A bright, spacious home set amidst lush gardens and rolling Scottish countryside.
Just a short hop from the magnificent city of Edinburgh
Hawthorn House has been cleverly transformed from a pair of traditional stone cottages into a bright and airy holiday home with four generously sized bedrooms and a spacious open-plan living space. The house successfully blends the old stone façade and rural setting, on a quiet country lane enveloped by lush rolling countryside, with a modern rear aspect and contemporary interiors to create a comfortable and welcoming home.
With the entire property set out on the ground floor, Hawthorn House is the ideal home for a large group with tiny tots or guests with limited mobility. The spacious, light-filled living room features ample seating space for all, with two comfy sofas and three armchairs, and leads through to the large family kitchen, delivering an open-plan feel yet retaining some separation. The kitchen is flooded with sunlight thanks to a large skylight and bi-folding doors, which lead out to the patio and beautiful enclosed garden that wraps around the rear of the house in a semi-circle shape and combines manicured lawns with flower-filled herbaceous borders. The sheltered patio is perfect for al fresco dining while enjoying uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside and can be accessed directly from the kitchen or through the adjoining utility room (also handy for kicking off muddy boots after country walks).
Hawthorn House features four bedrooms: the master bedroom has a king size bed with ensuite shower room while the remaining bedrooms (one double and two twins) share a large family bathroom with a bath and separate waterfall shower.
Whether you stay close to home or explore further afield, this area has something to offer the whole family. In addition to walks to enjoy on the doorstep, there’s walking and cycling in nearby Dalkeith Country Park and Pentland Hills Regional Park, easy day trips to Edinburgh and sandy beaches to enjoy on the coast of East Lothian.
Access through entrance vestibule with console table. Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Open-plan living area comprising of:
Sitting room with a 3-seater sofa, 2-seater sofa, three single armchairs, coffee table, bookcase with a selection of books and games, TV and DVD player.
Kitchen with hob, electric oven and grill, dishwasher, fridge / freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and a selection of cookbooks. Large dining table to seat eight. Access through bi-fold doors to garden and outdoor seating area.
Utility room with sink, washing machine, clothes drying rack.
Access to hallway from open-plan living area.
Bedroom one with twin beds, side tables, large window with view of fields at the front of property.
Family bathroom with shower with rainforest head and handheld mixer, bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, large chest of drawers, single chair, view out to the front of the property and country lane.
En suite shower room with shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Bedroom three with double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, windows overlooking the surrounding fields to the side and front of property.
Bedroom four with twin beds, side tables, large chest of drawers, single chair and large double window with views out to the rear garden.
There is an enclosed lawned garden to the rear of the property. There is a patio area immediately outside of the kitchen which is accessed through bi-fold doors, with a barbecue and outdoor furniture to seat eight. The garden looks over open farmland.
Please note that the property sits on a country lane a few hundred yards away from a working farm and there may be some passing traffic by farm vehicles. There is secure fencing around the garden, however, children and dogs should be closely supervised.
There is a gravelled parking area with space for three cars to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Please note, children should be closely supervised when in front of the house. The property sits on a country lane that is occasionally used by farm vehicles to access farm buildings nearby.
Secure fencing is provided around the garden for the safety of children and pets.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £10 per dog.
Dogs must be clean and dry before access into the house and must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests, along with hand soaps. A hairdryer is available for guest use.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi with good speeds is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
The heating at Hawthorn House can be thermostatically controlled and there are wall-mounted radiators, which can be controlled individually.
The house sits on a quiet country lane, which has occasional passing farm traffic to the nearby steading. The house has its own enclosed garden and is not overlooked.
Hawthorn House sits along a charming country lane and is surrounded by rolling fields of countryside, providing the perfect amount of peace and quiet. The house is well situated to enjoy both the tranquillity of the Scottish countryside, as well as the hustle and bustle of the nearby city and all it has to offer.
The nearest village of Pathhead (1 mile) will provide all the essentials, including a family-run bakery, Post Office and village shop. For larger supermarket shopping, head to Dalkeith (6 miles), and you will also find a pharmacy, additional shops and some restaurants there.
The Restoration Yard and Wellbeing Lab sits within Dalkeith Country Park (6.5 miles) offering great shopping, homeware, food and drink, giftware and more. There is the Fort Douglas Adventure Park to keep children entertained with treehouses, zip wires, suspension bridges, slides and climbing walls. The Coffee Bar and The Kitchen restaurant offer tasty breakfasts, lunches or afternoon tea using fresh, local produce.
The Secret Herb Garden (10 miles) is set within an old nursery and serves delicious and seasonal produce, such as soups, quiches and cakes which can be enjoyed in the gardens or in the glasshouse.
Travel into the city centre of Edinburgh (14 miles) for a wide choice of bars, cafés and renowned restaurants. Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin comes highly recommended (be sure to book in advance), as well as Six by Nico, where you’ll be served six courses from their tasting menu, based around a different theme changing every six weeks. Or, taste what’s in season through the tasting menu at Aizle, then have drinks afterwards in the spectacular setting of The Dome (a must-visit at Christmas time for the incredible display of lights).
It’s better to use public transport when heading into the city, as parking can be tricky, but fortunately, Lothian Buses offer regular services from Eskbank and Dalkeith, or there’s a train station just 15 minutes away (Eskbank Station), where you can take a short 20-minute ride to Edinburgh Waverley, right in the centre.
Nearby is Dalkeith Country Park (6.5 miles), 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland with family-friendly routes for walkers and cyclists and a jam-packed events calendar featuring music festivals and shows, wellbeing retreats and trail runs. The Fort Douglas Adventure Park, with its sky maze, magical turreted treehouses, zip wires, suspension bridges, slides, climbing walls and secret tunnels, will keep children entertained for hours. Later, stop by the Restoration Yard and Wellbeing Lab for great shopping, homeware, food and drink, giftware and more, grab a coffee and cake from their café, or dine in The Kitchen restaurant.
The area benefits from the largest dry ski facility in Europe at Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend (12 miles) and a few miles further north will take you to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho (23 miles) where you can experience rock climbing, abseiling and bouldering, as well as the highest indoor aerial assault course in the UK.
So close to the wonderful Pentland Hills (15 miles), walkers and cyclists will be in their element with a vast number of waymarked routes to choose from. The Capital View Walk explores the Hillend Country Park, starting with a steep climb up Hillend Hill and along the path to the top of the ski-slope, offering amazing views across Edinburgh and towards the Firth of the Forth.
Local attractions include Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin (13 miles), which dates back to 1446. Prominently featured in the best seller The Da Vinci Code, this beautiful heritage attraction has been the topic of many mystical theories including the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. A fascinating place, a fascinating history!
For avid fans of the ‘Royal and Ancient’ game, spend the day at Archerfield Links (22 miles), where you can play on world-class courses set amongst whispering pines and sweeping fairways. Stop off at Archerfield Walled Garden (20 miles) to explore the grounds of this 18th Century garden which once used to grow produce for Archerfield House. Now, it’s a pretty perennial meadow, wildlife area and kitchen garden. A visit here wouldn’t be complete without embarking on a magical fairy trail around the woodland or stopping in at the Garden Café to devour some hearty, delicious food with an emphasis on seasonality.
For mountain biking and forest trails, Glentress (25 miles) is a superb destination with trails to suit all ages and abilities. With a brand new £8.5m visitor centre, it also has a cafe, bike hire and instruction on offer but with some fantastic opportunities for walking and wildlife too. And for an exhilarating thrill 40 feet above the forest floor, there are zip wires and tree top adventures at nearby Go Ape (25 miles).
Despite its peaceful rural location, the City of Edinburgh Bypass can be reached in just ten minutes by car and allows easy access into Edinburgh and all that this magnificent city has to offer. Here, you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a tour of the underground vaults of the old city; savour the atmosphere of the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival or exceptional Jazz & Blues Festival, or visit its most famous landmark - the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
The spectacular East Lothian coast can be reached in half-an-hour with miles of expansive sandy beaches which are a haven for wildlife and birdlife. Favourite spots include the glorious family-friendly beach at Gullane; the dune-fringed sands at Belhaven; the dog-friendly cove at Yellowcraig; or the secluded sands at Seacliff - an enchanting gem with a tiny harbour and wonderful views north towards the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle.
Children and families
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Classes at your holiday home
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Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Cooks and chefs
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Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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"We had a great holiday and we were very fortunate with the weather during our stay in Midlothian. The service provided by Crabtree & Crabtree could not be faulted and I would happily recommend you to others looking for self catering accommodation in Scotland and Northumberland. Hawthorn House is in a great location with lots of places to visit nearby, providing us with an ideal base for our family holiday. The property is situated on a quiet country road and has a large safe garden which was perfect for the children and dogs. The house is well laid out with a very spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area, and the kitchen is well equipped with everything we needed for a self catering holiday. The bi fold doors opening onto the garden were particularly welcome as we benefited from fine, warm weather. We met with the owner when we arrived, as he was cutting the grass around the property, he was pleasant and helpful as was the local farmer who gave us advice on the local area."Ms Curtis
- Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £10 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The sun beaming in through the skylight and bi-fold doors in the kitchen, whilst enjoying breakfast around the dining table."Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree