East Lothian's Luxury Self Catering Revolution

The rise and rise of boutique holidays in East Lothian


East Lothian is widely known for it's unparalleled natural diversity, with over 40 miles of golden coastline, pristine beaches, and coves leading across rolling fields and ancient woodlands, to unspoilt moors and uplands.


The county's historic towns, quaint villages, picturesque harbours, and fine country estates abound - and now thanks to modern road and rail connections, this dream location is rarely more than a 30 minute's drive or train trip from the international cultural centre that is Edinburgh.


Less known perhaps, is the unique microclimate East Lothian enjoys, which means more hours of sunshine hit East Lothian than almost anywhere else in the UK.


Given this unique location and uncharacteristically sunny climate, it's not surprising that East Lothian has always proved to be a popular spot to call home, regularly being referred to as Scotland's home county.


Proximity to Edinburgh and strict planning rules protecting East Lothian's natural beauty and history have created enormous pressures on housing supply, meaning East Lothian's property prices are now amongst the highest in the UK.


Of course as well as residential pressure - where there is sunshine (and castles, beaches, quaint villages etc) - there is tourism. And where there is tourism, there are holiday cottages. East Lothian holiday cottages make an excellent investment with the best properties commanding a premium purchase price.


With high purchase prices, rentals need to be sufficiently high to cover the mortgage and to maximise rentals, self catering cottages in East Lothian are refurbished to a very high standard, generating what's now become a boutique self catering market.


East Lothian's luxury market gathers pace

High property prices, an influx of new home owners seeking refuge from Edinburgh's stresses, and higher holiday rental rates have brought with them an expectation of top-end services across the county.


Indeed, over the past decade, East Lothian has seen enormous growth in everything that's chic, delicious or indulgent - from spas and art galleries to Michelin starred restaurants and luxury shopping boutiques.


While East Lothian's landscape, villages, sunshine and beaches have always made the county a popular destination, it's the opening of these new top class facilities that's seeing East Lothian draw a completely new level of discerning holiday makers away from the South of France, St Barts, Monaco and Dubai - adding more to the demands on service and the upwards pressure on pricing.



Lettings of Distinction


Every holiday maker needs a place to stay, and with an influx of high net worth holiday makers, we're seeing a real growth in demand for the superior privacy that luxury self catering properties offer over hotels. Whether our guests are bringing their own staff, or taking advantage of our full concierge service, luxury self catering holiday cottages can now easily access all the service benefits of a fine hotel, but with the increased privacy renting a whole building guarantees.


Lettings of Distinction specialise in this high-end marketplace, with some of the finest East Lothian holiday cottages money can buy at our disposal. When it comes to UK luxury self catering, East Lothian is now truly leading the way.


Whether you're looking for secluded cottages or country lodges, striking seafront studios or even modern architectural masterpieces, a look through our portfolio of boutique East Lothian self catering properties will not disappoint. With an entire property at you and your family's disposal, you've got the perfect base from which to explore all that East Lothian has to offer.


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Getting Around in style


hire a super car in east lothianWhat 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.


Back 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


fine dinig east lothianOne of the major advantages of opting for our luxury holiday cottages - 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. 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.


For 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 your cottage will soon be filled with the aroma of the freshest possible local ingredients.





spa 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.


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


shopping and art 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.



Heading home...


your luxury self catering in east lothianHaving spent the day racing your hired Ferrari from flying lesson to horseriding trip, powerboat ride and a light lunch to a glitzy gallery opening.


Perhaps you took in 18 holes on a championship golf course, followed by a refreshing spa treatment and a full-on retail therapy splurge.


No matter, you'll be grateful of the five star comforts awaiting in your luxury East Lothian holiday cottage. With each of our our deluxe rental properties boasting enveloping chairs, relaxing baths and comfortable beds you'll awake totally refreshed and renewed, ready for all East Lothian offers. Maybe today you'll give wakeboarding a go?


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