The Sheep Cote, Pentland Hills

Nine Mile Burn, Midlothian
+44 (0)7775 984235

Escape to the farm, deep in the Pentland Hills for walking, cycling and nature-watching from a very warm and comfortable base camp


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Come for thousands of hectares of beautiful countryside in this Regional Park, with challenging hills and gentle walks around reservoirs. Cyclists and hikers will find over a hundred kilometres of marked paths. It all feels remote, surrounded by hills and many sheep, but Edinburgh is only 30 minutes in the car.

Your local stone cottage has a contemporary feel indoors, with neutral colours, wooden floors, warm throws and deep window sills. Views soar over to the south side of the hills, the wood-burner is merry on a dull day (logs provided) and the living room is spacious. Gather in the kitchen for suppers or fire up the barbecue on the terrace; toast a marshmallow around the fire pit later on.

Sunny bedrooms have pure wool throws, thick mattresses and views over the garden to the heather-covered hills. You’ll wake up filled with joy just looking at them.

The Sheep Cote, Pentland Hills - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The peace and quiet and stunning views
  • Walking and cycling in glorious surroundings
  • Lighting the fire pit and sampling some whisky as the sun goes down
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You should know

  • You'll need to love the sound of sheep - especially in spring
  • WiFi not strong enough for streaming


  • 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

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from £103
Weekly price
from £720
1 House for 4
From £1033 beds2 bedrooms


What a great find the Sheepcote and the Coachhouse are. We have just returned for a second time , on this occasion in the Sheepcote. Both cottages have a lovely fresh homely atmosphere and are warm ,comfy and cosy. We had some beautiful autumnal walks in the Pentland hills behind, especially around the North Esk Reservoir/lake with the burn flowing from it. The near proximity to great golf courses and Edinburgh is a bonus from such a peaceful retreat. We are already planning another stay.

Susan, Norfolk

We had a wonderful stay. Seriously looking forward to coming back again. Stylish and comfortable, we had a lovely time.

Sarah, London

A wonderful stay at the Sheep Cote. The cottage was so well set up, everything we needed and such a homely feel. Great location for exploring the hills and we also enjoyed being able to get into Edinburgh so easily. We’d love to come back, thank you.

Sarah, London

Take in deep gulps of fresh National Park air and relish the views, the peace and quiet and many sheep.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The nearest village is West Linton (4.3 miles) which has a deli, post office and bookshop as well as The Old Bakehouse restaurant. Whitmuir Organics (6 miles) sells great meat, fruit and veg and can also deliver home cooked food ahead of your stay. Explore the Secret Herb Garden (8 miles) and buy delicious gins from their distillery, or simply wander the beautiful gardens.

Local points of interest from Ali & Andrew Kennedy

  • North Esk Reservoir is on our land and a short walk from the cottage, it is absolutely beautiful and the perfect spot for a wee dram, or maybe just a flask of tea...
  • Edinburgh city is only 16 miles away, so its very easy to do a day trip or two - perhaps walk up Arthurs Seat or just head to the shops. There are plenty of delicious restaurants there to test out too.
  • No need to get in the car to explore the hills, the path is right on your doorstep. There are plenty of other sporting activities within reach too: mountain biking on the hills, dry slope skiing, golf, horse riding, surfing or fishing on the River Tweed.
  • Nearby Rosslyn Chapel is an intriguing and magical chapel which is only 15 minutes away and features in the Da Vinci Code book by Dan Brown - its absolutely stunning in real life and worth a visit during your stay.
  • Guests are welcome to explore the private walled gardens of neighbouring Newhall Estate which is just across the road - there is beautiful sheltered glen walk to do there too.
  • Dine in with COOK meals delivery to your door, or sample the local menus of Penicuik & West Linton restaurants. The options in Edinburgh are endless too!


Ali & Andrew Kennedy

Ali and Andrew have two cottages based in these beautiful hills. They've recently renovated and modernised The Sheep Cote to make it light and airy and to make the most of the views of sheep-filled fields and beyond. They aim for a warm, comfy feel, a cosy home from home, and they hope you have a lovely holiday.