For those seeking a peaceful country getaway close to city sights and coastal delights, this charming two bedroom lodge offers the best of both worlds. Thirty minutes to Edinburgh. Dogs welcome.
Set in a private estate close to the market town of Haddington, Daffodil Cottage is an inviting spot for rest, relaxation or active exploring.
Offering the perfect contrast to busy lives, the cottage sits in a tranquil spot on the Huntington Estate surrounded by rich woodland where guests can while away the hours watching the wildlife from the garden or enjoy some wonderful walks and cycling right from the doorstep.
Presented in a country cottage style, the overall feel is warm and inviting using calming neutrals from Farrow & Ball along with pretty floral finishes and fresh ginghams. The sitting room features deep, sumptuous sofas along with Sky TV for relaxation, while the woodburning stove adds that cosy touch at the end of a busy day.
The kitchen is compact but well-equipped for holiday living, including a Nespresso machine for a rich morning coffee on the patio contemplating the day ahead. The two bedrooms are comfortably appointed with fresh crisp linens offering good space for couples’ or families.
The beaches and internationally renowned golf courses of Gullane, Muirfield and North Berwick are all within 15 miles of the cottage and its position close to the A.1 means that the magnificent city of Edinburgh is less than a thirty minute drive.
Extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (3 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries.
Relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms in the town including Diggory’s or the Peter Potter Gallery; The Chocolate Tree for a devilish sweet treat; or The Loft for fabulous artisan breads and oven-fresh produce. For an easy evening takeaway, also look out for The Big Blu mobile van with its own wood-fired oven for delicious authentic pizza.
Alternatively, head to La Potinière at Gullane (7 miles) for superb food and elegant dining or the Creel Restaurant at Dunbar (14 miles) for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine.
For something a little different, The Lobster Shack at North Berwick (12 miles) serves freshly caught lobster along with a cold beer or a crisp glass of prosecco right from the harbour front - a decidedly rustic but charming set-up with amazing sea views! Alternatively for a comfy nook and a perfectly roasted espresso head to The Steampunk Coffee House based in an old characterful warehouse in the centre of the town. And did we mention cakes? You can enjoy a scrumptious selection here including a rather heavenly pistachio and white chocolate Brownie!
Activities and attractions
For those who prefer the quieter life, the peaceful location and stunning rolling countryside of the Huntington Estate is the perfect spot to get away from it all but its location just off the A1 offers easy access to an incredibly diverse range of options when it comes to things to see and do.
There are miles of scenic paths across the wider area offering leisurely low level walks to more demanding treks across both coast and country, including four lovely walks around the town of Haddington taking in the picturesque River Tyne or up to the ridge of the Garleton Hills which offers wonderful panoramic views across East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.
For cycling you can join Sustrans 76 which runs all the way down the coast to Berwick upon Tweed or you can enjoy some leisurely cycling circuits along traffic free paths and minor roads, taking time to explore the quaint coastal villages of the area.
Bikes can be hired from in Law Cycles North Berwick or Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar, while fatbiketours.co.uk in North Berwick run lessons and guided treks on specially designed ‘fatbikes’ which are a fantastic way to explore the remote sandy bays and ancient clifftop castles of the area on two wheels.
The John Muir Country Park covers some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline, featuring expansive sandy beaches which are a haven for wildlife and birdlife. Favourite spots include the glorious family friendly beach at Gullane; the dune-fringed sands at Belhaven; the dog friendly cove at Yellowcraig; or the secluded sands at Seacliff - an enchanting gem with a tiny harbour and wonderful views north towards the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle. Also take time to visit The Scottish Seabird Centre where you can watch the rich marine-life and birdlife of the area using powerful webcams and telescopes, including some curious seals and dolphins if you are particularly lucky.
For watersports, there is canoeing inland on the River Tyne and Esk; superb kayaking around the waterways off Dunbar; and thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at Foxlake. Surf buffs can enjoy some enjoy some wonderful sport right along the coast and there is a surf school in Dunbar offering lessons in paddleboarding, surfing and coasteering. There are also dive charters and sightseeing trips from the harbours at Dunbar and North Berwick taking in nature reserve sites around the Forth, Bass Rock and Isle of May.
For golf, the area is world-famous for its stunning links courses with Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane and North Berwick all within easy reach offering some fantastic sport for the golfing members of your party.
Take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (17 miles) where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city for some fascinating tales of Edinburgh’s darker past; or perhaps partake in a wee dram or a tasting session at the Scotch Whisky Centre where you can learn to nose, swirl and taste like an expert.
Finally a visit to iconic Edinburgh Castle which sits majestically over the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, 15th Century gun Mons Meg, and the National War Museum of Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city in July and August, don’t miss the vibrant Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival or the Edinburgh Military Tattoo ending with a poignant lone piper lament high on the castle ramparts. Truly spectacular!
The cottage is detached and sits on one floor.
Sitting room - with large comfortable sofa and armchairs, woodburning stove (logs supplied). Flatscreen TV with full Sky package.
Kitchen - electric oven, 4 ring hob, washing machine (no dryer), dishwasher, fridge with freezer box, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine. Dining space with seating for four.
Bedroom one - with 5’ king size bed, side tables, large fitted wardrobe with hanging space and shelving, chest of drawers.
Bedroom two - with 3’ twin beds, two side tables.
Bathroom - Bath with shower over, chrome heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries from Arran Aromatics. Hairdryers are supplied in both bedrooms.
A welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good in this area.
Oil central heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - logs supplied.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. A Z-bed for a third child can be provided on request and there is plenty of room in the double bedroom to accommodate this.
Two well behaved dogs are welcome but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and must be kept to the kitchen and sitting room only. They are not permitted in the bedrooms.
Garden and grounds
The cottage sits in a large mature lawned garden - please note this is not fully enclosed. There is a small patio to the rear of the cottage with outside dining space and a barbecue. There is private parking for two cars.
There is a garden shed which guests can use to store bikes, golf clubs and other outdoor gear.
Guest privacy and access
The cottage is detached and sits in a large open garden which offers privacy and is not overlooked.
|Daffodil Cottage||£475 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.