Set on the banks of the River Esk, among three and half acres of private gardens, the Old Millhouse is just a superb base to explore all the very best that East Lothian has to offer, its wonderful coastline, 22 golf courses, breath-taking scenery and easy access to Edinburgh city.


  • sleeps: 10
  • beds: 5
  • pets: Yes
Ideal base for Golf & Fishing Enthusiasts
The Six Nations Rugby Tournament
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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Originally dating from 1703, this listed stone house lay unloved and empty for a number of years, until the current owners rescued it in 2012 and began the huge task of sympathetic restoration. Today the house is testament to their sheer dedication and hard work, and now you can experience a unique blend of old and new design by staying in this exclusive use historic building.

The magic of The Old Millhouse is the way the owner has cleverly hand-picked every element of the house interior using original raw materials such as stone and wood to echo its heritage yet with a contemporary, luxurious finish it still retains a traditional, country-house feel.

Furnished with family antique heirlooms and new design reflects this balance, superb textiles, rugs to paintings and ceramics: the elegant style fuses a classic British look with a hint of the colonial and Far East, and it’s one of the things that makes The Old Millhouse so special.


The ground floor is where the magnificent sun room is located: with glass on three sides it’s the ideal place to enjoy the stunning garden view.
The impressive fireplace, sofas you can sink into, and a dining table seating ten make this the hub of the house.

Wi-Fi throughout and a Sonos music system are provided for guest use.

A sleek and professional-standard kitchen with breakfast bar has all the appliances you’d expect including a fantastic induction Rangemaster and two additional electric ovens, plus all the gadgets for a fully-equipped contemporary kitchen, including Italian-style coffee maker and American-style fridge with plenty of space for chilling your favourite bottles of wine and will be stocked for your visit – not just with the staples such as bread, butter, milk and soft drinks, plenty of ice and fresh fruit, but treats from the local deli such as cold meats and cheeses. This means there’s always the makings of a snack or light meal when you arrive. And not forgetting the freshest of fresh eggs from the gardens wandering hens!

If you don’t feel like cooking, and fancy some special cossetting and entertaining, then why not contact Concierge to arrange a private chef experience and relax while they prepare a fantastic evening meal in the comfort of this luxury retreat.

There is a cosy den with its own bar making a super laid-back hideaway for enjoying a dram!
You will find that an honesty bar is operated at the property, with whisky, brandy and a selection of other spirits, including delicious, award-winning local gins: NB Gin and Edinburgh Gin, whisky from local distillery Glenkinchie, along with wines and beers available for you to enjoy.

Upstairs can be found a beautiful drawing room with working fireplace and cleverly hidden wall-mounted TV just the loveliest place to relax and watch a movie or the big match, with its window seats and sumptuous fabrics including Indian silks and linens.

The five bedrooms (three doubles, two twins) are on the first and second floors and all have en-suite bath or shower rooms with underfloor-heating. Each of the bedrooms have top quality beds and are bedecked in fine linens and the fluffy duvets and pillows ensure a blissful night’s sleep.
Little touches such as bathrobes, slippers, and Arran Aromatics toiletries provide that boutique hotel feel.

The soothing sounds of the river makes it hard to believe you are just 8 miles from Edinburgh city centre, and as you wander the woodland and banks of the South Esk, the wonderful variety of trees means birdsong is never far away. And depending on the season, the river bank is scattered with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.

During the summer months, throw open the doors and enjoy time out on the sweeping green lawns which are perfect for a game of croquet or just relaxing with a book, while the stone terrace is the place to enjoy breakfasts al fresco with the newspapers before planning the day’s activities and will then benefit from the evening sun and a breath-taking view, to partake in a sundowner or pre-dinner drinks!

The Old Millhouse is brimming with character and charm, fantastically located in such a beautiful setting, it really is a wonderfully private and secure luxury holiday home which provides the warmest of welcomes.


One of the great joys of staying at The Old Millhouse is you have fishing on your doorstep, the River Esk flows through the grounds. Fishing can be arranged at just £25.00 per person, and the house is perfectly set up for a group of enthusiasts or friends who’d like to try their hand with a rod.

The river is home to sea trout and even the occasional salmon and is a perfect place for beginners. We can arrange for a ghillie to spend a session teaching novices (must be over 14 years old) – you never know, your stay at The Old Millhouse could be the start of a lifelong passion!

If you’d like to go further afield for a more organised day on the river, there is excellent fishing to be had on the legendary River Tay and Lettings of Distinction Concierge will be pleased to give full details of packages available.

There are around 22 fine golf courses within easy reach, including some of Scotland’s finest, among them Muirfield, Gullane and Musselburgh. Indeed, there is even a scenic driving route signed Scotland’s Golf Coast making trips between courses an easy option.

If you’d like to book a round of golf during your stay, contact Lettings of Distinction Concierge well in advance and we’ll do our very best to tee up a time for you to play around.

Walking enthusiasts will love the many trails and interesting hiking routes in the Edinburgh and Lothians area, the most well-known being The John Muir Way which stretches from the east to west coast.
There is also good walking to be had in the Pentland Hills which nestle close to the city.

Rugby fans won’t want to miss the Six Nations tournament featuring the best in world rugby with matches at the Murrayfield Stadium.

Enjoy a thrilling day out at Musselburgh Racecourse which is firmly established as one of the UK’s most stylish racecourses, offering award-winning facilities in a 5-star visitor attraction located only 6 miles from Edinburgh with excellent transport links and free parking.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Spend a day soaking up the incomparable Georgian architecture, historic buildings, museums and galleries, or go on a spree in the designer stores such as Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry.

From hip bars, bookshops and boutiques to quirky cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants, Edinburgh has something for everyone.
Visit during August (but book early) and immerse yourself in the magnificent mayhem that is the Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Book Festival – three weeks of high culture, comedy, drama and dance, featuring famous authors, top symphony orchestras and theatre groups of the world, alongside new performers and the very best in street theatre, not to mention the world famous Military Tattoo.

40 Newmills Rd, Dalkeith EH22 2AQ

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