The Wash House

Penicuik, Midlothian
+44 (0)1968 677842
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£127 - £160
per night
£890 - £1120
per week

A sleek, minimalist Scandi pad for two, one of five properties created out of ancient buildings on a 3,000 acre working hill sheep farm


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

£127 - £160 per night

£890 - £1120 per week

The Experience

All architect-designed by Iain MacLeod of Studio IMA in Edinburgh – it’s a triumph of design with many pieces of furniture doubling up to save space. You walk straight into the living room with free-standing wood-burner, wildlife books, OS maps and a lovely window seat with sheepskin throws, scattered cushions – the views are stunning and this will be a calming place to sit even if you’re stuck indoors.

One, simple double, made private by the ash screen which allows light to filter through, has a thick wool mattress, feather pillows and cosy robes for late night trips to the sauna. A sliding pocket door from the kitchen reveals a warm, modern shower room with hand wash from The Highland Soap Co. and thick towels. The kitchen has all the kit for proper cooking and bar stools to admire the views.

Hike and wild swim in the Pentland Hills, return to the spa yurt for a spell in the sauna and spring water outdoor plunge pool.

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We think you'll love

  • The design of the interior and everything fitting perfectly in its place
  • Easing your walk-weary limbs in the sauna and plunge pool
  • Spending a day at the coast with a picnic
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You should know

  • You have one session in the sauna and plunge pool included, then you need to book any extra slots (£30 a session)
  • It's not suitable for dogs or children
  • There are other holiday-makers and the owners 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 £127
Weekly price
from £890
1 Cottage for 2
From £1271 bed1 bedroom


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Included in the price is a 4-hour session in the wood fired sauna. Extra slots can be booked for £30.
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


I've seen an array of properties but this one is something super special. The sleek interiors and muted tones provide a calm environment in which you can sit back, relax, and look out onto the Pentland Hills Regional Park. The private wood-fired steam yurt sauna and spring water plunge pool is just another reason to visit!

Nicole, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You are in the Pentland Hills National Park for great swathes of unspoilt countryside and nature. The nearest pub, The Flotterstone Inn is about 2.5 miles - booking recommended. Shops are at Penicuik - 15 minutes, or Morningside for cafés and delis. The Secret Herb Garden is 15 minutes - visit the gardens and their gin distillery. Join in a foraging workshop or head to Seacliff beach for surfing.

Local points of interest from Susan & Jenny Cowan

  • The Wash House set amongst thousands of acres of stunning countryside has 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 Wash House 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 we're only a 10 mile drive from 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 Wash House 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.