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Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Rural, local wildlife, walking, close to golf and beaches - PETS WELCOME

Very Rural, quiet, Self Catering 150 Year Old Country Cottage with Log Fire and Exposed Wooden Beams. Fully Refurbished and Modernised to Very High Standard. Close to Edinburgh (25ml) Very Quiet Location. 2 Bedrooms, Excellent Lounge, High Quality Kitchen, Very Elegant Bathroom, Minstrel Gallery, 2 bedrooms with combed ceilings.Central Heating, Lawn at front, rear garden with patio and shrubs, garden furniture and BBQ. Logs available from owner. Storage shed for cycle + outdoor eqt. Located close to DUNBAR and local attractions - Championship Golf, Surfing, John Muir Country Park, Sailing, Rock Pools, Water Sports, First Class Beaches all nearby. Dunbar is frequently one of the most sunniest places in Scotland.

Local historical places of Interest include 700 year old Dunbar Castle .

CITY of EDINBURGH: FESTIVAL/FRINGE/HOGMANAY, Attractions and Castle only 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train.




East Lothian is a golfers paradise. Several renowned Links courses are within 15 minutes drive - Dunbar and Muirfield - both championship standard. Archerfield and Craigielaw are recent high quality developments. North Berwick, Musselburgh and Gullane are well renowned courses. Whitekirk is quality inland course.


Recently the area has become a focus for this sport in the South East of Scotland. there are several agencies providing tuition and equipment hire. The clean waters and beaches are one of the reasons this sport is being so successful in the area.

The immediate area is often referred to as 'Sunny Dunny' due to the DUNBAR area repeatedly being one of the sunniest localities in Scotland as per Met Office records.


The SCOTTISH MUSEUM OF FLIGHT, is only a 10 minute drive. Many attractions including CONCORDE are on display. It's worth visiting East Fortune Sunday Market if you do go to the Museum of Flight - it's next door, and is the one of the largest markets in the Lothians - almost everything is on sale here!!


More adventure can be had at the local 4X4 Driving School - which is one of the top traing schools in the UK. Quad bikes and 4x4 Driving Instruction is available, as are various corporate/family type days out.


Sub Aqua Diving - St Abbs, about 15 mins drive, is one of the most popular venues for this activity sport and many attractions for divers to explore.

Walking + General Interests: The cottage is only a short drive from the Eastern end of the Southern Upland Way which crosses Scotland from St Abbs head through the Border counties to the west coast.

The Lammermuirs border East Lothian, and provide the source for the countys water supply. They are expansive and very wild with wide open spaces and remote areas of heather and conifer. This area is completely different from the fertile coastal plains.

Barnyards Cottage, is located in the village of SPOTT. The local Glen - Spott Glen is only 2 minutes walk from the cottage. This glen has Kestrels, Herons, Buzzards and Woodpecker, together with Pheasant, Owl and Partridge.

Animals present include, Deer, Badger, Otter and Fox. Walk and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

Additionally, Woodhall Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve is only 1 mile away and is an area of interest and scenic beauty.

Other interesting visits in the locality include, Scottish Museum of Flight - which has CONCORDE and many other attractions.

More Details

Douglas Gray
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, SCOTTISH
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Douglas Gray

Hello - we are Christine and Dougie Gray. Barnyards Cottage is our interest. THIS IS A PET FRIENDLY PROPERTY.

Dougie is a fully qualified Tour guide for Edinburgh - and also a qualified and Licensed Edinburgh Taxi driver. Anything you want to know about the city is easily answered - from where to eat, where to buy gifts, where to visit and what to do is fully covered.

We are also very experienced travellers of Scotland and offer a full service of tours, and advice for the entire country.


Any advice that you require - just ask, its free and honest.

Why Douglas Gray chose Dunbar

Peace and quiet in a beautiful location yet ONLY 30 minutes from central EDINBURGH

What makes this cottage unique

The property is located for easy access to Edinburgh.

We can easy arrange for full Taxi collection from Edinburg Airport at discounted rates.

Additionally, private Taxi tours and excursions can be provided at very reasonable cost.

Full tours to other parts of Scotland can be easily arranged.This can be by Landrover or Mercedes people carrier

Ask for any tour that you may be interested to have

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a lovely family holiday, made even better by the friendliness & advice that Dougie has given. The cottage is perfect and has been perfect -even with 2 children under the age of 2!!

Feel the batteries have now been fully recharged.

Nottingham England
Apr 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dunbar in East Lothian

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • A high quality bathroom with woodwork and quality ceramics. Wall lights over basin. Good quality shower over bath with adequate levels of water pressure. A heating radiator is installed. The floor area is spacious. The bathroom has an opaque double glazed window with window shutters. All towels are provided. The heating boiler is contained in a cupboard in the bathroom and keeps the bathroom nice and warm all the time. Its always nice and cosy. All necessities provided - towels, soap, toilet rolls etc etc. Hair-drier provided. Shower duck board. PLEASE READ 5 STAR 100% FEEDBACK REVIEWS.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available if reqd. This room has exposed wooden beams.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Wooden beams and coombed ceiling
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Wooden beams and coombed ceiling
  • The bedrooms accommodate 2 adults comfortably. (Sofa bed -double provided in lounge). Additionally, a cot (baby bed) can be provided next to the main bedroom - PLEASE CONFIRM SPECIFIC NEEDS WITH OWNER PRIOR TO BOOKING/OCCUPANCY. The ceilings on the upper floor are mostly coombed, with exposed beams, dormer and velux windows. The bedrooms have a rustic charm with sanded and stained wooden floors. All bed linen (Egyptian Cotton) - is provided as are towels. Both bedrooms have a central heating radiator. All windows are double glazed. Adequate provision of power sockets. The smaller bedroom overlooks the main lawn to the front of the property and the larger bedroom overlooks the rear garden. The gallery can easily accommodate a cot (baby bed) next door to the larger bedroom. The floors are sanded with rugs. Bring walking shoes to access the the immediate walking area and to allow you to observe the wildlife!! PLEASE READ 100% 5 STAR FEEDBACK REVIEWS
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The cottage has 6 steps down from the road level. Bedrooms upstairs. The Kitchen is equipped with NEFF appliances - hob, oven, washing machine, fridge and freezer. Coffee machine, microwave, electric grill machine . Two windows with wooden shutters. Extractor fan. Heating radiator. A glazed door gives access to back garden. Kitchen is fully equipped - supplied with all the basics - cleaning materials, washing up goods, tinfoil, cling film etc + welcome start pack of basic provisions/groceries. Seating for 4/6 (extending table). The floor covering is vinyl . The kitchen is a comfortable day room for sitting in. The upstairs gallery also provides an area to sit and read in. LONG TERM HOLIDAYS AVAILABLE. DISCOUNTS: RETURNING GUESTS - EVERY RETURN VISIT GETS A DISCOUNT!!! Bring walking shoes to access the the immediate walking area and to allow you to observe the wildlife!! IF GUESTS REQUIRE LOG FIRE PLEASE INFORM OWNER ON BOOKING


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average rating of 5.0 based on 72 reviews
Marburg, Germany

Top location, excellent equipment, perfect owner

  • 5 of 5

With four people we have spent 5 days around new years day (2007/2008) at this excellently-maintained, clean and silent place in Spott, a small village near Dunbar which is approx. 35-45 car minutes away from Edinburgh (approx. 20 min. by train). The appartment in this classic cottage is newly renovated and offers perfect modern equipment (e.g. kitchen & bath, TV, radio, microwave, washing machine, toaster, cooking facility, oven, water heater, etc.) combined with a lovely and romantic outfit (e.g. log fire, thick/warm carpets, cute-looking kitchen - which is big and allows for eating in this room with at least four people). Two cute bed rooms are located on the first floor, water is hot at all times over the day even when four people take longer showers and the central heater is working reliably and quickly (and is independent of the log fire). The owner is very helpful in all respects, gives a lot of tips where to go and what to do, suggests nice restaurants in the region nearby and even got some tickets from eBay for us for the central Edinburgh new years eve celebration which were officially sold out even before we had arrived. The sea is reachable within a few minutes by car offering a lot of leisure activities such as surfing (better conditions compared to French Atlantic coast), sailing and even diving. There are several sea-view golfing parks around and a few minutes drive towards the hills leaves you in the middle of nowhere, forest around, nice views from the top of the hills towards the sea and country-side, no civilization noise and all kinds of wild animals. We would certainly come back to this place and can only warmly recommend this place to anybody who likes to stay in Scotland for a while.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2008
  • Date of Stay: November 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this extremely positive review. If all guests treat the cottage with similar care then I will be very well pleased. The cottage was treated with care and respect. The guests recognised the special qualities that the cottage has in terms of character and in terms of location. The aspect of quietness and tranquility is perhaps priceless, and the cottage has these aspects. The guests suggested a couple of improvements - a coffee machine, just bought one! and internet access. I'm working on the internet one - there are line problems, but a solution is possible - although it may only be WiFi. For any guests who have previuosly stayed, a 10% minimum reduction will apply, additionally, anyone booking via a referral from a former guest will also receive a similar discount. Best regards Douglas
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Very warm welcome - beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our time here. The cottage is cosy and quiet with a lovely big open fire. The beds were very comfortable and we had all of the amenities we needed for our stay. The location is great, a very small village which had stunning scenery, but is only a few miles away from town when needed. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice to have another satisfied group of guests Everyone seeme to love the place. Many thanks
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Terrific cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our host was the most affable, accommodating and informative Scotsman you could imagine. The cottage is extremely comfortable and well equipped. It is well situated, with easy parking, just down the road from the Dunbar ASDA. Easy day trip by car or park and ride to Edinburgh; Dougie will give you all the details!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pure pleasure to stay

  • 5 of 5

First of all , thank you Douglas and Catherine for the very warm welcome and that we could stay at your lovely house .

The house is beautifully decorated, a nice big kitchen, very nice bathroom, cozy living room and beautiful bedrooms .

The house is located in a little quiet village , but only a stone's throw away from shops , restaurants and train station at Dunbar and under a half hour away from Edinburgh .

But the best of all for us and the dogs the many opportunities for lovely walks at the amazing beaches and beautiful country side .

Everything is easygoing , perfect for a perfect holiday .

We are very happy that we will stay here again in July .

Counting the days .

Thanks again , see you soon , kind regards Melanie , Klaus , the dogs and the girls

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Danke !! Another fantastic review from a great family. Nice people, nice dogs. It is good that they all enjoyed the cottage and are returning very soon Danke Dougie
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Dougie and Christine our stay was just what we wanted, quiet and comfortable. The cottage was beautiful very well equipped and the location ideal. Our dogs have hardly moved since we returned home. Thank you again for a lovely stay. Aidan and Lesley

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for the nice review - its great that you appreciate the cottage. Trust me - most guests return and return...... Hope to see all 4 of you again. Dougie
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Excellent cottage, almost like coming home!

  • 5 of 5

Like last time, we had a wonderful time. The holiday starts with a warm welcome by Douglas and Catherine. The cottage is warm and cosy and you will feel at home immediately. Everything is there. A well equipped kitchen, a lovely and spacious bathroom and two bedrooms. We were very lucky with the weather (again!) and spent hours in the garden. We spent many lazy hours on the garden furniture which is also available in the shed. A real bonus!

The environment is great. Lots of green and in May the yellow fields are wonderful. We are really looking forward to our stay in May 2014 again. It is a pity that we can't come over sooner, but we have something to look forward too in 2014! Thanks again and see you next year.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests and a great dog! The cottage just has some sort effect upon people - a good effect!!!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
A1 Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Car: necessary

Within 5miles : Woodhall Dene Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve (1.5mile). Belhaven, Whitesands, Thorntonloch, Skateraw and Pease Bay Beaches. Dunbar + Winterfield Golf Courses. Harbour, RNLI Lifeboat and sailing and sea fishing. Dunbar Castle and Belhaven Brewery (Scotlands oldest). Sea Diving, Leisure centre/swimming pool. John Muir Country Park. Clifftop walks/coastal Paths. Parks + picnic sites + history room + John Muir Room. Pubs, restaurants and takeaway food. Lammermuir Hill trails and villages.Within 10miles : Castles - Hailes, Tantallon+ Dirleton. Scottish Seabird Centre. St Abbs nature reseve/harbour. Open Golf cousre at Muirfield. Scottish Museum of Flight. River Tyne, River Whiteadder. Within 25miles - Edinburgh - Castle/Britannia/Palace/Royal Mile/Museums/Festivals/Fringe/Tattoo. Border Abbeys - Melrose/Kelso/Jedburgh/Dryburgh. Horse Racing Musselburgh.

Spott is a very tranquil village - it is located in the Lammermuir Hills near Dunbar. Lots of nature and peace and quiet

Other Activities: 4X4 Off Road Driving School, John Muir Country Park, HallhIll Healthy Living Centre

Golf: This is an ideal base from which to test yourself on some of the UK's greatest courses. Muirfield which frequently hosts the British Open Championship is only 15minutes by car. Dunbar - an Open Championship qualifying course, which also holds the Seniors and Scottish Boys Championship is less than 5 minutes away.

There are many famous Links courses that await you - Gullane, North Berwick and Musselburgh are all easily reached. Many new high quality golf developments have recently taken place - some are Craigielaw, Archerfield and Whitekirk.

Separately, Dunbar Winterfield - a links course, is a very popular, and represents good value for money.

East Lothian is an area that is simply a Golfing Paradise! No course in the county is more than a 20 minute drive!

St Andrews - and the world famous OLD COURSE is about 90 minutes drive.

To fully enjoy the area and the local wildlife bring walking shoes and binoculars.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Dunbar, Edinburgh and Lothians

Rental Basis:
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

1 - The cottage is available for short breaks throughout the year, with the exception of the high season months of July and August when the minimum stay period is 5 nights.. The cost for short breaks is specified in the table above.
3 - All rates include linen, towels,

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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