Byre Cottage

Penicuik, Midlothian

Cosy cottage on a working hill sheep farm with spectacular views, walks from the door and Edinburgh just ten miles away


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Your converted barn is one of four self-catering properties set around a courtyard. Susan and her family live in the farmhouse and will greet you with freshly made scones along with fresh milk, tea and coffee; logs for the wood-burner are on the house.

Spread out in the spacious living room where you’ll find games and books for days when the weather plays up. You can all eat at the farmhouse table in the kitchen or, in summer, light the barbecue in your private garden, which has magnificent views of the Pentland Hills.

Walk along the ridge to the Flotterstone Inn in an hour-and-a-half or drive in ten minutes. The nearest town, Penicuik, has shops and restaurants, and you can take the bus to Edinburgh from here – or drive to the City Bypass in ten minutes.

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We think you'll love

  • Your friendly, hospitable hosts
  • The stunning views for miles
  • Spotting wildlife
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You should know

  • You have to drive along a mile-long farm track to get here
  • You’re on a working farm


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Byre available from the 20th - 27th December for £1120. Stay for frosty days, traditional wreaths, beautifully decorated trees and roaring fires.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 6 miles.


Nightly price
from £144
Weekly price
from £720
1 Cottage for 4
From £1443 beds2 bedrooms


Eastside was a lovely place to spend a quiet few days walking, cooking and relaxing by the wood burner. The cottage is done up beautifully and very well equipped. The owners were very friendly and helpful with advice on walks and other local info. It was great being surrounded not just by hills but also sheep, and dogs and horses.

Amy, London

As always our stay at Eastside was fabulous. The cottage is cosy and warm and the welcoming tea tray with home made scones is delicious. The location in the Pentland Hills invites you for a refreshing walk right from your doorstep. Also the center of Edinburgh is just half an hour by car. The Cowans are very welcoming and helpful.

Hans & marien, Rhenen, the netherlands

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The neighbourhood

Eastside Cottages are set in a quiet glen in Pentland Hills Regional Park, surrounded by hills sporting purple heather – look out for red grouse, peregrines, ravens and badgers. You can strike out for hikes into the hills from the house – take a picnic.

Local points of interest from Susan Cowan

  • The cottage is nestled among acres of stunning countryside crisscrossed with walking trails from the doorstep. Take a picnic into the hills, hike to the local pub or just take a moment to watch the wildlife and the world go by from the nearest hilltop.
  • The cottage is at the centre of Eastside Farm - our working hill sheep farm. Old-fashioned grasses, herbs & heather illustrate the timeless values of our traditional farming systems. Red grouse, peregrines, ravens, wild hares & badgers are a common sight
  • Edinburgh, Scotland's compact, hilly capital city is jam-packed with great things to do and it's only a 10 mile drive from Eastside to the centre! Explore the cobbled streets of George St., Victoria St., Stockbridge, the West End and the Royal Mile.
  • The Lothians and beyond have so much to offer. From country spas, sandy beaches and surfing, to distilleries, skiing and sculpture parks. There’s lots to keep the whole family entertained without heading into the city.


Susan Cowan

The Cowans are the fifth generation of the family to run Eastside farm. Susan was a pharmacist and is now a keen gardener and farmer alongside her husband, a full-time farmer and avid bread and marmalade maker. Their daughter Jenny assists in the day to day running of the cottages and is responsible for the tasteful interior design.