Escape to a blissful, detail-rich architectural hideaway with an effortless blend of old and new (and a wood-fired Finnish sauna!) beautifully surrounded by Scotland’s magical Pentland Hills.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 3-7 nights

A mesmerising tapestry of landscapes and wildlife, the Pentland Hills Regional Park is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that encapsulates the unique natural magic of Scotland.

It’s here that you’ll discover Eastside Farm, a 3,000-acre working sheep farm that’s just a short drive from Edinburgh, yet with a blissful feeling of being far, far away from the rest of the world.

Cast your eyes over iconic hillscapes that include The Kips and The South Black Hill, while a stroll around the farm’s pastures means you’ll get up close and personal with all manner of loveliness, from vibrant purple heather-clad hills and soaring ravens, to wild hares darting through the undergrowth.

Accessed at the end of a winding farm track, Eastside Cartshed is a sumptuous barn conversion that blends ancient and modern features to effortless effect.

Sleeping two lucky guests, there’s a clean-lined Scandi feel to the cosy, pared-down interiors, as daylight floods cheerfully inside through huge windows. Then you’ll note how cleverly the double-height, open-plan space has been divided into stylishly-furnished sections, for living, sleeping, and dining.

The living room features a wood-burning stove and a window seat with plenty of sheepskins, so you’ll feel perfectly toasty as you gaze out over the hills, steaming mug of hot chocolate in hand (or there’s a TV with complimentary Netflix!) Meanwhile, you’ll find the bespoke, hand-crafted kitchen at the top of a folded steel staircase.

As guests, you’ll be invited to arrange an exclusive, complimentary four-hour session in the Finnish-inspired steam sauna yurt in the woodland garden. Nestled into the glorious landscape and lovingly hand-crafted from larch and ash, the yurt is insulated with snuggly Scottish wool, with an evocative wood-smoke aroma that compels blissful relaxation. Take a post-sauna dip in the spring-water plunge pool, then wrap yourselves up in the soft Finnish robes provided.

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At a glance

  • A blissful architectural barn conversion that effortlessly blends old and new, with Scandi-style interiors and magnificent views from a 3,000-acre hill farm in the Pentland Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • The stylish retreat sleeps 2 guests, with children and pets regrettably not permitted.
  • Facilities include a wood-burning stove, a TV with complimentary Netflix, and a ‘hidden’ mezzanine snug with a carefully-curated selection of books.
  • You will be invited to arrange an exclusive, complimentary session in the shared on-site Finnish-inspired steam sauna hut with spring water plunge pool – a sensory woodland experience that’s best savoured slowly!
  • There are many renowned hill walks within easy reach of your doorstep, with central Edinburgh and the beaches of East Lothian accessible in a short drive.


  • Adults Only


Open-plan space: living room with wood-burning stove, window seat with sheepskins, TV with complimentary Netflix, folded steel staircase to bespoke handcrafted kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge with icebox, kitchen linen. Bed nook: double bed with fresh linen and woollen blankets, ladder to mezzanine with a curated selection of books. Bathroom with white marble tiles, rain shower, underfloor heating, towels. Exclusive 4-hour session in the on-site steam-sauna woodland yurt and spring water plunge pool. Parking for one car. Provided: sustainable electricity and heating, bouquet of seasonal locally-grown flowers, Finnish sauna robes.

Local Activities

Walking, hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing, surfing, wake boarding, aerial ropes, skiing, climbing, polo, rafting, sphering, quad biking

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Wander back to your hideaway, and when it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll find the cosiest of bed-nooks waiting behind an ash screen. Furnished with fresh linen, warm woollen blankets, and butter-soft pillows, the double bed will send you straight into a dreamy night’s sleep.

Freshen up in your white marble-tiled bathroom, complete with underfloor heating and an indulgent rain shower… then, why not head up to the ‘hidden’ mezzanine snug, and get lost between the pages of a book from the owner’s carefully-curated selection?

If you prefer getting out and exploring, there’s a wealth of energising hill-walks to be taken right from the doorstep, with mountain biking and treetop adventures on hand if you head south. Otherwise, there’s a friendly pub just a few miles away, and of course, the bright lights of Edinburgh are within an easy drive… meaning whatever your holiday pleasure, you’ll more than find it here.

Things to note

The retreat is 1 mile from the main road, so a car is recommended for exploring further afield. Logs are provided free of charge from homegrown timber, and there is free Wi-Fi internet access. There is a selection of cottages on site, which can be booked together to sleep 12 guests in total. The owner lives across the farmyard and is available if needed. In the low season there is a a 3 night minimum stay with Friday and Monday changeovers, and from July to October there is a 7 night minimum stay in all accommodation with Friday to Friday changeovers. Please ask regarding longer stays.

Where you'll be staying

Nr Edinburgh, Midlothian

What the guests of Eastside Cartshed say

“Loved my stay at the Cartshed in late spring – the lambs were jumping around the fields, the birds super busy and the hills displaying amazing light shows through snowy showers. The cottage is cosy and modern with the most comfortable bed, fitting effortlessly into with the hill farm context with wonderful views out into an emerging woodland garden and glimpses of the Pentland peaks beyond through the branches. Enjoyed my stay so much, I returned in the summer and was welcomed with the wildflowers of the hills and the last calls of the cuckoos.”

“Having driven a mile up a track into a hidden valley it feels as though you have escaped from the world.”

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