Steading Cottage

Penicuik, Midlothian
+44 (0)1968 677842
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£122 - £164
per night
£855 - £1150
per week

An 18th-century cottage for four on a working sheep farm: walk the Pentland Hills, get the bus to Edinburgh for culture


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£122 - £164 per night

£855 - £1150 per week

The Experience

One of three converted farm buildings set around a rustic courtyard on a working sheep farm. You’re high on the side of the Pentland Hills, ensconced in a rural idyll down a winding farm track but only ten miles from Edinburgh.When the weather is foul cosy up by the wood-burner – there are plenty of books and games. The open plan kitchen has all you need and ‘Cook’ in Morningside will deliver homemade meals to the door. In summer you’ll be in the garden (west facing for marvellous sunsets) with a barbecue. The Flotterstone Inn is ten minutes in the car.Susan and her family live in the main farmhouse and are on hand if needed; they’ll leave you with scones, fresh-cut flowers and as many logs from home-grown timber as you need. This is prime hill tramping territory, or head into Edinburgh for city thrills.

Steading Cottage - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Bringing your dog
  • The utter peace and countryside views
  • Being so close to Edinburgh
Steading Cottage - Gallery

You should know

  • The track is bumpy
  • You’ll need to get in the car for restaurants, pubs and the bus to Edinburgh
  • There are other guests on site


  • 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 £122
Weekly price
from £855
1 Cottage for 4
From £1223 beds2 bedrooms


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
Pubs/restaurants 6 miles.


Warm, comfortable accommodation; beautiful, peaceful setting; good walking from the doorstep; friendly, helpful owners.

Gillian, Skipton

Beautiful setting, garden and buildings. Very comfortable and well laid out accommodation

Mike, London

Wonderful, peaceful place to stay. We and the dog love it. Delightful hosts. Shall go back again soon I hope.

Simon, London

The location is stunning with plenty of walks from the door. Go for a hike or just a gentle stroll and enjoy the scenery. A great get away from it all but not too far from town for shops and takeaway. The cottage is comfy, clean and had all we needed. Owners very friendly and welcoming. We also loved the sheep!!

Lois, Bedford

We had at wonderful week at Steading cottage. The cottage itself is lovely, comfortable and really well equipped. It's garden is pretty and we loved the fire pit! The location is ideal - brilliant walking in the glorious Pentland Hills right from the doorstep, and also a handy base for longer trips. It was great to be based on a working farm and the owners arer really helpful and friendly. Very highly recommended, and we will be going back. Howard and Christine

Howard, Bath

Beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. Everything was perfect

Helen, Chester

Steading cottage is a gem of a cottage. We stayed in the cold of January, but the cottage was toasty warm; there was a gorgeous log burning fire that we lit for effect rather than the need for warmth. The views from the bedroom windows of the surrounding scenery were delightful, and on one morning dusted with snow. On arrival there were delicious scones for us. A rucksack with thermos and mugs was helpfully provided to encourage us to get out there walking. There were plenty of maps provided to assist with that sort of project. I would love to go back there!

lynnette, Long Crendon (near Oxford)

This is a wonderful cottage with very nicely thought out spaces. The open downstairs is spacious and very cosy. The sofas are comfortable and the kitchen incredibly well equipped. Nothing extra needed. Easy drive into the city as well. The bedrooms are cosy and beds comfortable. The parking is easy. The storage is great and walking dogs straight out of the back door is absolutely wonderful. The family are great and live next door if you need them. We parked our car near the cottage so we could let wet dogs dry off before they came in

Lisa, Milton Keynes

We visit Edinburgh once a year and our 'go to' place to stay is Eastside Cottages. We've stayed in three of the cottages but we especially like The Steading. It really is a home-from-home from the welcome tea and scones, the warming log fire and to the crisp bed linen with comfy pillows. The standard of cleanliness is always of an exceptionally high standard - as a working sheep farm - no easy task. Walks in the surrounding country are truly inspiring and yet you are only a few minutes from the centre of Edinburgh or border towns like Peebles. We wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else.

Sian, Baar

We spent a week here, from 11 - 17 Oct 2019. Amazing location, so quiet and peaceful. Surrounding area is excellent with lovely walks along the Pentland Hills, offering amazing views. The cottage was clean and to a very high standard. Susan had provided jams and scones for our arrival! The cottage is located as past of a renovated farmhouse, about 10 mins. up a farm track from the A class road, A702, NW of Penicuik. We will certainly return. Well done to the owners, who couldn't be more friendly and helpful.

Garry, Sehnde-Ilten

An amazing location with stunning views and walks. The cottage was beautiful, very comfortable, very well equipped, and extremely well presented.

jayne, Stourbridge

I have stayed here a few times and it's a great place to switch off but not that far from the city.

Andrew, Jersey

If you are looking for the perfect idyllic location but you don’t want to be too far from Edinburgh then I highly recommend this place. Four fantastic cottages,each with their own unique character and furnished to an exceptionally high standard. The location is absolutely stunning no matter what time of year you visit and Susan is the perfect host. The welcome home-baked scones are a classy touch especially. We had an absolutely fantastic time here and I would have to say that never mind visiting we just wanted to stay full time. Book a break here,you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Craig, Blairgowrie

We have been visiting the Scottish borders for many years and without doubt this property takes every box on our agenda. It is beautifully situated in the heart of the Pentland Hills, all the properties are extensively equipped, well appointed and comfortable, Conveniently situated for all aspects of Edinburgh life and indeed so accessible to the whole of the south of Scotland.. Couple that with a warm helpful, and friendly hosts and one would be hard pushed to find a more attractive Holiday home in Scotland, or indeed in the United Kingdom,

John, Esher

After having been to Eastside farm for 11 times, we are still amazed by the high standard of the cottage and the warm welcome we receive upon arrival. The Cowan family is very helpful when needed, without being too visible. The cottage is in the middle of the Pentland hills on a working sheep farm and from your doorstep you can walk endlessly. However, in just 30 minutes by car you are in middle of the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh with it's countless tourist attractions. Due to the remote location, the cottage is best reached by car.

Family, Rhenen

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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’re only 12 miles from Edinburgh here; the nearest town is Penicuik, a ten-minute drive, where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and a bus to Edinburgh that leaves every ten minutes.

Local points of interest from Susan & Jenny Cowan

  • The cottage 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 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.
  • Jupiter Artland is a magical place where you can immerse yourself in sculpture, walking around and sometimes through pieces as you explore the park. With pre-booking you can now swim in an art work with Joana Vasconcelos’ incredible Gateway piece.
  • 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.


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.