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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  • Rachel Avatar
    7/25/2021 - Airbnb

    Fantastic location. Great place for exploring Edinburgh. We had a lovely few days.

  • Liz Avatar
    7/25/2021 - Airbnb

    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.

  • Chloe Avatar
    7/19/2021 - Airbnb

    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.

  • Basil Avatar
    7/18/2021 - Airbnb

    An exquisite location just off the royal mile with a very comfy interior and an accomodating host. Would highly recommend.

  • Sean Avatar
    7/18/2021 - Airbnb

    We had an absolutely amazing stay. An amazing house in a lovely area of East Lothian. Trudi and Eric are some of the nicest people around who are so accommodating and friendly. Would 100% recommend to anybody. Great stay.

  • Rachel Avatar
    7/18/2021 - Airbnb

    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.

  • Constance Avatar
    7/16/2021 - Airbnb

    We stayed for 4 days for a family holiday. Absolutely amazing place. We found the place easily following Trudi's directions. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We had a lovely time in the hot tub with views across the hills. Would definitely return.

  • Ben Avatar
    7/11/2021 - Airbnb

    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

  • Martyn Avatar
    7/11/2021 - Airbnb

    Excellent location. Very clean apartment and a very helpful host.

  • Zak Avatar
    7/07/2021 - Airbnb

    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. 🙂

  • Amir Avatar
    7/06/2021 - Airbnb

    Excellent location, superb facilities, great apartment and prompt communication with the host

  • Andy Avatar
    7/04/2021 - Airbnb

    Great apartment, fab location - walkable to everything. secure parking and first class communication throughout. Highly recommended.

  • Anna Avatar
    7/04/2021 - Airbnb

    Trudi’s place is amazing - I don’t think the photos do it justice. Huge apartment with lovely high ceilings in a super central location. Great comms from Trudi and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone thinking of booking a stay in Edinburgh!

  • Garry Avatar
    7/04/2021 - Airbnb

    Fantastic place, very clean, great location & great host.
    Would highly recommend staying here!

  • Nicola Avatar
    7/04/2021 - Airbnb

    Perfect cottage based in the countryside. Plenty space for everyone, and beautifully decorated. I would definitely like to return and highly recommend.

  • Natalie Avatar
    7/02/2021 - Airbnb

    Lovely cottage close to restaurants, North Berwick etc

  • Katherine Avatar
    6/27/2021 - Airbnb

    Exactly as it is in the photos. Perfect location and a lovely apartment

  • Brendon Avatar
    6/27/2021 - Airbnb

    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!

  • Keiron Avatar
    6/23/2021 - Airbnb

    Great and quiet location, well appointed accommodation. Made to feel very welcome. East Lothian is such a lovely part of the world and this is a great base away from the more obvious spots.

  • Gregor Avatar
    6/20/2021 - Airbnb

    Lovely flat, great location and perfect for a short stay in Edinburgh.