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Green Craig is situated in one of the most stunning locations in East Lothian. The house lies on the shores of the Firth of Forth with magical views over to Fife, Edinburgh and beyond. Only 35 minutes drive from the centre of Edinburgh, yet privately situated in 50 acres of mature woodland, this immaculately renovated house is a wonderful holiday home for a large family, a golfing party or a corporate function. Enjoying a view of one of the area's best wildlife beaches - Aberlady Nature Reserve - guests can watch seals sunbathing on the sandbanks from the house. This fantastic Scottish house in expansive grounds also offers, by arrangement, the opportunity for a private golf lesson on the surrounding estate, or the chance to sample superb malts with an in-house whisky tasting. Green Craig makes a luxury touring base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings of East Lothian, Edinburgh and the lovely Scottish Borders.

East Lothian is a golfer's haven, boasting some 22 golf courses, none of which are further than 20 minutes drive from the house. Neighboured to the east is Kilspindie Golf Club and Craigielaw Golf Club, (from where the club professional is happy to come to the house and give private lessons), while the village of Gullane, home to Muirfield, the British Open Championship course, is just 7 minutes away by car. For those wishing to explore, the surrounding area has plenty of other activities - fishing, horse riding, kite boarding, hill walking, and sand yachting are all within easy reach of the house - as well as 40 miles of stunning coastline, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and lush rolling hills to climb. A short drive will take guests to study the form at Musselburgh horse racing course, or you can sample whisky at the Glenkinchie Distillery. Also only a few miles away is the Museum of Flight, home to retired airliner Concorde, now open to the public. On the doorstep of this unique holiday home, Gosford House can accommodate open days where guests can view the private art collection or tour the splendid grounds. The house is also amazingly convenient to Edinburgh with the capital's cultural offerings only 35 minutes away.

If you want to eat out there are fabulous restaurants scattered throughout East Lothian - although the house does offer the services of a chef for that special occasion supper - or for those who would simply prefer someone else do the cooking! And after the activity of your choice, guests will love to take it easy and make the most of the stunning views and terraces that survey the Firth of Forth and surrounding gardens.

  • Sleeps - 12
  • Bedrooms - 6 (flexible - kingsize, double or twins)
  • Bathrooms - 6 (all en suite)
  • Dishwasher - 2
  • Washing machine, tumble drier, microwave
  • Log fires
  • 42 inch Plasma TV, DVD, iPod dock, CD player
  • Wi-Fi internet, computer for guests' use
  • Lovely beachside location in 50 acres of woodland
  • Travel cot and high chair available by prior arrangement
  • Two dogs welcome. Stabling for horses can be arranged.
  • Concierge, catering and maid service can be provided.
  • Whisky tastings and golf lessons by arrangement
  • North Berwick - 8 miles
  • Edinburgh International Airport - 28 miles
  • Longniddry Rail Station 2 miles, Dunbar 20 miles
  • Nearest pub/restaurant in Aberlady - 1.5 miles
  • 22 Golf Courses within 20 minutes - one at the end of the garden!
  • National Museum of Flight - 6 miles
  • Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery - 13 miles
  • Seabird Centre (North Berwick) - 7 miles
  • Gosford House - on doorstep, Dirleton Castle - 5 miles
  • Cycling, walking, sand yachting, diving, fly fishing within easy reach
  • Horse riding, clay and game shooting (in season) on doorstep
  • Haddington Farmers Market - 6 miles, Musselburgh Races - 8 miles

Accommodation:
Green Craig has been extensively renovated to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to 12 people, making it a great location for relaxing after a day on the golf course. Downstairs, the beautiful comfortable sitting room with log fire is perfect to unwind in. A door leads to a terrace from where the sunset and views stretch over Gosford Bay to Edinburgh and beyond. This lovely room comes equipped with iPod dock and plasma screen television.

The panelled dining room is decorated in soft relaxing hues and enjoys views over the terrace and gardens. With the curtains closed and the log fire lit, it creates a warm and intimate atmosphere in which to entertain and sample the very best from the Scottish larder. The dining table can seat 12 comfortably, or guests could set up the room for 30 guests for that special occasion or business event.

Also on the ground floor is the gallery, a peaceful space for reading the morning newspapers and catching up with the outside world. Guests can enjoy Wi-Fi internet on their laptops while, just off the gallery, the guest office has a computer and printer also. For ample storage for golf bags or any other sporting equipment, the locker room is also located on ground level. Practice balls and croquet equipment are kept here so guests can enjoy a game.

The house kitchen is where it all happens in the mornings! Breakfast is served in here and, by arrangement, a cook is on hand to provide a full Scottish breakfast as well as fresh fruits and berries, fruit juices, pastries, toast and cereals. The separate guest kitchen is supplied with a fridge, ice machine and coffee maker as well as snacks and local cheeses, should guests fancy something to partner their favourite malt!

There are six bedrooms which can be made up into double or twin rooms as required. Each of the rooms has been individually designed to provide the utmost in comfort and all have seaviews and luxuriously appointed en suite bathrooms with heated towel rails, heated tile floors, bathrobes and Molton Brown toiletries. The largest bedroom has views over the sea, the eight green at Kilspindie and the gardens, and comes with a separate dressing room and ample closet space. Bedroom two, a restful room decorated in the French style, has views over the sea to Fife. This room has both a free-standing shower and bath. Bedroom three, generously sized with a built in closet and day bed, has an uninterrupted view of the water that stretches for some 20 miles out to the Forth Bridges. The fourth and smallest of the sleeping areas looks out towards Edinburgh and beyond and has an en suite bathroom that is affectionately known as 'the loo with the view'! In bedroom five, Arthur's Seat is visible from its large windows and this spacious sun-filled room has a daybed, walk in closet and luggage storage. The bathroom has a shower but no bath. The sixth and final bedroom overlooks the gardens and the bay towards the gate houses for Gosford House. Decorated in a stunning blue Nina Campbell toile, this room comes with bathroom containing spa bath and overhead shower.

Location:
Directions from Edinburgh: Follow the A1 south east to the turn off for the A198 (the 2nd turn off for Tranet) following signs to Longniddry, drive through Longniddry on the A198 to the beach and follow road along side of the beach. After leaving the sea, indicate left. The entrance to Green Craig is 300 yards through stone gates.

From the South follow A1 to Macmerry. Leave A1 and follow signs to Longniddry on the B6363. At the bridge, turn right and drive through Longniddry to the beach. Folllow instructions as before.

What's included:
Heating and logs for the open fire are included in the rental price. All bed linen, towels, toiletries and bathrobes are provided. Two dogs are allowed by arrangement. It is requested that they sleep in the downstairs locker room.

Cost and availability. Change over day is flexible by arrangement. Check out time is 10.00am and check in at 4.00pm. Weekend/short breaks available on request.

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Green Craig, Aberlady, nr North Berwick, East Lothian, EH32 0PY Scotland

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