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Mercat Cottage

Cockenzie and Port Seton near Edinburgh, Scottish Borders (Ref. 951087)


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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

43 Customer Reviews

  • "This was a charming place to stay for a few days."

    We enjoyed our stay in Mercat cottage and it was lovely being a part of Cockenzie House.

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cockenzie and Mercat Cottage!"

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2022

  • "Hi there. We had a really great stay at Mercat cottage over Easter."

    Everything was just as we expected and extremely clean. All the staff and housekeeping were very friendly and helpful. The gardens are lovely and we enjoyed popping in to the main building to see the artwork, museum and shop. Parking was not an issue at all. Despite the fire alarm incident early one morning, we had a great time and thank you for the reassurances and gift. My brother lives in Edinburgh now, so we will definitely come and stay again!

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2022

  • "Quaint cottage beautifully clean and well equipped."

    The sea is directly across the road. Edinburgh can be reached by train in 15 mins. Only 5 min drive to train station. There is a lidl and B&m only 2 min drive away so you can stock up on food. I went with 4 kids and a dog and had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay yet again it's only 10 minutes away from our son and family they are always made welcome when they come to the cottage."

    Lisa the house keeper always cheerful very helpful if we need any thing and always makes time for a chat with us all we have had numerous holidays there and will be hoping to go again later in the year

    Reviewed by PaulineMar 2022

  • "This is a regular destination for us as we love the location."

    Contained in a walled garden beside the large house and only 5mins away from the beach. All the staff are so friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by KeithFeb 2022

  • "I enjoyed staying at Mercat Cottage."

    My only minor quibble about the listing is that it says there is parking for 2 vehicles. This implies that the parking is exclusive. This is not so, it is very much on a first come basis. Everything else was lovely. Warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by AngelaFeb 2022

  • "The listing says that WiFi is intermittent however we had no issues whatsoever, and the owners were kind enough to let us know that when I asked them - and also offer a plan B for me for a remote interview that I was having during my stay if needed."

    The cottage was everything we could have wished for. Clean and well-equipped. Communication was timely and helpful.

    Reviewed by NikkiJan 2022

  • "Loved it, have a lively time."

    Very warm and cosy and great location :) We’d definitely come back again!!!

    Reviewed by AlexanderDec 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay at Mercat."

    Reviewed by JosephNov 2021

  • "Fantastic place to stay, lovely grounds would recommend to anyone,"

    Reviewed by FrankieNov 2021

  • "We find everyone so friendly nothing is too much trouble if we need anything"

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2021

  • "Great location Accomodation old fashioned but quirky Very clean and everything we needed Enjoyable stay"

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, very well laid out with lovely decor."

    Cooking for 2 adults, 4 children and a dog is never easy but the lovely people from Cockenzie House made it a whole lot easier after I was after bigger pans! Nothing was too much trouble, and they stopped to chat and tell us what was happening at the house each day. The small cove over the road was like hitting the jackpot and the kids and dog swam and had fun. Definitely recommend this cottage as we couldn't have felt more comfortable or welcomed, thank you for a lovely week

    Reviewed by KirstieAug 2021

  • "For us the only issue was that the master bed was quite soft."

    But that’s personal preference. Overall a lovely stay in a beautiful location with friendly hosts in a lovely cottage in picturesque surroundings. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2021

  • "We just a lovely week in Mercat Cottage."

    The accomodation was vey comfortable and very clean. The bed was really comfortable and we slept very well. It was nice to have information about the history of the place which is reflected in the decor of the various rooms. The garden and the cafe were lovely and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. Would love to go back

    Reviewed by UrsulaMay 2021

  • "Really enjoyed are stay we will be going back there when we can."

    It was a lovely cottage in a nice area the people lovely and helpful just waiting for this covid-19 to disappear and we'll be going back

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2020



    We are sorry to see this feedback given the nice note that the guest left thanking us for the lovely cottage. Having taken advice from Sykes, we believe that our listing is accurate. We do provide safe "off road parking" which is in an enclosed courtyard. This courtyard is used by other visitors to and businesses within the Cockenzie House & Gardens complex particularly during the hours of 10am until 4pm. Outwith these hours there is plenty space for parking close to the Mercat Cottage. We also add that we responded very quickly when the guest had a parking problem, as we do whenever any of our guests have an issue. We are on site and available 24/7 for all our guests Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger GSep 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at mercat cottage."

    The grounds are lovely, and particularly useful when there are children in your party. The cottage was spacious, and was equipped with everything we needed. The tunnocks teacakes were a lovely surprise on arrival! The surrounding area was blissful and quiet...exactly what we were hoping for from our break. The only criticism was the windows in the blooming room. There was alot of cobwebs around the frames, which was disappointing. However, apart from this, everything was perfect! Thankyou for a lovely stay, and we will definitely visit again!

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2020

  • "Great place to stop over for a couple of nights on our way up to Northern Scotland."

    Lovely gardens, beach nearby, friendly staff and a great cafe on site too. Our 1 year old and 5 year old had a great time running around exploring the allotment, wildlife garden and nearby beach.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2020

  • "They stated that there was a small enclosed area belonging to the cottage ."

    That is not correct there was direct access into the main gardens no gates or fencing and in the main garden there was an open gate onto a main road . This could be a serious problem for anyone who’s dog runs off .Other than that the cottage was just as described

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2020

  • "The cottage is a perfect location if you have a course at Cockenzie House, also v close to the shore line of the Forth."

    The cottage is very over priced for the state of the accommodation, which is basic. Heating and hot water is good; TV signal poor; sofas not comfortable; chairs a bit wonky; nails in the carpet that we got caught by; no windows in loo and shower room; no dish washer... we had to ask for shower to be cleaned & we had to wash all crockery before using. Note due to Covid no cleaning products are provided. We did get more than 1 loo roll and cleaner when requested. Food at Cockenzie house is excellent but v average in the local area.

    Reviewed by DeanneAug 2020

  • "The holiday cottage was perfect for us."

    The setting and access to gardens just right, our dog loved it. The distance to sea in a few minutes just across road and walk along part of John Muir Way. There was some interesting information about the history of the house and area. Its great that the charity are keeping the venue for community. I thought the allotments and opportunity to buy plants there made you feel you were helping positively, for the volunteers who keep the gardens in order. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. A couple of chippys just a ten min walk away and small coop. We didn't try the local pubs as went to Edinburgh (only 30 mins. drive and the beautiful North Berwick. We enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2020

  • "Excellent cottage, great location."

    very clean and the host was very welcoming.

    Reviewed by MariaJan 2020

  • "A well maintained, comfortable and unusual cottage."

    It was important that it was right as it was our first Christmas away from home with our children. A holiday let is not your home and there are always bound to be one or two compromises but we had everything we needed for a great family Christmas. The location right next to the Firth of Forth is a birders and walkers paradise and the proximity to local shops and pubs convenient. You get the best of both worlds by being able to use is as a base for visiting Edinburgh.

    Reviewed by MarcDec 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice and everything was as expected."

    We had a very enjoyable holiday with no problems.

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2019

  • "Everyone so friendly nothing too much trouble such a relaxing atmosphere"

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2019

  • "It was her homely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by NischayNov 2019

  • "The cottage really exceeded our expectations."

    It was spacious and warm and very clean. The people from Cockenzie House were very welcoming and someone was on hand at the office in the house if we needed anything. Access to the Cockenzie House was an added bonus as it had lots to offer as well as a really lovely coffee shop and gift shop. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2019

  • "The bed mattress was too soft and the settes were uncomfortable."

    Great place for visiting places of interest. Quite a quirky and idiosyncratic.

    Reviewed by JaniceJul 2019

  • "Mercat cottage is a little gem."

    An excellent location for both exploring Edinburgh and exploring rock pools and harbours along the coast. The cottage itself is charming and well equipped. It is clean and the beds are very comfortable. Everyone we met had time to chat and pass the time. What more could you ask for? We had problems with the Internet connection the first couple of days until we unplugged the hub and plugged it in again! We didn’t have any problem after that! ;)

    Reviewed by CaroleJun 2019

  • "The welcome was warm and friendly and the location was great - 3 minutes walk to a small cove and lovely views across the Forth."

    Bus stop almost outside to get to Edinburgh, North Berwick, Haddington and places en route.

    Reviewed by GillianJun 2019

  • "Everything was perfect apart from the internet we never had any all week but this did not affect our holiday in any way and would certainly recommend mercat cottage for a fantastic place to stay."

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2019

  • "Really spacious, I would be back !"

    Reviewed by CoenApr 2019

  • "Our second visit this year and, as always, the staff couldn’t be more helpful."

    The welcome pack on both occasions exceeded our expectations. Access to the grounds of Cockenzie House for dog and owner alike is a real bonus, as is ready access to the John Muir Coastal Walk.

    Reviewed by BrianDec 2018

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations & was ideal for us."

    We did not realise how close to the beach it was. The staff were welcoming & helpful even when we arrived & somehow the booking had not got through to them.They got the cottage ready quickly & left a super welcome breakfast pack which was much appreciated. They accomodated our needs with our dogs & we will definately be back as this is an ideal base to visit elderly parents which was the purpose of our stay.The cottage was spacious & light & had all you need to be comfortable.

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with the friendliest people."

    Comfortable and warm (it went very cold outside!!). In a great location. So easy to get in and out of Edinburgh on the bus as well as driving a little further to the Forth Bridge, Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel. Loved it!!

    Reviewed by SaraOct 2018

  • "The staff from the big house were great Lisa the house keeper welcomed us with milk bread butter jam and some chocolate tea cakes mmmmmm."

    Thankyou Lisa. And thankyou to Marietta we had a lovely time as it was our 39th wedding anniversary. This is a cottage we will be going to for a long time to come.

    Reviewed by JosephAug 2018

  • "The first cottage we visited, Merewood Cottage in the Lake District, was very fine."

    The second one, Mercat, was a disappointment. It was not well cleaned, the kitchen hardly deserves the description, WiFi (needed nowadays) was very bad. I was lucky that I decided not to work during my stay (which I usually do a little with the help of email etc.), otherwise it would have been a disaster. People were friendly and I think that they are proud of their community achievement for which the commercialization of the cottage is a part of, but Sykes should not connect its service to it untill they reach a certain level.

    Reviewed by JosJul 2018

  • "The location was ideal for someone visiting Edinburgh."

    The accommodation was homely and comfortable. With its large main living room, we were easily able to entertain our family (who live in Edinburgh) for Boxing Day. A total of 15 people.

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2017

  • "Staff were very helpful and greeted us with warmth and friendliness."

    They gave us a welcome starter pack of bread, milk, eggs and jam, they advised us of all the local eateries and were always at hand to ensure that our stay was memorable.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Next to the sea but can get bus to Edinburgh from bus stop outside cottage. Had a lovely relaxing holiday here, the tea shop in cockenzie house is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2017

  • "Cockenzie House is a fantastic place to stay, with fantastic staff."

    Reviewed by LindsayApr 2017

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchenette, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed and electric fire
  • Electric portable radiators and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi (signal is intermittent at the property), selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared use of estate grounds with formal garden
  • Private patio area with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.3 miles

The property

This characterful and unique ground floor cottage is part of 17th century Cockenzie House and Gardens in the unified town of Cockenzie and Port Seton, just a thirty minute drive from Edinburgh.

The house and gardens show fantastic exhibitions with a traditional tea room and studio space for local artists who have refurbished some of the furniture used in Mercat Cottage.

The main open plan living space is a colourful area with a kitchenette with a dishwasher and basin set into an alcove to one side.

There is a comfortable sitting area with a sofa bed, an electric fire and a dining area with more than enough space for the whole group to enjoy meals together.

The bedrooms each have their own individual style with both having names linked to the history of the area.

'The Blooming Room' is named after the award-winning Ladies in Bloom group, has a double bed and is decorated in a shabby chic style.

'The Power Station Room' commemorates the decommissioned Cockenzie power station and features quirky framed facts.

Completing the accommodation is the separate shower room 'Seton Sands' and the toilet room 'The Boat Shore Bog'.

Outside guests have access to the shared formal gardens and lawns and there is a private patio seating area.

The cottage is in a fantastic location just a short walk from the shores of the Firth of Forth and you can visit the nearby galleries, shops and cafés.

Just twelve miles away is Edinburgh with a host of activities and places of interest.

You could easily fill your days and still not see everything that is on offer in this area.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 951097, together sleeping up to 10 people.

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About the location


Edinburgh 12 miles.

This coastal town is just a thirty minute drive from Edinburgh and is home to some of its own fantastic amenities. Visit the galleries, tea rooms and gardens or walk a stretch of the John Muir Way which runs along the shore. There are a number of golf courses within easy reach and trips to Edinburgh are a must. The Old Town boasts the castle and The Royal Mile as well as Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament. The New Town offers elegant Georgian buildings and streets with a wealth of shopping, eating and drinking to suit all tastes. Add to that the accessibility of the surrounding countryside, hills, beautiful seaside resorts and beaches, and you have the ideal location for an exciting break.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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