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The Treehouse

Dunbar, East Lothian

A sea-view sanctuary for two, set in what Robert Burns described as “the most romantic sweet place I ever saw”.

The Treehouse

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Overview

A sea-view sanctuary for two, set in what Robert Burns described as “the most romantic sweet place I ever saw”.

The perfect base from which to explore East Lothian’s picturesque beaches and famed golf courses.

When Robert Burns visited Dunglass in 1787, he was so moved by the estate’s crumbling Gothic church, rugged coastline, sylvan woodlands and landscaped gardens, that he deemed it “the most romantic sweet place I ever saw.” Fast forward over 230 years and we’re inclined to agree with him, particularly as we admire sweeping views of the Dunglass woods and North Sea from the bubbling comfort of a hot tub made for two.

Owned by the fourth generation of the Usher family, the Dunglass Estate spans over 5,000 acres of sustainable farmland, parkland and woodland and makes the ideal base from which to explore the beaches, historic towns and golf courses of East Lothian.

The Treehouse, which is set in a secluded corner of the sprawling estate, doesn’t take its name from a lofty perch in a forest canopy but rather from the towering Cedar around which the timber structure is built. A circular teak seat wraps around the trunk of the Cedar, mirroring the rounded, organic shape of the Treehouse itself. Constructed from honey-coloured timber, the property affords mesmerising sea views from full-height windows and doors that line much of the circular living area, which also encompasses a dining area and kitchen. The curvaceous room is topped with a circular rooflight, which bathes it in light during the daytime and transforms into a stargazing window at night. A stylish bedroom is set off from the living area and leads into a bathroom complete with a large, freestanding bath and walk-in shower.

Underfloor heating throughout ensures that the Treehouse is as inviting in cooler months as it is when the long summer days beckon guests to linger on its wraparound terrace and enjoy the private garden. But it’s the hot tub, snuggled up against the house on the terrace to offer ultimate seclusion, that’s the cherry on the top of this sensual Scottish bolthole.

Property details

Ground Floor

The Treehouse sits on one floor, accessed via a ramped wooden deck.

Access into the roundhouse which comprises an open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area.  This includes:

Kitchen with electric oven and induction hob, 3/4 dishwasher, fridge.  Please note there is no microwave. 

Sitting room area with snuggler chairs, and wall-mounted Smart TV, Bose speaker.

Dining space with seating for two.

Bedroom - with king size bed, side tables, wardrobe.

Ensuite bathroom - with roll-top bath and shower-mixer, separate shower with rainforest head, basin and WC.

Outside

The outside area comprises a large raised deck with tree seat, cafe table and chairs, and hot tub.

Important - the water of the hot tub is emptied at the end of every guest stay, therefore please note that the water temperature may not be heated to the desired temperature on the day of arrival. This can take 24 hours to heat fully, therefore may not be fully useable until the day after arrival.

It is also important to note that the hot tub needs daily testing and this will require attendance by one of the maintenance team on the estate. This is essential for health & safety purposes therefore if guests are not agreeable to daily checks, then regrettably the hot tub would have to be removed from use for the duration of the stay. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

The wider estate extends to 5000 acres and guests are welcome to walk and enjoy the wider area.

Parking

There is private parking on the access area to the front of The Treehouse.

Babies & Children

A property is one bedroom therefore suitable for babies only.  A travel cot and high chair may be available on request.

Dogs

One dog is welcome to The Treehouse, but must be kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture.  

Important - please note that The Treehouse decking area is not fully enclosed and the area around the property is farmland. As such, your dog must be fully supervised and on a lead when walking across the wider estate.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available.  Mobile signal is reasonable.

Guest Amenities

Guest toiletries are provided.

Heating

Guest Privacy

The property is detached and is not overlooked.  The decked area offers far reaching sea views of the East Lothian coast.

Additional Accommodation

The property sits in the same ownership of nearby Seaview, sleeping eight guests for larger parties looking to holiday together.  There are also three further cottages on the estate available for use as holiday lets.

Location

There is underfloor heating throughout The Treehouse.

Belhaven Smokehouse in Dunbar (9 miles) offer a super range of smoked fish, meat, cheese and local produce, and there are a number of quality butchers in the area selling locally sourced meat as well as game. Andersons Butchers in North Berwick (19 miles) come highly recommended, selling pork from the locally reared Mangalica or ‘hairy pigs ‘(a Hungarian cross between domestic breeds and wild boar). There is also a traditional fishmonger in Dunbar High Street. Larger supermarket shopping can all be found in Dunbar, Haddington and North Berwick.

For eating out, there are a wide range of dining options in the area but try The Creel in Dunbar for warm, informal dining and locally sourced food and seafood, or the Rocks Hotel for their excellent seasonal menu.

Further afield, the Waterside Bistro in Haddington is a super choice for lunch or evening dining, along with plenty of lovely coffee stops along the way.

Activities

The very picturesque harbour at Cove sits around a mile and a half away with with access to the main quay via a track along the cliff-side, and a secluded sandy cove on the other side of the harbour via an old salted storage tunnel cut through the hillside.

More recently, Cove Harbour has featured in a number of films, including “Mrs. Brown”, the film about Queen Victoria’s prolonged stay in Scotland. It also featured in the art of ‘The Glasgow Boys” as several of this informal alliance of Victorian artists visited the Cockburnspath area to paint the local scenery in the early 1880's.

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 offers the opportunity to view 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. 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 vast glorious beach at Gullane; 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 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.

Take the John Muir Way for walking, a scenic route passing through North Berwick and following the line of the East Lothian coast, or walk sections of the Southern Upland Way which ends right in the village of Cockburnspath.

For watersports, superb kayaking can be found around the waterways off Dunbar, with thrilling wakeboarding and ringo rides at nearby 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 Dunbar and North Berwick taking in the stunning 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 North Berwick, Muirfield, Luffness, Gullane all within easy reach.

Finally take a visit to the magnificent city of Edinburgh (36 miles or half-an-hour by train from Dunbar) 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; 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.

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!

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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Gardens

Gardens

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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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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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Reviews

"We had a great week at The Treehouse!!! The property is perfect for two and, although small, it's well appointed with quality fittings and the open plan living area does give a feeling of space. The extensive decking area is a perfect place to sit with views across the estate and to the sea. The hot tub was a touch of luxury!!"

Mrs Green
Location Rural - eight miles from Dunbar.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 11am
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The hot tub and wooden deck at The Treehouse holiday cottage in East Lothian The little things we love...
"Enjoy the fresh Scottish air with evenings spent al fresco - you'll be tempted by bubbly soaks under a canopy of twinkling stars in the romantic outdoor hot tub."
Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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