The perfect base for exploring East Lothian’s outstanding countryside and renowned coastline
Grieve’s Cottage, once the home of the farm manager on this famously forward-thinking farm set in magnificent rolling countryside south of Edinburgh, has undergone top-to-toe renovation to create an incredibly comfortable rural retreat for families and groups.
The convivial open-plan kitchen / dining area is a wonderful light and lofty space with sliding doors opening onto an enclosed terrace. Here you will find sleek polished concrete floors, local Chippendale-school Windsor chairs, a hand-crafted Oak kitchen, quality appliances including an AGA oven and a fabulous welcome pack of local goodies awaiting guests on arrival.
The sitting room, complete with the original fireplace, delivers a joyful pop of colour with Charlotte James sofas, Morgan chairs, kilim rugs and bespoke artwork by the Steading’s artist in residence.
The four bedrooms are a masterclass in understated luxury with exquisite William Morris wallpaper, sumptuous Harrison Spinks’ beds dressed with hypoallergenic vegan down duvets and pillows from the Fine Bedding Company along with high-quality cotton bed linen and towels. The bath and shower rooms feature powerful showers, heated mirrors, underfloor heating and Heritage fittings. Guests are provided with vegan Moo & Yoo guest amenities.
Superfast broadband is delivered throughout the Steading via a direct dedicated fibre BT connection to ensure an excellent signal in every room.
For outside dining, the terrace has a dining table and chairs for eight guests in addition to a charcoal barbecue. Guests have shared use of the wider grounds with others staying at The Steading. There’s a large paddock for rounders, football, picnics or a sunrise Yoga session taking in views to nearby Traprain Law, a volcanic intrusion and the site of a Stone Age fort. A firepit and log seating area sits beneath the mystical ruins of the ancient Papple Convent – recorded in 1458 - ideal for marshmallow toasting and campfire singalongs.
A woodland area comes complete with wooden follies – hand-crafted shelters which can be used as wildlife watching hides, playhouses or picnic shelters, there’s also boardwalks, bridges and swings for children in addition to another log picnic area. There is plenty to spot in terms of wildlife, including hares, badgers, rabbits, owls, bats, shrews, newts, and myriad birdlife.
The wider estate includes a wildflower meadow dissected by Papana Water and a further eighteen acres of ancient woodland perfect for walking. It’s said that the land was gifted to the nuns of Haddington.
Papple, within the old Whittingehame Estate, is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The outstanding local countryside and renowned coastline have much to offer keen walkers, runners, riders, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts. There are world-class golf courses on the doorstep, an array of museums, pretty villages and ancient churches to explore. Central Edinburgh is a 45-minute drive or a 25-minute train journey from Drem station (10 miles from Papple Steading).
For larger groups, Papple Steading comprises four adjacent properties (sleeping up to 20) - Papple Farmhouse, Grieve’s Cottage, Shepherd’s Bothy and Ploughman’s Bothy - making it ideal for large family get-togethers or groups of friends who want to holiday together without compromising on space.