If you love seeing the sights of Edinburgh and also the peace and tranquility of the countryside, then Ugston Mill is the place to stay! 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train, 25 by car.
Twin room in beautiful converted cottage with wonderful kitchen diner, great views of hills, Aga, wood burner in comfy sitting room, large rambling garden, with garden furtniture, pond and brick bbq.
Nearby market town of Haddington, sandy beaches, golf courses and lovely coastal villages. Lovely situation.
My lovely home is in the countryside twenty five minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Ideal as a base for country and city exploration. East Lothian county has beautiful sandy beaches at Gullane, North Berwick, Dirleton (Yellowcraig), and Dunbar. The Lammermuir Hills look over the county, and you can see them from my kitchen. There is also a view of Traprain Law, where there is an ancient iron age settlement.
We are situated five minutes from the A1 motorway (to Edinburgh, or Berwick upon Tweed and England), but in a peaceful location on a working arable farm. There are fields of grain or vegetables surrounding the cottage, and some lovely walks nearby, in woods, or over the fields.
The nearby market town of Haddington has banks, shops, supermarket, garage, swimming pool and sports centre, as well as the beautiful St. Mary's Church overlooking the River Tyne. There are several cafes and pubs, as well as two fish and chip shops, an Italian takeaway, two Chinese takeaways, and a lovely riverside pub, the Waterside Bistro.
There is a bus stop at the end of the farm road, for Edinburgh or Haddington. Bus into city centre stops at a lot of places and takes about one hour. There is also a railway station six minutes from the house, at Longniddry, where you can catch a train to Waverley or Haymarket station, both in Edinburgh city centre. The train journey takes twenty minutes. If you go the other direction, you can take a train to the lovely coastal town of North Berwick, with its pretty harbour, gardens, crazy golf, putting green, sea bird centre, sandy beach, boat trips and lovely shops and restaurants.
There is a cinema and well known chain restaurants and out of town shopping centre about twenty minutes towards Edinburgh at Fort Kinnaird.
There are many good golf courses nearby, walking trails, surfing, windsurfing, wake boarding, horse riding and dry slope skiing. Roslin Chapel of Da Vinci Code fame is not too far away, as is Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery.
Edinburgh is an amazing city to explore, with its castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, Georgian New Town, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and plenty galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The wonderful Fringe and Edinburgh Festival is in August annually, and makes a great holiday. So much to see, do and experience! There is also a winter festival with Christmas German market, and ice skating.
The twin room advertised is in one wing of the cottage, next to another twin and double room both available for rental. These three rooms share a bathroom with shower over bath. There is also a door to the garden from the hall in this wing.
You will also have access to the cosy sitting room with log burner and tv, the lovely airy bright kitchen/diner with large welcoming Aga, where you can prepare a meal, or sit down at my lovely big refectory table and look at the lovely view. There is also a utility room, where you can use the washing machine and tumble drier. You are also welcome to use the rambling country garden, which has garden furniture, brick bbq, pond and small orchard.
Parking outside the house is available.
Interaction with guests
I like to get to know my guests if they want to be sociable, but am equally happy to give them space. I am available to help plan trips or suggest restaurants, places to visit etc.
Other things to note
I work some of the week, so even though I am not there all the time, will be around in the evenings usually. You will be welcome to help yourself to cereals, porridge, milk, bread, butter, jams, yoghurt and juice. Also teas, herbal tea and coffee (decaff available).
I work about three to four days a week as a VisitScotland advisor in Edinburgh, so have a great knowledge of current attractions, events, bus tours, etc. Just ask and I can help you plan your visit, or answer questions on Scotland for you.
- Pets - one or two well behaved dogs only, by prior arrangement
- There is a pond in the garden, so adult supervision required at all times for young children.
-Because we are on a working farm, please park considerately and avoid blocking doorways or gates, thanks!
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My name is Jilly, and I am looking forward to meeting lots of lovely guests from all over the country/world. I live just outside Edinburgh, in East Lothian's lovely countryside.
I am easy going, friendly and approachable and love to meet people from all over the world. I am a trained florist and also as a colour therapist. However, I am presently loving my work as a seasonal tourist advisor for VisitScotland in Edinburgh. It seems like the ideal job for me, as it encompasses all my loves - Scottish history, geography, travel, meeting people, customer services and retail work. Plus I get to practice my French and Italian.
I have a good knowledge of the local area and Scotland in general, so quite happy to help you plan your trip if you need advice. Am equally happy with guests who want to be sociable or others who would rather have their own company. Flexible!
I love travel and have explored many countries. I have five grown up kids, and two grand children so far....
I love to cook, learn about Scottish history, visit new places, design, love movies, horse riding, skiing, walking, parties, going out on the town, shopping, travelling, researching family trees, and the company of friends and family. I have a wheaten terrier, called Milly. She sometimes stays at the house or with my mother nearby.
I can get by in French and Italian, probably understanding more than I can actually speak it!
The places I have on my list to visit soon are Australia again, Fiji, Tuscany again to do a painting course, Denmark for the hygge! and feel the urge to do another island hopping trip out to the Western Hebrides again. I love it out there, just stunning!
I look forward to welcoming you to my home!