Bed and Breakfast
Country house bed and breakfast accommodation
**** Four Stars, Visit Scotland
Free Wi-Fi internet access
Edinburgh: 40 minutes by car,
25 minutes by train (station 12 mins).
Haddington: 8 miles.
North Berwick: 8 miles.
Dunbar: 8 miles.
Within 20 minutes of about 20 golf courses, including Gullane, Luffness, Muirfield.
This is a perfect example of a stone-built traditional Scottish Georgian farmhouse, in the midst of farmland, near to some of the best golf courses in Scotland and with easy access to Edinburgh.
Comfortably and sympathetically modernised, it is the home of Joanna and Ian McDonald who offer bed and breakfast (2 bedrooms) and a warm and friendly welcome to guests from all over the world.
Joanna is an author with a great interest in the past and surrounding area and is more than happy to offer inspiration and advice on what to look out for as you travel around. Nearby are the historic and atmospheric castles of East Lothian (eg. Dirleton, Lennoxlove and Tantallon) and just across the Lammermuir Hills in the Tweed and Esk river valleys are all the great castles, gardens and ruined abbeys of the Scottish Borders. Close to Crauchie is the ancient ruin of Hailes Castle owned in the 16th century by the Earl of Bothwell, the tempestuous lover (and later husband) of Mary Queen of Scots - just the place for a romantic Scottish picnic with one of Joanna's delicious packed lunches!
If you are keen to play on East Lothian's world-renowned golf courses and links then Ian, who is an enthusiastic golfer himself, is particularly qualified to help you with advice and booking tee times.
Highly recommended also: Concorde and the Scottish Museum of Flight (just a walk across the fields), The Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick, boat trips to Bass Rock and island bird sanctuaries, and the cliffs, beaches and wild places of the East Lothian coast. For local knowledge such as "Where is the best and quietest nearby beach to go for a walk" - just ask the McDonalds!
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Upstairs twin bedroom with private bathroom next to it, just one step away (bath, shower attachment, basin and wc).
The windows look over the garden to fields and hills beyond.
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Downstairs double bedroom with bathroom en suite (bath, separate power-shower, basin and wc).
The window looks out onto the garden.
Both bedrooms have television, free broadband wireless internet access for your laptop, hairdryer and tea and coffee making tray.
Breakfast is served in the dining room, a sunny room which looks out across the garden and over the fields.
Joanna has her own special recipe for porridge and serves it on a buffet with home-cooked compôtes and salads made with garden fruits in season, cereals, fruit juice and yoghurt.
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate are offered with toast and home-made jams and marmalade and honey from the Lammermuir hills.
A traditional Scottish cooked breakfast includes the village butcher's bacon and sausages with award-winning eggs from the local farm shop. Poached, scrambled or fried, they're a real treat.
Packed lunches and special diets are catered for with advance notice.
Places to eat out: There are two pubs in the pretty village of East Linton (2 miles away) and also good restaurants in Gullane, Dunbar, Haddington, North Berwick (all about 8 miles away). The McDonalds are happy to advise you and help arrange taxis.
£30 to £35 per person per night, depending on the season, and including breakfast.
£40 to £45, single person in a double room per night.
Free broadband wireless internet access for your laptop.
Small or medium-sized dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.
No smoking please.
Front door and entrance hall.
To enquire or to book:
Joanna and Ian McDonald
Tel: 01620 860124
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1620 860124
Please tell Joanna and Ian you found Crauchie Farmhouse through About Scotland!
Right; Close-up map.
From Markle to Crauchie it's about a mile.
Look for the "Crauchie" sign in the hedge on the left.
The gravel drive on the right is half a mile long.