cycling. Shops and pub 500 yards.

    Living room with gas pebble-effect fire. Kitchen/dining room with door to garden. Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Z-bed (for +1 child)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Broadband connection
    • Own garden area with summer house and furniture
    • Shared access to large, extensive walled garden grounds
    • Grazing and stabling available for one pony
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access (ramp available)

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  • Golden Oak Chalet

    Dunbar, East Lothian

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531118
    The Golden Oak Chalet is situated on a working farm in the coastal town of Dunbar, East Lothian. Idyllic, with spectacular views of the Bass Rock and the Fife coast, you are guaranteed glorious sunsets. The town of Dunbar is approximately 2 miles from the Golden Oak Chalet. Dunbar has many shops and cafes which sell local produce. Other local tourist attractions include Links Golf course, East Links Family Park, Foxlake Wakeboarding, as well as the John Muir walkway, cycle paths and miles of East Lothian beaches. For those who enjoy visiting historic sites, Doon Hill Ancient Monument is on the doorstep. You can travel a short distance to North Berwick where Tantallon Castle, the Marine Spa, Seacliff Stables or the Seabird Centre may take your fancy. It is approximately 1 mile off the A1 which is a mere 35 miles into Edinburgh where there is something to suit everyone. Hop on the train at Dunbar train station for a stress free journey into the Capital in around 30 minutes.
    There is never a dull moment on the farm and guests are welcome to roam freely to see the animals and experience farm life. There are a herd of Limousin Beef cattle, a variety of different sheep breeds including Zwartbles, Hampshires, Texels and Shetlands. Free range chickens and ducks (fresh eggs available to buy on site) and even some pigs and horses.
    Dunbar offers a wide array of facilities including a swimming pool and is a popular coastal holiday destination; it’s reported to enjoy the longest sunshine hours in the UK. Watch the fishing boats return to the harbour with their daily catch or enjoy a cliff top stroll and listen to the waves crash against the shoreline.
    This area is renowned for its several championship golf courses and visitors will enjoy experiencing the many attractions close by, including the Scottish Museum of Flight and The John Muir Country Park. A regular train service from Dunbar takes only 20 minutes to reach the heart of the cultural city of Edinburgh, renowned for its festivals, arts and music venues, superb castle and medieval buildings (not forgetting shopping along the Royal Mile!)- ensuring Golden Oak Chalet allows easy access to explore and discover the abundance of entertainment available across East Lothian and beyond.

    Ground Floor: 3 Steps to entrance then accommodation is all one level has LPG heating and comprises;
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With TV, DVD and sofa bed (for + 2)
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedDecked balcony with furniture and open garden area. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Garden Lodge

    Whittingehame

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SQQW

    In a very secluded setting, within the grounds of a working estate, and accessed by a farm track, lies this charming, detached, holiday cottage which is an original Adam design with Victorian additions. Furnished and decorated to retain character and provide contemporary comfort, it is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the renowned golf courses and beaches of East Lothian. Try hill walking in the Lammermuirs, cycling along quiet roads or visit historic Lennoxlove. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with open fire. Well equipped kitchen/dining room. Dining hall. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and feature fireplace. Double bedroom. Two bathrooms, each with over bath shower and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceilings.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, renewable wood energy central heating (supplied from the estate), bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large, grassed area with furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Petronella

    Linlithgow near Edinburgh

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: CC531124
    Set on a working farm in the fertile West Lothian countryside, just three miles from historic Linlithgow and with convenient access to the M9, Edinburgh, 20 miles and Stirling, 24 miles; this is a wonderfully central location with activities for all in easy reach. Tastefully designed with light, space and comfort in mind, Petronella is one of two cottages perfect for family and friends to relax and enjoy this fascinating area. Petronella has a beautifully furnished and equipped, spacious living area, generous bedrooms and stylish bathrooms. A welcoming wood burning stove is complemented by eco friendly ground source heating. The property is surrounded by approximately 3km of lovely grassy tracks which take you around the farm, ideal for people and dogs to wonder along. The renowned Champany Inn is just five minutes walk away and there is a good variety of pubs and restaurants in Linlithgow. The cottage is just half a mile from Junction 3 which is 15 minutes from the airport, or, a mile from Linlithgow which has a train station to Edinburgh, 15 minutes or Glasgow, 25 minutes. Nearby visit magnificent Hopetoun House, the House of the Binns and Linlithgow Palace. Easy access over the Forth Road Bridge to explore Perthshire or Fife, or west to Stirling Castle or the Trossachs.

    This property can be booked together with Strathspey (CC531125) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has ground source heat pumps with underfloor heating to the ground floor and comprises:
    Spacious open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Cloakroom: With WC and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Lawn with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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  • Strathspey

    Linlithgow near Edinburgh

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC531125
    Set on a working farm in the fertile West Lothian countryside, just three miles from historic Linlithgow and with convenient access to the M9, Edinburgh, 20 miles and Stirling, 24 miles; this is a wonderfully central location with activities for all in easy reach. Tastefully designed with light, space and comfort in mind, Strathspey is one of two cottages perfect for family and friends to relax and enjoy this fascinating area. Strathspey has a beautifully furnished and equipped, spacious living area, generous bedrooms and stylish bathrooms. A welcoming wood burning stove is complemented by eco friendly ground source heating. Being all on ground floor means it is also good for less mobile guests. The property is surrounded by approximately 3km of lovely grassy tracks which take you around the farm, ideal for people and dogs to wonder along. The renowned Champany Inn is just five minutes walk away and there is a good variety of pubs and restaurants in Linlithgow. The cottage is just half a mile from Junction 3 which is 15 minutes from the airport, or, a mile from Linlithgow which has a train station to Edinburgh, 15 minutes or Glasgow, 25 minutes. Nearby visit magnificent Hopetoun House, the House of the Binns and Linlithgow Palace. Easy access over the Forth Road Bridge to explore Perthshire or Fife, or west to Stirling Castle or the Trossachs.

    This property can be booked together with Petronella (CC531124) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has ground source heat pumps and comprises:
    Spacious open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Smart TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and TV.
    Shower room: Jack and Jill (accessed from bedroom 2 and 3) with shower and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot (£10) and highchair (£5) available at additional charge. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Lawn with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • The Shepherd’s Cottage

    Dunbar, nr. Stenton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 28772

    Situated on a working farm, 3 miles from the coast, this detached holiday cottage has all the ingredients for a truly relaxing holiday. Designed with comfort in mind for both families and wheelchair users, there is a roomy kitchen/dining room and an adapted wet room. Edinburgh is 20 minutes by train from Dunbar, or visit the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Ideal for golf, walking and cycling. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wet room with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, underfloor in kitchen and wet room (£30per week November-March), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Newhall Cottages - Spittal Coach House

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30952

    These beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room both with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with French door. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Freesat TV. CD. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). Pets welcome - to be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Crosswoodhill Wing

    Near West Calder, Edinburgh

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC531126
    Just half an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, this centrally situated holiday cottage is on a working farm far from city crowds in a rolling landscape bounded by the Pentland Hills in a green haven of rural tranquillity. A wonderful base from which to discover a wealth of activities to suit everyone. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Livingston are all close by, with castles, historic houses and gardens, museums, galleries, hill walking, golfing or fishing all in easy reach. Livingston’s vast retail outlet is just eight miles. Or simply take a book into the garden, delve into the games and toy cupboards or head off into the hills from the doorstep.

    The Wing of Crosswoodhill Farmhouse is attractively screened by dense rhododendron bushes and trees, and situated well back and across the road from the farm buildings. Guests can relax in their garden and absorb the peaceful atmosphere after a day’s touring or strenuous activity. The Wing is in the middle of the farmhouse with a cosy multi-fuel stove in the small ground floor living room and the benefit of a second, first floor living room is a real bonus. Dating from the 18th Century with original pine window panelling, shutters and doors, this is a quirky, characterful cottage.

    Crosswoodhill Wing can be booked together with Steading Cottage (CC531127) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi-fuel burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With one pair of bunk beds.
    Bedroom 3/lounge 2: With double bed, single bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements only) and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    Oil and electric by meter reading which will be payable at the end of your stay. Bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Cot and highchair supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Telephone with honesty box. Welcome pack.Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Adjoining woodland. Shared play area. Parking (3 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times - working farm. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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