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Turret Cottage

(Ref. 951097)

Cockenzie and Port Seton, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable place, wonderful setting in a garden."

    We stepped out the patio door and were in it. I wish I had known the gardens were all done by few volunteers earlier in the week. I enjoyed a spot of weeding on the last day. The beach at the boat shore is very close and is covered in sea glass. Very helpful housekeeper one small problem was dealt with very quickly. Property is unusual get Lisa to tell you what it used to be.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Jun 2024

  • "Having lived near by,this wasnt a holiday,more of a return to home visit however,Turret house made it feel like a holiday."

    The accommodation is wonderful in every aspect and the little cove made it even more special.There really was nothing negative but, if i had to say something it would probably be the couch as it was difficult to get out off

    Reviewed by Cath5.0Apr 2024

  • "Description on website, not accurate as regards size of double bed."

    With having sciatica I need a kingsize to aid movement without waking, unfortunately a week of very disturbed nights. Location and area lovely. Filly cafe excellent.

    Reviewed by Julie3.1Oct 2023

  • "Positives. The beds were very comfortable and it was quiet."

    Niggles. We were cold! And it was only October! Each room has an electric panel heater but these were inadequate. There were no instructions how to programme them (they were all different) so we couldn't set them to come on just before we returned. The door into the upstairs shower room catches on the bedroom carpet making it very stiff. There was no shelf or towel rail near the shower nor a bath mat. No cleaning materials in shower room nor bathroom. WiFi only worked in sitting room. Sofa in sitting room very soft so 2 people slid onto each other. No key to go out onto patio. No where sensible to store food in kitchen. No vacuum or long handled brush to clean floor. There was a Ewbank type floor cleaner but they never work well. No floor mop. Microwave had sticker showing it should have been PAT tested in 2021. Sticker on fridge unreadable. One or two niggles would be ignored but there were too many. In general holiday cottages are pretty well fitted and looked after but this one needed some attention.

    Reviewed by Janice3.1Oct 2023

  • "Super! Great location and lively surroundings."

    Great cafe in Cockenzie house. All good.

    Reviewed by P5.0Jul 2023

  • "Nice cottage lovely and quiet, 2 minutes from the beach also regular buses to Edinburgh ."

    Lovely comfortable beds

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2023

  • "Just a fantastic place+people and in a lovely village will certainly be going back"

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2023

  • "Excellent property, very smooth check in, we were greeted by the housekeeper who gave us an overview of the house."

    It’s bigger than it looks on the photo’s. Very well equipped and very toasty. Beds are super comfortable and the area is very quiet. We had a slight issue with not being able to get the TV working. It was dealt with very promptly, maintenance man came out on a Sunday to sort it. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Mar 2023

  • "A characterful cottage in a good location."

    Unfortunately our arrival coincided with a very cold spell and it proved very hard to get any of the rooms warm, so it would probably be better for a stay later in the year.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.4Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic wee cottage and beautiful location"

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Turret Cottage, It's well located for the lovely East Lothian coastline; you can also easily get into Edinburgh by train or the No 26 bus right outside."

    The John Muir way passes right outside & you can enjoy the coastal sunset in a 30 second walk from the cottage. We certainly hope to return.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.4Sep 2022

  • "I cannot praise this cottage enough."

    We had a fantastic stay. The cottage is much more spacious than it looks on the pictures. The location is fantastic with views of the beautiful house gardens on one side and the sea on the other. There was live music in the gardens on Sat and Sun but only till 8.30 so enough to enjoy, not late enough to really disrupt the kids sleeping patterns. The cottage is nice and cool and light. The only thing we struggled a little with is that there are emergency exit lights in the corridors that are permanently on and were quite bright but I think that is a requirement for the site. Bus ride into Edinburgh was easy and there is plenty to see locally.

    Reviewed by Nichola4.7Aug 2022

  • "The restaurant needs to open earlier in the morning."

    10 am is not breakfast time. I recommend 7am at least. Good food. Brilliant waitress.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very nice cottage, comfortable and clean."

    In a quiet area at night, walking distance to a local pub. Had all the amenities that we needed. Would definitely stay there again. Very nice cafe right next door.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved Turret Cottage - delightfully quirky and had everything we needed."

    It was clean and comfortable and staff at Cockenzie House were friendly and helpful. The gardens were a delight and having the cafe on site and live music the week-end we arrived were added bonuses. We had no problems with parking whilst we were there despite it being a busy working estate. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jun 2022

  • "An attractive cottage beautifully presented with a view of the Firth of Forth."

    Very convenient for Edinburgh and towns along the coast. The cottage was very comfortable apart from the sofa so we sat in the single chairs instead. As has been mentioned the water pressure is not very strong upstairs so used downstairs instead. We nearly always got parking in the courtyard but it was a bit tight at times. The windows do not open and this was ok as it was quite cool but it might be uncomfortable if the weather was warm.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage clean and tidy only problem was in the kitchen the oven gloves ..."

    Lovely cottage clean and tidy only problem was in the kitchen the oven gloves didn't protect your hand from the heat and it could use a bigger bin other than that it we had a great time many thanks lisa

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage did not meet our expectations."

    Came home on the third day into our visit. Cottage was cold, in need of upgrading/redecor. The sofa and chairs were the most uncomfortable to relax in. The 'cobbled courtyard' was way too busy with work vans. The shower in the ensuite was hardly worth turning on. In fact was the worst holiday cottage we have been to ever.

    We are dismayed by this. Temperature - each room has electric radiators. We provide hot water bottles, extra blankets. The housekeeper explained how to use the shower. The courtyard is full because we have 46 thriving businesses in the Main House and we have stonemasons restoring the historic boundary walls. You have our email, we are on the premises every day, our Housekeeper encourages visitors to contact us. Why choose a public source to criticise when we could have helped if you had come direct to us? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda1.6Nov 2021

  • "Turret is a great holiday cottage and did not lack anything."

    It was warm and cosy , beds comfortable and we loved our stay. Good location and friendly staff

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Nov 2021

  • "Water pressure in the shower in en-suite was not good at all I had to rinse my hair over the bath downstairs."

    Water was always hot from tap. Heating was an issue for us we found it cold especially at night. The bed wasn’t very comfortable for us. We couldn’t get rubbish put in a bin as it was locked. Overall a lovely wee cottage great place for a base and bus stops close by we bought a 5 day trip ticket worth it if your going to explore.

    Thank you. We love to learn. 1) Ensuite shower pressure. The plumber says this is due to how you use the dial. We will leave now instructions. 2) Heating at night. Each room has effective electric radiators. We provide extra blankets on each bed and hot water bottles. 3) Our housekeeper is always on hand, our email always checked, the House open to drop in. Please just ask. We'd've helped hehjhelpe Property Owner

    Reviewed by M3.8Oct 2021

  • "Apart from the bed which we both thought was a bit hard everything else was great love it there"

    Reviewed by James4.4Oct 2021

  • "Private function in the gardens on Thursday evening -very loud music blaring until 12."

    30 am. Kept finding dead and live wasps in main bedroom upstairs. No one to report to in main house. Told they only do cleaning. Not happy with loud music as we didn't sleep well which meant our last day in Friday was ruined.

    Reviewed by Kellie3.8Sep 2021

  • "The welcome was warm and the cottage is so close to a wonderful small sandy bay that at high tide becomes a safe and calm natural swimming pool."

    The best place to swim for miles. Our grandson loved it. Plenty of space in the nice gardens of the house and the cottage is both quirky and comfortable. And an easy drive in to Edinburgh or you can catch the bus. Perfect place for a city and seaside holiday.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great place to base yourself everyone is so friendly"

    Reviewed by Curtis5.0Aug 2021

  • "The only issue we had with the holiday let was seating in the lounge."

    We found the sofas were uncomfortable and past their best.

    Reviewed by Tina4.1Aug 2021

  • "Turret Cottage is part of Cockenzie House which also contains a cafe and various social enterprises."

    The cottage overlooks the enormous front garden of the house which is used as a social space by the cafe / art workshops etc. While we were staying, there was a bar with music at the weekend. The house is very close to the coastal path and a small inlet known as the Boatshore which provides a nice little swimming area at high tide. Inside the cottage we could have done with another cupboard in the kitchen to store groceries. A cooker hood or extractor fan would also be a helpful addition. These are small niggles and we certainly enjoyed our stay here especially as the weather was so good.

    Reviewed by Heather4.4Jul 2021

  • "I have already replied to your previous email requesting feedback from our holiday but here are my observations again."

    The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed. I would ask that perhaps the windows could be opened as it was very warm for our stay and especially upstairs some fresh air would have been welcomed. Also, there was no way to open the kitchen window or extractor to take away the steam when cooking, a minor point I know. The upstairs shower was welcome although the water did not always run hot, but hot enough to use. All in all, the cottage was good with easy access to the John Muir Way and within reach of either Edinburgh or North Berwick.

    Reviewed by Marion4.7Jul 2021

  • "Nice, warm welcome by a member of staff."

    She told us all the essential information about the cottage and amenities in the local area. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. A door from the cottage takes you straight into the grounds of the adjoining Cockenzie House & Gardens. There are lots of little shops and local businesses and an excellent tea room all situated within the house. Across the car park at the rear, takes you to a small beach and coastal footpath. Lots of nice local pubs, takeaways and shops, all in walking distance. Made a great base for the week to explore the local area. Fantastic stay, we can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great location, right next to the sea with lots of lovely shops and cafe's nearby"

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Oct 2020

  • "We had email contact from the cottage owners and when we had a problem with a radiator this was rectified straight away, really helpful."

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Oct 2020

  • "Very pleasant cottage in a lovely position in gardens and over the road from the sea."

    Very friendly staff and even a very good cafe on site. What's not to like. Hope we get to go there again.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor twin and 1 x first floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Electric central heating and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared lawn and private patio and lawned area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: There are a couple of steps up into the sitting area
  • Please note, this property has a minimum night stay of x3 nights

The property

An endearing, traditionally-styled mid-terrace cottage, sitting within the quaint unified town of Cockenzie and Port Seton, Turret Cottage is the perfect property for a couple or small family looking to be close to Edinburgh, East Lothian's golf courses and the charming towns of Scotland's East Coast.

Offering a homely base from which to create everlasting memories with your loved ones, there's no better place to celebrate any special occasion.

Head in through the hallway from the ancient cobbled courtyard where you can park.

Along the corridor and up a few steps you will find the sitting room, where a door leads out onto a small patio.

Settle down on the sitting room sofa and unwind in the evening in front of the TV with an electric fire for additional heating, soaking up your surroundings of a traditional and regally-themed interior.

The sitting room looks out on to the listed gardens of Cockenzie House and the trees where Bonnie Prince Charlie's soldiers ate from after the Battle of Prestonpans.

Along the corridor, still on the ground floor, there is a spacious twin bedroom again looking out on to the gardens.

Next door is the modest kitchen/diner decorated in neutral hues, this room holds every essential for your dining requirements including an electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge, along with a washing machine.

Also on this floor is the bathroom where you can indulge in a relaxing soak after a day of adventure before snuggling up in bed.

On the first floor sits the double bedroom, also looking out onto the listed gardens, and perfect for the couple in the group with its own en-suite shower room.

Spend your mornings sitting out on the patio with your morning coffee in hand, or spend time playing with the little ones on the lawn and under the ancient apple trees before heading out to explore your surroundings. The property benefits from sitting within the complex of Cockenzie House and Gardens, dating back to the 17th Century with its ancient trees, Victorian follies and rich heritage.

There is a café on site offering speciality coffee, full breakfast, lunch and a selection of cakes.

The John Muir way is literally a 30 second walk away, you join it at the 'Boat Shore' as it is known locally, which was the original natural harbour for the village.

This is a fantastic place to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets.

Cockenzie House & Gardens is a community hub so check out the Facebook page or ask the Housekeeper – there is often a fair or market taking place in the grounds.

Check out the gift shop, too!

To the West, you can find Scotland's capital of Edinburgh, offering shopping experiences like no other, astounding architecture, museums and plenty of bars and eateries to indulge in, not to mention the unmissable Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile; promising excitement for all of the family.

If you don't wish to drive, there is regular bus service which takes you into the centre of the city within the hour.

To the East, a drive along the coast will take you past Gosford House (a great place for a walk), and through the enchanting villages of Aberlady and Gullane.

Carry on and you will find yourself in North Berwick.

This beautiful seaside town is a must – visit the famous Seabird Centre, great independent shops and award winning restaurants.

In easy reach of both stunning coastal and countryside lands, Turret Cottage is the perfect base for your family retreat to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Mercat Cottage [ref. 951087], together sleeping up to 10 people.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

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About the location


Edinburgh 12.7 miles; North Berwick 13.7 miles; Dunbar 18.9 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.

Please note, this property has a minimum night stay of x3 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas