Arniston Estate Cottages

Edinburgh, renowned for ‘The Festival’ and Hogmanay and all the associated hustle and bustle, is a vibrant, buzzing city all year round, perfect to explore at any time. Sometimes it’s great to be able to have a retreat from the whirlwind of the city to relax and unwind. Owner, Henrietta Dundas, tells us about Arniston Estate Cottages, the perfect antidote to days of discovery in Scotland’s capital.

Double Bedroom, Arniston Estate CottagesFirstly can you tell us a bit about the Arniston Estate Cottages?
We have four holiday properties on Arniston Estate, which has been home to my family, The Dundas family since the 1570s.
Lime and Chestnut Cottage historically housed the foresters on the estate in days gone by.  These are two bedroom properties refurbished with a contemporary twist.  They are located on the stunning Lime Avenue drive within the grounds of Arniston House.  We are currently refurbishing a further cottage in this location which will offer a terrace providing six bedrooms in all.

Gardener’s House is our larger four star property which is a secluded, picturesque two storey house with wood burning stove and open fire for winter or glass patio doors that open onto the walled garden for summer.

Shepherd’s Cottage is your quintessential country cottage with wood burning stove, located on Yorkston Farm set among beautiful rolling hills.

Arniston House is listed as 10 miles from Edinburgh – can you tell us a bit about the area?
Arniston Estate CottageWe are fortunate to have Edinburgh on our door step with its first class art galleries and museums, the capital’s eclectic mix of restaurants and bars plus its boutique shopping experience all adds up to a great day out.  Next month sees the re-opening of the Waverley train line facilitating a trip into central Edinburgh from Gorebridge in just 20 minutes.  Midlothian however offers an abundance of attractions and facilities from Rosslyn Chapel, The Scottish Mining Museum, Butterfly World to excellent restaurants such as The Sun Inn, The Papermill or The Melville Inn.  For biking enthusiasts Glentress is a short drive away.

Edinburgh itself is famous for it’s architecture, history and the festival. Can you suggest 3 or 4 ‘must-sees’ for visitors to the city?
• Yacht Britannia located in Leith
• Edinburgh Castle
• The National Museum of Scotland – excellent for kids
• A walk up Arthurs Seat.

What about the lesser-known sights or hidden gems? Can you give us some of those?
Arniston Estate CottageArniston House (of course!) is a William Adam stately home which has been home to the family since 1571.  Guided tours inform about the beautiful stucco work, period furniture and Scottish portraiture among other fascinating contents and family anecdotes. www.arniston–house.co.uk

Vogrie Park, just 5 minutes’ drive, from Arniston offers beautiful walks in the grounds, a café and children’s playground.

If your guests wanted to go exploring for the day, where would you recommend?
A great day out for me would be a walk around Gladhouse Reservoir in the morning followed by lunch at the Sun Inn.  Then a trip into Edinburgh to walk down the Royal Mile for sightseeing and a spot of souvenir hunting.

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