Haddington, East Lothian Council
Bedrooms 10 Sleeps 20 Free parking
Nestled in expansive grounds, this rural retreat is a sanctuary for couples and solo adventurers.
Shepherd's Bothy is exquisitely furnished and outfitted with top-of-the-line amenities. Enjoy a good night's sleep in a luxurious Harrison Spinks bed and mattress with a hypoallergenic vegan down duvet and pillows from the Fine Bedding Company, and high-quality cotton bed linen and towels.
The bathroom provides the perfect place to relax after a long country walk, with a powerful shower, heated towel rail, underfloor heating, and Heritage fittings. Vegan Moo & Yoo hand wash, body wash, and shampoo will leave you smelling divine, and there is a hairdryer available in the bedroom.
The owners of Papple Steading are dedicated to sustainability; where possible, the kitchen is equipped with wooden utensils and eco-friendly equipment.
True to its values, the Shepherd's bothy is heated using heat transfer pump systems that rely on both shallow and deep bore exchangers. The underfloor heating throughout and heated towel rail in the bathroom will keep you cosy without unnecessary cost to our precious planet.
For larger groups, Papple Steading comprises four adjacent properties (sleeping up to 20) - Papple Farmhouse, Grieve’s Cottage, Shepherd’s Bothy and Ploughman's Bothy - making it ideal for large family get-togethers or groups of friends who want to holiday together without compromising on space. It is also the perfect location for a corporate retreat.
Interior layout All the accommodation is located on the ground floor.
The open-plan living area boasts a hand-crafted oak kitchen featuring a two-oven electric Aga with a hot plate, a fridge with a freezer compartment, a microwave, a half-size dishwasher, a Belfast sink, and cookery books.
The living area includes a seating area with a two-seater sofa, an armchair, a Chippendale-school Windsor chair, a hemlock log side table, and a Smart TV. The dining table, an antique feature piece, seats two guests. To enjoy some country air, French doors open onto a terrace from the living area.
The bedroom features a 3’ zip and link bed that can be set up as either a super king or twin beds upon request. A bespoke, handmade cupboard with hanging space, shelves, suitcase storage, and a full-length mirror provide everything you need to feel at home whilst you are staying at the Shepherd's Bothy.
EPC rating: C
Exterior Through the French doors to the rear of the Bothy, you can access a small terrace overlooking the paddock with a table, two chairs, and a small barbeque for the summer months. There is partial screening to separate the terrace from the neighbouring terrace for Ploughman's Bothy.
The grounds and amenities are shared with other guests.
At the back of the Steading, there is a paddock that is perfect for various outdoor activities such as football, rounders, picnics, or yoga. Next to this is a fire pit and seating area with log stools, located under the remains of Papple Convent, recorded in 1458. This is the perfect place for roasting marshmallows and singing around a campfire. In the cart shed, guests can enjoy playing table tennis and table football.
There is a woodland area with wooden follies that can be used as a playhouse, picnic shelter, or as a hiding spot for spotting wildlife. This area also features a picnic table, boardwalks, bridges, and swings for children to enjoy. There is plenty of wildlife to spot, including hares, badgers, rabbits, owls, bats, shrews, newts, and countless birds. Additionally, there is a fruit patch with strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, and raspberries.
The wider grounds of Papple Steading encompass an additional 18 acres of woodland and a wildflower meadow, providing excellent opportunities for walking and fully soaking in the expansive and un-ruined countryside.
Shepherd's Bothy is the perfect base for exploring the local area. The local countryside is jaw-dropping, and boasts a renowned coastline, which attracts walkers, cyclists, runners, and water sports enthusiasts alike. The myriad of world-class golf courses nearby attract golfers and spectators alike. For the less outdoorsy, there is an array of museums, ancient churches, and picturesque villages close by. Furthermore, Edinburgh is only a 45-minute drive or 25-minute train journey from the nearby Drem Station (10 miles from Shepherd's Bothy).
Accessibility statement The accommodation is all on the ground floor, however the bathroom has shower over bath and therefore is not suitable for people with mobility issues.
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There is parking for one car opposite the Bothy