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Housekeeper's Rooms

Oxenfoord near Pathhead, Scottish Borders (Ref. 960267)

4.8

Excellent

Sykes rating

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent base for touring Edinburgh and the surrounding area."

    The apartment has everything you need znd the hosts are very helpful and friendly. It is a truly lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by LeeOct 2021

  • "We loved our stay at the Castle and very much hope to return in the future."

    Reviewed by JonathanOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Housekeeper's Rooms."

    Harriet and Michael were great. Apartment has gorgeous views across the grounds where you can see deer, squirrels and pheasants. Very atmospheric setting and Harriet was kind enough to show us around other parts of the castle - fascinating! Would highly recommend for a holiday stay with a difference! You also get lots of exercise using the stairs

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2021

  • "The location was amazing, set in beautiful grounds not far from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas."

    Reviewed by JoannaSep 2021

  • "A great location to stay."

    Views of deer, hare, raptors..and to play tennis. With Edinburgh park and ride close by.

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay in the Housekeeper’s Rooms in Oxenfoord castle, we were also lucky enough to get a mini tour of the owning family’s living quarters too as we arrived just as they were returning home."

    The castle is in a beautiful setting, and there are some good walks nearby too. Our rooms overlooked the lawns, and as other visitors had noted, deer regularly visited in the early morning and at dusk, we also saw plenty of pheasants and hares in the surrounding area. The rooms were spacious, clean and well equipped. Would definitely stay again. Just be prepared for the stairs! Getting into Edinburgh is easy, they recommended the nearby park and ride, and the train only took about 10 minutes. Plenty of other places to explore too, we spent a day in and around North Berwick, and visited Rosslyn Chapel.

    Reviewed by AlexSep 2021

  • "This is a beautiful place to stay, with a lovely outlook."

    Unfortunately we experienced noise on the first night, and in the early hours due to clearing up following a wedding event. We did raise this with the owner on our final night, who did then come and explain the situation which had arose to cause this, and she explained this isn’t usually an issue. Other than this, a good place to stay and a nice base for visiting Edinburgh and the local area.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "This is a fantastic location for a break."

    Flat was spacious with excellent equipment and facilities, rooms were big, bright and clean. Superb base for seeing Edinburgh and the surrounding area, great hosts and an outstanding location.

    Reviewed by HywelAug 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it was all we hoped it to be and more."

    The castle is stunning, the photos online for this property are a true reflection of what greets you. We were welcomed by Harriet in person and a few essentials to start off our week in the apartment, thank you. We crammed a lot into our stay, a trip to Royal Yacht Britannia is a must, easy to find and free parking. The Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel, we visited both of these out of business hours. Still worth a visit though, incredible. Culross, again was after closing hours, late afternoon. Beautiful, old cobbled streets and buildings, stunning, right on the Firth of Forth, good parking. Jedburgh and Galashiels were very quiet, not many people around. Headed north to Callander, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Earn. Parked at Newtongrange train station and took a return to Edinburgh, visited the Castle and used the Hop on Hop Off bus to get our bearings around the city. Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott's former home, very interesting and excellent cafe. Our week was topped off by spending time with Harriet and learning more about the castle, its history and current activities. We saw deer, pheasants, a hedgehog ( I'd not seen one for at least 20 years in Kent) and our first ever hare, all within the grounds. Take care driving along the drive! We heard an owl and buzzards. Thank you Harriet and Michael for your hospitality and for giving us the opportunity to share your beautiful castle.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "Fantastic Castle."

    Beautiful Grounds and surrounding area Spacious and clean rooms. everything you need. The Owners friendly and welcoming. Perfect location for exploring Edinburgh and surrounding area. Would recommend museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia as must see and of course the Forth Bridges. Hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2021

  • "It was nice and peaceful, no traffic noise and lovely wildlife to see from the lounge window."

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at Oxenfoord Castle."

    The apartment was clean and had everything we needed and more. The hosts were very friendly and helpful and the surroundings were just perfect.

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely view of surrounding gardens."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Location was ideal, not too far to travel to different historic places.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2020

  • "The view from the sitting room was amazing!"

    !! We saw numerous pheasants on the lawn daily, along with squirrels, a heron, buzzard, owl & a deer!! Harriet was a fantastic host & quickly resolved the few little "niggles" we came across. It was nice to find a "welcome basket" containing tea, coffee, bread & biscuits. We were also privileged to be given an "unofficial" guided tour of the downstairs rooms of the castle. Davey, the gardner, was friendly & informative & an asset to the property.....always ready to stop for a chat! The property is ideally placed for touting the area as only a short distance from the motorway & train station. We would rebook this property without a seconds thought!!!

    Reviewed by GordonSep 2020

  • "Housekeepers room's were fantastic value for money such a lovely place to stay you could quite happily sit and watch the wildlife."

    Micheal and Harriet were excellent hosts including leaving a bottle of champagne for us as it was our honeymoon. Will definitely be be booking the housekeepers room's again

    Reviewed by AndySep 2020

  • "A lovely holiday let, in great grounds and with warm hosts."

    A fantastic base - easy for Edinburgh, close to nice beaches, good roads if you want to explore a little further. Yes, there are stairs but they were no trouble for us - even our teen/pre-teen children didn't complain.

    Reviewed by LechAug 2020

  • "We had a great time staying at this accommodation owners were friendly and welcoming it was quiet and everything was there that we needed the only downside to the accommodation is the shower was always going from warm to very cold the bath is better."

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "Arrived on the 14th March 2020."

    Harriet the owner spoke to me a few days before she was so lovely . Our stay was enjoyable and Harriot again checked in on us via text to see if we were ok , when the uk government announced the news about this dreadful virus. We felt very safe staying in the apartment we did not meet any of the staff or owners. It was a real shame we could not have a tour of castle but safety comes first, hopefully we will go again during better times. It is a beautiful really big spacious apartment with beautiful grounds. We saw deer, pheasants and hares early morning, the view is quite something over looking the grounds. The beds were very comfy and heating was great and plenty of fluffy white towels. The welcome pack and toiletries were a nice surprise too. The apartment was very clean and lots of cleaning stuff available. During our stay we made the best of it and visited lots of places in the surrounding area. Edinburgh Castle, Craigmiller Castle, Jedburgh Abbey , Mary Queen of Scots visitor centre Jedburgh and Rossyln Chapel which is breathtaking where they filmed the Da Vinci Code all these places were near enough empty during our stay with the current situation. But was still good. I would recommend joining Scottish Heritage we did a family membership and saved a lot of money on entrance fees if you pay by dd you get 10% off so no initial outlay only £7.95 a month. The shop in the village Pathhead was handy and there were two pubs which were open still when we were there serving goid food and staff were very friendly. Just need to mention the stairs up to apartment, we are over 50 and quite fit so we did not find it a problem, infact it added to the fun of our stay. My husband said blimey dont need to go to gym anymore. Thank you The Jamieson family

    Reviewed by LesleyMar 2020

  • "Great location for exploring Edinburgh."

    Park and ride 10 minutes down the road. Beautiful to wake up to hares and pheasants on the lawn in a morning.

    Reviewed by DawnMar 2020

  • "My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the castle."

    We particularly enjoyed our guided tour around the castle which had not been expected. The owners were gracious and welcoming in every respect. Thank you so much. I would certainly recommend a stay at this gorgeous castle.

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2020

  • "If you want a great `get away place` then this is the place , clean , ..."

    If you want a great `get away place` then this is the place , clean , comfortable , beautiful views , a little pub in walking distance

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2020

  • "Absolutely stunning place to stay"

    Reviewed by TammyNov 2019

  • "Lovely apartment in a unique setting."

    Reviewed by EmilyOct 2019

  • "A beautiful apartment in a gorgeous setting."

    Very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay. Was lovely to sit at the table eating breakfast watching deer, pheasants and hares on the lawn. Nice and restful, perfect for a romantic break. A 20-30 minute walk into the village with a bakery and general store. There is also a regular bus service into Edinburgh if you want to leave the car behind but beware if you want to stay there late and enjoy the nightlife as the last bus back is about 8pm. Would definitely recommend and hope to return one day. Just beware of the long stair climb to reach the apartment. Not for the infirm!

    Reviewed by MonicaSep 2019

  • "Wow! what a holiday!"

    We found the housekeeper rooms to be a very peaceful location and ideal for a relaxing break. The rooms were clean, well equipped and well presented with good wifi and Netflix access on the TV. The grounds were lovely to walk around on an evening. The family were very hospitable and the tour around the rest of the castle was fabulous. We are currently planning our next break to the housekeeper rooms.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2019

  • "We have just got back from a wonderful weeks holiday at the Housekeepers rooms in Oxenfoord Castle."

    Me, my Husband and two children aged 8 and 5. The castle is beautiful and the grounds are lovely for evening strolls. We saw loads of wildlife from the apartment including deer, hare’s, squirrel’s and an abundance of birds. The apartment is clean and spacious and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay (although some spare towels would have been handy). There’s lots to do nearby. If you have children I would recommend Vogrie Country Park on a sunny afternoon to enjoy the large adventure play area. The Royal Yacht Britannia was a highlight along with Portabello Beach. The Stair pub/restaurant just down the road was fantastic value for money. My only criticism of the holiday is that we never felt 100% welcome at the castle. We were not greeted upon arrival and saw no one for most of the week which made us feel a bit like intruders. I wish we could have seen inside the main part of the castle, it looked very grand, but when we asked for a little look we were told no and the door the was closed. I would recommend the Housekeepers Rooms for a holiday but note that the castle is primarily set up for weddings and events with a holiday let added as a side business. A little more attention to detail could be afforded to it to make this an exceptional place to stay.

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2019

  • "The exquisite and understated landscape with its beautiful trees, wildlife and ruins."

    The accommodation despite the extensive spiral staircase had a dominant view of the frontage with its green lawn encased by trees. Exploring the grounds was genuinely interesting and the hares appeared constantly at the turning of a corner or harvesting grass on the edges. It seemed they had found a refuge ... and they looked confident. The accommodation was spacious, uncluttered and well-equipped (except for the table cover issue which seems a recurrent omission). The prospect through the windows was life-enhancing.

    Reviewed by EricaJul 2019

  • "This was an amazing experience and much more exciting than the advert had promised!"

    This is a dream of a castle and a very nice and authentic accommodation. You feel like the housekeeper 150 years ago, but with the technical advantages of our time. If you look out of the window you will have a wonderful view on the park. We are very grateful to our host Harriet, who gave us a guided tour through this architectural jewel full of history. I would highly recommend this accommodation to everyone!

    Reviewed by EikeJun 2019

  • "Joining instructions were good"

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2019

  • "We highly recommend oxenfoord castle ."

    The apartment is spacious warm and comfortable . We arrived to find a lovely welcome basket and gifts of toiletries on each bed . A lovely touch we thought . The apartment has everything you could possibly need a real home from home . The owners are warm and welcoming . Harriet even gave us a tour of her magnificent home and told us much of its history which we thoroughly enjoyed . It is easy reach of Edinburgh and other places of interest . If you decide to explore the grounds they are lovely . We saw rabbits and deer there . We will definitely be returning to the housekeepers rooms and look forward to another trip there .

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2019

  • "The Housekeepers rooms at Oxenfoord Castle was an excellent experience, it was very clean tidy and very roomy and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    During our stay we got out daily to see some lovely places in the area. The only downside to the place was the 4 floors and 71 steps up a spiral staircase to the rooms which for us as pensioners was quite an experience. It is a shame, but something as simple as allowing the guests to go through front door of the castle and up to the rooms that way would make this a perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "It was a privilege to be able to stay in this lovely castle."

    The surrounding grounds were beautiful and peaceful. We saw deer, pheasants and hares. There are 70 steps up to the rooms which was fine for us, and good exercise but people should make sure they are capable of the climb, rather than making negative comments afterwards.

    Reviewed by MoiraMay 2019

  • "Our family of 4, including 2 children had a wonderful holiday at Oxenfoord castle."

    Harriet was a fantastic host; on hand to give tips on were to walk in the area. The apartment was very well equipped with everything you need - the welcome basket was a lovely surprise. The housekeeper's rooms accommodation is spacious and spotlessly clean with beautiful views of the grounds. A peaceful setting with easy access to both the city of Edinburgh which is only 25/ 30 minutes away, as well as many other areas of natural beauty within 20 minutes. We will definitely be returning. Little side note - do not let the stairs put you off; they are not steep and are very wide. We had no problems with them at all - all part of the adventure! Thanks again to Harriet for showing us around the castle and being a fantastic host.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2019

  • "Quiet and relaxing few days in this cosy and warm flat our girls 11 and 14 loved spotting wildlife from the large bay window and wandering the estate."

    A short drive to beautiful coast and supermarkets or to the park and ride then two stops to the heart of Edinburgh. The stairs are an effort with bags but do-able. Nice, friendly owners and staff, thank you Harriet, Micheal and the kind gardener.

    Reviewed by CoralieApr 2019

  • "Very comfortable apartment in a stunning location with easy access to Edinburgh."

    Many thanks to Davie who showed us around the castle and was so helpful. Also appreciated the milk, bread and biscuits that were provided for our arrival. We really enjoyed our stay on this beautiful tranquil estate and it was amazing value for money. We look forward to returning again soon.

    Reviewed by MaureenMar 2019

  • "The Housekeeer’s Rooms were much better than expected."

    The pictures don’t do it justice at all. The groundskeeper welcomes us on behalf of the owners (they usually welcome but they were away when we arrived), and he was very helpful and lovely. It was a while ago so unfortunately I have forgotten his name now, but he was a fantastic host to us, gave us loads of historical information, gave us a tour around the castle and offered us a visit round the grounds - it was wet so we decided not to sadly. We were pointed towards local shops and pubs with personal recommendations, given travel information from his experience and everything was tended to like it was of greatest importance. All our verbal feedback was welcomed with open ears as they were still establishing themselves on our visit. This doesn’t mean there was anything wrong, as the whole experience was fantastic. Waking up in the mornings to a lovely warm temporary home to have breakfast looking out the window over the ground was a delight, even when it was miserable outside. Absolutely stunning pristine gardens. When you leave for the day you get a smile and a wave on your way out by the groundskeeper even when he was busy, he always made time for us. The only thing I didn’t like was the sofa being small and uncomfortable, but with the other chairs and the dining table in the bay window, you wouldn’t spend much time on it anyway. There was games, books, leaflets for local tourist areas, and it was super secluded within the grounds so there was no noise or sign of life outside the grounds. However, you’re so close to the local towns and only 20 minutes from Edinburgh central. There was only two of us, but with the spare bedroom you could easily fit in a couple of extras or guests if needed. Everything was clean and the kitchen was supplied with condiments and full crockery set up. I could honestly not recommend this place enough. Will definitely be back again in the future and we look forward to seeing how things have settled. Shame we didn’t meet the family who own the castle, but the grounds keeper was enough I’d say. He was amazing to us and very passionate about his job and serving the family.

    Reviewed by RyanJan 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful with lovely hosts!"

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2018

  • "Anyone happy to ascend all those stairs will be richly rewarded by the castle and grand estate experience."

    Fabulously peaceful and surrounded by wildlife - difficult to beat.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2018

  • "Just had another brilliant week at Oxenfoord Castle."

    The children loved spotting wildlife - deer, pheasants, hares, rabbits and a wide variety of bird life including raptors on the lawn every morning. The owners were very welcoming. This was our second visit, and one which we look forwards to remaking in the future.

    Reviewed by StewartOct 2018

  • "We have had a great time at Oxenfoord Castle and did enjoy our stay very much."

    The spacious and comfortable housekeeper's rooms have a great view on the beautiful park; the city of Edinburgh is nearby and some nice hiking trails are in reach.

    Reviewed by RalphSep 2018

  • "The castle is situated in a rural setting but close to many places of interest."

    It is very handy for Edinburgh. A very comfortable flat with views over the magnificent grounds. As to the steps, two of the party are 70 and had no problems getting up and down them.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2018

  • "A real gem of a find."

    Harriet has thought of everything. A proper castle but with a flat that is made to feel homely and comfortable. Private grounds surround the building and it is the ultimate in quiet. Everything you need is in the flat, and its a proper little adventure staying there. As in the description, wildlife all day and deer in the morning and evening. Lots of steps but its all as listed in the write up. Embrace it, its part of the fun.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2018

  • "Stylish to live in a castle!"

    Consider the steps to fourth floor via spiral steps.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2018

  • "The accommodation and facilities were fine and accurately described."

    We knew and accepted the four flights of stairs and they were not a problem but you failed to say they were spiral and there was an inadequate hand rail on the inside whereas on spiral stairs the hand rail should be on the outside. The approach to the apartment was disappointing, the stairs down to the door we had to use were dirty still covered with autumn leaves the spiral stair case was grubby and we had to walk past countless rows of outdoor clothing and footwear, there were numerous paper notices about where and where we could no go and boxes in which the recycling materials were to be placed. Finally the top landing to the flat was covered in tatty old linoleum from early 20th century, a bit of carpet and an old rug. It did not spoil our enjoyment of the week but come on Sykes it should be better and especially for the money we were charged. We would not return neither would we recommend Oxenfoord Castle.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2018

  • "We have had a very nice holiday in 'Housekeepers rooms' in the beautiful castle Oxenfoord!"

    ! It is a beautiful place to stay in a very nice appartment with a beautiful view. The beds are very well. Very quiet, nice garden/park. It is close to the station where you can go to Edinburgh. We will thank Harriet and Michel for their kindness! Carlijn en Albert

    Reviewed by CmmMay 2018

  • "I am writing to express my gratitude for our latest break booked through Sykes."

    We stayed for a week in the Housekeeper’s Rooms at Oxenfoord Castle and it was more than we could have hoped for. When originally booking we thought for the price it would be very basic, and we would surely not be staying in the actual castle itself. What a lovely surprise on arrival to find it more than we could have hoped for. On arrival we were greeted by the very friendly owner, Harriet, who had gone out of her way to provide us with a very personal and special welcome pack, including all the essential items required. The castle and grounds are stunning and we loved seeing the hares, pheasants and deer from the apartment window each day. Harriet also went out of her way to lend our daughter a sledge when it snowed and arranged for us to have a tour of the main castle too. The apartment itself is clean and spacious and being at the top of a castle provides peace that a stay in the city can not offer. It is close to Edinburgh, which makes it a great location to stay for visiting the city, the zoo and even the highlands. We would certainly recommend this accommodation to families, couples and anyone who fancies waking up in the top of a castle. Unfortunately being new accomdation there is not a link on Trip Advisor for me to leave a review there, however if you could share any of it on your page I think it would help others see what good value accommodation this is.

    Reviewed by JuliaFeb 2018

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The property

Pathhead 1.1 miles.

This is an exquisite apartment uniquely located within Oxenfoord Castle near to the village of Pathhead in Midlothian in Scotland.

Surrounded by picturesque views of the castle with roaming deer, this exceptional property provides outstanding accommodation for families or groups of four adults wishing to explore Midlothian.

Up four flights of stairs, the apartment opens into a boot area where guests can leave their coats and shoes.

The property has a spacious open plan living area with a fully equipped kitchen, diner and lounge.

The contemporary galley kitchen has everything guests will need to cater for themselves during their stay.

Afterwards, guests can kick back and relax in front of the TV together after a day exploring the Scottish countryside.

The property sleeps four guests comfortably in two light filled bedrooms, a double and a twin, with the master bedroom boasting an inviting king sized bed.

There is a excellent separate family bathroom with a bath and shower over.

Outside guests are free to roam the beautiful 18th century woodland grounds of this historical manor house.

Throughout the year the gardens are stunning, covered in snowdrops, daffodils and roses.

Guests can also make use of the two tennis courts on site.

There is off road parking for two cars outside the castle main door.

The property is located just a short drive away from the historical city of Edinburgh.

This can also be accessed via the local train station of Newcraighall just 7 miles from the property.

Edinburgh is well-known for the Fringe festival and also for the Edinburgh International Festival, which presents three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts.

There are plenty of nearby activities for guests to enjoy, including hiking, golf and horse riding.

Housekeeper's Rooms is a superb apartment, ideal for families or groups of four wishing to explore this spectacular part of Scotland at any time of the year.

Summary

  • All fourth floor
  • Two bedrooms 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with a well equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Bio-mass fuel heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Extensive castle grounds and gardens with tennis courts for use by arrangement with the owners
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The check-in time is 4pm and check out is 10am
  • Note: No children under 5 years old

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About the location

PATHHEAD

Dalkeith 4.2 miles; Edinburgh 12.4 miles.

Pathhead is a village in Midlothian, Scotland, located around 4 miles south east of Dalkeith and 11 miles south of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh and lies above the east bank of the River Tyne. The village has a post office, pub, bakery, cafe, drop- in centre and takeaways. There is also a park on the west side of the village which has a full-size football pitch, pavilion building and children's play area. Dalkeith is a small town south-east of Edinburgh. Dalkeith is home to a great variety of shops as well as many restaurants and pubs to enjoy. Edinburgh itself is the capital of Scotland and is a truly international city with a mix of old and new to delight every visitor. There is a wealth of shopping, eating and drinking to suit all tastes as well as the accessibility of the surrounding countryside, beaches, hills and golf courses

Note: No children under 5 years old

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