Papple Steading from the Farmhouse driveway

Our Story

The Improvement Movement – how Papple came to be

Papple was built in the 1800’s during the ‘Improvement Movement’ – an agricultural revolution that led to radical changes in farming through investment. The steading contains all of the provenance from which we can tell its fascinating past, inspiring visitors today and into the future.

The finest example of a “model” farm

Arthur Balfour, the young laird, who later became Prime Minister in 1902 commissioned Papple’s construction. The best techniques in animal husbandry and crop rotation of that time were promoted at Papple, and it became one of the finest examples of a “model” farm.

A passion for restoration

The spacious layout of Papple has been designed specifically to host larger groups without compromising on space. Ten luxury bedrooms are contained within four adjacent properties. Each property has exquisite period and contemporary furnishings, the bathrooms have underfloor heating and power showers. The fully fitted handcrafted oak kitchens with AGA oven are ideal for self-catering stays.

The Farmhouse is the hub of Papple, home to the grand dining room, library, drawing room and wellness studio. The variety of spaces are superb for hosting creative workshops, wellbeing sessions, entertainment and dining. Our superfast broadband is the perfect tech companion, should it be required.

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Stone work at Papple

The steading was in a very poor state of repair when it was acquired. These days it’s common practice for farm buildings to be deliberately neglected, flattened and re-developed for commercial purposes, and consequently lost to public access..

Family walking through Haugh Meadow

Sustainable restoration

Sustainability is key in the restoration of Papple. Deep bore heat exchange pumps provide central heating, hot water and underfloor heating. There is no use of fossil fuels, fertilizers or herbicides. We are proud members of the Soil Association.

Shaping the future of Papple

The vision for Papple is a wonderful mix of hospitality, business use and community use. At its heart is an agricultural heritage centre telling the story of land changes, societal changes, the Laird and the ploughman. Though there will be traditional artefacts the story will be told in a digital format using archived footage, augmented and virtual reality.

An inspirational retreat for business-people, families, activity organisers and well-being practitioners to build or reawaken relationships. A place for local communities to come together, enjoy its buildings, woodland and open spaces.

Original Papple Steading drawings

Here to help

Always happy to discuss events, activities, holidays, retreats, celebrations, filming, post-production work, and performances or arrange a visit to Papana Wood and our wildflower meadow.