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The Grieves Cottage

(Ref. 971573)

Gifford, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Great cottage, very quiet, but within 30-40 minutes of Edinburgh city centre and great coastal walks."

    Really well kept and very spacious cottage and quiet. Key holder is on the back door for anyone arriving in the dark as it is very dark!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a rural location."

    Well equipped and clean with very comfortable bed. It is not walkable to any shops, pubs etc but only a short drive. Easy access via park and ride to Edinburgh and the coast at Dunbar. Also visited Rosslyn chapel and the Falkirk wheel and Kelpies. I would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Grieves Cottage and we are retuning next year."

    The cottage is clean and comfortable and decorated to a high standard. The cottage everything you need for a self catering holiday. Bryony the owner of the property gave us a lot of information about walks in the surrounding area and provided a welcome pack when we arrived. We would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, recently refurbished throughout and perfectly clean."

    All main things (washing up liquid, bin bags etc) provided and kitchen fully equipped. Even a Nespresso machine!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2023

  • "Stunning cottage in a stunning location."

    Kindly let a welcome pack on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Jul 2023

  • "We were delighted when we got to Grieves cottage."

    It is very spacious could put a lot of our bags in the utility room and hang our coats and put our shoes in the small bit near the back door. The only down side was we couldn’t get a signal for my mobile but that’s not the fault of the owners. It was good having WiFii. It was lovely staying there and would recomend it to others.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2023

  • "Peaceful, clean, comfy bedding and massive bed."

    Off the beaten track but not too far away from the places you want to visit. North Berwick and Edinburgh a must.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was beautifully kept and maintained."

    Quiet in a lovely setting. The owners left us a welcome pack which was appreciated.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "A blind would be nice on the bathroom window, felt a bit exposed."

    Also a dvd player as not much on sky channels on the package they have. Finally a name on the side of the cottage. We were parked outside and drove off only to come back 10 minutes later.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "Grieves Cottage is very well situated for touring the whole of East Lothian and access to Edinburgh and beyond."

    Bryony, the owner, has put a great deal of thought into furnishing her property to a high standard. We enjoyed our stay so much that we promptly booked another week at a later date.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "We couldn’t fault this property, it was clean, warm and well equipped."

    It was also very comfortable. We did however have to move the air freshener in the lounge to the cupboard under the stairs as one of us can’t tolerate perfumes. If you’re looking for a quiet location to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, The Grieves Cottage will tick every box.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2023

  • "Beautifully decorated and equipped property, comfy beds, cosy log burner Very rural, quiet location within striking distance of great coastal walks at North Berwick and Dunbar."

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Oct 2022

  • "Our second visit to this lovely cottage."

    The cottage was very clean and has everything you need if you are looking for a quiet break and long countryside walks - returning to a cosy fire. The owner is very friendly and the welcome basket was a lovely touch especially after a long drive. Edinburgh is a short drive away to enjoy a day out. Will be looking to book again for a third time!

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, situated near the quiet village of Gifford."

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Aug 2022

  • "A really beautiful cottage, such a surprise when we arrived."

    Very well decorated, spacious, clean and good facilities.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect quiet, rural location."

    Excellent base for exploring the surrounding areas, heading into Edinburgh etc The cottage was clean and tidy and was well equipped for our stay. Everything you should need was available, the log fire was even ready to be lit (not that we needed it in August). There were a selection of books, games and puzzles. The fluffiest large bath sheets which smelt lovely and fresh. An unexpected welcome gift was the loveliest touch and we were very grateful for this. Has a utility room and I was able to do some washing, I hung it outside using the line but wouldn’t recommend this as it left green marks on the clothes. Slept the comfiest 7 nights of my life as the mattress was soooo comfortable. The bed is huge, managed to snuggle in the mornings with our 7 and 5 year olds (and hubby) and still had space! Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great cottage in a beautiful location."

    Everything we needed for a week away. Small point but the kitchen scales needs a battery.

    Reviewed by Linda and Adam5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, owner, the welcome gifts were very much appreciated, can not praise the cottage and owner enough, thank you for a lovely holiday."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was a lovely cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location."

    The accommodation was very clean, very comfortable and incredibly well equipped. Ideally located for travel to Edinburgh as well as many other lovely coastal places such as North Berwick, St Abbs etc. My wife, I and our two adult daughters really enjoyed our stay here. We would all recommend and would be more than happy to visit again. Thank you to the owner for such a lovely relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Justin5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely clean, comfortable cottage, furnished to a high standard."

    The kitchen is well equipped and the beds comfortable. There’s a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape from the large Velux window in the bathroom. The cottage is in a very quiet location a few minutes drive from Gifford and about 15 minutes to Haddington where the nearest large supermarket is located. Phone signal in the area is almost non-existent on Vodafone or Three, so if you’re looking to get away from it all - this is perfect. Wifi in the cottage works well though. The only slight downside is low water pressure for the shower, but that just means it takes a little longer to get ready. If you’re on holiday though, what’s the rush?! All in all very lovely, and the owners are nearby if needed.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was probably the best holiday let we have stayed in within the UK."

    The property was finished to a really high standard and was warm and comfortable. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2021

  • "Accommodation was listed as Gifford but quite a bit outside in countryside."

    Everything else was good but a bit disappointed with location.

    Reviewed by Brenda4.4Sep 2021

  • "Great centre for walking very quiet."

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2021

  • "The Cottage was beautiful!"

    Everything you would need from a Holiday home. The cottage was furnished to a very high standard. It is a perfect location for visiting lots of Scotlands attractions including Edinburgh Zoo & Blair Drummond Safari Park. However, on arrival we were slightly disappointed that the Cottage wasn't as clean as we would expect especially during the current pandemic. The full kitchen worktops and table needed a good wipe over! The kitchens small appliances, including the microwave was also in need of a good clean as everything was covered in a thick layer of grease! The bathroom shower head was rather mouldy, and needed some attention. I also had to clean both upstairs & downstairs toilets, as these definitely hadnt been cleaned upon our arrival. We felt that the property wasn't cleaned to a high standard, like most of the Sykes properties we have visited in the past 10 years.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Sep 2021

  • "Top quality cottage."

    Lovely owners, there was a problem with Sky TV but they sorted it promptly.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in this clean and comfortable cottage."

    A welcome pack and fresh flowers greeted us. The linen and furnishings are to a very high standard. The kitchen is well equipped. There is a lobby and large utility room to store outdoor clothing and muddy boots, necessary given the damp conditions some days! The Grieves Cottage is in a quiet location but within easy reach of fantastic woodland walks, the open moorland, pretty villages, the coast and even Edinburgh. It was an area new to us, but we are already planning another visit.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2021

  • "Stayed in this lovely cottage for four nights with my daughter."

    Beautifully decorated cottage, plenty of room for 2-3 adults. The cottage is located in a great area, wonderfully quiet, loads of walks and only 2 miles from Gifford. There is one issue that I think the listing should mention, restricted height upstairs in the bathroom in particular. If I had been with my husband or son (6ft 4”) it would have been a huge problem. The master bedroom has no real problem with height, but you could not have two adults in the twin room due to height. The bathroom could be partially improved by removing the bath and just having a great proper shower, but using the loo could still be a problem.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2020

  • "A really comfortable and cosy stay in a lovely location."

    Well-equipped kitchen and very clean cottage - would definitely return!!!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2019

  • "I was not impressed by the showering facility in the property."

    Either than that everything else was perfect. We visited the the town of North Berwick a few times and I would recommend visitors to visit the Drift Cafe in North Berwick. It has amazing views overlooking the sea and coffee as well.

    Reviewed by Raphael4.7Oct 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in Grieves cottage."

    There were fresh roses and a hamper to welcome us. The furniture and furnishings were high quality and it was very comfortable. We enjoyed our visit from the owner Bryony, who popped in for a chat. Gifford is a lovely little town, and we loved exploring East Lothian and Edinburgh. We hope we can return.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2019

  • "An exceptionally well-equipped cottage, beautifully furnished and maintained."

    We had a wonderful stay in this quiet corner of East Lothian, high in the Lammermuir Hills and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the wider area. A gem.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Oct 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, very well equipped, spacious and clean."

    It is situated in the country and is perfect if one likes quiet surroundings. We would go again.

    Reviewed by Vincenza5.0Sep 2019

  • "Quiet and peaceful location."

    Good sized rooms with plenty of space for 4.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage & surroundings."

    Very well equipped with lovely, comfortable beds. We were welcomed with a handy little essentials basket with bread, wine & cheese included. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great cottage."

    Only one damp day, the others sunny. Quiet, out in the countryside. Lots of wildlife, great to see hares we don't down here. Close enough to the main places.Kelpies & Falkirk Wheel brilliant. Worth the long drive to the cottage.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, very comfortable and well equipped."

    It was tricky to find the cottage using the postcode, and although written directions were supplied it would be helpful if distances were added in between landmarks as we still found it difficult to locate! But, we would definitely book again as the location and cottage are wonderful

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2019

  • "My wife and I have been doing this for over 20 years and this accommodation is probably the best we have ever stayed in."

    The photos don’t really do it justice and we both wish we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a totally relaxing time in this superb cottage, surrounded by superb scenery."

    We were made to feel so welcome by the owners and the cottage had everything you could possibly need. Will certainly look to stay again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great cottage, we were made so welcome by a gorgeous Christmas tree and even a present for our little boy."

    The cottage was so well equipped and spotlessly clean. We had a brilliant Christmas break.

    Reviewed by Corinne5.0Dec 2018

  • "This wonderful cottage has all the conveniences of a 'home from home' and is set in a secluded area that is ideal for lovers of the countryside ."

    It is also a great base from which to see all the surrounding area being only about 25 miles from Edinburgh and the great shopping and sights.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "I booked this cottage which on your site said NO PETS, I never book any holiday homes that accept pets as I am allergic to dog hair."

    When we arrived, in the instruction folder left on the kitchen table it was stated “ DO NOT ALLOW YOUR DOGS UPSTAIRS IN THE BEDROOMS. I then checked on sites other than Sykes and found that they ALL advertised Grieves Cottage as PETS YES. This is absolutely unacceptable, please respond to this immediately.

    Reviewed by Eileen3.1Sep 2018

  • "What a fantastic stay!"

    It was so relaxing as it is in a quiet area and the stream running nearby makes the place even more tranquil. The owner is lovely, leaving some provisions for our arrival. It was a great base to visit all the tourist attractions that we wanted to see. We found the cottage to be fully equipped, modern and very clean. We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2018

  • "Due to rural location post code is not end destination."

    So when I ran Sykes office they were not very forth coming on getting a more pinpoint location. It took me a long time to convince the lazy phone operator to contact the owner to supply better description as was travelling late so would not be able to ask passersbys. Great cottage and owner, but poor back office.

    Reviewed by Deep5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was in a quiet and peaceful location but not far from great walks and other places to explore."

    The cottage itself was newly refurbished and was really lovely, with a rather nice secluded garden, which the photos do not do justice to. We had a great week here and would happily return. Owners were welcoming and helpful. Thank you for a lovely 6 days.

    Reviewed by Lois5.0May 2018

  • "Cottage is beautiful and the hosts very warm welcoming and very helpful."

    The area is a hidden gem and we all had a fantastic week. We would absolutely recommend the cottage to anyone but please for those who stay here look after it so others can enjoy as well.

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely welcoming & cosy cottage in a great location."

    We were the first to stay in this cottage, so everything was new, fresh and clean! The owners were very friendly and helpful if we needed anything. Would definitely stay there again and have recommended to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin zip/link (can be king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and gamesi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed front lawn
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles.

The property

Gifford 2.7 miles.

The Grieves Cottage is a refreshing getaway resting in a countryside location, just outside of the East Lothian village of Gifford, Scotland.

With a smart interior, and something to suit every taste nearby, bring your friends or family along and enjoy a break together.

You will immediately feel at home after entering this cottage, its bright and airy hallway offers a calming ambience.

Step right into the fresh kitchen/diner, neutrally coloured units provide all of the necessary appliances whilst a lovely breakfast bar is perfect to sit at with a cup of tea before your day of adventure begins.

A spacious sitting room boasts ample cosy seating with a TV and a stunning woodburning stove creating a relaxing spot to sit and unwind in.

The ground floor also comes with the added convenience of a charming cloakroom and a utility housing a washing machine.

Upstairs you will find the two immaculate bedrooms here at The Grieves, complete to a hotel standard and overlooking your tranquil hamlet location.

hosts a good food pub, a shop and a café to make the most of.

From here you can visit some wonderful places and attractions including the beach at Luffness, the well-stocked town of Haddington and the wondrous city of Edinburgh all make for fabulous day trips.

A tastefully decorated cottage in a lovely Scotland location.

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About the location


Haddington 4 miles; Dunbar 14 miles; Edinburgh 20 miles

This pretty, East Lothian village sits just 20 miles east of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and is a delightful holiday base. Gifford, split in two by the Gifford Water, offers a small selection of shops, a pub/restaurant, a café and two highly regarded golf courses. It also boasts some stunning architecture with a magnificent white parish church and an attractive town hall. For a wider choice of amenities, Haddington sits just four miles away, sat on the banks of the River Tyne and also features its own golf course. The scenic coastline at Luffness rests just ten miles away should you want a day at the beach. Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is easily accessible and is certainly worth a visit as it hosts beautiful buildings, plenty of amenities to choose from as well as a number of stunning parks and gardens.