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LUXURY Country House 8 miles to the city of Edinburgh.

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 4,499 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Beautuful Country House Close to Edinburgh 5 ensuite bedrroms

Where History Meets Luxury Stay at The Old Millhouse situated in the Historic Town of Dalkeith, 8 miles from the city of Edinburgh, Set in 3 .5 acres of sweeping lawns with the River Esk wrapping its way round the perimeter.

5 mins walk to the town centre and local restaurants. The house is also conveniently reached in 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 1 hour from Glasgow Airport, the local train station Eskbank, Scottish Borders Railway a short 5 minute drive or taxi from the house takes you into Edinburgh centre in 10 minutes and access to main line to the North and South.

The house has central heating throughout, a real flame gas fire keeps you cosy in the Orangery and for an authentic country house atmosphere light the open log fire in the drawing room, where seasoned dried logs all chopped and ready to go.

Wi fi is available throughout the building and smart TV s to watch in drawing room and kitchen. A fully equipped kitchen is at your disposal, with induction range cooker, a coffee machine is available to make your mornings latte.

A fully stocked Fridge full of Scottish breakfast goodies all ready and waiting for your arrival and the freezer has all the ice you will need.

A selection of teas and coffees are provided for the duration of your stay.

The house has 5 beautiful decorated bedrooms with the world famous Hypnos Beds which ensure a perfect nights sleep, feather duvets or Wool duvet can be requested, pure white cotton bedlinen and quilts adorn every bed.

All bedrooms are en suite with Bath robes, fluffy white towels and Scottish toiletries and Fresh flowers just add that finishing touch

The soothing sounds of the river make it hard to believe you’re just a few miles from the city centre, and as you wander the woodland and banks of the South Esk, the wonderful variety of trees means birdsong is never far away. The sweeping green lawns take you to the river,

Fishing can be arranged at no extra charge and the house is perfectly set up for a group of enthusiasts or friends who’d like to try their hand with a rod. The river is home to sea trout and the occasional salmon and depending on the season, its banks are scattered with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.

The South facing outside patio with BBQ perfect for outdoor eating and enjoying the evening sun.

A meet and greet service will welcome you to the house to go through how everything works.

House management reside in the grounds so are available to assist with any questions you may have.

Luxury mini bus transport is available to hire if wishing to visit surrounding areas or even other parts of Scotland.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 July, 2018


I am an experienced Hospitality Manager, with over 20 years managing Holiday Let Business. if requested I am happy to organise everything from a home made afternoon tea to a full banquet for your guests. Attention to detail is my forte and providing a stress fee comfortable stay for my guests.

THE OLD MILLHOUSE purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why THE OLD MILLHOUSE chose Dalkeith

The Old Millhouse is perfect for visiting the beautiful city of Edinburgh, only a short train journey to the centre of the city but also to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the house and the grounds.

We want your holiday to start the moment you walk through the door, no need to visit the supermarket as the fridge is stocked with everything you need for your first mornings breakfast.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The Old Millhouse has a unique location, 5 minutes walk to the local town centre, and only 20 minutes to the beautiful city of Edinburgh, experience the New Scottish Borders Railway which can link you to all parts of Scotland.

Guestbook comments from the owner


August 2016

Dear Sally we are almost at the end of our enjoyable week in your beautiful home. We have all loved living here in these beautiful surroundings. We have developed a great relationship with the hens & have enjoyed fresh eggs daily. Thank you again for your kindness. Dean & Les
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Dalkeith in Midlothian

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4499 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Cloakroom on Ground Floor - Toilet
    Guest Ensuite Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bedroom Ensuite Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Guest Ensuite Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest ensuite Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest Bedroom Ensuite Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All our bathrooms come with complimentary Scottish Shampoo,Conditioner, soaps and moisturiser. Toilet paper is also supplied. White fluffy Towels are also provided.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Tis Hypnos Bed can be split into 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 2 - This Hypnos Bed can be split into 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Hypnos Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This Hypnos Bed can be split into 2 singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 5 Beautifully Decorated en suite Bedrooms, with award winning Hypnos Beds as used by The Queen. 350 Thread count white bedlinen, luxurious pillows and feather duvets.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: Grounds not suitable for children under 15 due to River proximity which is un fenced Outside: 3.5 Acres of Lawns. Patio and BBQ. With Seating for 10. Hammock in the garden. River frontage. Utility Room: Washing Machine. Tumble Dryer. Pulley. Washing Power and Softener supplied. Iron and Ironing Board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fluffy White Towels and Bath Robes and Pure Cotton Bed Linen is supplied, changed after one week. Maid service available. Other: Orangery Dining Area for 10.


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LUXURY Country House 8 miles to the city of Edinburgh.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Most magical stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Old Millhouse was an absolutely fantastic experience for my family and my in-laws. We we’re a group of ten and couldn’t have been happier about staying here. The property and house are both immaculate. The kitchen is absolutely fantastic for big meals or just a lazy Sunday morning cup of tea. Sally and her son Patrick could not have been more accommodating and helpful during our stay. We will most definitely be counting down the days until we are able to have another family gathering here!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chelsea Patrick and I are so happy you all had a great stay, we knew this was a special time for you. The house is perfect for friends and family to relax and enjoy. We look forward to seeing you next visit ! Best wishes for the future Patrick and Sally x
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I would have put six stars

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and functional. Bathroom and bedroom was more than ok, the garden was lovely. Very convenient for food and activities. close to the airport.




  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 8 stayed at the Old Mill House and absolutely loved it! Sally is such a great host and very attentive and helpful. Patrick was such a joy to meet. The property is gorgeous and peaceful. The house is amazing! Every need was fulfilled without asking. Sally has everything in place for you. It's very easy to get on the bus and ride to Edinburgh for the day. We will be back and can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, everything we needed was here, perfect for our family get-together. We took advantage of the "takeaway" meal delivered to the house ready to put in oven - huge helpings and delicious. Great house to come home to after busy days sightseeing, or just to relax in as the grounds are so beautiful. Thank you to Sally and Patrick who were so welcoming and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Old Mill House, Dalkeith

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 8 from Canada. We stayed for a week in this beautifully restored home. To say that we were "blown away" by this property would be an understatement. With 5 beautiful bedrooms all with modern en suite bathrooms, a huge and beautiful kitchen and the stunning Orangerie, the property provided us with a luxurious yet comfortable base from which we golfed the East Lothian courses. The house sits in its own 3 plus acres of beautiful parkland with the River Esk running through it. And then there were the hens. Yes, we had the services of eight beautiful hens who laid us 8 fresh eggs daily. Quite a treat. Sally was an amazing host. From helping us to settle in to introducing us to Hunters of Kinross who delivered us beautifully prepared, ready-to-cook meals (try their Chicken Balmoral in a Whisky Marinade!) , she set us up for a wonderful holiday. Edinburgh city centre is only a 15 minute train ride from a nearby station and the famous Roslyn Chapel (a must visit) is only 7kms away. And of course, the house is only 20-30 minutes away from some of the best golfing in Scotland - North Berwick, Gullane (try Gullane #1 -it's challenging) and Kilspindie all have great links courses right along the Firth of Forth - so if the golf isn't going so well, you can certainly admire the views. I would highly recommend this property and hope to visit again before too long.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summit, NJ, USA

Old Mill Inn, Dalkeith

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 9 seniors enjoyed a week of terrific weather residing in a wonderful 5 ensuite bedroom home under the watchful eye of Sally deWaard and her son Patrick. Sally became a good friend and is certainly a talented hostess. It became apparent that Sally knows many of Dalkeith's residents and they know Sally.

The train to Edinburgh, a 15 minute ride, is only minutes away by car or taxi. From there, Glasgow is another 50 minute train ride. We enjoyed the museums of Edinbrugh, the ship Btitannia and many other local sights. St. Andrews is 35 minutes away by car and North Berwick, a seaside community, is a 15 minute trip.

Sally's kitchen is very well designed for preparing meals and conversation. Morrisons supermarket is 5 minutes away. And then, many fine restaurants can be found in and around Edinbrugh. For those who enjoy breakfast, Sally's hens provide 6-8 eggs a day.

We had 2 rental cars providing transportation and while a 3rd car would have helped, taxis and trains were most helpful.

The Old Mill Inn is right at the top of our list for a relaxing vacation week.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Edinburgh Bypass
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: recommended


Driving Distance to beach 20 mins.


Edinburgh Airport, 10 Miles. 20 minutes Drive. Glasgow Airport 55 Miles. 50 Mins Drive. Newcastle Airport 2 Hour Drive.


The House is situated in Dalkeith Town. Roslyn Village 4 Miles. Edinburgh City Centre 8 Miles. Scottish Border Towns 20 Miles.

Further Details:

Lydl Supermarket 5 Minutes Walking distance. Banks, Chemists, Local shops. cafes and pubs. The Papermill award winning restaurant 7 mins drive from the house

Fantastic Italian Restaurant 10 minutes walk from the house.

24 hrs Local Bus Transport to Edinburgh at the end of the our drive, 25 minutes journey into the city.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Dalkeith, Edinburgh and Lothians

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer in Scotland
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Edinburgh Festival
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Autumn Winter
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Due to unfenced river frontage the house is not suitable for young children.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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