Luxury self-catering EdinburghHoliday accommodation near EdinburghOrlege End 

Scottish Tourist Board Rating 5 STAR

Sleeps 3 + 2 or up to 6 using one sofa bed

The 5 Star quality grading awarded by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) to this annually inspected property allows us officially to describe it as "exceptional, world-class" accommodation. ( Inspected and graded on 18/12/17 Orlege scored  89%, well within the 87 - 100% Quality Assurance Range for 5 STAR Scottish Tourist Board self-catering accommodation.)

Why our less mobile guests love Orlege   What families love about Orlege
* Car parking very close to entry   * Really relaxing open-plan space
* No steps at entry or on ground floor   * Lovely big well-equipped kitchen
* Wood and natural stone flooring throughout   * Wide range of toys and games inside
* Patio area wheelchair friendly   * Play area in the woods behind.
* Ground floor bathroom   * Explore our livestock farm
* One step up to shower cabinet   * Huge range "must-visits" close by
* Comfortable double bed on ground floor   * Informative friendly owner on site
* 2 storey accommodation : flight of 15 stairs   * A typical family review. ... More

What made Orlege so special for these guests ….

“As we walked through the door of Orlege we knew at once this would be the perfect holiday home for our family of 5.  A lovely open plan layout with a spacious and, we were to discover, incredibly well-equipped kitchen. We could dine in style.  And relax in real comfort.  The kids raced upstairs.  Clutching newly found teddies in their arms, they shouted down from the bedroom, come and look at this!  That star-shaped ceiling had really caught their fancy. They would migrate upstairs with the wealth of games and toys they unearthed from various nooks and crannies and enjoy the floor space on offer.  Their older brother Ben was equally delighted with the Gallery area where he could retreat, relax on the sofa up there and enjoy his own space. 

We were amazed at G’s attention to detail, right down to a sheet of contact details for the local GP surgery, dentist, vet and nearest A & E hospital.  Luckily we didn’t need any of that.  Knowing our owner lived so close was very re-assuring and G couldn’t have been more helpful with ideas for outings geared to our children’s interests and ages. On her recommendation we visited Five Sisters Zoo just 6 miles down the road. Annie, Jo and Ben all just loved it.  Imagine, bears and lions so close and for her birthday Annie was a zoo-keeper for half a day with some of the smaller animals. 

Almond Valley Heritage Centre, just 10 miles away, also proved a perfect choice and we could hardly tear the kids away at closing time.  We could go on and on about all the other exciting things we did from here, many of them found on G’s website or from the drawer of paper leaflets all neatly filed into different areas.  Coming home in the evening and visiting the cows and calves over the road was a daily highlight for Jo in particular. And if the 3 of them had any energy left they begged Dad to go with them into the woods behind the house to enjoy the swings, playhouse, and all the other tempting play equipment.   Meantime, guess who cooked up the tasty meals and saved a fortune on eating out? G even provides useful things like herbs, spices, flour.

We left our dog at home in kennels this visit. Next time we may bring him, though it does restrict places to go. However G said that we could bring his cage she would be happy then for Oscar to be left alone in Orlege for some hours. It seems a shame to leave the sixth member of our family behind whilst we have such a brilliant time."



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Stylish, sumptuous, contemporary, open-plan, exciting, elegant, stunning, a holiday romance. All these words have been used by guests to describe this open-flow, contemporary conversion completed in December 2004 and named after the fields it overlooks. Designed for flexibility, Orlege is the perfect honeymoon hideaway, but appeals just as much to families or business people in search of luxury or utopia.

This accommodation really is Wow! Its two-storeyed layout is excitingly different, with the most wonderful star and angled shapes of coombed ceilings in the bedroom and bathroom upstairs accessed via a mezzanine-level gallery, whilst downstairs curved walls, and a double-height living space marry well with the original beams in the kitchen. Unusual features have been preserved from its former function as a building for rolling oats for feeding to livestock. With its Scandinavian glazed sliding doors, Velux roof-windows, solid oak floors and doors, wonderful limestone flagstones, open stairwell and ash staircase with tension wire balustrades, solid oak kitchen units and black granite worktop, it's bright, white, light and airy. Matching the granite hearth in the living-room are Juperana Bordeaux granite large windowsills reflecting within their polished depths the branches of the maple tree outside.


Layout: (please pay attention to the sleeping arrangements outlined below as they are a bit different and, though sleeping up to 6 people, will not suit everyone's requirements).

Upstairs is a large, split level bedroom with a star-shaped coombed ceiling which has 3 single luxurious divan beds. Wake up in the morning, pull back the velux blinds to right and left of you and feel close to heaven! Two of these single beds can push together and be zip-linked to form a large kingsize double bed. This gives the flexibility of using this bedroom as either a family room, or for 3 singles, or as a double bedroom. Off the upstairs bedroom is an en-suite bathroom full of light, shapes and surprises!

Also upstairs, before you enter through the door into the bedroom, is an inviting gallery area. A great spot to relax with a book, or to gaze across and out of the upper storey window or view from aloft the larger part of the stylish living area below. As well as a lounger and other incidental furniture, the space here allows for a sofa bed which can sleep an "extra person", or even two slim cuddly people: the mattress width is 124cms. A normal single is 90cms. and a conventional double is 135 cms). Please note anyone sleeping here would need to go through another "sleeping area" to reach a bathroom.

Downstairs the spacious living area has split level ceiling heights for interest; at the back is a large solid oak cupboard which, within it, hides a surprisingly discreet double bed with an extremely comfortable fully sprung mattress. One pull of the handle and this bed can come down at night and disappear out of sight again during the day with bedding largely intact and only a row of elegant daytime cupboards on show. Concealed within the cupboard doors, on either side of the pull-down bed, is hanging and shelf-space. With one swish an optional double-sided curtain can snake its way at night across the ceiling track here at the back of the living area to provide privacy to anyone in the double pull-down bed using this as a sleeping area. Visually this lower ceiling-ed area then reflects a normal bedroom except that one wall is curtained. This "bedroom" even has its own open-able window.  All the light can be cut out, What we can't offer here is sound-proofing. The image to the left here ( if necessary click on it ) demonstrates how this area can be effortlessly transformed into a bedroom. Adjacent is a  lovely bathroom witha choice of bath or shower.

At the front of the double-height living space, filled with light from both the original windows in the end gable and the new glazed sliding doors that open onto the small flagstoned courtyard, is the multi-fuel stove which burns coal and logs. And what could be nicer than relaxing in one of the two large leather settees, or another comfy seat, in front of a real living fire? Or dining in splendour seated around the glass dining-table which seats 6, flickering flames in the hearth close by, soft music from the CD player in the background? The effect is of gracious, spacious living.  If there are more than 12 of you, or you have visitors,  the kitchen table can be brought through to seatr a further 6 guests.

The equally voluminous and airy kitchen downstairs has lots of interesting features. Granite worktops, oak units and, thanks to the underfloor heating throughout the downstairs, warm-to-the-feet limestone flags. Overlooking you from a floored ledge up above is Mr. Fox eyeing up his cockerel lunch (a separate sculpture), his jaunty stance artistically captured in metal! Also high up are the old beams and centuries old pulley wheels. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped, sharing all the features common to all our properties as described on our FAQ Page, additionally offering a wall-mounted third TV. And for those impromptu alfresco meals the kitchen table and chairs in the corner are light enough to carry outside through the glazed patio doors and onto the cobbled patio area which belongs exclusively to Orlege.

Separate from the kitchen is a utility room with sink, washing machine and tumble-drier.  And a supply of wellie boots for exploring the farm.

Guests have the choice of relaxing either in their private patio area or in the shade of the magnificent maple tree and woodland area just feet away from the gable end of the living area.  With its double height windows optimising the views to the fields of Wester and Easter Orlege beyond, you'll feel part of the rural idyll just 30 minutes out from Edinburgh.   True Scottish sophistication in the countryside.

"One of the most surprising things about turning up here" writes a visiting journalist," is that Orlege doesn't feel like holiday accommodation at all but rather a highly characterful and contemporary home.  The modernity of this conversion is apparent throughout --   from the tension wire detailing to the mezzanine's balustrade and ash wood staircase, to the contemporary halogen lighting suspended on tension wires along the vaulted space. However the building's original character remains:  there's an earthiness almost, in the use of stone and wood, albeit one played against crisp white walls and streamlined leather furniture."   It’s a lovely description of this stunning conversion of what used to be a collection of outbuildings tagged onto the main eighteenth century farmhouse.

You may wish to study the layout of this and the other properties in case one suits your particular needs better than the others: Click on the images below for more detail or here for comparisons between the smaller cottages sleeping up to 6 people..


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A couple of minutes walk from Orlege, children and adults can enjoy our latest 2015 investment, which judging from the whoops of delight, confirm it was well worth the extra expense of installing really robust play equipment in the woods close by, accessible to the guests from all 3 of our smaller cottages.  The woodland setting is perfect for the garden play fort with views out through the trees into the fields beyond. With a large family basket swing, sling and toddler swings, a trapeze bar and rings, a see-saw, sandpit and balancing logs and a picnic bench for the adult supervisors when not joining in, what better way to while away a bit of time and enjoy a bit of nature at the same time?

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