Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
With Edinburgh just 40 minutes away and Holy Island, the castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick all within 45/55 mins drive, endless sandy beaches and golf courses on the doorstep, Oldhamstocks Cottage could not be better positioned for a fun, yet peaceful holiday.
Set in a pretty courtyard, this charming detached stone cottage is surrounded by the rolling Lammermuir Hills within the tiny ancient village of Oldhamstocks. The cottage has a cosy open fire in the living room and views of the hills around. The golf options are truly superb with 19 renowned golf courses within 30 minutes.
Oldhamstocks is just 10 minutes from the beach or Dunbar railway station, from where visitors can easily take the train to Edinburgh (22 minutes). Hill walking from the door, especially the fabulous Southern Upland Way, and St Abbs Head for divers or bird watching enthusiasts. Ideal location for a peaceful break, whatever the season.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cove 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 40 km, Nearest railway: Dunbar 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors||
By prior arrangement during The Open, we can also provide dinner and breakfast if you require it either served in the cottage or next door in the 200 year old Manse (Rectory) cooked by a Cordon Bleu chef. We may also be able to provide a laundry service too but the cottage does have a washing machine. There is plenty of space for parking and the cottage is outside the flight exclusion zone for Torness allowing for a helicopter to land during the Open.
The cottage has a sunny sitting room with a coal fireplace and a new kitchen with an electric oven, grill, hob, washing machine, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, toaster, pans and all necessary cooking/baking utensils.
There are two light bedrooms accommodating up to four people - a double and twin beautifully presented with fresh white cotton bedding from the White Company and duvets, as well as a chest of drawers and wardrobe in each.
The bathroom has a shower over the bath, a basin, w.c., electric shaving point and constant hot water. Bath towels are provided (you'll need to bring your own beach towels).
We are glad to say that Oldhamstocks Cottage is definitely not:
Overly luxurious or large;
In a busy or noisy urban environment;
Lavishly decorated with kitsch furnishings or equipment;
Run down, dirty, worn out or tired.
The good news is that Oldhamstocks Cottage definitely is:
Newly refurbished, fresh, smart and lovingly looked after;
Easily accessible, being on one level;
Perfect for couples or families of up to 4 people;
Arranged with 1 double bedroom and 1 small twin bedroom;
Inclusive of central heating and electricity;
Equipped with all the basic household items you would expect, including for instance a TV, VCR, DVD, CD and radio, iron & ironing board.
Please do take a look at our website where you will pick up a lot more information (contact owner for details).
|Further details outdoors||
In the walled garden are a table and 4 chairs to enjoy those long Scottish summer evenings listening to the birds and watching the wonderful array of stars. On the village green there is a lovely play park where all the village children meet during the spring and summer months to play - many of the cottage children have great fun playing games with the local boys and girls, which can create a bit of light relief for exhausted parents!
There is off-road parking for 2 cars in an open garage. There is also a secure enclosed garage for storing bikes, fishing tackle, golf clubs, outdoor footwear, and for hanging up/drying out washing and outdoor clothes.
In a recent review of “Alistair Sawday's Special Escapes in Britain” by the Guardian newspaper, Oldhamstocks Cottage was listed as one of their top ten self-catering cottages in Scotland.
We run a Friday to Friday booking week but this can be flexible in low season.
We offer short breaks - Friday through to Monday and Monday through to Friday (except June, July and August).
Booking contracts commence after 4pm on day of arrival until 10.00am on day of departure.
The Scottish Borders region
There are endless things to do from this wonderful corner of Scotland - not only in East Lothian but also in the Borders and north Northumberland. Oldhamstocks Cottage is just three miles from the coast, thereby giving access to some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of East Lothian, Berwickshire and north Northumberland.
Within 30 minutes there are 19 golf courses catering for golfers of all standards and tastes. Some of these are world renowned: North Berwick, Gullane, Dunbar and The Open Championship course at Muirfield (25 minutes).
If golf's not your cup of 'tee' then feast on the following:
Edinburgh: one of the finest cities in Europe (35 minutes away) with Edinburgh Castle and the various galleries and museums, not forgetting the beautiful Botanical Gardens and of course The Royal Yacht Britannia.
In July and August the city plays host to the International and the Fringe Festivals as well as the Grand Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
~ North Berwick, Tantallon Castle, The Scottish Seabird Centre and the Bass Rock are within 25 minutes.
~ Museums galore including Concorde at the Museum of Flight (20 minutes)
~ Kelso and Floors Castle (40 minutes)
~ Scuba diving and delicious seafood at St. Abbs Head and Eyemouth (20 minutes)
~ Berwick upon Tweed (25 minutes), Haddington (20 minutes) and Dunbar (12 minutes)
~ Lindisfarne Priory and Bamburgh Castle (45 minutes)
~ Alnwick Castle and its world famous gardens (55 minutes)
~ Local fishing, riding, cycling, swimming and sailing galore.
~ The Southern Upland Way - surely one of Britain's best kept secrets - starts/finishes in the next door village of Cockburnspath, making Oldhamstocks a fantastic base for a genuinely superb walking holiday.
The name ‘Oldhamstocks’ (pronounced Oldhamstocks) is said to have come from an Anglo-Saxon source: ‘Ald ham stoc’ which means an old home or dwelling. The alternative theory is that it comes from the Gaelic ‘Altan’ and ‘Stotan’ meaning a small burn and tree trunks.
Oldhamstocks is said to be one of East Lothian’s ‘hidden villages’ and certainly that is the impression given as you reach the Cocket Hat at the top of the Smiddy Brae and wonder where the village is.
The village consists of a single row of houses and at its West end, grouped round the green, are the former school and schoolhouse, the parish church and its manse, the market cross and a stone well for drinking water. The village smithy remains at the East end and the corn mill, now a house, is down by the burn. The site of the former inn, where Cromwell stayed, is still to be seen on the south side of the village where the old road from the South entered over Berwick Bridge.
East Lothian and the Borders have much to offer in the culture department. If we can't provide it locally, the chances are that what you're after is within a short distance in the Borders or other close lying parts of Fife, the Lothians or North Northumberland.
Other places to go and activities include:
Endless beautiful sandy beaches and surf lessons available at Belhaven Beach in the summer months
Archery at the Scottish Archery Centre at Fenton Barns
Fresh Water and Sea Fishing
Walking - Coastal walks and the Southern Upland Way
Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar (tours of Scotland's oldest surviving brewery dating back to 1719)
Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland
Castles and Historic Houses - Edinburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Dirleton Castle and Gardens, Tantallon Castle, Lennoxlove House
Churches - St Mary's Collegiate Church, Haddington, Seton Collegiate Church, Cockenzie
Gardens - Inveresk Lodge Garden, Preston Tower and Gardens
Museums/Galleries - The Museum of Scotland, various art galleries in Edinburgh, The Heritage Golf Museum, Myreton Motor Museum, Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, John Muir House (John Muir's birthplace)