Drone view of Monkton House
GLORIOUS! Had the most fantastic relaxing weekend in this beautiful place. Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, so peaceful, but so close to major trunk roads for large family gathering coming together from all parts of the country and really close to Musselburgh (10 minute drive) for river walks/ large shops/ beach/ restaurants and bars etc if needed. The owners are so friendly and inviting and have thought of everything. The castle is so quirky, So many fascinating things to see and the history is so interesting. Beds are amazingly comfy. The gardens are stunning. Had such a fun time in the sitooterie in the evening round the fire pit. Would not hesitate to stay here again. Perfect for a family gathering. Thank you Anna and Andy. We’ll definitely be back!
Beautiful house with fabulous gardens What a place! Stunning house with fascinating history which Anna, the owner, was more than happy to share with us on a tour of the property on arrival. Eclectic mix of accommodations inside, every bedroom had its own theme and our group had fun picking theirs. The garden is beautifully kept and we had fun at the firepit late into the evening. A fabulous place to spend a weekend with friends or family, relaxing and filling up on "together time". Will be back!
Jackie B
Jackie B
Fabulous Relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous location, excellent nearby amenities - had a wonderful time at monk tin house ❤️
Glorious escape A 20 minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh, nested away in the quaint town of Musselburgh, this beautiful castle offers a classical getaway. The facilities were great, big dining room for large group meals and plenty of bedrooms with the cottage access. A wide variety of rooms offer up a variety of experiences such as an enchanting East Asia-inspired room, a rugged cellar bar space/games room with table tennis/pool table and beautiful garden spaces with lots of facilities such as BBQ, open fire pit and a large swing.
Inez B
Inez B
My new favourite destination! I could not recommend this place more, Anna went above and beyond with supplying everything that we may have needed and more. Not only did Anna let us check in early but she also gave us a full historical tour of both the main house and the next door cottage that made the whole experience even more magical. We made full use of the fantastic showers, baths, bbq, games room, China room etc and we loved every single bit. It was a perfect place to reunite with loved ones after the long covid year! You will be blown away if you book this place - it was honestly the most impressive venue with the most attentive hosts (and also really conveniently close to Musselburgh for food shops and Edinburgh was just a £14 Uber away!) Could not be more grateful - you will definitely be seeing us again!
Rhiannon W
Rhiannon W
Perfect Place for Some R&R I was treated to the most wonderful stay in this unique and quirky castle for some much needed R&R. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are as fantastically comfortable as they are visually outstanding. We were treated to tour of the castle by the very amenable owner, Anna, who has gone to great lengths to learn about the interesting history of this little gem of a building. The amenities were above and beyond, and Anna has paid so much attention to detail to ensure that her guests want for nothing. Thank you for a wonderfully indulgent and relaxing get away xx

Relax, Recharge, Reconnect

Escape to your very own exclusive use 15th century Scottish castle, the perfect base from which to explore Edinburgh and surroundings or just sit around for a blether and a not-so-wee dram with family and friends. There’s room for up to 16 people in 7 bedrooms, with some flexibility to squeeze in some more if you don’t mind sharing. Whether you want to gi’ it laldy or coorie doon by the fire, there’s something for everyone at Monkton House.

verb: to chat

wee dram
expression: small glass of whisky

gi’ it laldy
expression: to do something with lots of energy and vigor

coorie doon
expression: snuggle down

The Castle (sleeps 17):

  • Master bedroom suite with king-size four poster bed and en-suite luxury bathroom with whirlpool spa bath – 2 people
  • bedroom with super king-size bed, en-suite bathroom – 2 people
  • bedroom with king-size four poster bed – 2 people
  • bedroom with  king-size bed – 2 people
  • bedroom with king-size bed and bunk beds – 5 people
  • Shared shower room
  • Library with king-size bunk beds in alcove – 4 people

The Cottage (sleeps 4)

  • 2 king-size bedrooms
  • shared shower room

Cots for babies and extra folding beds for children can be set up on request.

Scran & Swally

Monkton House is available primarily on a self-catering basis, but we can organise for some or all meals to be provided for you. East Lothian has a fou’some of wonderful caterers and fresh produce, as well as locally made gin, whisky, cider, beer and liqueurs. Several caterers offer both pre-prepared food for you to simply heat up at your convenience, or full formal service.

noun: food

noun: alcoholic drink(s)

noun: a fullness or abundance

Fun & games

The original 15th century vaulted kitchen on the ground floor has been set up as a tavern and the games room next to it has a pool table and table tennis, as well as a variety of garden games.

There is a cinema room with a games console, and a selection of DVDs and games to choose from as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

The library is stocked up with a variety of board games, puzzles and books.

There are several Bluetooth speakers for you to play your own favourite music.

There is WiFi throughout the house but with 7 foot thick walls, sometimes the ghosts or witches eat the signal.


Monkton House is a 15th century castle, built as a fortified tower. Unfortunately it is not accessible and is unlikely to be so in the near future. There are no bedrooms on the ground floor and no toilet on the same floor as the reception rooms. All reception rooms are up at least one flight of steps. There is the possibility of hiring a stair climber to transport a wheelchair up and down stairs. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact us.

Girl in wheelchair by bonfire

Nearest train station: Musselburgh (10 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley Station), which is a 1.2 mile (25 minute) walk or 1.6 mile (5 minute) taxi journey from Monkton House.
Bus: 111 or 111X by Prentice of Haddington, the bus stop is in Old Craighall village, 2 minutes walk from Monkton House.
Car: Monkton House is just off the A1 and the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass, postcode EH21 8SF for sat nav. 
Air: Edinburgh Airport is 15 miles and Glasgow Airport is 61 miles away

What's included

  • Central heating throughout
  • Open fires or wood burning stoves in the main public rooms, firewood included
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen: induction hob, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, bean-to-cup coffee machine, toaster and boiling water tap
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in the laundry room
  • Bed linen, towels, soap
  • Tea, coffee, sugar, sweetener, salt, pepper, dried herbs and spices, stock cubes, rapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar