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Lothian Self Catering cottage, Housekeeper's Rooms, Pathhead, sleeps 4

Housekeeper's Rooms
EH37 5UB

Housekeeper's Rooms, Pathhead, Lothian

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Sleeps a maximum of: 4

Pricing From: £387.00

An exquisite apartment located within Oxenfoord Castle near to the village of Pathhead and near to Dalkeith in Midlothian in Scotland and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.

Surrounded by stunning views overlooking the 18th century castle woodland with free roaming deer, Housekeeper's Rooms is an exquisite holiday home for families or groups of friends to enjoy. Uniquely base in Oxenford Castle, the property sleeps four in two light filled bedrooms, a master king and a twin. There is a spacious open plan living area with a fully equipped kitchen, diner and lounge.

The property has a separate modern family bathroom with a bath and shower over. Outside guests are free to roam the extensive castle grounds and enjoy a game of tennis on one of the on site courts. There is off road parking for two cars located at the front of the castle.

The apartment is within a mile from the local pub and shop. Located just 11 miles from Edinburgh, Housekeeper's Rooms is the perfect holiday base for guests to enjoy the Scottish countryside.


Fantastic base to visit Edinburgh and surrounding area
What a fantastic place to use as a base to tour the local area, comfortable, extremely peaceful and welcoming,lots of wildlife outside the window. I can't rate this highly enough for those wanting a base near Edinburgh, but please note, there are a lot of stone steps to get to the apartment. But it's well worth it.

Excellent Accommodation for Exploring East Lothian and close to Edinburgh
We are currently staying in the Housekeepers Rooms (July 2020) as I have family nearby and was a bit wary of staying with them just after the easing of lockdown restrictions. This has enabled us to have a bit of a holiday and to visit family in a socially distanced manner. The apartment is very clean, a good size for a 2 bed with lovely views from the living/dining room over the main lawn of the castle. When we arrived the owners had thoughtfully provided a pint of milk, some biscuits, teabags, coffee, sugar and a small loaf of bread. You will need to bring/buy more of these things for the week of course but it's nice that there was something on arrival. A few dishwasher tablets are supplied in case you forget them and there was washing up liquid, a sponge, a couple of tea towels, a kitchen roll and a couple of loo rolls, all of which were thoughtful touches and not something I have always found provided in holiday lets. There is a good kitchen with a decent amount of pans, utensils, chopping boards, knives and oven trays/dishes. There is a microwave, fridge freezer and a washing machine. A drying rail is supplied so you can dry your clean clothes. We had a couple of small issues earlier in the week, there were lightbulbs missing from a couple of lamps. When I messaged Harriet, one of the owners, these were quickly supplied. On one day we came back and the blind had fallen down in the twin room. Again the owners were quick to remedy this and it was repaired the next day. So it is things like this that elevate this place above the norm. There seems to be hot water available for baths pretty much all day (it can get very hot) however the shower took a bit of figuring out to get it to work and be warm. I have added a photo of what we eventually settled on as the optimum setting (believe me, we tried everything). I also found that on a couple of occasions it didn?t seem to warm up at all, but when I restarted it, it was fine. In the local area there is quite a lot to do. Obviously it is slightly limited at the moment as a number of places are still closed due to Covid (the Museum of Flight at East Fortune was shut this week, as were some historic Scotland properties, but I believe they are opening again soon), however you can still find things to do. We enjoyed a walk around the glorious grounds and parkland at Penicuik House, which has a car park and walking trails. There is the shell of the old house (I believe it is an Adam House) which has been stabilised and looks fantastic, in much better condition than when I was a child growing up in Penicuik. We also visited Foxlakes adventure park at Dunbar where we did the Ziptrail and the Foxfalls (low ropes over water). My daughter really wanted to try wakeboarding but it was all booked up for about 2 weeks in advance. If you want to do any activities there (and I do recommend it), book well in advance! Close by there is also Vogrie Country Park with outdoor walks and a good play area and Dalkeith Country Park with the excellent Fort Dalkeith outdoor play area (again you have to pre-book). You also have the beaches of East Lothian very close by, so there are a good many things you can do outdoors here and maintain social distancing if you want to. You are quite close to Edinburgh as well, but we have done pretty much everything in Edinburgh over the years and didn?t fancy going in on this trip. So all in all, this is a good spot for a break right by East Lothian and all it has to offer, plus if you do wish to go into Edinburgh, it isn?t far to drive.

Lovely and cosy
Booked to come here for 5 nights for a girly time away from our busy jobs. It's been wonderful, we had access to Netflix, UKTV and freeview via the tv. There was internet access and a couple of games to play if we needed entertainment. The kitchen was big enough to cook a full meal in and the supplies provided covered a wide range of cooking styles (larger frying pan, pans, wooden spoons, chopping boards etc). The pressure in the shower was beautiful - always appreciate a decent shower. Bathroom was large and airy with plenty of storage. A variety of towels were also available along with a cute little pack with soap, shampoo and body wash. Dishwasher tablets and tablets for the washing machine were also provided, with a small collection of cleaning supplies under the sink. It was a very comfortable few nights away. Everything we could need or want during our time away was available. Everyone we met around the castle were friendly and ready to offer advice on how best to enjoy our time. The grounds themselves were beautiful. The stairs up to the room are difficult for those not fully able but they are beautiful. There is plenty of signage around to direct you to where you need to go. Before arrival we received an email with detailed instructions on how to find our way to the castle and up to our room, along with where to park and codes to gain access to keys. However, the central heating does make some strange noises but we found them rather comical. Overall, it's been a wonderful time away and we got a lot more than we expected from our stay! Thankyou for making us feel so welcome and for allowing us to experience your wonderful castle and gardens.

Amazing value for money!!
The housekeeper's rooms are quite possibly the best value accommodation we have ever stayed in. Location places it just outside Edinburgh, providing easy access to the city and surrounding area, as well as attractions a bit further afield, for example the highlands. It is inside a beautiful castle, up the very top, so you get stunning views out of the lounge and bedrooms where you can spot deer, hares and pheasants. The grounds provide lovely walks and it is easy to wander into the local village for the bakery, pub etc. The owners, Harriet and Michael, are very accommodating and really are happy to help in any way possible to make the stay perfect. We were even given a tour of the main castle, which was wonderful to have a look around in. It is clear to see why it makes such a lovely wedding venue too. The apartment itself is large and fully furnished with washing machine, dishwasher, microwave etc and kept very clean, with plenty of spare towels etc if needed. Value wise we really found we got a lot more than we paid for, as compared to accommodation in the area (bearing in mind none of these are in a castle!) we got a lot for our money. I would definitely recommend staying here to any families, couples visiting the area. It really is an experience to say you've stayed in a real castle.



Parking Space Parking Space
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
cooker Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Twin Beds


Bio-mass fuel heating
Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 2 cars
Extensive castle grounds and gardens with tennis courts for use by arrangement with the owners
Sorry, no pets and no smoking
Shop and pub 1 mile
Note: The check-in time is 4pm and check out is 10am
Note: No children under 5 years old Please note: This property only take a minimum of 3 night bookings

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Crichton Castle - 2.7 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Ormiston Market Cross - 2.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Scottish Mining Museum - 3.6 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Inveresk Lodge Garden - 4.7 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Arniston House - 5.2 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Preston Mercat Cross - 5.3 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Newhailes - 5.8 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Soutra Aisle - 5.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Dere Street Roman Road, Soutra - 6.1 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Seton Collegiate Church - 6.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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