Scotland has so many incredible treasures to discover from ancient castles and architectural gems, sensational natural landscapes, and world renowned festivals of art, literacy and culture. The key ingredient that wraps it all up beautifully is the warmth and welcoming hospitality of the Scottish people.
There really is something for everyone to enjoy and discover. We’re pretty sure once you get a taste you’ll be hooked!
Scotland – a little insight
Old Millhouse guests are curious about Scotland, we have collated some of the questions we are often asked and of course, always happy to answer more when you are here experiencing Scotland.
Scotland is renowned for its history, it’s heritage, its beauty, but Scotland is also a world renowned country for its creativity, its ingenuity and is a significant present day contributor to the contemporary academic and business economies of the world.
Scotland – 5.5 Million
Glasgow – 1.7 Million
Edinburgh – 554,000
East Lothian – 106,000
Dalkeith – 15,000
Digital and technology
Food and drink industry
Health and life sciences
We’re famous for
Food and Drink
Invented by Scots
Edinburgh International Festival
August kicks off in style with the world-renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, where many glistening acting careers have been launched, think Alan Rickman, Rachel Weisz and Robin Williams.
The Edinburgh International Festival is a month-long celebration of performing arts and culture, and a meeting point for people from all nations.
Recognised on the world’s stage for presenting some of the finest ensembles of dance, opera, music and theatre. The city bursts into life during the month of August. It’s a real spectacle.
So much to see and do, and eat!
There’s a myriad of places to visit and it can be tricky knowing which ones to choose. So, as a starter for five we’ve put together a selection of our 5 favourite restaurants, pubs and attractions for you to enjoy,
The Radhuni – Fantastic Indian restaurant, 10 min taxi from the house.
The Paper Mill – Wine bar and restaurant, converted mill with outdoor terrace overlooking the River Esk.
The Winton – The Hornig’s haggis bon bons with a mustard mayonnaise are exactly as they should be.
Restoration Yard – Restoration Yard is the best place to visit to eat, shop and restore. Located in stunning Dalkeith Country Park.
Golf until your heart’s content. At amazing courses across East Lothian, Edinburgh & Scotland
Scotland is the home of golf, and we are justifiably proud of our heritage and history. The Old Millhouse, a firm favourite with golfers, is located within 3o minutes drive to some of the world’s best links and parkland courses.
The house comfortably sleeps 10, is fully secure and has all of the facilities golfers require. Luxury surroundings, security for your clubs, our swimspa to relax tired muscles or rock in our garden hammock – our on-site concierge services are available to you.
If you need additional tee-off times, transport, food on the go, your own special blend of whisky for your post dinner snifter or to entertain a group of friends with Scotland’s finest foods, our team will take care of it all.
East Lothian courses
Courses within driving distance
Visitor attractions and worthwhile days out
Make a day of it
Alba Game Fishing
Our partners Alba Game Fishing provide luxury fishing trips and mixed fishing and touring activities throughout Scotland. Established in 2004, Alba are endorsed by Orvis, and have a team of 20 guides across all locations, premium fishing tackle, permits and waders are included. They offer professionally guided fishing trips on the River Tweed for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling. In addition there are a number fo highly productive lochs within easy reach of The Old Millhouse, including a wonderful loch offering private Pike fishing The experiences offer add-ons like, pro-photography, transport, cooked lunches and the ability to look after larger groups up to 50 people.
Dalkeith Country Park is a truly special place just a five minute drive from the Old Millhouse. Set in 1,000 acres and home to Fort Douglas adventure park and Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant and Wellbeing Lab, it’s a place to explore, to have some fun. Fort Douglas adventure park is perfect for toddlers and children up to the age of 12. Explore huge treehouses, whoosh along zip wires, discover secret tunnels and brave the new Sky Maze with its invisible floor and HUGE slides! Plus, adults can go on everything too so the whole family can play together. Yipee!
Famously Hawick – The Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town
Hawick, just an hours drive from Old Millhouse and with a rich manufacturing heritage and an international reputation for producing quality goods, offers a great day out.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Through 160 hand stitched panels displayed chronologically, visitors can explore Scotland’s history, heritage, innovations and culture, from the formation of the land that became Scotland to the modern day.
Make a day of it
Rosslyn Chapel is only 20 minutes from The Old Millhouse and is definitely worth a visit. The gothic structure was built in 1446 by William St. Clair of Rosslyn and is the inspiration for best-selling books and blockbuster movies. It’s steeped in myths, legends, conspiracy, murder and alleged connections to the historic cult of the Knights Templar.
Glenkinchie lies, as the name might suggest, in a glen of the Kinchie Burn near the village of Pencaitland, East Lothian. It is situated about 15 miles from Edinburgh. The distillery is set in farmland.
For further information or clarity on any of our services, do get in touch, we are more than happy to hep you and welcome you to Scotland
We found the property online. We travelled with 4 adults and 2 children. The house was modern and spacious. The grounds were amazing and plenty of room for large parties to spread out. The highlight of the property is Sally who owns and manages the property. She was our concierge for the week and can arrange golf, private chefs and transportation. We highly recommend and will be back.
6/4/2023 at 8:29 PM
Such a lovely home in a beautiful location. Picture perfect and minutes from Edinburgh!
Our family had an amazing stay at the The Old Millhouse. A stunning property located just minutes from Edinburgh and decorated to perfection. Our host Sally could not have been more accommodating and accessible for us. She graciously arranged for provisions prior to our arrival and made our life so easy. There are not enough Thank You’s for the opportunity to stay in such a lovely, peaceful property during the Christmas holidays. We hope to make it an annual trip!
1/1/2023 at 6:03 PM
Do Yourself a Favor and Stay Here!
The house and property are stunning. It is it’s own oasis which I cannot recommend more! Johanne was helpful and responsive in the booking process and checking in was as easy as it comes. If you stay, use Wilbur’s services! He was funny and sweet, and made getting around effortless. So happy to have found this listing on vrbo!
11/13/2022 at 5:00 AM
Thank you so much for your warm and generous hospitality when we visited two weeks ago. We fell in love with your beautiful home at The Old Mill house and the timing of our trip was perfect in so many ways.
We have admiration for ll that your have achieved and for the exquisite deatil you have applied, not only in the restoration, but also in the interior design and d ecor throughout. Your beautiful personality and warm hospitality make this the perfect enterprise. Our little Scottish respite was just the oasis we needed. Thank you. There’s no doubt that we ll be back to visit you again sometime, hopefully with our family so that we can introduce you to them.
Our grateful Thanks Stella & Jess E 28 June 2023
Stayed almost 3 weeks & still didn’t want to leave. A house that feels like a home. We loved it & will be seeing you soon.
Allen & Chris C April 2023
Fabulous weekend break for The family . A beautiful place to stay &we were so lucky with the fantastic weather. Thank you sally xx C& A families June 2023
Superior stay at The Old Mill house! Our family came from Florida so our teenage son could participate in a Junior World Golf Event. The grounds at the home are amazing ! Our 9 year old son enjoyed gathering the eggs and the entire family appreciated the quiet surroundings. Sally is the most welcoming hostess and was a joy to get to know during our stay. We look forward to coming back in the future.
Brian W. June 2023
The bottle of Champagne is a small token of our appreciation for the incredible hospitality and exceptional efforts you put forth to ensure that our vacation stay was nothing short of extraordinary.
From the moment we arrived at the house, we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel like cherished guests. Your genuine enthusiasm set the tone for a truly memorable stay. You went above and beyond to make every aspect of our vaction wonderful. Your attention to detail and thoughtfulness were evident in every interaction we had with you.
Moreover your insightful suggestions for activities, coordination and unexpected willingness to provide transport demonstrated a level of care that surpasses our expectations that made our experience truly special.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your outstanding hospitality. We look forward to the opportunity to return in the future !
Todd,Scott, Kristi, Greg, Barbara Lynn. June 2023
2019 & 2022
The Old Millhouse
40 Newmills Road
Dalkeith EH22 2AQ
0782 477 3060
2019 & 2022
The Old Millhouse
40 Newmills Road
Dalkeith EH22 2AQ