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Hoolet's View

Haddington, East Lothian

An elegant architect-designed hideaway nestled within ancient lands. 

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Overview

An elegant architect-designed hideaway nestled within ancient lands. 

Settle into this contemporary cottage with all the region’s best spots on your doorstep

Secluded within the dramatic and diverse landscape of East Lothian, Hoolet’s View combines rural tranquillity with effortless Scandi style. Named after the mystical barn owls which abound here, it enjoys magnificent views of Traprain Law – site of the discovery of the largest Roman silver hoard outside the Roman Empire. Today, this volcanic hill is grazed by wild ponies and surrounded by patchwork fields, wherein this cottage is nestled just a mile and a half away. 

The pastoral setting belies the minimalist design and creature comforts to be found inside. Kick off muddy wellies in the boot room and enter the open plan living area, where underfloor heating stretches throughout and a vaulted oak ceiling creates an elevated sense of space. The contemporary kitchen is joined by an inviting farmhouse table, while the cosy sitting area – complete with Neptune sofas and Pooky lamps – will tempt you to settle in beside the wood burner. You could spend hours here alone, watching a full spectrum of colours wash across the sky through the floor-to-ceiling feature window. 

The bedrooms lie on the same floor, both kitted out with crisp bed linen from The White Company. Each bedroom also enjoys its own beautifully finished ensuite with a spacious walk-in rainforest shower. Outside, a lawned garden borders the side and rear of the cottage, with a patio seating area designed for making the most of the remarkable panorama. 

Needless to say, Hoolet’s View is an ideal base for exploring East Lothian by foot, bike, or car. North Berwick – picked by The Times as the best place to live in the UK in 2024 – is just 10 miles away, while the stunning coastal walks, golf courses, and restaurants at Gullane and Dunbar lie within equally easy reach. Make a day trip to Edinburgh, a short train journey away – perhaps stopping off to view the Traprain Law treasure in the National Museum of Scotland – or simply embrace slow-living in the peaceful surroundings of your cottage, with nothing to do and nowhere to be. 

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Access into a small boot room with bench seating and hanging rail.

Open plan living area comprising:

Sitting room with sofa, two armchairs, 56" wall-mounted Smart TV, Morso wood burning stove. French doors lead out to the patio and garden.

Dining space with farmhouse table and seating for four guests.

Kitchen with electric oven, induction hob, large fridge/freezer (3 drawer freezer), dishwasher, Krups Nespresso machine (pod type), island unit with integrated washing machine, cupboard with microwave.

To the right of the kitchen is bedroom one, with bedroom two to the left.

Bedroom one with king size bed, two side tables, chest of drawers, chair, hanging rail just off the bedroom in the inner hall.

En suite shower room with walk-in wet room shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with zip and link option allowing the bed to be set up as a twin or a super king, side tables, peg rail with hangers, chest of drawers just directly off the bedroom in the inner hall.

En suite shower room with walk-in wet room shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

OUTSIDE

Enclosed lawned garden to the side and rear, with patio and outside seating. The cottage benefits from views across open countryside towards Traprain Law, an important East Lothian landmark.

TENNIS COURT

By arrangement, guests are welcome to use the owner's tennis court which sits nearby. Please bring your own tennis racquets and balls.

PARKING

Private parking for two cars to the side of the cottage.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

An Electric vehicle charger is available for use.

The charger is untethered, therefore please bring your own connection cable. There is a flat fee per kilowatt to use the charging point.

For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here.

BABIES & CHILDREN

A travel cot and highchair is available on request. 

DOGS

Sorry, dogs are not permitted. 

GUEST AMENITIES

There is a hairdryer in each bedroom. High quality bed linen and towels are provided. Pillows and duvets are goose down. Please contact us should you require alternative options and the owner will try to accommodate. Hand soap and shower/bath wash is provided in each bathroom.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Fibre broadband with download speeds of 70mbps. Mobile reception is generally good.

HEATING

Underfloor heating throughout the cottage, with additional heated towel rails in the bathrooms. Morso wood burning stove - a generous initial supply of logs is provided.

GUEST PRIVACY

The cottage is detached and sits in a rural location. There are a number of farm outbuildings nearby which are not in use, although there may be some very occasional farm traffic in the nearby fields. The owner's property sits off the main access drive.

SHORT-TERM LETS LICENSING

Scottish short-term lets licence number: EL00386F

The current EPC rating for this property is band C, a copy of the certificate can be found here

Location

The nearest village of East Linton (3 miles) has a small Co-op supermarket, newsagents, and Farm Shop at The Mart, which sells a wide range of locally sourced, high quality produce. Plus, there's a lovely cafe there too to refuel before browsing their gift shop or craft fair held on Saturdays and Sundays each week. Also worth visiting is Bostock Bakery for their wonderful bread, pastries, cakes and coffee - but get there early, as there's often a queue, but it's definitely worth waiting in line for. 

Extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (8 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, cafes, delis, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries. Or try The Loft for fabulous artisan bread and oven-fresh produce. 

For more elegant dining, head to Gullane (15 miles) for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine at La Potinière, or the fabulous 5 star AA restaurant of Tom Kitchin, The Bonnie Badger, which uses locally sourced produce and serves artisan beers and wines from an impressive selection. North Berwick (10 miles) has a vast array of options, and The Glenkinchie Distillery (12.8 miles) offers some excellent whisky tasting and distillery tours.

Hop on the train at Dunbar and a 25-minute journey will take you into the centre of Edinburgh where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak up the culture and heritage of this beautiful, vibrant city.

Activities

Nearby is The John Muir Country Park covering some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline, featuring 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. Take time to visit The Scottish Seabird Centre where you can watch the rich marine life and birdlife of the area using powerful webcams and telescopes, including some curious seals and dolphins if you are particularly lucky.

Inland, Dalkeith Country Park has 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.

For watersports, there is canoeing inland on the River Tyne and Esk; superb kayaking around the waterways off Dunbar; and thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at Foxlake. Surf buffs can enjoy some wonderful sport right along the coast and there is a surf school in Dunbar offering lessons in paddleboarding, surfing and coasteering. There are also dive charters and sightseeing trips from the harbours at Dunbar and North Berwick taking in nature reserve sites around the Forth, Bass Rock and Isle of May.

The area is world-famous for its stunning links courses with Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane and North Berwick all within easy reach offering some fantastic sport for the golfing members of your party.

For cycling, you can enjoy some leisurely cycling circuits along traffic-free paths and minor roads, taking time to explore the quaint rural or coastal villages of the area. Bikes can be hired from in Mikes Bikes in Haddington or Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar, while FatBike Tours in North Berwick run lessons and guided treks on specially designed ‘fatbikes’, which are a fantastic way to explore the remote sandy bays and ancient clifftop castles of the area on two wheels.

There are miles of scenic paths across the wider area offering leisurely low-level walks to more demanding treks across both coast and country. Set off on foot and wander through the Humbie Woods and Keith Water for a mini-adventure, or head to Haddington where there are four lovely walks around the town, taking in the picturesque River Tyne or up to the ridge of the Garleton Hills, which offers wonderful panoramic views across East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

Alternatively, take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh where 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 candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city for some fascinating tales of Edinburgh’s darker past; or perhaps partake in a wee dram or a tasting session at the Scotch Whisky Centre where you can learn to nose, swirl and taste like an expert.

Finally, take a visit to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which sits majestically over the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, 15th Century gun Mons Meg, and the National War Museum of Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city in August, don’t miss the vibrant Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival or the Edinburgh Military Tattoo ending with a poignant lone piper lament high on the castle ramparts. Truly spectacular!

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Fishing

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Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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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.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Walking

Walking

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.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Adventure Sports

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

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Location Rural - 3.1 miles from East Linton, 6 miles from Haddington.
DOGS
  • Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday with the additional option of Tuesday out of high season. Please enquire for other short break options.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Sit at dusk on the patio and watch for the resident barn owls swooping over the fields
THE LITTLE THINGS WE LOVE…
"Sitting out on the patio as dusk falls, keeping eyes peeled for barn owls swooping over the fields. "
Vanessa, owner of Hoolet's View
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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