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Redcliff But 'n' Ben

Haddington, East Lothian

A pretty, rural bolthole that’s within easy range of East Lothian’s beaches and Edinburgh.

 

Redcliff But 'n' Ben

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Redcliff But 'n' Ben

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Overview

A pretty, rural bolthole that’s within easy range of East Lothian’s beaches and Edinburgh.

Partners can enjoy pastoral peace, open-plan interiors and lovely views

Redcliff is perfect for couples seeking a romantic weekend escape, or a handy, quiet base from which to both visit Edinburgh and explore East Lothian’s best beaches, golf courses, rambles and restaurants.

A typical Scots “but and ben” cottage, this is a one-bedroom, single-floor base replete with charm. Behind its characterful red-brick exterior, Redcliff opens onto a hallway leading to the bright main open-plan space. One half contains your sitting room, whose extra-long sofa and comfy mustard-yellow armchair frame an old luggage chest reborn as the coffee table. There’s a Smart TV, too, and a log-burning stove if needed while windows overlook owner Jenny’s gorgeous gardens.

Opposite is the cheerful kitchen, featuring cream-coloured cabinets. By its counter, high stools offer a casual dining area. Fine views from the window here means you can gaze happily across fields while cooking. Just to one side is a large crockery display dresser: part of Redcliff’s vintage design theme, alongside that repurposed trunk and drinks jugs upcycled as vases.

The double bedroom is just as bright and cheerful, not least because of its soft, pink-striped headboard. Next door’s bathroom features a walk-in shower cubicle and top-notch toiletries.

A shared entrance courtyard includes a bench seat should you fancy some al-fresco morning coffee, or perhaps a last glass of wine one summer evening. Horse stables beckon over the farm road opposite, but more eye-grabbing is what looms to the right. Just over a mile away across open countryside, lonely Traprain Law (or Dunpelder, as some locals call it) is a whaleback hill which once hosted Celtic hill forts. It’s popular to hike up, and keep your eyes peeled for anything glinting: tonnes of Roman silver were once unearthed here.

Some of that is now displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, a 45-minute drive away. Closer still, at just ten miles, is North Berwick and thus the East Lothian coastline’s sandy shores. Try to visit Gullane, where great golf courses accompany Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin’s restaurant The Bonnie Badger. Also on the doorstep are an array of ancient churches and cycling routes, as well as the Glenkinchie whisky distillery. Haddington, six miles west, pairs its fine selection of grocers, wine stores and butchers with clothes shops, craft galleries and tea rooms.

Jenny’s carefully-landscaped grounds – she's a garden designer by trade, and will happily show you around with arrangement – contain a tennis court and a cute shepherd’s hut (perfect for picnics) which guests may use. Skirt around the gardens and you’ll soon come to the Whittingehame Water: a lovely place to sit, sketch or watch for kingfishers. 

Property details

GROUND FLOOR

Access directly into a hall with hanging rail.

Open plan living space comprising:

Sitting room with large sofa, armchair, wood burning stove, Smart TV.

Kitchen with breakfast bar and stools, induction hob, electric oven, fridge (no ice-box), small microwave, washing machine. Please note there is no dishwasher. 

Bedroom with 4'6" double bed, small dressing table with mirror and chair, in-built cupboard with shelves. Hooks for hanging.

Bathroom with electric shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

OUTSIDE

Please note there is no direct garden for guest use at Redcliff, however, there is a wonderful walk down to the riverside and guests may make use of the owner's shepherd's hut for picnics - subject to availability. Guests may also use the owner’s tennis court subject to prior agreement.

The sitting room looks onto the owner’s garden via three front aspect windows. For guests interested in gardening, the owner is a garden designer and would be delighted to show guests around on request.

There is a shared courtyard to the front of the cottage with a bench seat and parking provision. Secure storage can be made available for bikes and outdoor gear in the stable area opposite.

PARKING

Parking provision directly to the front of the cottage in the courtyard which is shared with the owner.

BABIES & CHILDREN

Regrettably, the cottage is not felt to be particularly suitable for children or infants.

DOGS

Sorry, dogs are not permitted.

GUEST AMENITIES

High quality bed linen and towels from The White Company are provided, along with hand soap and shower wash from local producer 'Laura Thomas'.

WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE

Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. Mobile reception is generally good.

HEATING

Electric heating throughout. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room – initial basket of logs provided. Further logs can be provided at additional cost by the owner. Underfloor heating in the hall and bathroom.

GUEST PRIVACY

The cottage adjoins the owner’s property, and the courtyard to the front is shared. The owner would be delighted to assist guests with any aspect during their stay but is equally respectful of guest privacy.

Location

The nearest village of East Linton (4.2 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 (6.5 miles) where you will find an excellent selection of grocers, wine shops, florists and butchers sitting alongside charming gift, clothes shops and craft galleries. Here, you can relax and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes, delicatessens or tea rooms in the town, including The Loft for fabulous artisan bread and oven-fresh produce. The Waterside Bistro is very good, as is the Cottage Garden Kitchen, which is very special (booking is essential). Alternatively, The Strawberry Barn in Dunbar (6 miles) has a great deli, café, Gin Bar as well as pick-your-own berries during the summer season. 

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. The Glenkinchie Distillery (13 miles) offers some excellent whisky tasting and distillery tours.

The Restoration Yard and Wellbeing Lab sits within Dalkeith Country Park (22 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.

Hop on the train at Drem (9.2 miles from Redcliff) or 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 (6.4 miles) 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.

Dalkeith Country Park (21.3 miles) 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 (6.5 miles) 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.

Take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (25.6 miles) 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!

Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Fishing

Fishing

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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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Historic houses and castles

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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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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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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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

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Nearby is The John Muir Country Park (5.2 miles) covers 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.

Dalkeith Country Park (22 miles) 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 (6.5 miles) 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.

Take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (26 miles) 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!

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Nannies and babysitters

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.

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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

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Reviews

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our late autumn holiday in East Lothian. The cottage is very comfortable. The log fire is a bonus and the owners made us feel very welcome ensuring we had more than enough firewood. We will recommend the ‘But n Ben’ to all our friends!”

Mr Rodgers

“We’ve had a lovely autumnal break with some reasonably good weather. We’ve enjoyed walks – up Traprain Law, at Gosford House grounds (get a permit for £1 at the farm shop), Dalkeith Country Park, on the Whittingehame Estate, Tantallon Castle and North Berwick, and at Gifford. We’ve even had a day in Edinburgh on the train from Dunbar! We’ve had some great food visiting East Linton, fish and chips overlooking the sea at Longniddery, as well as at Dalkeith, Gifford and Gullane. My husband also managed to squeeze in three enjoyable bike rides! All that said it’s been a lovely relaxing time too. Thank you for the wonderful welcome and for keeping us topped up with logs for the fire.”

Mrs Mills

“I was working in the area and having the ability to self-cater was just what I wanted. I would stay again, lovely owners and not too far away from supermarkets.”

Mr Slater
Location Rural - 4.2 miles from East Linton, 6.5 miles from Haddington
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday & Monday with other arrival days considered on request.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Enjoy riverside walks and a picnic at the shepherd's hut by the Whittingehame Water
THE LITTLE THINGS WE LOVE…
"The peace and tranquility of the riverside walk, stopping off for a picnic at the shepherd's hut, is a lovely way to while-away an afternoon or two."
Jenny, owner of Redcliff But 'n' Ben
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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