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Tranquil Retreat

| Edinburgh, Scotland
10
5
5
Dogs allowed 1
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Swimming pool
Catering
Hot tub
Corporate gatherings
Family friendly
Country houses
City breaks
5 more

At a glance

  • Beautifully presented historic property
  • Swim Spa
  • On the banks of the River Esk
  • Set in over 3 acres of private grounds
  • 8 miles from Edinburgh
  • Regret, party groups are not permitted but mature birthdays are welcome. 

This stylish converted barn situated 8 miles from the city of Edinburgh is designed in a contemporary style with a rural touch. Superbly presented and light and airy throughout, it offers five beautifully decorated bedrooms sleeping 10 guests, all with an en-suite bathroom. Located on the banks of the River Esk and set within 3.5 acres of private grounds which includes a grand terrace and swim spa, it makes the perfect holiday destination for a family or group of friends looking for a country break with the city on their doorstep. Conveniently situated close to Dalkeith town with easy access to the local Supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. Only 14 miles to Edinburgh Airport and a 5 minute drive to the local train station with links to London and the Scottish Borders. 

Lovingly renovated in 2012 by its current owners, this delightful Dalkeith property dates back to 1703. While its history is evident at every turn, the contemporary interior has been cleverly designed with a fusion of British, colonial and Far East styles to give it a modern yet traditional feel. Five sumptuous en-suite bedrooms with power showers are set over three upper floors; all have their own distinct elegant style, though the enchanting Toile de Jour room on the third floor gives a French touch of luxe for anybody who wants to sleep under a traditionally gallic canvas. On the ground floor, you’ll find a light-filled sunroom. Here you can drink in views of the mature gardens with a morning coffee as you sink into one of the squishy sofas. On this floor, there’s also a dining table for 10, a professional standard kitchen with breakfast bar and a cosy den with corner bar for whipping up pre-dinner cocktails. When the sun starts to set, take your concoctions out to the warm stone terrace where the swim spa provides the perfect accompaniment to the evening’s entertainment. In colder months, head up to the first floor where you’ll find a formal yet welcoming drawing room, with working fireplace for those cool winter nights. Outside, explore the 3.5 acres of grounds at your leisure, perhaps taking a late morning stroll after breakfast on the terrace. Lay back on the sweeping lawns or challenge a willing member of your party to a gentle game of croquet before lunch – there’s no need to hurry anything here. If you want to keep up your fitness regime while away, book a Pilates lesson in the outdoor swim spa and if not, just sink into the warm water and breathe in the pure Scottish air until it’s time to go in for lunch.

Regret, party groups are not permitted. 

SLEEPS 10: 5 bedrooms comprising 3 super king-size rooms and 2 twin rooms that can be made up as super king-size beds on request.  All boast en-suite bathrooms.

COOK + DINE: The sleek kitchen is fully equipped to a professional standard, with all the appliances you would expect and a breakfast bar for informal dining. Gather around the large dining table in the stylish sun room, which comfortably seats 10.

RELAX: Sink into sofas in the magnificent sun room which has glass on three sides. Or retreat to the cosy ground-floor den, which has its own bar perfect for an after-dinner dram. The first-floor drawing room has a hidden, wall-mounted TV and a working fireplace. Or step outside to enjoy the swim spa.

BATHE: Each bedroom has its own en-suite with heated flooring, fluffy white bathrooms and complimentary toiletries, along with a hairdryer and slippers. 1 is a bathroom with a rain shower over the bath, 2 have walk-in rain showers, 1 is a bathroom with a roll-top bath, walk-in rain shower and bidet, and 1 is a bathroom with a shower.

OUTSIDE: Set within 3.5 acres of garden on the South Esk, with a wonderful variety of trees, sweeping lawns and a terrace perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Fishing can be arranged on the river (fees apply), which is home to trout and the occasional salmon. 

TECH: TV in the drawing room, Sonos music system, Wi-Fi throughout the property and a remote-controlled fireplace. 

PETS: One dog welcome.

VENUE HIRE: Suitable for corporate events or filming during the week.

LOCAL AREA: If you can bear to drag yourself away from the property, pop into Dalkeith (approx. 1 mile) for supplies or drive the 8 miles to Edinburgh where fabulous shops, restaurants and culture are in abundance. 

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: Stay closer to home and enjoy a day out at Dalkeith Country Park, home to Dalkeith Palace – it also has a great adventure playground to keep little minds occupied. If you fancy some adventure, try some clay shooting or archery nearby, book a bike tour or sign up for a sightseeing package. Fishing for sea trout can be arranged at an extra cost and a ghillie can be pre-booked if guests over 14 would like to learn a new skill.

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport (14 miles). Nearest train station: Eskbank (1.4 miles). 

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