Luxury Holiday Rentals in East Lothian

The Cream of East Lothian:
Luxury holiday rentals, fine dining, country pursuits and
specialist shopping


East Lothian has always been blessed with an unparalleled diversity of natural beauty. Her 40 miles of golden coastline, pristine beaches, and coves lead across rolling fields and ancient woodlands, to unspoilt moors and uplands. Add to this the unique microclimate which means more sunshine beats down on East Lothian than almost anywhere else in theUK.


Historic towns, quaint villages, picturesque harbours, and fine country estates abound - and thanks to modern road and rail connections, this picture postcard setting is seldom more than 30 minute's from Scotland's vibrant international capital.


Given this unique location, it's not surprising that the discerning wealthy have chosen to call East Lothian's country estates, castles and towers home, second home, holiday home or "our place in Scotland".


Locals have become quite used to sharing the delicatessen queue with oligarchs, or waiting in the pâtisserie alongside pop superstars or A-list film stars!



The Rise of East Lothian as a Luxury Resort


Of course it's not just celebrities and the super-rich causing East Lothian to become a leading luxury holiday destination. Proximity to Edinburgh and strict planning rules protecting East Lothian's natural beauty and history have created enormous pressures on housing supply. East Lothian's property prices are now amongst the highest in the UK.


High prices, coupled with an influx of refugees seeking peace from the hustle and stress of city life have brought with them an expectation of high-end services.


Indeed, in the past 10 years, the county has seen a massive growth in everything chic, delicious and indulgent - from spas and art galleries to Michelin starred restaurants and luxury shopping boutiques.


While East Lothian's towns, villages and beaches have always made the county a popular destination, it's the opening of these top class facilities that's seeing East Lothian draw discerning holiday makers away from the South of France, St Barts, Monaco and Dubai.


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Luxury Holiday Rentals


Every holiday maker needs a place to stay, and we're seeing a growing move towards the superior privacy that luxury holiday rentals offer over hotels. Whether guests bring their own staff, or take advantage of our full concierge service they now have access to all the service benefits of a luxury hotel, but in the privacy of their own home from home.


east lothian luxury holiday rental exampleLettings of Distinction have your luxury holiday rentals covered, with some of the finest self catering accommodation in East Lothian at our disposal. Whether you're looking for secluded cottages or country lodges, striking seafront studios or modern architectural masterpieces you'll soon realise when it comes to holiday homes - East Lothian will not disappoint.


With a whole property at you and your family's disposal, luxury self catering accommodation in East Lothian is surely the perfect base from which to explore all that East Lothian has to offer.



Getting Around in style


What better way to see East Lothian's coast and countryside, than a helicopter tour of our beautiful county.


Adventure001 at the Museum of Flight offers 8 mile helicopter flights complete with a scrumptious cream tea, or for the much more adventurous - why not pilot your own microlight aircraft with a 30 minute flying lesson at nearby East Fortune Airfield.


Taking to the sea, yacht, rib and powerboat charters can be booked at North Berwick, either through the Scottish Seabird Centre or here - and for adventure sports junkies, the Foxlake wakeboarding centre near Dunbar provides white knuckle whitewater exhilaration in a purpose-built lake.


supercars available for hire in east lothianBack on dry land, take to the road in a supercar from Prestige in nearby Edinburgh. Offering a huge choice of sports and luxury cars ranging from Ferraris and Bugattis to Bentleys and Lamborghinis, getting from A to B couldn't be more fun.


For those who prefer their horsepower in single figures, Seacliff Stables based just outside North Berwick provide guided horseback tours of the local area.


If this all this travel sounds like thirsty work, visit the Glenkinchie Distillery, East Lothian's famed whiskey distillers for a tour complete with complementary dram.



Lets Eat - Fine Dining in East Lothian


One of the major advantages of opting for our luxury self catering accommodation - East Lothian will spoil you for choice when it comes to award winning dining experiences.


If you're looking for culinary brilliance you can go no further than Greywalls Chez Roux Restaurant at Muirfield. Chef Albert Roux's menu is famed the world over and the award winning restaurant provides private dining for up to fifty.


La Potinere in Gullane is owned and run by award winning chefs Keith Marley and Mary Runciman. As one of Scotlands best restaurants please note that there can be a lengthy waiting list - so check ahead of time to avoid disappointment.


The Creel restaurant in Dunbar as it's name suggests specialises in fresh caught seafood and chef Logan Thorburn formally worked with Rick Stein and John Campbell prior to bringing Michelin star quality north of the border.


Archerfield Walled Garden is a popular family destination serving delicious fresh lunches and dinners in the old walled gardens of the historic Archerfield Estate.


fine dining in east lothianFor the days when you'd like to prepare your own food and if you can bear to leave your luxury holiday cottage, North Berwick delicatessen Bunney's is a unique licensed deli, specialising in delicious local, Scottish produce.


Between Bunney's and the nearby multiple award winning Knowes Farm Shop - or thanks to the abundance of fresh caught local fish and seafood, your cottage will soon be filled with the aroma of the freshest possible local ingredients.





luxury spas and treatments in East LothianBracing coastal sea walks, treks through the John Muir nature reserve, or climbing the many local hills can quickly refresh the body following a night's fine dining (and wining).


And of course East Lothian is famed for it's walking-with-purpose sport, Golf with keen golfers being spoilt for choice with 22 courses including the world famous Muirfield and Gullane greens (see our luxury golf accommodation). 


For a much more relaxing detox however there's the unique Archerfield House Spa where relaxing therapies will soon have you ready for East Lothian's finest...



East Lothian's Galleries


boutique shopping and galleries in east lothianIf a quick train ride and retail therapy care of Harvey Nichols, Jenners and a multitude of boutique specialist shops in Edinburgh doesn't appeal, East Lothian's own retail destinations are dominated by the artistic.


A number of galleries sell works by skilled local, national and international artists, including East Lothian's own late great John Bellany.


Peter Potter in Haddington specialises in modern pieces and has a number of sell-out shows throughout the year.


The Found Gallery in Dunbar sells original paintings, prints and works of sculpture, as does Greens and Blues in North Berwick.



And so to bed...


You've spent the day powering your hired Ferrari from flying lesson to horseback ride, powerboat trip and a la carte lunch to a gallery opening.


Maybe you enjoyed 18 holes of a championship golf course, followed by a spa treatment and a retail therapy extravaganza.


Either way you'll be glad of the delicious comforts awaiting in your luxury holiday rental. With each of our our deluxe self catering properties boasting the most cosy, the most enveloping chairs, relaxing baths and comfortable beds you'll wake up refreshed, renewed and ready for another glorious day in East Lothian... Perhaps you'll even give the wakeboarding a try!



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