The Stables, Saltcoats Steading
A stylish base for exploring East Lothian’s gastronomy, golf courses and golden beaches.
On Gullane’s peaceful fringes, this converted farm building contains four large en-suite bedrooms
The best things don’t always come in small packages. Complete with four airy, en-suite bedrooms and an array of spacious socialising spots, The Stables blends its plentiful square footage with stylish design and luxurious amenities.
Part of Saltcoats Steading, formerly a 19th-century farm, The Stables is a long, rectangular stone building. Once open to the elements so horses could easily come and go, much of its ground-floor frontage now features floor-to-ceiling windows (operated by snazzy electric blinds) to ensure natural light.
At the heart of that ground floor await your social areas. Amid the spacious sitting room are three cushion-strewn sofas. In soft shades of silver and vanilla, these face both the wall-mounted, 65-inch TV – complete with Sky Q – and a log-burner. Just outside is the cobbled courtyard area, whose patio table and chairs encourage al-fresco eats.
Otherwise, everyone can dine together in the vast kitchen-dining area, sprawled below a high cathedral ceiling and old rafters. Beyond the wood-and-glass table are numerous top-notch appliances – an electric range cooker, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher, plus a chunky island counter. High chairs beside this allow for casual coffee chats or simply for the designated chef to have some company while cooking.
Three bedrooms also occupy the ground floor, with a fourth up in the eaves. Each is decorated in warm, neutral tones, and each includes sophisticated seating. Especially notable, however, are their size, even with the provision of king or superking-sized beds. These are chambers in which you’ll be happy to linger – especially the largest, a master suite courtesy of sofas, another 65-inch, Sky Q TV, and a desk for working.
Equally impressive are their opulent bathrooms. Designed in chocolate shades or pale hues, these capacious sanctuaries come with walk-in showers and tubs for long, candlelit soaks. The outside world? You’ll struggle to remember it at all.
Do try, however, because East Lothian has heaps to see and do. Sitting in the middle of Scotland's Golf Coast, golfers are but a lob wedge away from Gullane No. 3 course, with the town club’s other two 18-hole links challenges scarcely further. On top of that, you’re also close to Muirfield, a regular Open Championship venue, and the world’s 13th oldest club in North Berwick as well as The Renaissance Club - Home to the Genesis Scottish Open.
Then there are the two award-winning restaurants – La Potiniere and Michelin-starred Tom Kitchin’s Bonnie Badger – in Gullane itself, the sublime curve of golden sand at Gullane Beach, the cafe-sponsored shopping in independent stores at seaside towns North Berwick and Dunbar, the Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens, the seabird safaris, the nature-reserve walks, or the 30-minute trains to Edinburgh.
Spacious sitting room with three two-seater sofas, cosy log burner, wall-mounted Smart TV with Sky Q and electric blinds for the large floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the courtyard.
Large well equipped kitchen and dining area featuring a large electric range oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A large dining table has seating for up to eight guests. There is also a large wall-mounted TV and large floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a bright sociable space.
Bedroom one master suite with a super king size sleigh bed, two armchairs, wicker sofa, chest of drawers, full length mirror, Smart TV with Sky Q and large floor-to-ceiling windows.
En-suite bathroom with freestanding roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, two armchairs, chest of drawers, full-length mirror, and large floor-to-ceiling windows.
En-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
Bedroom three with super king size sleigh bed, large built in wardrobe, storage chest, full-length mirror, and TV.
En-suite bathroom with bath, basin and WC.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Bedroom four with king size bed, walk-in dressing room with plenty of storage space and side tables.
En-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Private cobbled courtyard with outside seating and dining area.
There is parking for up to three cars in the cobbled courtyard.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A highchair and travel cot are available upon request.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
Luxury bed linen and towels are provided. Duvets are a mixture of feather and hypoallergenic, and pillows are hypoallergenic.
Hand soap and hand moisturiser are provided in all the bathrooms.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available but can be slow and may not be suitable for streaming. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
The property has central heating throughout, and a wood burning stove in the sitting room with an initial basket of logs is supplied.
The property is detached with its own private courtyard, however, guests should be aware that it is surrounded by other properties which make up Saltcoats Steading.
For festive bookings at The Stables, please note that a tree and festive decor is not provided. Please contact us should you wish to make your own arrangements or require further discussion on this point.
In Gullane, you can find La Potinière for fine dining, or Tom Kitchin's restaurant 'The Bonnie Badger', a fabulous 5 star AA restaurant using locally sourced produce with artisan beers and wines. Gullane also benefits from The Main Course, a newly refurbished, family-run Italian restaurant and The Old Clubhouse, originally the clubhouse of Gullane golf club now offering a varied menu.
There is also a Co-op supermarket on the main street in Gullane. Around the corner, you will find Margiotta Food & Wine store which sells a fabulous range of local and Waitrose branded products. For sweet treats, Imma's Artisan Gelato offers a wide selection of delicious gelato and waffles.
Call into Fidra Fine Art gallery to shop for local artwork, or if you are a golfer be sure to visit Jack White Gullane, an Aladdins cave of collectable and playable Hickory golf clubs, vintage clothing and golf bags.
A short drive will take you to Archerfield Walled Garden (2.5 miles) with its well-stocked food market, cafe and garden shop selling an array of plants, pots and gifts. The gardens themselves are well worth a visit, making for a lovely day out.
North Berwick (5.2 miles) offers a variety of quality independent traders and fresh, local producers. There's also a large Tesco approximately a mile away which will do home delivery.
The town has plenty of places for eating out with everything from sweet cafes and ice cream parlours mixed with characterful restaurants and bars ranging from the small and intimate dining experience of Osteria; regional dishes and cocktails at The Herringbone; or the distinctly rustic outdoor experience of the Lobster Shack!
Hourly trains run from Drem (4 miles) and can take you into central Edinburgh in less than 30 minutes.
The spectacular long, sandy beach known as Gullane Bents is within easy walking distance from the apartment (approx 10 mins on foot) and is a popular spot for picnics, wildlife watching, windsurfing and kite-flying.
With three golf courses within easy striking distance, the area is a haven for golfers with more world-renowned links courses than anywhere else in the world, including the hallowed turf of the championship course at Muirfield as well as Luffness and Kilspindie. Craigielaw and Archerfield are a short drive away with further links courses in North Berwick and Dunbar.
For walking, take the John Muir Way, a scenic route passing through North Berwick and following the line of the East Lothian coast, or take a hike to North Berwick Law where you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over the town. Alternatively, follow the magical path through the nearby pine forest sitting on the edge of Gullane Bents, or cross the footbridge over the mudflats to reach Alberlady Nature Reserve and enjoy one of the many trails.
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. The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is a top spot for watching 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!
Here you can also take boat trips to some fantastic locations. You can enjoy a seabird catamaran cruise, a three island seabird safari or for nature lovers and photographers, an unforgettable experience on the Bass Rock or Isle of May.
Other favourite spots include the dune-fringed sands at Belhaven; or the secluded sands at Seacliff - an enchanting gem with a tiny harbour and wonderful views north towards Tantallon Castle.
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 fatbiketours.co.uk 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.
For watersports, superb kayaking can be found around the waterways off Dunbar, with 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 from the harbours in North Berwick and Dunbar taking in the stunning nature reserve sites around the Forth, Bass Rock and Isle of May.
Next 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 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!
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- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"We love the kitchen which is a wonderfully light, bright space for socialising, or simply relaxing with a morning coffee."Luke and Julia, owners of The Stables