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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.

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  • Adam Avatar
    6/04/2021 - Airbnb

    Beautiful cottage, lovely setting. Thoroughly recommend staying here - we loved it so much we’ve booked to come back in July!

  • Jean Avatar
    5/31/2021 - Airbnb

    This was one of the nicest Airbnbs we have stayed in. We can't think of anything that would improve it! The hottub is an excellent addition and the firepit in the woods was a great place to hang out in the evenings. Hosts were very welcoming and discreet. The cottage was spotless with everything you need for your stay. We will definitely return

  • Sarah Avatar
    5/16/2021 - Airbnb

    The place was very clean,we had a bit of an issue with the smell in the master bed room but Trudi tried to sort that out as soon as she found out.
    The Wooden stove was amazing we did BBQ there and had a bonfire evening ,wonderful set up.
    The kitchen was really well equipped with enough utensils and a freezer separately had enough space for us to freeze our marinated food.
    We really enjoyed the Hot tub as well.
    Trudy was a great host,our kids left some of their stuff in there and she even posted that to us.

  • Alasdair Avatar
    5/03/2021 - Airbnb

    Beautiful cottage

  • Christiane Avatar
    4/16/2021 - Airbnb

    What a lovely location and hosts, thankyou for your hospitality

  • Lyneth Avatar
    11/07/2020 - Airbnb

    Beautiful cottage in a stunning location. Ideal for a cosy weekend away, with great walks on the doorstep. Everything you need in the kitchen, comfy beds, and a huge bath. We'll definitely be back in the future to explore some more of the amazing countryside!

  • Lynn Avatar
    10/29/2020 - Airbnb

    Great flat to stay in. Hope you received my messages about the spare keys, which were not on the hook when we arrived. Also the safe outside was difficult to close on checking out, took quite a while to fiddle about with it. Thanks.

  • Paul Avatar
    10/25/2020 - Airbnb

    A beautiful and relaxing place to get away. Loved the views and peacefulness of the area.

    The interiors are beautifully fitted out and the double bath was a welcome feature.

  • Jamie Avatar
    10/23/2020 - Airbnb

    A great escape from it all, in a cosy wee cottage. Kids loved their room - and their own TV! Walks in the country were just what we all needed, with all that fresh air!! Whisky by the fire at night - just great!

  • Karen Avatar
    10/19/2020 - Airbnb

    Beautiful property perfect for some R&R! We loved our weekend here.

  • Sarah Avatar
    10/15/2020 - Airbnb

    Lovely cottage, the inside is beautiful. We had a great couple of days stay, very peaceful

  • Lei Avatar
    9/15/2020 - Airbnb

    The apartment is absolutely beautiful, all of my friends really love it and dream that one day we can have our own haha. We spent two nights here and the best part is the sunshine of the living room in the afternoon. The location is great, quiet and private. It seems to take a little while to get to the central old town but it’s fine. I will definitely choose this house again when we traveling in Edinburgh next time.

  • Craig Avatar
    9/13/2020 - Airbnb

    A group of us (6) stayed just prior to the changes coming in the following Monday.
    From the start of the booking to the end Trudi kept us updated with all the relevant information required including check in information on the day. The cottage was in superb condition and extremely clean. Some fantastic views and location for the cottage and was lucky enough to see a shooting star on the Saturday we stayed! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay for a getaway or longer.

  • Tuuli Avatar
    9/13/2020 - Airbnb

    Great place in a good location

  • Natalie Avatar
    9/13/2020 - Airbnb

    Trudi has a beautiful property with breathtaking surroundings situated in the gorgeous countryside. We visited in mid September and the fields and woods provided some beautiful walks. Short drive to a nearby Village and town. The house itself is perfectly laid out & presented with everything you need. Trudi also made thoughtful touches personal to our time there. Communication was spot on with advice when needed. We will be back!

  • Olivia Avatar
    9/06/2020 - Airbnb

    Super flat, great location in a gorgeous city.

  • Hannah Avatar
    9/06/2020 - Airbnb

    This was our second stay at Carfrae and it was great. The cottage was lovely. The rooms are really well planned out and equipped. All of the rooms were really clean and the garden is wonderful. There's so much to see in the surrounding area too!

  • David Avatar
    9/04/2020 - Airbnb

    This is a beautiful apartment in an excellent location in the heart of the new town. All the facilities in the apartment are very high specification and everything was sparkling clean. The apartment was both airy and spacious whilst at the same time being comfortable and warm. We'd highly reccomend it to other airbnb guests!

  • Kelsey Avatar
    9/02/2020 - Airbnb

    Had a lovely couple of nights at the cottage with my husband, in-laws and eight week old son. It was the furthest away from home that we’d been with him (from Glasgow) and it was just perfect. Highlights for me were the views and the amazing bath! We didn’t get much sleep but the bed was extremely comfortable for nighttime feeds and NetFlix. Trudi was an excellent host, was happy to help and very quick to respond.

  • Georgina Avatar
    8/31/2020 - Airbnb

    Warm welcome. Cozy cottage. Peaceful environment and a great night’s sleep. Highly recommend a visit if you need to recharge your batteries.