This Georgian farmhouse is secluded yet you can walk to restaurants and a pub and it’s only a short drive to Edinburgh. You’ll spot deer, pheasants and squirrels in the surrounding four acres and hear owls softly hooting at night.
You stay in the converted coach house and stables, which are attached to the main house and lead onto a courtyard. Beds are tip-top luxurious, rooms have courtyard and leafy views; wake to a buffet-style breakfast looking out over the river North Esk. Nicola creates a continental feast of freshly baked pastries, fruit salad, Greek yoghurt, pancakes, boiled eggs from home hens, porridge in winter – all set on pretty tables with linen napkins, flowers and candles.
Children can play on trampoline and swings and chat to the chickens; help yourself to berries and fruit in the walled kitchen garden; sit in the summerhouse on balmy evenings.