Our accommodation is open to visitors, throughout the year to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern Scotland (East Lothian and The Scottish Borders).

Our houses:
  •  Two rural Bed and Breakfast:  one, Quince Cottage, in walking distance from our woodland at Pishwanton Wood project and the other located in remote and quiet area in the Scottish Borders, Craigie Lodge (about half an hour drive from Pishwanton Project).
  • Greenbank Cottage,  a three storied self catering property for long term rent  (weekly and monthly) located at the heart of the Gifford village.
Greenbank Cottage (East Lothian)
Greenbank Cottage (East Lothian)

If you want to recover from the stress of  daily life and explore the stunning surroundings, just visit us at any time!

We offer:

  • Flexible accommodation.
  • Peace and quiet in lovely countryside.
  • Home cooking (all organic/biodynamic).
  • Educational support.
  • Easy access to Pishwanton Wood.
  • No television.
  • Internet and smoking free environment!

What you can do in this area:

  • Golf.
  • Bird-watching.
  • Horse riding.
  • Hill walking.
  • Canoeing.
  • Rowing.
  • Surf.

Our houses in East Lothian:

Quince Cottage B&B and Greenbank House (Self-catering)


Quince Cottage B&B

at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills


Quince Cottage is one of a pair of contemporary houses. With a warm, friendly atmosphere nestling in the hamlet of Baxtersyke at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills. Baxterskye is 2 1/2 miles from the village of Gifford, a 20 minute walk from Pishwanton Community Wood, a 50 minute drive from Edinburgh and even less to the sea.

House Description

Quince Cottage is a picturesque semi detached cottage just south Gifford. The property is approximately 25 years old and benefits from double glazing and LPG gas central heating and offers exceptionally flexible accommodation on two floors. The property also benefits from a large garden area including a stream, immediately to the side.

  • Entrance porch.
  • Dining hall
  • Sitting room
  • Breakfasting kitchen
  • Six bedrooms
  • Bathroom & two WCs
  • Integral garage
  • Private garden

The property is located just a few miles south east of the small and pretty village of Gifford in East Lothian. Gifford lies at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills and is surrounded by countryside and woodland areas, offering ample opportunities for pleasant walks and to enjoy the delightful scenery. There are amenities for everyday needs and the larger town of Haddington is approximately four miles away, providing a wider array of services.

Quince Cottage is surrounded by open fields

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Ground floor

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  • Furnished family room with four in bunk beds sharing a bathroom.

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  •  Bathroom (with bath and shower).

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  • Bright dinning area.

Homely simplicity in one of the sitting rooms at Quince Cottage.









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  • Large kitchen.


  • Comfortable twin room sharing a bathroom.

We are surrounded by big meadows.

  • Warm living area with fireplace and comfortable seats (ideal for reading quietly).


Fireplace where long evenings take place!

First floor

  •  Single bedroom.

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  • Spacious single bedroom (it can accommodate two).

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  • Panoramic Toilet.

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  • Bright corridor.

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We extend a warm welcome to

  • Groups of volunteers or students.
  • People who need recovery time.

People with Special Needs


People with special needs with or without their carers for holidays and workshops at Pishwanton Wood. Please, contact our House-Coordinator for further details and arrangements.



Dinner and/or lunch can be provided to suit your requirements using biodynamic and organic ingredients. We can cater for a variety of special diets with pleasure (e.g. vegetarian, vegan or gluten free).



  • VISITORS PER PERSON PER NIGHT: Single occupancy in a single room £50  (breakfast included)+ dinner included £60. 
  • STUDENTS IN ONE OF OUR COURSES  in a shared room, £47 per night (breakfast and dinner included).
  • £10 Single room supplement.
  • Note: this tariff is not applicable for holidays (Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays, etc.). Please get in touch if you want to book in any of these dates.

Postal address 

Quince Cottage, 4 Baxtersyke, EH41 4PL Gifford, East Lothian (Scotland).

Telephone number: 01620810891.

Ideal for

Lennoxlove (6.9miles)Glenkinchie Distillery (8.3miles), Museum of Flight (10.8 miles), Markle Fisheries (11.6miles), Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot(12.3 miles), Myreton Motor Museum (12.5 miles), East Links Family Park (14.5 miles), Scottish Seabird Centre (15.8miles).

Nearby golf clubs

Gifford Golf Club (2.4 miles), Castle Park Golf Club (1.1miles)Haddington Golf Club (7.1miles), Longniddry Golf Club (13.4 miles), Luffness New Golf Club(13.8 miles), Craigielaw Golf Club (13.5 miles), Kilspindie Golf Club (13.0 miles), Gullane Golf Club (14.7 miles).


  • Please enquire- we aim to please. It may be possible to adjust our services and prices to suit your needs and abilities. 
  • For further details, contact the House Co-Ordinator (telephone 01620810891 / 01620810259; email:



Greenbank Cottage,

High Street, Gifford.


Greenbank Cottage is a warm and cosy base ideal for exploring East Lothian and the Borders on foot, by bike or car. The High Street is quiet, situated on the edge of the Bleach Field, traditionally 291169-gifford-east-lothian-1used to bleach linen now the village green.

Within the village are two friendly hotels providing everything from morning coffee and a refreshing beer to bar meals or fine dining (beer gardens for summer evenings too). There is also a Co-op, newsagents/P.O., cafe and hair dressers.

House Description

Greenbank Cottage is a perfect holiday retreat combining countryside peace with village amenities. There are fine woodland walks direct from the door.

Ground floor

  • Small hall and porch with coat and boot hanging area.
  • Open plan living area with good natural light froVEL-10298-2m windows facing onto the village green and ‘The Wynd’ . Charnwood multi-fuel stove which also heats domestic hot water and central heating.


Ample books, jigsaws and games for the holiday maker and no television, video or internet access.


  • Kitchen  equipped with15218294555_a101d285f4_m

washing machine, drier, dishwasher and fridge/freezer set in easy to use area with electric hob and cooker.

  • Dining area has seating for eight around an extendable birch dining table.

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First Floor

  • Twin bedroom  with two single beds.
  • Small double bedroom.
  • Two additional futons.
  • Family bathroom facing the village green.






Self catering tariff

  • Weekly rent: from £375 to £450. 
  • Day rent: by arrangement.
  • Long term (monthly or more): by arrangement.

Second Floor

  • Double bedroom  with  en-suite WC and wash-hand basin.

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In forty minutes along the Gifford water you may reach Yester castle, built for Sir Hugo Gifford in 1267.

He was reputed to be a wizard and the remains of the castle “the Goblin Ha” has leant its name both to the “Hobgoblin Hall in Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Marmion’ and to the well known hostelry ‘The Goblin Ha’ in Gifford Main Street.

Nearby hikes

Somewhat more elevated is the summit ofheader-450 Lammer Law, a good two hour hike, offering splendid views over East Lothian to the Firth of Forth and the Highlands beyond to the North and the Borders Hills dominated by the Cheviots to the south.

Three miles to the south lies Pishwanton Community Wood,the main project of Theimg_WhatPishwantonWood_4 Life Science Trust.2012-11-08 13.49.47-3 (2) (1024x683)

Green Bank Cottage offers very comfortable accommodation for volunteers at the wood who want to work on the land and learn traditional skills.

Postal address

Greenbank, High Street, Gifford, Haddington EH41 4QU


Come off the A1 at Haddington, and follow signs to Gifford (B6369)
On arrival in Gifford, take the High street road Greenbank cottage is 250m up the High street and is a corner property.

The village of Gifford

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Visiting East Lothian


With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, we have the best of Scotland! It may feel like a million miles away, but it’s only 45 minutes from Edinburgh (Please click here to find out more in Visit East Lothian website). 

Note: Please bear in mind that we are based in a quiet rural area, therefore most of the tourist highlights outlined in this section are only accessible by car.  If you have the budget we highly recommend hiring a car or a bicylce to explore the area. There are some local buses but most of them are difficult to schedule for a single day trip.

  • You can see more pictures in this video published by Visit East Lothian  (click here).
  • East Lothian combines the best of Scotland in miniature! Please see this video published by Visit East Lothian (click here).
  • East Lothian has many options to explore its wildlife. Please find out more in  Visit Scotland Website(click here).

Our house in The Scottish Borders

Craigie Lodge B&B

in the heart of the Lammermuir  Hills

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Front view of Craigie Lodge


A haven of peace and tranquillity on the edge of Longformacus, the heart of the Lammermuir Hills.

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Craigie Lodge, a former Manse of the Parish, is a small Georgian House with comfortable, beautifully proportioned rooms and stunning views south to Dirrington Great Law. Craigie Lodge is located 13 miles south of Gifford 7 miles from Duns, and 25 from Berwick-upon-Tweed.


The house is situated at the end of a lane in its own wooded grounds with an open outlook and a substantial kitchen garden.


Time spent at Craigie offers: exceptional peace, good clear air and wonderful walks directly onto well marked hill tracks with an abundance of hill forts, castles, ancient monuments and reservoirs to explore.

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You can simply walk in the grounds where there are places to sit and meditate, paint, draw, garden or commune with nature in the quiet rooms and peaceful well kept gardens.


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Spiritual Retreats at Craigie Lodge

Craigie  Lodge has fine, homely, basic accommodation with catering for Christian retreats on a daily basis, or up to 3 bedrooms (twin or double) for people who want to come on a personal retreat to rest, recuperate, write or simply be at peace.


Strictly no smoking policy in the house and gardens.

There is no television in the house or internet facility and no reception for mobile phones.

Horse riding

We love horses and the house has an empty stable and paddock for visitors that want to explore the area on horse.

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Please contact Margaret Colqhoun, our manager in residence by phoning 01361-890-246 or write to her at the postal address: Craigie Lodge, Longformacus, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3PE.


Longformacus is 7 miles from Duns services and 13 miles from Gifford. Berwick upon Tweed is 23 miles and Edinburgh 35 miles – these are the closest railway stations.

Postal address 

Craigie Lodge, Longformacus, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3PE.


  • VISITORS PER PERSON PER NIGHT: Single occupancy in a single room £50  (breakfast included)+ dinner included £60. 
  • STUDENTS IN ONE OF OUR COURSES  in a shared room, £47 per night (breakfast and dinner included).
  • £10 Single room supplement.
  • Note: this tariff is not applicable for holidays (Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays, etc.). Please get in touch if you want to book in any of these dates.
  • Retreats for 1 week or more £300 per week (for full use of facilities and catering).
  • Day retreats. £47 per person per night (£42 concessions).
    • Includes light lunch/coffee &tea.
    • With guide (add £60).
  • Courses e.g. painting, herbal medicine with course leader £60 per person per day (min. 6 people) includes materials.


Visiting The Scottish Borders

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Source: Visit The Scottish Borders Website
Source: Visit The Scottish Borders Website

From walking and mountain biking to golfing and fishing, enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits and explore the region’s inspiring countryside and charming towns and villages.

Fall under the spell of the beauty and enthralling history of the Scottish Borders.

Source: Visit the Scottish Borders Website
Source: Visit the Scottish Borders Website

Discover a gentler pace of life amid the sweeping valleys, emerald forests and heather-clad moorlands of this outstanding part of the world.

With exc100919_lammermuir_dunedin_5092-150x150ellent local food and drink, a range of outdoor pursuits and a flourishing cultural scene, the Scottish Borders will captivate you from the moment you arrive.

Please note that you will need a car to visit these locations. Driving distances might take approximately from about 30 minutes to 1.30 hours. 
Source: Visit The Scottish Borders Website
Source: Visit The Scottish Borders Website

Find out more in Visit Scotland official site (click here).




  • See more pictures in this video published by Visit Scotland (by clicking here).
  • See more of our beautiful landscape in this video published by Visit Scotland (by clicking here).