Staycation Inspiration egg Guide

Staycation Inspiration egg Guide

a year agoPosted in Travel

There are fewer things in life better for our physical and mental wellbeing, than a rest. A time to rejuvenate, reconnect and recharge. Nothing better than the knowledge of a short break away locked in the diary, and after countless requests for recommendations from our community, we're here to help you find your next perfect break. We've done the groundwork so you don't have to and the best part is, not only will you be treating yourself when you book one of these gorgeous holidays, you're also supporting a fellow egg, for these are all owned or run by eggs - another reason we love them. 

We hope you enjoy our  first edition Staycation special, featuring cool treehouses in Perthshire, quirky cabins less than an hour from Edinburgh and beautiful holiday homes in Scotland, Northumberland and Yorkshire. You’ll also find a stylish boutique hotel in Auchterarder and boatel, right here in the Scottish capital. Here's 14 pretty awesome places to rest and relax. Happy holidays wherever you may go...

The Treehouses at Lanrick and LeckieThe Treehouses at Lanrick and Leckie

The Treehouses at Lanrick and Leckie

At a glance: sleeps 2-6, Perthshire

Offering true escapism in the Scottish wilderness, without compromising on the luxury touches, the one-bedroom Treehouse at Lanrick with sofa bed (suitable for children) and two-bedroom Treehouse at Leckie promise a magical stay in the trees. Within an hour of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the treehouses offer sprawling decks, outside baths, beautiful interiors, and a woodland sauna. Owners, Louisa and Simon Dickson have put a lot of love into building these beautiful Treehouses while keeping their carbon footpring low, creating the perfect staycation.,

Crabtree & Crabtree

Crabtree & Crabtree

At a glance: holiday cottages, sleep 2-26, various locations 

Founded by Emma Crabtree 19 years ago, this impressive portfolio of holiday properties covers everything from charming cottages to whimsical beach houses with incredible sea views. They also have the occasional castle, converted bothy and elegant manor house thrown in for good measure. Each Crabtree & Crabtree property has a stunning location in East Lothian, the Scottish Borders, Northumberland or Yorkshire so it’s easy to escape to the coast or countryside, with many of their properties within a couple of hours’ drive from Edinburgh. egg card holders receive 5% off at any of their properties in Scotland when you book by 31st May, using the code EGG23. Pic of Honeystone House, Northumberland.

Black Isle Pods

Black Isle Pods

At a glance: glamping pods and chalets, sleep 2-5, near Inverness

The Black Isle Pods are located on what was once Audrey and Frank's family farm in the early 1900s. These gorgeous pods are now run by family, neighbours and two four legged helpers, Mac and Charlie - who you may very well meet during your visit. Located 10 miles north of Inverness and three miles from the main A9 road to the North, they have three cosy, fully insulated glamping pods, each with its own private hot tub. There’s also a self-contained chalet with a double and single bedroom (sleeps up to four or five max).

The Mill HouseThe Mill House

The Mill House

At a glance: self-catering home, sleeps 8, Northumberland

Where the road ends and the seas begins, you'll find The Mill House on the water’s edge overlooking Lindisfarne Bay. A luxury, self-catering holiday home welcoming larger groups of up to eight people (plus two infants). With breath-taking panoramic views over the nature reserve to both Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle, it’s a natural, peaceful place where you can relax with all the family. It’s hugely comfortable thanks to the luxe furnishings, spacious bedrooms which are all ensuite, and the sociable dining room and sitting room right on the shore. The accessible downstairs bedroom is suitable for mobility-impaired guests which makes it a great place for a multi-generational holiday.

Bracken TreehouseBracken Treehouse

Bracken Treehouse 

At a glance: sleeps 2, adults only, Fife

You may have spotted this one on egg home & away! Nestled in a 32-acre woodland and 500m from any other building, the secluded Bracken Treehouse at Airdit sits on stilts perched above St Andrews and the Eden estuary. It’s owned by good egg Joy and her husband Nick who opened Bracken Treehouse at the end of summer 2022 after a lot of blood, sweat and tears! It has been designed to allow as much light and colour in from the surrounding trees as possible, so you feel connected to the outdoors. On the deck, there’s an outdoor bath so you can bathe beneath the branches and listen to the birds whilst you soak. Inside, Bracken is full of modern conveniences and luxuries such as a full kitchen, flushing toilet, cosy log burner and dreamy rainfall shower. You can also book a yoga class out on the deck. egg members receive 10% off remaining dates in 2023 with the code 'EGG10'.

Cairn LodgeCairn Lodge

Cairn Lodge

At a glance: boutique hotel, Auchterarder

We're thrilled to inlcude our new card partners Cairn Lodge, a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of rural Perthshire in Auchterarder with sumptuous bedrooms, outstanding dining and a warm welcome. Stay in one of the deluxe individually designed bedrooms and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the Garden Room restaurant, a light and airy space with outdoor terrace that’s perfect for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. For a pre-dinner drink or nightcap head to the atmospheric bar. A lodge sleeping 10 is also available for family and group getaways. egg card holders save 18% on their best available rate. More here.

Madeira in FifeMadeira in Fife

Madeira in Fife

At a glance: 6 cottages, sleeping 2-8, The East Neuk

Tara Macdonald fell in love with the charm of the house and cottages and decided to buy them in 2012. Previously owned by a couple who very sadly died within a year of each other and who built the properties themselves. Since then, Tara and her team have brought new life into the house and cottages and created a venue for weddings, yoga retreats and celebrations of all kinds. Located in a 10-acre garden just outside Pittenweem in The East Neuk, Madeira in Fife has six cottages which can be rented individually or for exclusive use. For parties, there’s also a Bothy with kitchen, wood burner and table seating 32 as well as a Games Cave (Prosecco Cave for some) that can be rented during stays. Easily accessible from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen, all the cottages are well-equipped, comfortable and stylish. They’re also child and dog friendly too. The garden has tonnes to keep little ones entertained, from Fairy trees to a dragon’s nest and rope swings. There’s Ooni pizza ovens, fire pits, and a hot tub for the terraced cottages on request. It's the perfect place for a short staycation or unforgettable egg wedding! eggs making a booking receive a seasonal, organic welcome box.

Susan Reid Collection

Susan Reid Collection

At a glance: villas, lodges, mansion houses with up to 15 bedrooms, various locations

Expect a unique and personal experience with owner Susan, maybe even think of her as your holiday matchmaker. Whether you want a Gothic mansion on the banks of Loch Lomond or a modern property for a golfing holiday in St Andrews, the Susan Reid Collection offers access to some of Scotland’s most stunning properties. The company celebrates 20 years in business later this year, and the owner Susan will work directly with you to find the right property for your occasion. Your style, your comfort, your luxury. Your own private property which is exclusively yours for the entire stay.

Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods 

At a glance: log cabin, sleeps 10, near Kirkmichael Village, Perthshire

A cabin with a very special place in owner Tara's heart. Built 54 years ago by her dad, she's now taken the reins and put her own stamp on Cabin in the Woods. Made from traditional Norwegian logs, this 5-bedroom luxury log cabin is just 20 minutes from Glen Shee. A perfect location for skiing in winter or great in the summer for walks, river swimming, games on the lawn, BBQs and wildlife spotting. There’s a wood burning hot tub, pizza oven, large terrace, woodland garden, two pubs within walking distance and a newly built games room with pool, table tennis, darts, TV, sofas and bean bags. Mini eggs and furry eggs love it here too!

Zoom Motorhomes

Zoom Motorhomes

At a glance: Luxury Motorhome & Campervan Hire, Scotland

Hitch a ride with Haggis, Gassy, Doris or Peggy - no these aren't the owners of Zoom Motorhomes, rather a small selection of their fantastic fleet. Fancy doing the NC500 in style? Book with this small, family-run business based in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. As seasoned travellers themselves, Pippa and her team have a huge array of campervans and motorhomes for hire and can help you plan your next great adventure.

Midkelton House

Midkelton House

At a glance: self-catering property, sleeps 14, Dumfries & Galloway

Originally run as a diary farm for 60 years, Midkelton House is a seven-bedroom home away from home in Castle Douglas that's recently been renovated to the highest of standards by egg Susan. Originally built in 1756, the traditional stone-built Galloway farmhouse still maintains much of the original charm but now has a layout suitable for today's modern way of living. The ground floor boasts a huge open plan social space which is perfect for hosting any special occasion. With over an acre of its own private garden, you can relax in the hot tub whilst taking in the fantastic views. A clay pizza oven and Scandinavian style BBQ hut (with seating for 15) offer additional options for eating outdoors, whatever the weather.

Knoydart House Studio Room

Knoydart House Studio Room

At a glance: sleeps 2, adults only, West Coast of Scotland

After running The Old Forge pud for 20 years, Jackie and Ian decided to build Knoydart House Studio Room. This romantic hideaway has a stunning lochside location on the Knoydart Peninsula, West Coast of Scotland. Featuring a floodlit outdoor hot tub and antique canopied style super king bed, it's a magical place to relax and hit reset. Simply snuggle yourselves into your bathrobes, crack open your bottle of fizz, and enjoy stunning views. Knoydart itself is blissfully free from distraction, with no street lighting, roads or mobile masts to be found. The perfect place to reconnect and get away from it all - together. egg members receive a complimentary celebration/romance package with optional rose petals and prosecco on arrival.

Bothan Dubh

Bothan Dubh

At a glance: cabin, sleeps 2, adults only, Perth & Kinross

Located in a secluded spot on Outfield Farm, about an hour from Edinburgh, Bothan Dubh is the impressive work of owner and designer, Tim and wife Suki. This striking black building offers you fabulous comfort and lush interiors. With a viewing deck that hovers out over the picturesque pond, a wood-fired oven and outdoor tub, this a place to go off-grid and soak up 40 acres of woodlands, ponds and wilderness - you may even spot a roe deer, red squirrel, kestrel or badger. A lifelong dream turned into a reality, we can't wait to go and visit. Find them on Canopy and Stars website. 

Four Sisters Boatels

Four Sisters Boatels

At a glance: sleeps 4-6 people, Edinburgh

You don’t need sea legs to enjoy this self-catering, canal houseboat in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. The luxury purpose built, permanently moored, static wide-beam boatel sleeps up to 4 adults and 2 children (under 10 years) and comprises of two double cabin rooms plus a set of children’s sized bunk beds. The Four Sisters Boatel also has a private all weather deck area with outdoor dining area to enjoy the sunset all year round.

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