Scottish Tourist Board Rating 5 STAR
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 in September 2013 Orlege scored well within the 87 - 100% Quality Assurance Range for 5 STAR Scottish Tourist Board self-catering accommodation.)
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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 ensuite 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. What we can't offer here is sound-proofing. Click here to see moving images of how this area can be effortlessly transformed into a bedroom. And click again to see its en-suite bathroom which also has a power-shower enclosure.
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 peat, coal and logs. And what could be nicer than relaxing in one of the two large leather settees or a large bean bag 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.
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 More Info. 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.
As Orlege lacks a garden (other than the patio area) exclusive to the property, we plan eventually to create a roof terrace with decking, accessed from the bedroom upstairs. Here you will be able to relax, glass of wine in hand, look beyond the trees to the fields ..or just simply stargaze. Meantime 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 pictured here. 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.
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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