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 30/7/15 Orlege scored 90%, 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
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.
There 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.
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 below here demonstrates how this area can be effortlessly transformed into a bedroom. Adjacent is a lovely bathroom with a 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 seat 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 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.
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?
Orlege End also features on our other website, www.fivestarholidaycottage.co.uk Both sites display an Availability / Book Online link for you to check availability and rental prices. You can then make an immediate online booking for this 5 STAR property if your dates fit within a Saturday to Saturday pattern. Outwith this Saturday to Saturday pattern, please email us for a quote.
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 PDF links below for more detail or here for comparisons between the smaller cottages sleeping up to 6 people.
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