Substantial grounds for exploring and wonderful onsite amenities to entertain all ages
Sensitively restored with meticulous attention to detail, the Farmhouse at Papple Steading is the perfect base for families and large groups looking for a beautifully presented, rural hideaway with oodles of space both inside and out.
There’s ample entertaining space for get-togethers in the impressive drawing room and grand dining room both of which have open fires for cosy winter evenings. The aptly named Chillout Wing hosts the more informal relaxation spaces; the library, television room and garden room / exercise studio with doors opening onto the patio for early morning yoga or Pilates. The hand-crafted kitchen is extensively equipped and fitted with quality appliances including an AGA oven. A fabulous welcome pack of local goodies awaits guests on arrival.
The bedrooms exude understated luxury with rich, natural fabrics and 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 have powerful showers, heated mirrors, underfloor heating and Heritage or original 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.
Papple Farmhouse sits in its own large, private lawned garden with an outside table and chairs, and croquet set on hand for the warmer months. There is a wood-fired barbecue available and a supply of wood is provided for guests.
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.