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Rural chic - The Hayloft others style and comfort with a rustic charm.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Great care has been taken in the design to reflect the colours and textures of the surrounding Pentland Hills Regional Park, throughout the seasons.

In the heart of peaceful countryside yet only half an hour from Edinburgh city centre, the hayloft is in a unique location for your perfect holiday.The hayloft has a double bedroom with en-suite toilet and wash hand basin. There are two bedside tables and a wardrobe and soft Egyptian linen. The twin room has two single beds and a large cupboard for clothes.

The Bathroom has a large bath with centre taps and an over bath shower.

Light streams into the principle living space, which accommodates the Lounge, Kitchen and Dining area. The high ceiling and exposed original timber beams create an impressive and airy space to relax and enjoy views of the Pentland Hills to the South. There is a wood burning stove, which heats the room well in the colder months.

On ground level a separate Laundry Room houses the washing machine, freezer and a molly maid rack for drying clothes and space to store bikes.

There is a small enclosed garden with garden table and chairs for the patio and BBQ for the long summer nights.

You can walk or cycle directly into the Pentlandhills regional park from the Hayloft gate.

Buteland Farm - where the hayloft is located - has the unique advantages of being nestled in the Pentland Hills whilst being only ten miles from Edinburgh city centre.

The surroundings offer peace and tranquility where the local flora and fauna can be enjoyed in abundance.

Our local village of Balerno was established as a centre for paper and flax production, until recent times, using water power from the Water of Leith and many streams running off the Pentland Hills.

The village hosts a farmers market, once a month, where delicious, high quality Scottish produce can be purchased.

There are several pubs and restaurants in the vicinity where you can get a great selection of beers and food. Take away meals are also available.

The village also has a post office and two small supermarkets.

From the doorstep there are many walks and cycles into the Pentland Hills where you can also take a swim in warmer weather.

Getting around

The hayloft is 2.5 miles from the nearest bus stops in Balerno and 3 miles from the rail link at Kirknewton where you can catch a train to Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.

Edinburgh airport is a mere 20 minute drive away.

The magnificent Forth Road and Rail bridges are 30 minutes to the North at South Queensferry.

Other things to note

Locally there are sports centres,swimming pool,cinema and Ratho International climbing arena.

We are 1 mile from Kirknewton Stables where many beautiful weddings are hosted.

Jupiter Art land is 2 miles away and host a private and visiting collection of sculpture as well as having stunning grounds.

Glasgow,Perth and Stirling are only an hour away as are the scenic villages and beaches of East Lothian and Fife.

More Details

Hayloft Edinburgh
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Hayloft Edinburgh

We bought the derelict Mill house in 1998 and Chris, who has his own architectural practise, sensitively designed and converted the building into a spectacular family home.

The Hayloft was originally used in the early 1900s for ceilidh dances and during the conversion we found an old dancing shoe in the wall head that we took down.

Our children used the hayloft for parties and band practise and now that they have left we decided to convert the space into a 2 bedroomed flat and share this magical area.

We have done most of the renovation ourselves over the last year, providing stylish comfort that we ourselves expect when we go on holiday.

When not building we enjoy socialising with friends, gardening, walking, cycling and water sports. Our garden also takes up a lot of time with growing vegetables and tending to our chickens.

Why Hayloft Edinburgh chose Balerno

We love the peace in this area, we can walk out of the door and into the hills and escape from the madding crowd, or we can travel into Edinburgh which is 10 miles away.

From the hayloft on a clear day we can see Ben Lomond in the west and often have a view of snow capped hills in the winter.In the summer we get the most fantastic sunsets to the East and clear dark skies at night.

What makes this barn unique

We fell in love with this building 20 years ago when it was derelict.

We have left the original beams exposed in the hayloft to give a feeling of space and light and used colour and fabric that reflects the wonderful landscape outside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great, well presented and appointed accommodation. Friendly and helpful owners.

5 stars
Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Balerno in City of Edinburgh

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Toilet roll, soap and basket of essentials
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Wash basin
  • Both bathroom have soft grey and blue tones, white bathroom suites. There is underfloor heating in both rooms and both have a towel rail. Fresh towels are provided and can be changed mid week.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom retains the original timber beams and the bed sits up against the stone wall. The cushions and bed runner are made of tweed and velvet enhancing the white Egyptian cotton of the sheets. We also have original paintings on the walls which are by a local artist. There are 2 bedside tables and a free standing wardrobe. The ensuite has a toilet and wash basin. The twin room has a built in cupboard, art work, 2 bedside tables and lamps.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Rural chic - The Hayloft others style and comfort with a rustic charm.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Quaint Country Setting

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenagers) enjoyed our stay at the Hayloft. The place is in quiet setting the country, but close enough to Edinburgh (via car or train). Susan was a wonderful host and provided fresh eggs from her chickens which were very tasty. The layout of the apartment is perfect for 4 people and has a well stocked kitchen. Great place to stay to be away from the hustle of the big city, but only a few minutes from downtown Edinburgh or nearby sites. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys for coming to stay and sharing a moment in time with us. Hope you enjoyed visiting Scotland and come back some day. A lovely review....haste ye back Susan
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Lovely clean and cosy little get away!

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely go back next time we want to visit Edinburgh.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a magical spot combining luxury and great natural beauty!

  • 5 of 5

This Haylofti is divine: beautiful and luxurious and cozy with the softest bedding and attention paid to every detail.. The natural setting is stunning and you feel as if you are removed from everything and yet you are just a drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Recommend very highly!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ruth for such a lovely review...It sums up everything that we wanted to create for people travelling away from home. I hope you all had a safe trip back to North Carolina and have a good 2018. Haste ye back Susan
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Thanksgiving in Scotland

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Hayloft while visiting our daughter to celebrate Thanksgiving. We loved the wood stove, the heated floors in the bathrooms, and the peacefulness of the surrounding countryside. It was the perfect setting to have Thanksgiving abroad. There was even a little snow to remind our daughter of New England!

The rooms are decorated with local art which blends beautifully with the exposed stone and wood. Its the ideal environment for unwinding after touring Edinburgh and the Christmas markets. Susan is a great hostess and provides extra little touches that make you feel even more welcome. We loved our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, hope that you all got home safely and have a Merry Christmas. Lovely to meet you all.
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  • 5 of 5

Beautifully converted, well equipped and comfortable for the four of us (two children 11 and 14). No sounds, apart from the nearby cows. Really lovely to have a welcome pack including 2 local beers and lovely touches such as fresh cut flowers and handmade soaps. Clearly you had thought of children too, with two giant beanbags (which we never got near!) The check-in time of midday, much earlier than we're used to, was really helpful. Just 20 minutes from the city centre meant we could get there in no time and leave the hustle and bustle to reach beautiful countryside at the end of the day.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to send this lovely review. Hope you come back sometime. Cheers Susan
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A lovely place to stay... it exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved it. Very clean modern place to stay

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and for leaving the Hayloft tidy. Haste ye back 😀
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Midlothian dry slope
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
East Lothian
Car: necessary

Ratho international climbing arena - 5 miles

Jupiter Art land sculpture park - 3 miles

Heriot Watt university sports centre Orium - 3 miles

Edinburgh - 10 miles

Glasgow - 50 miles


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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