A beautifully restored historic steading offering exceptional comfort, privacy and tranquillity.
Papple Steading is an exclusive use retreat, welcoming guests for business events and family holidays. Combined as a single property, there are ten elegantly styled bedrooms within four buildings, sleeping up to twenty guests.
A venue for business…
We have a selection of inspiring spaces to host business events from creative workshops, leadership retreats, bespoke dining, castings and product launches. Unique to Papple is our hyper fast 1 Gigabit broadband, delivered on a direct fibre line and distributed to all rooms. Ideal for streaming, video calling and downloading. The perfect tech companion to any business event.
….A home away from home for your family holiday
Papple is an exceptional self-catering holiday retreat for families and friends to be together, creating experiences and memories in their own private space. With ten luxury bedrooms that sleep up to 20 guests it’s perfect for larger groups. The array of beautiful entertaining spaces and stunning grounds add to the charm, making it an ideal setting to reconnect with loved ones and nature.
The Farmhouse is the social hub of Papple. Guests have full access to the drawing room, dining room and relaxation wing with a library, TV room and wellbeing studio. The variety of spaces are ideal for hosting formal and casual dining experiences, thinktank sessions or quiet time to relax and rejuvenate. Table tennis and table football happen in the cart shed, a rustic, partially open event space that seats up to 60 guests.
Relax in comfort
Each of our 10 bedrooms are uniquely styled and of the same exquisite quality. Luxurious natural fabrics are paired with classic period and contemporary furnishings handmade by some of the finest local craftspeople, including our Chippendale-school Windsor chairs and artisanal hemlock log side tables. The beauty is in the detail right down to the wallpaper designed by William Morris, enriching each of the rooms.
The bedrooms are contained within four original buildings namely The Farmhouse, Grieve’s cottage and the two Bothies – proudly recognised in the list of Scotland’s 25 most stylish bothies.
Papple’s garden and woodlands
There’s an abundance of lush green space at Papple. Guests have exclusive use of the perfectly manicured lawns teeming with colourful borders, a foraging garden generous in native plants, and an uncut grassland with a hidden Celtic design maze.
Unique to Papple is a seven-acre wildflower meadow located in ancient woodland through which the Papana water runs. Papple Wood, adjoining the farmhouse, is a charming managed wood with a winding path which passes artisan-built follies, animal structures and a children’s play area.
The fire pit with log seats is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows beneath the mystical ruins of the ancient Papple Convent.
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Nestled in the Lammermuir Hills, Papple offers the perfect location to explore the natural charms of East Lothian
Papple sits in the foothills of the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian. An ideal location with easy access to some of Scotland’s most revered golf courses, beaches and hills. Keep a look out for the remains of ancient stone-age forts that once occupied much of Scotland. Edinburgh is only a 45 minute drive.
The Lammermuir Hills are the perfect escape for those seeking a bit of quiet in the rolling moors and heather slopes that stretch as far as the Scottish Borders. From the summit of Lammer Law, enjoy incredible views across the hills and keep a look out for the remains of ancient Roman forts that once occupied much of Scotland.
Are you organising an activity retreat and looking for an exclusive use property to host your group? We welcome activity groups at Papple, and work with organisers to create the perfect setting and experience.
East Lothian, undoubtedly one of Scotland’s top destinations
East Lothian spans over 40 miles of magnificent coastline. Home to the world’s finest links golf courses, golden beaches and rolling countryside, as well as an outstanding variety of local food and drink offerings.
We encourage guests to walk or cycle the John Muir Way and explore the beautiful beaches en route. Visit nearby gin and whisky distilleries, discover historic locations and castles, and step onboard Concorde at the National Museum of Flight.
East Lothian was at the forefront of the agricultural revolution and during this time the best techniques in animal husbandry and crop rotation were discovered and introduced at Papple. We lean on our historic roots and traditions to provide inspiration for the future.