Set in a picturesque conservation village in the heart of East Lothian, this pretty cottage draws inspiration from its coast and country location.
A cosy two bedroom cottage which merges past and present seamlessly
Perfect for couples or families, this cottage has a relaxed, understated style that’s big on comfort, texture and light. The sitting room has a restful colour palette with reclaimed finds adding character and charm. Wood flooring and a feature fireplace pulls the overall scheme together as the warming heart of the home.
The large shaker style kitchen is well equipped with modern integrated appliances, yet the original range pays a lovely homage to days of old. A good-sized dining table for six should fit the bill perfectly for cosy suppers and get-togethers.
On the first floor, there are two bright, sunny bedrooms both with open feature fireplaces and characterful coombed ceilings. Bedroom one has a luxurious double bed with freestanding furniture, while bedroom two features twin beds and has space for a travel cot too. The family bathroom completes the property with bath and a separate walk-in shower.
There is a small secure courtyard situated over the road complete with a summer house, patio area and outdoor furniture – a perfect spot to enjoy the warming days of summer, with plenty of storage for bikes, surf boards and golf clubs for those outdoor adventures.
Sitting room with 2 seater sofa and 2 armchairs. There is a feature fireplace, bookcase with an array of reading material and a TV with Freeview.
Dining kitchen with a feature original stove. Integrated appliances with double oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Krupps coffee machine. Cupboard with family games and toys.
Bedroom one with 4'6" double bed, feature fireplace and drawers / hanging space for clothing.
Bedroom two with 3' twin beds and walk-in wardrobe.
Bathroom - situated at the back on the cottage on the first floor the bathroom has a bath, separate shower, hand basin and toilet.
Directly opposite Wren Cottage accross the quiet village road, there is a small enclosed lockable courtyard garden with planting and outdoor furniture. A garden shed offers storage for bikes and outdoor kit.
There is free on street parking opposite the cottage.
Babies & children
The cottage is very child friendly with toys and books. A travel cot, highchair and stair gates are available on request.
One dog is welcome with a charge of £15 but must be kept to the downstairs area only and off the furniture. A second dog may be accepted on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available and the speed is good. Mobile reception is patchy but this improves outside.
Bed linen and towels are provided as well as a hairdryer. Guest toiletries are not supplied.
Electric heating throughout. The fire in the sitting room and the range in the kitchen are decorative only.
Stenton is a rural picturesque conservation village set in the heart of East Lothian countryside making it a good base to explore the region. Stenton has a village hall with regular pop up events, a bowling green, and a play area.
East Linton is the closest town (4 miles) and has good variety of local shops and excellent pubs, while the Crown and Kitchen is a particular favourite of the owners and comes highly recommended for classic Scottish dishes with a modern twist. It also has an award wining butchers if you plan on having a BBQ.
A larger supermarket can be found in Dunbar (6 miles) along with a good choice of shops and eateries including the Creel Restaurant for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine. Alternatively the Store at Belhaven (9 miles) has a great deli, café, Gin Bar as well as PYO berries during the summer season.
Gifford village is close by with the Lanterne Rouge cafe, which is particularly welcoming to cyclists, and Lewis and Clark Artisan Kitchen with freshly baked goods and local artisan products. You will also find a warm welcome at the Goblin Ha pub and the Tweeddale Arms Hotel.
Extensive shopping and amenities can be found in Haddington (11 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.
For more elegant dining, head to La Potinière at Gullane (15 miles) for superb food or try the Creel Restaurant at Dunbar (12 miles) for delicious seafood and award-winning cuisine. Also in Gullane, is 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.
Dunbar station is 10 minutes by car which offers easy access into centre of Edinburgh.
The coast is easily accessible from Stenton with North Berwick just under a half hour drive away.
There are miles of scenic paths across the wider area offering leisurely low level walks to more demanding treks across both coast and country.
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.Other favourite nearby coastal 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, Stenton is on the Hillfoot trail which takes in the the lower villages of the Lammermuir Hills. Bikes can be hired from in Law Cycles in 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.
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.
Families won’t be stuck on things to do in the area with the East Links farmed themed activity park just 4 miles away; the National Museum of Flight - East Lothian's 5 star visitor attraction 8 miles; and Dunbar’s leisure pool – complete with flume and wave machine 6 miles.
Edinburgh is short journey away by either train from Dunbar (20 minutes) or by car (40 minutes). 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!
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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
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
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
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 welcome with a charge of £15. A second dog may be accepted on request.
- Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The private patio courtyard directly opposite the cottage is ideal for storing bikes and outdoor kit, and a perfect sunny spot to while away an hour or two."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree