You have the choice of two suites, or the run of the whole of Parkhead House, built in the early 1700s as part of the plan to supply water to the formal gardens at Hopetoun House. The downstairs suite has an open fire, original art and prints from Scottish artists, a breakfast area, a comfy bedroom with views, hot water bottles, slippers, a choice of pillows and a bathroom with Scottish Fine Soaps. Upstairs is another sitting room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Fun to come as a group or choose to self-cater – there’s a proper kitchen.
Fridges are stocked with a continental breakfast, you get proper coffee machines too. But fill in a menu the night before and you can have a sizzling Full Scottish brought over to you by James, who lives next door and is as easy-going as they come.
The gardens have a covered outdoor area, a big table for barbecues and ringside views of events in the deer park, from carriage driving to mini Highland games.