North Berwick House

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

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Wow Factor
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Sustainable Collection
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request

As featured in The Times under "25 stylish UK self catering stays for 2021"...

North Berwick House holds a wonderful location, set within a peaceful sixty-acre private estate, just a short distance from the seaside town of North Berwick. For those who enjoy a little hustle and bustle, the vibrant city of Edinburgh which is home to a wide variety of family-friendly attractions as well as excellent restaurants and shopping, is just a fifty-minute drive away.

North Berwick House is a completely unique home, it seamlessly combines a 200-year-old Gardeners Cottage with a mid-century modern house, built in 1960 by the Scottish architect Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith. Having been recently renovated, the home today retains its original contemporary character while boasting up-to-date stylish interiors and all the amenities those fortunate enough to enjoy a stay here could possibly need. The home can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests across its six beautifully-appointed bedrooms.

The majority of the accommodation is on the ground floor which enables guests to enjoy the wonderful surrounding gardens. The living accommodation comprises of an impressive drawing room which boasts an open fire and a Bluthner Leipzig baby grand piano, a cosy TV room, a formal dining room and an open-plan kitchen and breakfast room which comes complete with all the tools to whip up a delicious meal. There is plenty of space for the whole group to gather and socialise making this the ideal home for a special occasion such as a family reunion. On the ground floor are four of the bedrooms, a super-king master suite with panoramic windows over the garden and a luxury en-suite bathroom, a second super-king room which has access to an adjacent family bathroom and two king-size rooms both with en-suite facilities. Upstairs, are the final two bedrooms, a super-king room and a twin room, which both share the use of an adjacent shower room.

The outside space at North Berwick House is truly magical, choose to roam the sixty-acre estate on foot or on bicycle or forage for seasonal produce in the walled garden. After action-packed days spent exploring the surrounding area choose to relax on the terrace with a refreshing beverage or indulge in a family-friendly game of croquet, the choice is yours!

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What you should know…

  • Due to the rural location, mobile coverage can vary depending on network
  • North Berwick House offers complete privacy, however guests should note that the gardener works every morning and will be out-and-about working in the extensive walled garden area during guest stays

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (locally owned)
  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Committed to Renewable and Green Energy
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Vegetable Patch)
  • Travel by Train possible
  • Protects and conserves local Heritage

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Hairdryer Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV Outdoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Ground Floor
- Drawing room with Bluthner Leipzig baby grand piano and views over the walled garden
- TV room with Smart TV and selection of games
- Open-plan kitchen and breakfast room with Rangemaster oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and dining facilities for 12
- Separate catering kitchen
- Formal dining room with seating for 12 and an open fire
- Cloakroom with WC
- Garden master suite with super-king bed, en-suite bathroom with deep floor standing bath tub and walled garden views
- Bedroom with super-king bed (can be set up with twin beds on request)
- Family bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed, garden views and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite shower room

First Floor (This forms part of the original Gardener’s House)
- Bedroom with super-king bed (can be set up with twin beds on request)
- Bedroom with twin single beds
- Family shower room

Exterior Grounds
- Walled garden and guests can help themselves to seasonal produce
- Terrace
- Dining facilities
- Croquet & boules provided
- Two hole pitching range
- There are extensive grounds (5 acres) surrounding the property. Guests are welcome to walk and cycle around the wider estate which extends to 60 acres.

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Hairdryers
- Travel cot & highchair available on request (please bring your own cot linen)
- Washing machine & dryer
- Logs for fires provided
- Parking
- Tennis court
- Snooker
- Table tennis
- Darts

Little Sustainability Gems About the Property

The house is recently renovated and now fully insulated and heated by a new Groundsource renewable energy system.

Location

About the surrounding area of North Berwick House
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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North Berwick House holds a rural location, just a 5-minute car journey from the seaside town of North Berwick where a selection of helpful amenities and attractions can be found.

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is less than a 50-minute car journey from North Berwick House, and with its Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, it is bursting with excellent attractions, including, iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the excellent Scotch Whisky Experience and Edinburgh Gin Distillery as well as Camera Obscura & World of Illusions and the Edinburgh Zoo, which the whole family will enjoy! For guests travelling in from afar, Edinburgh Airport is less than a 45-minute car journey away making for a short transfer time.

For keen golfers, a variety of world-class golf courses are within easy reaching distance of North Berwick House. North Berwick Golf Club and Glen Golf Club are both less than 10-minutes away, Muirfield is less than 20-minutes away, while most famous of all, St Andrew's, is 75-minutes from the house. Please ensure that you check which days of the week they are open to visitors, have a suitable handicap and make sure to book in advance!

Read more about East Lothian

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport

(57.6km)

Nearest Town/City Edinburgh

(43.6km)

Nearest Town/City North Berwick

(3.7km)

Nearest Restaurant Cucina Amore, North Berwick

(3.5km)

Nearest Supermarket Tesco Superstore, North Berwick

(3km)

Nearest Golf Glen Golf Club

(3km)

Nearest Beach Milsey Bay Beach

(3.5km)

Region

Welcome to East Lothian, the land of castles, golf courses, seaside havens and a whole lot of character! Tucked away on Scotland's east coast, this enchanting region sits just outside the vibrant city of Edinburgh. Oliver's Travels has sprinkled a bit of luxury magic all over the place, from snug cottages to elegant manor houses and even the odd castle!

Now, let's talk landmarks. Tantallon Castle is the rockstar of historical hotspots. Perched dramatically on cliffs, it is like the celebrity of medieval fortresses, dating back to the 14th century. Nearby, North Berwick is where golfers go to swing their clubs and enjoy views that are basically a nature-induced spa for the eyes. If you are more of a tranquility seeker, the John Muir Country Park is your sanctuary of natural zen. Named after a Scottish-American nature superhero, this park is like a green hug along the coastline. Belhaven Bay is the beachy haven for birdwatchers, sun-worshippers and water sports fanatics, a sandy paradise waiting for your adventurous footprints. Haddington is like a historic market town dressed in cobblestone couture. St. Mary's Church and Lennoxlove House are 13th-century gems that add cultural glitter. Tranent, the vibrant town in the mix, is party central, hosting wonderful events. Dunbar, the coastal village, is where history meets Mother Nature. Dunbar Castle, perched dramatically on a rocky promontory, is like the wise old storyteller with panoramic views as its tales. It is also the birthplace of John Muir, the nature guy. Dunbar celebrates his legacy with a museum, the John Muir's Birthplace, where you can practically feel the green vibes.

East Lothian's calendar is busy. The Haddington Farmers' Market is the foodie's paradise, showcasing fresh veggies. If you are into culture, the Fringe by the Sea festival in North Berwick is where music, comedy and literature throw a coastal bash.

East Lothian offers culinary wonders. Seafood, including the famous Scottish salmon, is the star on many menus. And let's not forget haggis, the local hero. Traditional Scottish dishes are served with a side of warm hospitality that will make you feel like you never want to leave.
East Lothian is that cool friend who knows all the best spots. It is where history, nature and culture mingle, creating an unforgettable experience.

Scotland
Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

North Berwick House makes an excellent choice for families travelling with children who are bound to enjoy exploring the wonderful gardens and playing games on the lawn. There are a variety of family-friendly attractions and amenities in near-by North Berwick as well as in Edinburgh. For the little ones, a travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Tennis Court
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

North Berwick House provides a scenic location for intimate weddings amidst the tranquil landscapes of Scotland. The venue offers three fireplaces and a generous supply of logs, creating a cosy and charming atmosphere. The assistance of florists, chefs, and celebrants is available to customize your special day. For larger gatherings, a marquee can be set up in the garden that can accommodate up to 70 guests. From intimate indoor ceremonies to enchanting outdoor receptions, North Berwick House offers endless possibilities for an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Indoor capacity: Up to 24 guests.

Outdoor capacity: Tailored for up to 70 guests.

Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions:
Intimate indoor ceremonies within the house or picturesque outdoor ceremonies amidst the sprawling estate. Flexible reception options, including marquee setups in the garden for larger weddings (up to 70 guests).

Where to Stay:
The house can accommodate up to 12 guests, and there is a lot of nearby accommodation available for the rest of the guests. 

Wedding Planning:
The owner can recommend suppliers for florist, chef, and humanist celebrant and can provide benches, greenery, etc. Alternatively, clients can bring their own wedding or event planner.

Catering:
Clients may arrange their own.

Other information:
The price varies between £4,500-£6,500, depending on specific details and time of year. We offer the house (excluding July and August) for the weekend (3-4 nights), accommodating 12 guests in six bedrooms, so your family and friends can enjoy the preparations and big day.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
 
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1000 to be paid prior to arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4.00 pm
Departure time 10.00 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay, this is increased to 7-nights across peak Summer and Festive dates
Pets welcome? Two well-behaved dogs are allowed on request for an additional charge of £25 per dog, per stay. Please keep them off the furniture
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted
Stag & Hen Do's Allowed? Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are strictly not allowed
EPC Rating F
Property Licence Number EL00131F

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 28th 2024 - May 31st 2024 - - £7,516 £9,395
May 31st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £5,775 £6,825 £7,875 £10,500
Sep 1st 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 £5,168 £6,107 £7,047 £9,395
Sep 27th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £4,134 £4,886 £5,637 £7,516
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 £6,079 £7,185 £8,290 £11,053
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 £6,079 £7,185 £8,290 £11,053
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 28th 2025 £4,134 £4,886 £5,637 £7,516
Mar 28th 2025 - May 2nd 2025 - - £7,516 £9,395
May 2nd 2025 - May 23rd 2025 £5,168 £6,107 £7,047 £9,395
May 23rd 2025 - May 30th 2025 - - £7,516 £9,395
May 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £5,958 £7,041 £8,124 £10,832
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 £5,168 £6,107 £7,047 £9,395
Sep 26th 2025 - Nov 29th 2025 £4,134 £4,886 £5,637 £7,516

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 28th 2024 - May 31st 2024 - - €8,218 €10,272
May 31st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €6,315 €7,463 €8,611 €11,481
Sep 1st 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 €5,650 €6,677 €7,704 €10,272
Sep 27th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €4,520 €5,342 €6,164 €8,218
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 €6,647 €7,855 €9,064 €12,085
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 €6,647 €7,855 €9,064 €12,085
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 28th 2025 €4,520 €5,342 €6,164 €8,218
Mar 28th 2025 - May 2nd 2025 - - €8,218 €10,272
May 2nd 2025 - May 23rd 2025 €5,650 €6,677 €7,704 €10,272
May 23rd 2025 - May 30th 2025 - - €8,218 €10,272
May 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €6,514 €7,698 €8,883 €11,843
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 €5,650 €6,677 €7,704 €10,272
Sep 26th 2025 - Nov 29th 2025 €4,520 €5,342 €6,164 €8,218

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 28th 2024 - May 31st 2024 - - $8,929 $11,161
May 31st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $6,861 $8,108 $9,356 $12,474
Sep 1st 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 $6,139 $7,255 $8,371 $11,161
Sep 27th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $4,911 $5,804 $6,697 $8,929
Dec 20th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 $7,222 $8,535 $9,848 $13,130
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 6th 2025 $7,222 $8,535 $9,848 $13,130
Jan 6th 2025 - Mar 28th 2025 $4,911 $5,804 $6,697 $8,929
Mar 28th 2025 - May 2nd 2025 - - $8,929 $11,161
May 2nd 2025 - May 23rd 2025 $6,139 $7,255 $8,371 $11,161
May 23rd 2025 - May 30th 2025 - - $8,929 $11,161
May 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $7,078 $8,364 $9,651 $12,868
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 $6,139 $7,255 $8,371 $11,161
Sep 26th 2025 - Nov 29th 2025 $4,911 $5,804 $6,697 $8,929

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • The most beautiful home in a glorious setting .

    on 30/09/2023

    North Berwick house was absolutely beautiful - everything was incredibly tasteful and comfortable - perfect for a big group. The owner could not have been more helpful and hospitable - we felt very warmly welcomed and looked after. A wonderful setting within the walled garden - would love to come back in summer when the border is in full bloom.

  • The house is stunning

    on 22/09/2023

    We spent a family 60th birthday weekend at North Berwick House. The house is stunning and a wonderful location for any celebration. But on a weekend of late summer sunshine, it was the garden which elevated the experience to the idyllic. A haven of calm and beauty in which to create memories we will carry a lifetime. The finishing touch was the meals provided by Steve at Pop Catering, recommended by Hew. The whole thing, simply perfect.

  • We truly enjoyed this home!

    on 20/08/2023

    The fresh air, star-filled nights, beautiful home and breathtaking landscape made for a memorable and relaxing holiday for all. This home is set up for entertaining and for our families to relax, exercise, enjoy reading in a quiet nook, play the piano or challenge one another to table tennis and snooker. The children explored the walled gardens for hours. The hosts are gracious and welcoming. Much enjoyment was found playing tennis on the courts and sitting by the seaside, watching the children make sand castles at the nearby beaches. What a fantastic destination!

  • We recommend North Berwick House without hesitation.

    on 13/08/2023

    Spaces are generous, inside and out, and the home is beautifully decorated, carefully blending mid-century modern and Scottish manor home styles. Each bedroom is unique and light-filled, and boasts world-class mattresses, pillows and linens. The showers and sinks and fittings throughout are of the highest quality and a pleasure to touch and use, as are the plentiful plush towels. The public rooms — the kitchen with adjoining eating area and family room, the dining room and the gorgeous living room — will accommodate everyone in your party while also providing many quiet nooks for an individual’s peace and quiet. All rooms are generously opened to the landscape by huge windows, filling the spaces with light and framing beautiful views. The undisputed star of this wonderful show is the enormous walled garden that realizes what everyone imagines as the perfectly balanced Scottish garden. The home is secluded amongst the verdant pastures of East Lothian, only five minutes outside of North Berwick, and fifteen from Gullane, both villages boasting some of the world’s finest golf courses, as well as numerous top-notch restaurants and eateries. Communications and arrangements are made with the ancestral owners of the estate and could not have been more timely and spot-on, from start to finish. Excellence all around!

  • The grounds are phenomenal

    on 28/07/2023

    We had a fantastic wedding at North Berwick House in early June. The grounds are phenomenal, and with the amazing weather it was absolutely dreamy. Hew was very accommodating with any requests and questions that we had, and helped us with being able to accommodate our small wedding dinner in the house too.

    All of the rooms were a really high standard, and the bed in the room we were in was incredibly comfy!

    We and our guests had a fantastic stay, and it will forever hold a special place in our hearts!

  • The house is spectacular

    on 16/05/2023

    This was an amazing experience. The house is spectacular but comfortable, the garden is a dream and the hosts could not have been more accommodating. There were 8 of us (plus two dogs) and there was room to spare—We all had wonderful accommodations both for sleeping and for reading, relaxing and playing games (all together as well as in small groups). The kitchen space was well fitted out and roomy with two distinct working areas and 3 cookers (including an AGA). The bathrooms were plentiful and modern, everything worked and the property was immaculate.
    As for the location—the property could not be better sited. Half an hour to Edinburgh by train, a short walk or drive into North Berwick (a charming town with great shopping and restaurants), lots of golfing and hiking options with lots of great day trip options.
    Wonderful experience! Thank you Hew and Jamie for sharing your home with us.

  • Outstandingly beautiful home

    on 27/02/2023

    North Berwick House is an outstandingly beautiful home. We used it for an away day: Hew was a perfect host, providing excellent food and spacious, delightful rooms. There’s plenty to keep you busy in breaks - from croquet to tennis to table tennis to puzzles and much more. We did not stay over but the rooms looked very comfortable. Thank you!

  • My third visit to North Berwick

    on 12/10/2022

    Just returned from my third visit to North Berwick House, which becomes more lovely on each visit. The five acre walled garden is a treasure trove - tennis court, practice golf holes, espalliered fruit laden trees, flowers, lush lawns. The house is beautifully decorated, light, comfortable with fascinating Portraits, a grand piano, libraries of books, log fires and light. The kitchens are superbly fitted out. Bedrooms deliver an excellent night’s sleep. All within easy reach of deserted beaches, castles, forests and Edinburgh. The owners are kindness itself. I cannot commend it highly enough.

  • Perfect!

    on 31/08/2022

    Can’t think of anything which would have improved our stay.

  • Outstanding

    on 30/08/2022

    Three generations of our family have just enjoyed the most wonderful holiday break at this beautifully appointed home. North Berwick House is an outstanding property set in stunning surroundings.

  • A fabulous week!

    on 23/07/2022

    What a privilege to be able to spend some extended family time in such beautiful and well cared for surroundings. The books were an adventure, the border and beds a feast for the eyes and the raspberries a feast for the tastebuds. The young played tennis and golf and young and old played croquet along with pre- breakfast visits to the beach. A fabulous week for all – thank you and especially to George, the gardener – 36 years has rubbed off on the amazing gardens! Loved the flowers!

  • Highly recommend

    on 15/07/2022

    Three generations enjoyed a fantastic holiday at North Berwick House. The garden is spectacular, lots of room for the kids to play and explore with freshly picked raspberries and gooseberries for breakfast every day. The house was a perfect balance of historical interest, modern comforts and fun games for everyone. North Berwick has so many great outdoor pursuits to offer but going back to the house at the end of the day was always the best part. Highly recommended.

  • I cannot recommend it highly enough...

    on 27/07/2021

    North Berwick House is a magical place. The house is beautifully maintained with every conceivable amenity, fascinating historical detail, and plenty to do including croquet, snooker, table tennis , a games room and a wonderful book collection. The gardens are remarkable and sitting in the evening light by the firepit so restorative. There are many things to do in the surrounding area, some wonderful walks, deserted beaches, bird life and of course golf. The owners are tremendously thoughtful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • A magical week

    on 07/06/2021

    We have had a truly magical week. It is a glorious house, so original and beautifully done, I would say the nicest rental property we have stayed in. We are all in agreement that the perfect place to live is inside a walled garden!

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