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31 reviews
Access to private garden directly from living room
'Kilduff'
Barley Cottage from the field
View from bedrooms
View from bedrooms
Spring crops
View from fields
Snowy drive!
View from farm towards The Bass Rock, North Berwick
Lucy loves Barley Cottage!
Meet Isobel, one of our Highland Cows!
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

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Roger H
1 review
“The nicest holiday cottage that we have ever rented, at any price.”
Reviewed September 27, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We have taken cottage holidays in Scotland for the last 25 years and I can say, without hesitation, that Barley Cottage is the nicest cottage that we have ever had, even though others have cost more. The cottage is charming, well equipped and comfortable. The farm setting is delightful and the views of the rolling rural landscape, including the ruined castle on the skyline, are mesmerising. Haddington, which is close by, is a good centre for shops and supermarkets. The golf courses, beaches and the other attractions of the East Lothian coast are within easy driving distance. Edinburgh can be reached quickly by car via the A1 or by mainline train services from Drem station which abuts the farm. All in all, pretty perfect.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Forsyth32...
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Ideal country retreat”
Reviewed August 8, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

A great base for touring in East Lothian and indeed for further afield. We appreciated staying in a comfortable, quiet and well equipped cottage. The location was exceptionally quiet and this helped to ensure a sound, restful sleep. The cottage is close to East Linton and we called in a few times at the local Co-op to buy tasty pastries -- Haddington is closer for a supermarket shopping. We are likely to return for another stay -- keen to repeat the experience.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: no dislikes
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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emonec96
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“everything excellent”
Reviewed June 6, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

House is well maintained, spacious, modern and very quiet. Everything is very clean. Owners are very kind and helpful. Only 10 minutes by car to Gullane, Haddington....

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ascott112
Witherslack, United Kingdom
1 review
“Clean, well kitted out and excellent location”
Reviewed May 12, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

It was great to find such a lovely place to stay that allowed for single beds in large rooms. Attention to detail was excellent and the cottage was very clean. Nice touch for presecco, crisps and chocolate on arrival. Couldn't find fault. Views from cottage lovely. Not quite warm enough to sit out, but the garden would be great on a summers evening. Love North Berwick.
Would return.

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Traveling group: Friends
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David J
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A fantastic farm cottage with amazing views - perfect to explore East Lothian.”
Reviewed April 29, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We stayed here in April 2016 and had an absolutely fantastic week exploring the beaches and castles of East Lothian. The cottage itself is immaculate inside, very comfortable and only a short drive from shops, restaurants and pubs. The owners were also lovely and could not do enough for us while we were there. A great base to explore the area for a family or group of friends. We definitely plan to return.

Traveling group: Young Children
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John P
Meyrals, France
2 reviews
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“Just as perfect as our previous visit”
Reviewed April 2, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Having visited Barley Cottage in May 2015 it was a unanimous choice of myself, my daughters and my grandchildren for a week visiting East Lothian and family in Edinburgh. The cottage was a perfect base for our visits to local beaches and hills and a great day at The Museum of Flight. Its proximity to Edinburgh meant we could visit family, the sites and the restaurants without a long journey home afterwards. The cottage is located on a farm and everyone was very friendly to us and Lucy, as before, was the perfect hostess making sure everything was good when we arrived and continued to be so throughout our visit. We'll be back next year.

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Liked best: size of rooms
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Lancsgirl...
Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Fabulous find, ideal for young families”
Reviewed March 24, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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So pleased we found Barley Cottage! It was ideal for our base to enjoy a long weekend in Lothian with a hassle free commute into Edinburgh, a short drive to the coast with North Berwick nearby and plenty of other places in between.

The house is presented perfectly - clean, spacious, comfy furniture especially the sofas and beds, well provisioned (especially for young children - stair gate, high chair, cot, cutlery, plastic crockery, plug socket covers are all thought of to make the parents life easier and a big box of toys provided which pleased the children (3 and 1) no end, although the highlight for them was seeing the cows outside grazing in the field) and lovely decor too. It could be an expensive break as I've come home wanting to re-decorate!

Lucy was on hand throughout the booking process for any queries and also popped in on arrival and departure days to ensure all ok, as well as leaving homemade scones and jam for us to sample which were delicious and a real treat. Especially when arriving in the dark after a long journey with a recently toilet trained 3yr old and a toddler past his bedtime!! Note to self (and for others!) - follow Lucy's excellent instructions and not the sat nav, especially if arriving in the dark!!

We would definitely recommend Barley Cottage and hope to return ourselves in future years,

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Liked best: The location, the ease for young families, the space within the property
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Mar 25, 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on Barley Cottage and for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was lovely to meet you all and hope to see you again at some point in the future. Best wishes, Lucy
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