The Grieve's House
Reimagined and redeveloped, this stunning architect-designed home is an irresistible countryside hideaway, yet just 15 miles from the magnificent city of Edinburgh and 7 miles from the stunning East Lothian coast.
A charismatic conversion offering oodles of style, comfort and serenity
Turn the corner into this steading with its vibrant blue livery and you are drawn by the fantastic combination of rustic wood cladding which reveals the contours of the stonework of the original building.
Surrounded by a private courtyard, the access door is framed by mature olive trees with outside seating, including an atmospheric firepit which you can load up with seasoned logs for toasted marshmallows, or the simple enjoyment of togetherness and a spot of star gazing.
Step inside and the look is quintessentially country with evocative wallpapers such as the 'Tree and Cow', and 'Pigeon and Clocktower' by illustrator Edward Bawden, stunningly reproduced by printmaker St. Jude’s as part of their studio archive range. The overall look is a modern twist on the arts and crafts movement balanced beautifully against the simplicity of furnishings with exceptional styling and design at its core - the Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson bookcase a wonderful example.
A bright inner hall with desk is a perfect spot when work beckons, leading into an open plan country kitchen which exudes a welcome calm with dining area in sunshine yellow and the craftsmanship showing through the mellow oak finishes. This leads into a ground floor boot room and cloakroom, leading out to a courtyard and a separate games room with ping pong table.
Upstairs are two atmospheric bedrooms divided by a family bathroom, layering textures and a rich heritage colour palette which say peace and tranquility.
Sitting room with small sofa and two armchairs, wood burning stove, selection of books, wall mounted Smart TV.
Inner hallway with large built-in desk and DAB radio.
Country kitchen with high quality granite work surfaces, dining table with seating for 4, ceramic induction hob, electric oven, washing machine, 3/4 dishwasher. There is an external door which leads to the side of the property. A separate door leads into a small porch room with bench seat and hanging space. This leads directly into the courtyard.
Inner boot room with hanging area and plenty of space for outdoor gear.
Cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Large upper landing with two bedrooms to the left and right, divided by a family bathroom.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured as a super king double or twin, large chest of drawers, hanging hooks.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, hanging space, chest of drawers.
Small patio area overlooking farmland with outdoor furniture with seating for 4, fire pit and bench seating.
Separate barn with games room with ping pong table, wood burner and a darts board.
Private parking in the courtyard area to the left of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and clip-on chair can be provided on request.
Fountainhall is a working and shooting estate with breeding pens therefore dogs cannot be considered from mid August to the end of January each year.
Outwith this period, one well behaved dog will be considered strictly by arrangement, kept to the ground floor of the property only.
Bed linen and towels are provided. A hairdryer is supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
Electric heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with generous initial supply of logs provided.
The Grieve's House sits in a private spot at the end of a steading surrounded by farmland. The property is not overlooked. The immediate area is a working stable and greenhouse which will be in occasional use.
The Grieves House sits in the centre of Fountainhall Estate with lovely quiet walks to nearby Glenkinchie Distillery and the village of Pencaitland which are both 1.5 miles from the property.
The small village of Pencaitland has a small Spar store for everyday essentials, a small pub called the Winton Arms, a post office and a petrol station. The Glenkinchie Distillery offers some excellent whisky tasting and distillery tours. East Coast Organics also sits nearby who can deliver a delicious box of fresh organic produce direct from the farm for the start of your stay.
Extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (7 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 breads and oven-fresh produce. The Waterside Bistro is very good, as is the Cottage Garden Kitchen which is very special. Booking essential. Look out for The Big Blu mobile van with its own wood-fired oven for delicious authentic pizza.
The Restoration Yard Store and Café in the heart of Dalkeith Country Park (8 miles) is also a top spot for a relaxed lunch and a spot of retail therapy, while children can enjoy some devilish exploits in the Fort Douglas Adventure Park.
For more elegant dining, head to La Potinière at Gullane (13 miles) for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine or Tom Kitchin's restaurant 'The Bonnie Badger' which is a fabulous 5 star AA restaurant using locally sourced produce washed down with artisan beers and wines from an impressive selection.
Hop on the train from Prestonpans (8 miles) and a 15 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.
For cycling you can join Sustrans 76 which runs all the way down the coast to Berwick upon Tweed or you can enjoy some leisurely cycling circuits along traffic free paths and minor roads, taking time to explore the quaint coastal villages of the area. Bikes can be hired from in Law Cycles North Berwick 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.
The John Muir Country Park 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.
Also 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.
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 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.
For golf, 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.
Take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (14 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 a visit to 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 July and 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!
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.Find Out More
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.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
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.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
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
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
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
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.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
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
- One dog will be considered on request between February and mid August.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The simpler things in life - twilight evenings and moody lighting for some relaxed together-time in front of the fire pit."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree