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Carfrae Farm is based at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian, 20 miles East of Edinburgh. The Gibson family have been at Carfrae Farm since 1933. The third generation is now managing the land but with the second generation still very hands on and the fourth generation learning the ropes.
Over the years there have been significant advances in farming practices and different uses of the land through each generation. These changes have been embraced with each generation ensuring care is taken to enhance the farming enterprise.
Carfrae Farm is an area of 830 acres, at its’ core it is arable land producing wheat, barley, oats, oil seed rape and peas. We maintain our historical link with livestock having cows and sheep grazing in the summer and housed in the winter by neighbouring farmers. Alongside these core practices we manage an environmental programme throughout the farm to offer protection to birds & wildlife and to improve & maintain soil structure. Additionally we manage 130 acres of woodland and the Danskine Loch a SSSi area which affords it a protected status due to rare flora and fauna in the area.
As the farm has diversified we have erected a wind turbine so we are now producing our own electricity, installed a biomass boiler fuelled by our timber from the woodland to provide heat and hot water for 7 of the residential properties on the farm. Most recently we have converted 3 of the traditional farm cottages to self-catering cottages offering holiday accommodation and activities around the farm and the local area.
We feel privileged to be the current custodians of this land and we always welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences with our guests while visiting us.
A wonderful apartment that far exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to return again for a stay in Edinburgh. The apartment is very spacious and comfortable with quality furnishings. Beds were excellent and having 2 bathrooms was a real bonus. The apartment is very well equipped for a long or short stay, a real home from home. The location is fabulous, you can look up the street to Edinburgh Castle from the front steps. Everything in the city centre is within walking distance and there are plenty of fabulous bars and restaurants surrounding the apartment. Can't recommend this apartment enough.
The flat is comfortable and really well appointed - particularly for kitchen implements and utensils so it seems great for cooking up a feast although we didn't take the opportunity.
Its super handy central location in Stockbridge means it's close to lovely bars and restaurants but also some early morning traffic noise if you're in the front bedroom.
All in all, a great taste of Stockbridge and Edinburgh life.
What a lovely apartment! Perfect location, just 5 mins walk from Princes Street. The apartment was very clean when we arrived, and getting in was easy. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is noisy at night, due to the location, but I had come prepared with ear plugs, and didn't hear a peep all night. Definitely recommended.
We had an excellent stay at Trudi’s cottage for my sister hen party! She was extra accommodating during the booking stage and during our stay! The cottage is in a lovely rural area but still not far from local amenities. Couldn’t fault the property and was excellent value for the money.
Would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone
Trudi's place was magnificent, as is the local area. The photos and description really don't do it justice. Everything in the cottage (toiletries, furnishings, towels, beds etc) is of a very high standard. There were lots of nice little extras left which were appreciated. It's a lovely place to explore and we'll definitely be back. I'd even consider moving to this area if it was possible!
We thought we had an issue with the cot-bed so Trudi came round with a replacement but we were actually just not using it correctly! Trudi and her husband were very friendly and helpful and we managed to stay an extra night due to a cancellation.
Highly recommended. 🙂
Very nice and comfortable apartment with everything you need. Good location within easy walking distance to great restaurants, bars, shops, sightseeing and public transportation. Trudi was a great host with regular attentive communication. I would highly recommend as a great place to stay!