Corporate Retreats

Corporate retreats and private events exclusively yours

Your very own beautifully restored exclusive use steading for as many days as you need. Papple is yours to share with your colleagues during your entire stay. Make full use of our unique meeting spaces, beautiful grounds, hyper fast broadband and luxurious bedrooms. Full or partial catering is provided by Buck & Birch, an award winning local caterer. We want you to feel at home, comfortable in the surroundings and inspired to do business.

Getting down to business at Papple

East Lothian is a beautiful corner of Scotland, known best for its serene landscapes and pretty coastal towns. Our location offers the perfect setting to escape the crowds and truly focus on what matters to you and your business. Think-tank sessions, creative workshops, leadership retreats, bespoke dining, castings and product launches are the kind of events we welcome.

We’re well practised in the art of providing exceptional service, rigorous attention to detail, and the utmost discretion.

The combination of luxurious bedrooms, unique event spaces and acres of peaceful grounds are the essential ingredients to motivate, inspire and create.

Papple at a glance

  • Location – East Lothian, 20 miles east of Edinburgh
  • Nearest airport – Edinburgh, 60 minutes drive
  • Nearest mainline railway station – Dunbar
  • Drive time from Edinburgh centre – 45 minutes
  • Number of bedrooms – 10 with 10 bath/showers, mostly ensuite over 4 adjoining properties. 9 of the 10 bedrooms can be set as twins, giving a total of 19 beds
  • Connectivity – 1 Gigabit leased digital line with service distributed to all rooms
  • Meeting spaces – “board’ room to seat (or dine) up to 22. 4 spaces for groups of up to 8 and 2 spaces for groups of up to 5
  • Outdoor spaces – marquees to accommodate 20 to 100 delegates and a covered space for up to 60 people. Woodland pavilions to seat 10
  • Parking – 30 cars and 2 coaches
  • Security – CCTV
  • Recreation facilities – library, exercise studio, TV lounge, table football, table tennis and croquet
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Papple Farmhouse


Each of our 10 bedrooms exude the same exquisite quality, with rich natural fabrics including Harrison Spinks’ beds with vegan duvets, pillows and pure cotton sheets. Many of the contemporary room furnishings are produced responsibly by local makers, chosen for their exceptional quality of craftsmanship.

The bedrooms are contained within four adjacent buildings namely The Farmhouse, Grieve’s cottage and the two Bothies. The bedrooms are all ensuite, except for two bedrooms in Grieve’s cottage that share a private bathroom. The spacious layout of Papple is ideal to bring colleagues together without compromising on space.


Walking, rambling in Papple Wood, our forest garden and in our wildflower meadow. Area suits cycling, hill walking, climbing, water sports and golf.

Meetings & private events

The Farmhouse is the meeting hub of Papple. It’s home to the grand dining room, a charming space to host business events and unique dining experiences. The library, drawing room and wellness studio make for impressive break-out rooms, by their very nature they encourage discussion and thought.

Unique to Papple is one Gigabit of hyper fast broadband delivered on a direct fibre line and distributed to all rooms. Ideal for streaming, video calling and downloading. The connection is so good we welcomed a Hollywood producer who chose Papple to complete all the editing and post production on a soon-to-be released movie.

Our partnership with award winning Buck and Birch

We’re proud to partner with Buck and Birch, an award winning private event caterer local to East Lothian. They cater to the most discerning of palates, and create sensational food and drink offerings using diverse flavours harvested from the wild.

Time to play

We’ve created the perfect playground to recharge and recalibrate from the day’s business. Papple Steading sits in six acres of green space encompassing a beautifully manicured lawn, paddock and ancient woodland.

Yoga at Papple

Start the day with a little self-care, a sunrise yoga session on the lawn. Escape the boardroom for a quick game of rounders or croquet followed by a picnic lunch in the paddock. The cart shed is home to table football and table tennis – great for an energy boost.

Papple Wood Walkway

Head into the woodland and discover boardwalks, bridges and follies used as hides for spotting a myriad of wildlife, it’s the ideal spot to connect with nature and enjoy some peace.

The firepit and log seats by the mystical ruins of Papple Convent are a fabulous setting for marshmallow toasting, relaxation and conversation. The wider grounds extend by 18 acres of wildflower meadow and woodland, perfect for hiking and exploration.

Kayaking in Scotland

Nearby is The John Muir Country Park renowned for its expansive sandy beaches, enchanting small towns and pretty harbours. Canoeing, kayaking and wakeboarding can be enjoyed close by. Golf enthusiasts delight at the close proximity of the world-famous links courses. There are miles of scenic paths in the wider area, ideal for walking and cycling.

With so many things to do near Papple, make sure to plan some time outside of the boardroom.

Play golf near Papple
Links golf
Sculpture in Papple Woods
Sculpture trail in woods near Papple

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We have deliberately chosen not to offer corporate packages to avoid creating a “product”. Every event we host is bespoke and every client is individual. We cherish the creativity and delivery of each one.