About Us

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.

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  • Julia Avatar
    9/16/2021 - Airbnb

    Absolutely blissful for a peaceful retreat and close to Edinburgh too...would highly recommend this lovely cottage..

  • Denise Avatar
    9/14/2021 - Airbnb

    Amazing cottage, bright, and spotlessly clean. 8 of us stayed here for 2 nights, kitchen a little small to cook for 8, but a very well equipped kitchen, dining table would have sat 6 comfortably. Would definately go back

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    9/13/2021 - Airbnb

    The apartment was homely and clean and the location was good. Would highly recommend!

  • Lynsay Avatar
    9/12/2021 - Airbnb

    Fantastic cottage, excellent facilities, and beautiful location, would highly recommend!

  • Lynsay Avatar
    9/12/2021 - Airbnb

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  • Jessica Avatar
    9/12/2021 - Airbnb

    Great Airbnb, wonderful location, good size, easy check in and great communication. Thank you!

  • Robyn Avatar
    9/12/2021 - Airbnb

    Beautiful, spacious and clean apartment in a great central location. We loved our stay here! Only a 5 min walk to Princes Street with lots of lovely local restaurants and bars nearby. Was really handy having 2 bathrooms and the living room and bedrooms are so spacious and light! Trudi was very quick at responding to any questions and we would not hesitate to come back again. Would highly recommend to anyone staying in Edinburgh.

  • Rafael Avatar
    9/11/2021 - Airbnb

    Trudi's apartament is perfect to rest after a daily stroll around Edinburgh.its super clean, cozy and in a quiet neighborwood.

  • Tristan Avatar
    9/06/2021 - Airbnb

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  • Anna Avatar
    9/05/2021 - Airbnb

    Amazing stay. The cottage was just like the photos - super clean, lovely place. Would highly recommend.

  • Anne-Marie Avatar
    9/05/2021 - Airbnb

    Fabulous apartment in an ideal location. We really enjoyed our stay and Trudi was a great host. We would highly recommend her apartment to anyone looking for accommodation in the New Town.

  • Emma Avatar
    9/05/2021 - Airbnb

    Great location and good value on the Royal Mile but slightly tucked away so nice and quiet in the evenings.

  • Roy Avatar
    8/30/2021 - Airbnb

    Trudi has been an incredible host, the apartment was well presented and maintained. Spacious for a family of 5 and certainly and well located. I would recommend Trudi’s flat and service to a friend in a blink of an eye!

  • Sarah Avatar
    8/30/2021 - Airbnb

    Great place to stay - convenient location and very comfortable.

  • Domenico Avatar
    8/30/2021 - Airbnb

    Trudi apartment is in a great Location. Central but quiet . You can walk everywhere and it s very convenient for the rail station. Trudi is an attentive host and always very responsive. Highly recommend.

  • Nigel Avatar
    8/30/2021 - Airbnb

    Everything about the cottage is excellent from the moment you arrive.
    The cottage is spotless, set in beautiful grounds and with wonderful views.
    The cottage has everything you could possibly want or need.
    An easy 40 minute drive to Edinburgh but lots to do closer to home.
    Beware of the hares, rabbits and badgers at night on the road to Carfrae, so drive slowly!

  • Georgiana Avatar
    8/29/2021 - Airbnb

    A cosy, cleverly designed space in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Lots to explore in the local area.

  • Harsha Avatar
    8/29/2021 - Airbnb

    Fantastic location and good flat.

  • Helen Avatar
    8/23/2021 - Airbnb

    Lovely cottage in a peaceful location - warm and cosy with everything we needed. Ideal stopover on our journey back from The Scottish Highlands.

  • Filster Avatar
    8/20/2021 - Airbnb

    We had a truly enjoyable and relaxing stay at the cottage on Carfrae Farm. The cottage is in a secluded and peaceful location with great views (and sunsets!) and there's easy access to nearby villages and the Lammermuir Hills. Beaches in North Berwick and Tyninghame are only 30 mins drive away and Edinburgh is 40 mins.

    Trudi is a great host and gave us a warm welcome. She helped to organise a paddle boarding session for us on the nearby Danskine Loch and took us on a guided tour of her farm - both of which are highly recommended!

    The beautiful location, the cottage and all the activities made for a great family holiday - and we hope to be back again!

    Thank you Trudi!