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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Perfect for a relaxing break, offering country living at its best, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach and within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city pleasures, these two stylish and delightful properties sit near a picturesque lake within 150 acres of stunning parkland and woodlands surrounding the elegant Georgian mansion of Broxmouth. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, spotting roe deer among the trees and enjoying trout fishing on the lake and stream or simply relaxing at the water’s edge, watching out for the local heron swooping in to pinch the fish. The main house sits close to the site of the Battle of Dunbar and the grounds themselves are steeped in history – the mount from where Cromwell commanded the battle is located in the garden and a beautiful cedar tree in the park was planted in 1878 by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert. Set beside Dunbar Golf Links – with its wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and out to Bass Rock – and within a short drive of many other courses, Broxmouth Park is also a golfers’ haven, whilst its location at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills affords numerous opportunities for keen walkers. The John Muir Way links this area to both Edinburgh and the Borders, with magnificent walking on marked coastal pathways. The coastline abounds with glorious, unspoilt beaches and both sea fishing and seal spotting boat trips depart from the harbour at Dunbar. Home to Concorde and many other aircraft, the Museum of Flight (9 miles) is well worth exploring and at the Seabird Centre at North Berwick visitors can watch the puffins nesting on Bass Rock or gannets diving into the sea. Musselburgh Racecourse (24 miles) offers a great day out, and horse riding, tennis, cycle hire and an indoor swimming pool are all found in and around Dunbar (1 mile), which also offers a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a station for the 20 minute train journey to the centre of beautiful Edinburgh city. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with sleigh bed and additional double sofa bed, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Z-bed available.

Gas CH inc. Gas Aga. Garden and furniture.

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 150-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. Fishing foc. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£1522-£1522
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Orchard Cottage Ref: W8874

Wonderful idyllic setting

In an idyllic setting, at the end of a quiet country track in beautiful countryside, this 150 year old converted barn, tucked into a sunny flower-filled courtyard is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Situated in East Lothian, this is an excellent base for visiting historic towns and villages, exploring wide sandy beaches or playing golf on excellent courses, including Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar. Edinburgh, the dynamic capital city, with its lively cosmopolitan atmosphere is 22 miles away and Haddington, an historic riverside town is only 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Oil central heating and electricity included (first £10per week included October-March, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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£545-£545
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Mid Lodge Ref: CC531119
Mid Lodge is a classic detached stone cottage situated in an exclusive and secluded location in the very heart of the idyllic Hopetoun Fallow Deer Park, yet only half an hour’s drive from Scotland’s Capital City Edinburgh. This luxury self catering cottage offers roomy, beautifully appointed accommodation for up to six people. The location is outstanding, providing peace, tranquility and fantastic views. On the edge of idyllic wooded parkland, the cottage is totally private.  Mid Lodge is newly refurbished to a standard and quality befitting stunning Hopetoun. The accommodation is very spacious, yet comfortable and convenient with sitting room, dining-kitchen and three twin bedrooms.  You might be tempted never to leave the Mid Lodge, but immediately out of doors are lovely woodland walks, cycle paths and the splendid Hopetoun House Stately Home all waiting to be explored (all guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the House grounds during opening hours).  While you are staying in this luxury cottage you can also have access to a wide range of pre-bookable activities within the estate, including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking.

Events at Hopetoun House in 2014-2015

Saturday 1st November 2014 – Our annual Fireworks display. The cottage will receive free tickets for this event. Mid Lodge may be affected due to the Deer park being used as a car park on the Saturday, from 4pm – 8/9pm.

17th May 2015– Race for Life. Run in aid of cancer research goes through the estate, may have some traffic restrictions for the cottage (just the Sunday).

29th May 2015 – 31st May 2015. Carriage Driving. Quite a big event and obtrusive to Mid Lodge guests as there are lots of horses and carriages all dressed up in the Deep park for a few days.

Thursday 17th July – Sunday 20th July – Grass roots event (mini horse trials). Small horse trials event. It may be intrusive for Mid Lodge guests.

For these events listed the guests will receive free admission. However, for the events at the house- such as: Wedding fairs, Christmas fair, shows etc, they will not receive free entry into these.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge:  with open fire, TV, DVD and views across the deer park
Kitchen / diner:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer (with ice dispenser), dishwasher, washer / dryer, dining table and chairs, sofa and wall-mounted TV.  Day bed (for +1 by arrangement) in hallway leading from kitchen.
Bedroom 1:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Bedroom 3:  with two single beds, ipod docking station
Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bathroom:  with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot & highchair available by request. Fire guard provided.Enclosed garden with furniture, BBQ (coals not included). Dogs welcome (must be keep on a lead at all times - livestock in surrounding area). All guests receive a complimentary visit to Hopetoun House and free access to the house grounds during opening hours (Hopetoun House is open from Good Friday to the last weekend in September). Visitors also have easy access to many pre-bookable activities which take place at Hopetoun including clay shooting, simulated game shooting and arrangements can also be made for archery and quad biking on the estate and there is a golf course nearby. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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£435-£1025
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Garden Lodge 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
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£303-£1005
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Bankhead Cottage Ref: W40495

Wonderful views / Jacuzzi bath

Wonderful views

On a working farm in beautiful open countryside with views overlooking the magnificence of the Forth Bridges to Edinburgh beyond, this delightful cottage offers excellent holiday accommodation. It is situated only 3 miles from the silver sands of the beach of the picturesque village of Aberdour, with its fine castle and interesting little shops and tearooms. There is easy access by train from the village to Edinburgh, only 20 minutes away, perfect for sightseeing without the parking stress. Or drive through the lovely fishing villages of the East Neuk to St Andrews. Deep Sea World 5 miles. Golf 2 miles and excellent walking and cycling on the Fife Coastal Path. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, bidet and toilet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Children’s play area. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£458-£1189
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Bridge House Ref: S4619

Perfect for a relaxing break, offering country living at its best, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach and within easy reach of Edinburgh’s city pleasures, these two stylish and delightful properties sit near a picturesque lake within 150 acres of stunning parkland and woodlands surrounding the elegant Georgian mansion of Broxmouth. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, spotting roe deer among the trees and enjoying trout fishing on the lake and stream or simply relaxing at the water’s edge, watching out for the local heron swooping in to pinch the fish. The main house sits close to the site of the Battle of Dunbar and the grounds themselves are steeped in history – the mount from where Cromwell commanded the battle is located in the garden and a beautiful cedar tree in the park was planted in 1878 by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Albert. Set beside Dunbar Golf Links – with its wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and out to Bass Rock – and within a short drive of many other courses, Broxmouth Park is also a golfers’ haven, whilst its location at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills affords numerous opportunities for keen walkers. The John Muir Way links this area to both Edinburgh and the Borders, with magnificent walking on marked coastal pathways. The coastline abounds with glorious, unspoilt beaches and both sea fishing and seal spotting boat trips depart from the harbour at Dunbar. Home to Concorde and many other aircraft, the Museum of Flight (9 miles) is well worth exploring and at the Seabird Centre at North Berwick visitors can watch the puffins nesting on Bass Rock or gannets diving into the sea. Musselburgh Racecourse (24 miles) offers a great day out, and horse riding, tennis, cycle hire and an indoor swimming pool are all found in and around Dunbar (1 mile), which also offers a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a station for the 20 minute train journey to the centre of beautiful Edinburgh city. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile

5 steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Oil CH inc. Garden with patio and furniture

Both properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 150-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. Fishing foc. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

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£1794-£1794
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

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), 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. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£301-£866
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Dunsapie Ref: 27910

In a peaceful area near Holyrood Park and Arthurs’ Seat, this detached holiday property has easy access into the city centre and to the A1. The living room is spacious and the dining room is bright and overlooks the garden. A 20-minute walk to Holyrood Palace, the Parliament and the Royal Mile. Visit the museums and galleries (free). Savour the buzz during the festivals and at New Year. Golf at Duddingston. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining/garden room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 double (5ft) bedroom with Velux and sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Utility room in external garage.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£360-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Promenade Ref: 27017

This superbly located, terraced holiday cottage has direct access onto the sandy beach in Portobello and is only 15 minutes drive or bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. Perfect for a family holiday combining the sights and sounds of this historic city and the relaxation of a beach holiday. Beautifully furnished and decorated in contemporary style and with a pretty enclosed garden opening directly onto the promenade and beach where there are a number of eating places, and a play park. There are a huge variety of attractions within Edinburgh or head out to the Seabird Centre in North Berwick for a boat trip to the Bass Rock, or to try the many renowned golf courses nearby. Shops and pub 250 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£628-£3003
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ashlea 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. 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 available by arrangement at £10per week
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£336-£790
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sailor’s Cottage Ref: 30229


Set in an enviable position, looking out to the river front harbour and scattered islands in the Firth of Forth in historic Cramond village. This delightful holiday cottage is part of a B listed, 1605 grain store with river views from the open-plan kitchen and two of the bedrooms, and offers contemporary comfort and style in abundance. It has main door access from a flight of steps linking the harbour to the street above and has a gallery bistro below – perfect for a leisurely breakfast by the riverside. Easy access into Edinburgh city centre, approximately 20 minutes by bus for fantastic range of galleries, theatres and restaurants. Go over the Forth Bridge to explore Fife and Perthshire, or south into the Scottish Borders. Enjoy strolling along the beach, across the tidal causeway to Cramond Island or along to the waterfalls on the River Almond. Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Royal Burgess Golfing Society, located nearby. Beach 180 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 180 yards.

First floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open tread stairs to second floor: Living room with sloping ceiling. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Satellite TV. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Pets free of charge. NB: River 33 yards.

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£365-£1144
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eliza Cottage 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. Friday to Friday.

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£281-£805
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