Eastside Cartshed

Penicuik, Midlothian
+44 (0)1968 677842
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£130 - £163
per night
£910 - £1140
per week

Immerse yourselves in the heather-clad peaks, moorland, glens and diverse wildlife of the magnificent Pentland Hills Regional Park


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

£130 - £163 per night

£910 - £1140 per week

The Experience

Walkers, mountain bikers, wild swimmers and nature lovers have over 10,000 acres of playground, criss-crossed by hundreds of paths and dotted with rivers, lochs, waterfalls and reservoirs. The views are particularly spectacular too, yet you’re only a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh. Your base is a rustic stone hay barn with a raised ceiling and a thoroughly modern, well thought-out interior. If you’re trapped by bad weather you’ll still feel happy, cosy by the wood-burner or up in the mezzanine watching moody skies and scudding clouds.

A sleek kitchen has all the gear, you eat at a Scandi dining table with views to the South Black Hill; tea, milk and locally-made biscuits will be waiting for you. Book in to the spa yurt with a wood-fired steam sauna hiding in the wild woodland garden, plunge into the outdoor stock tank to cool off.

Plump pillows, woollen blankets and perfect peace will lull you to deep sleep.

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We think you'll love

  • Listening to birds, stargazing, spending time in the woodland sauna yurt
  • The feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but visiting Edinburgh easily for shopping or exploring
  • The chic Scandi vibe within and the stunning rural views outside
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You should know

  • Sorry, no babies, children, or dogs
  • You're a mile up a track, a tad bumpy in parts but fine for ordinary cars
  • There are other holiday rentals on the farm


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £910
1 Barn for 2
From £1301 bedroom


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
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


We loved the clean yet characterful design of the Cartshed - surrounded by incredibly uplifting scenery, quietly cared for by fantastic hosts. It felt instantly and enduringly relaxing.

Joanne, Chichester

An amazing oasis and must stay! Amazing place of calm less than an hour drive from Edinburgh! We stayed in the East Side Wash House and Cartshed which somehow manages to feel simple and luxurious at the same time. After a wonderful but hectic journey through the rest of Scotland, this well thought out, beautifully appointed breath of fresh air was the perfect way to end our Scottish vacation. Beautiful little walks in the Heather covered hills and sweet bleating of sheep all around. Our hosts were so responsive, gracious and respectful of privacy. What a gem!

Robin, Seattle

A traditional 18th century stone farm dwelling with cool, chic minimal Scandi interiors with bespoke furnishings. Jenny and Susan are hands on and very friendly owners and the attention to detail is top-notch - the working farmyard outbuildings are the most well-maintained we'd ever seen. There are spectacular unspoiled mountain views from every direction with their appearance ever changing as the weather drifts - which is often in Scotland!

Annabel, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The farm sits alone in a wooded glen but you can still walk to a good pub. The nearest shops are in Penicuik, 15 minutes, or better still, drive on to Morningside where the main street is lined with cafés, delis, independent shops and even a family-run cinema. Have lunch at the Secret Herb Garden, about 15 minutes in the car, pick up herbs or visit their Secret Garden Gin Distillery.

Local points of interest from Susan & Jenny Cowan

  • The Cartshed is set amongst thousands of acres of stunning countryside with walking trails from the doorstep. Picnic in the hills, hike to the local pub or watch wildlife and the world go by from the nearest hilltop. Enjoy the enchanted woodland sauna yurt
  • The Cartshed 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 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 the Cartshed to the city centre! Explore the cobbled streets of George St, Victoria St, Stockbridge, the West End & the Royal Mile.
  • The Lothians and beyond have so much to offer. From rustic country spas, sandy beaches and surfing, to distilleries, skiing and sculpture parks. For Outlander fans the Cartshed offers the perfect base to chase coasts, castles and golden light!
  • Take a day trip to the coast, Sula boat trips will take you out into the Firth of Forth to spot gannets and puffins. Return to shore picking up fresh lobster and chips at the Lobster Shack open in the North Berwick harbour throughout the summer months.
  • Book supper at our farming neighbours on the other side of the Pentlands. The Free Company host magical seasonal suppers with all the ingredients grown on their organic farm. Think firepits, old farm buildings and long rustic tables.


Susan & Jenny Cowan

The farm has been in the Cowan family since the 1850s, Alastair and Susan have been managing the 3,000 acres for many years. Now their daughter Jenny, having studied landscape architecture, is working on a long term wildlife management plan and managing the holiday lets alongside her partner Michael, architect and photographer. They both have a passion for good design.