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Find cottages in 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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  • Oldhamstocks Cottage

    Oldhamstocks, By Dunbar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SBBU

    With Edinburgh just 40 minutes away and Holy Island, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick within 45 to 55 minutes’ drive, endless sandy beaches and golf courses on the doorstep, this charming, detached stone cottage could not be better positioned for a fun, yet peaceful holiday. Set in a pretty courtyard, within the tiny ancient village of Oldhamstocks, the cottage has views of the rolling Lammermuir Hills all around. The golf options are truly superb with 19 renowned golf courses within 30 minutes. Oldhamstocks is just 10 minutes from the beach or Dunbar railway station, from where visitors can take the train to Edinburgh (22 minutes). Hill walking from the door, a dog lover’s paradise, especially the fabulous Southern Upland Way, and St Abbs Head for diving or bird watching. Ideal location for a peaceful break in any season. Shop 2 miles.

    Living room with open fire. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Garage (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

  • Newhall Cottages - Newhall Steading Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30949

    These four 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. 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. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. 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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 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.

    Woodburner in living room included. Freeview TV. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

  • The Coach House

    Ratho, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UZU

    Hidden away among lovely beech trees and with views from the terrace of the attractive Union Canal, The Coach House is a perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh. Stone-built and detached, it is set within the extensive grounds of the owners’ home on the edge of a village where a good pub, local shops and an opportunity to take a canal cruise can be found. For keen walkers there is good hill walking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park. Glasgow, Perthshire, Fife and the Borders and, of course, the beautiful city of Edinburgh are all within easy access. Golf close by. Guests receive 10% discount in the owner’s award winnning pub, 5 minutes’ walk. Shops ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped modern kitchen with door to terrace. Double bedroom with steps up to en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked terrace and furniture
    • Shared 17-acre garden with natural woodland and grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • No smoking

  • Goose Cottage

    Drumcrosshall, Bathgate near Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC531006
    Goose Cottage is a delightful terraced, converted stone steading, situated in the countryside within the heart of West Lothian. This is a fantastic location giving you wonderful countryside views, overlooking rolling fields but also with easy access to public transport and motorways to explore further afield. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are a half hour drive away and Perthshire can be reached within an hour. The cottage is attractively presented, with good attention to detail. The lounge has a leather sofa and two easy chairs. The lounge and kitchen are open plan and boasts a wood burning stove.  A picture window looks out into the west facing courtyard. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped and from here there is access onto the private, fully enclosed east facing garden. From the garden you are looking out onto open countryside and on a clear day you can see Arthur’s Seat at Edinburgh. Both first floor bedrooms are beautifully coordinated and have coombed ceilings with velux windows. This lovely cottage sits in a quiet converted steading and is only a short drive from shops and eateries.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Free View TV, DVD, iPod docking station and radio and selection of DVDs
    Dining Area: With circular table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed 
    Bedroom 2: With super king size bed (zip n link which can be split into two single beds if required)

    All power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of wood for stove supplied. Cot, high chair, stair gate and fire guard available on request. Wireless broadband connection available.Bike store. Enclosed garden with outdoor seating, bench swing and BBQ (coals not supplied). Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Tigh Na Geat

    Damhead, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28647

    Under thirty minutes from Edinburgh Castle, this comfortable, semi-detached holiday cottage has views of the Pentland Hills. Close by, you can visit the historic Rosslyn Chapel, or try dry slope skiing and wonderful walks from Midlothian snowsports centre, and much more. There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh whenever you visit - superb museums and galleries, great restaurants and shopping and of course the castle and Holyrood House are widely popular. There is a good pub restaurant under 1 mile and extensive shopping centres are only five minutes’ drive away. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Westland Cottage

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26090

    This cosy, characterful holiday cottage is situated near a working farm yet surprisingly, on the edge of the city, and is the end one of a row of stone-built cottages with an enclosed sunny garden to the rear. With a bright, contemporary interior and a cosy woodburner, this charming property is perfect in any season. Convenient for buses into the city centre, 20 minutes, with its historic castle and Royal Mile, theatres, shops and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (zip and link). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • Campbell’s Close Apt

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UGF

    Close to the centre of Edinburgh, yet boasting a quiet location, this attractive and spacious ground floor holiday apartment is set back from busy Canongate, and approached by a small, secure, shared garden with shrubs and trees. Part of an old brewery conversion amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, including the gardens of Canongate Kirk, it is surrounded by the fascinating Old Town, with many shops and restaurants. Within just a few minutes’ walk are Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Abbey. North Bridge, Prince’s Street and Edinburgh Castle are just a 10-minute walk. Border country easily accessible. Shops 20 yards.

    Seven steps to private entrance. Sitting-room with gas ‘living-flame’ woodburner and dining area. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Gas ’living-flame’ woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen included
    • Towels £10 per week
    • Cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared enclosed garden
    • Free parking (6 mins away)

  • Newhall Cottages - Spittal Cottage

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30951

    These four 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. 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. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. 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.

    Woodburner in living room included. Freesat TV. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • 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)

  • 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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