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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2015!

We were delighted to hear this Summer that Rutherford House has received a TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Award 2015! We would like to Thank all our guests that have taken the time and effort to write a review on their stay with us. Without you we would not have received this, and it is definitely much appreciated! Having such lovely guests stay with us makes it lots of fun for us!


Penicuik House and Estate

Penicuik House – Great walk.

We are often asked by guests were to go for a nice walk. Of course we are surrounded by the beautiful Pentland hills, but for those wanting a more leisurely walk without hills, then Penicuik House and grounds are just the answer.

Penicuik House and grounds lie West of the town of Penicuik, about 4 miles from Rutherford House. There is a car park just off the main road where you can leave your car and explore the area.
The House itself dates back to the 17th Century and has been in the Clerk family since it was built. There was an unfortunate fire in the main house in the late 1800′s and it destroyed the interior of the house although to this day the external walls remain. The Clerk family then commissioned an overhaul on the then Stable Block and Shooting Lodge, which has now been converted into the family home for new generation of Clerk’s.

The house sits in 1,389 acres of designed landscape with the River North Esk flowing through the grounds. Great place for an afternoon stroll.


Accommodation for The Royal Highland Show

We still have accommodation for The Royal Highland Show which is on from Thursday 19th June – Sunday 22nd June at Ingliston, Edinburgh. We are only a 25 minute drive from the event with private parking so very convenient for those still looking for somewhere to stay.


Royal Highland Show 2014

The Royal Highland Show 2014 is almost upon us. It starts on June 19th and goes on until June 22nd.
It is a super family day out with everything from cattle and tractors to up market stalls selling local crafts and delicacies. You can easily spend the whole day and more browsing at all it has to offer. There are some great places to eat and try some of the local produce.
The venue is at Ingliston, just beside Edinburgh Airport, and around a 25 minute drive from us avoiding the city so a nice easy drive there. We still have some accommodation available during this period, so please either call us on 01968 660031 or use our on-line booking engine.

For more information go to the official Royal Highland Show site: The Royal Highland Show 2014


Traquair House Scottish Borders

Traquair House, Scottish Borders is about to host it’s annual Easter Egg Eggstravaganza.

For anyone that has children this is a great day out, and one we will be participating in ourselves! What better way to spend Easter Sunday than running around their enchanting maze hunting for Eggs. It is probably the biggest Easter egg hunt in Scotland with over 5,500 mini eggs hidden, so most children will go home with something.

As well as finding Easter eggs there will lots of other activities to keep the little ones happy, such as face painting and scavenger and treasure hunts. Please check on the Traquair website for a timetable of events. Traquair House Events

Traquair House, Scottish Borders is located in the pretty town of Innerleithan. The house itself holds the title of Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House and has been lived in for over 900 years. With it’s intriguing history the house it well worth a tour, and a visit to it’s very own Brewery is a must. The brewery has won many awards over the years for it’s many ales which are exported to all over the world.

Venue: Traquair House, Innerleithan, Scottish Borders
Date: Easter Sunday ( 20th April 2014)


Cycling in Glentress

C ycling in Glentress, one of the Seven Stanes is rated one of, if not the best biking centers in Britain and has won several acclaimed awards

For anyone looking for good mountain biking trails, look no further than Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders. It is renowned for it’s great mountain biking tracks, and has green, blue, red and black trails to suit all abilities. It is situated between the lovely Scottish Borders market towns of Peebles and Innerleithan, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland.

It has great facilities on site after the recent addition of a state of the art visitor centre, with Bike Shop and Bike Hire, Cafe, Shwoers etc, and promises a great day out. Cyling in Glentress is a must for any mountain biker enthusiasts! For more information see here: http://www.glentressforest.com

Rutherford House Bed and Breakfast is around a 40 minute drive away from the Glentress centre and have many bikers stay with us. We have locked garaging for bikes and cycling gear.


Visit to Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen Country Park

Our Visit to Rosslyn Chapel and Roslin Glen Country Park

Last weekend we decided to take some much needed fresh air and drove over to Roslin village. Here it is home to the infamous Rosslyn Chapel as well as the much visited and walked Roslin Glen Country Park.

The Chapel is open all year round and is most definitely worth a visit. It is nearly 600 years old and took over 40 years to build with stunning architecture. However last weekend we decided to walk through Roslin Glen which stretches along the North Esk river. It was once home to Scotland’s largest gunpowder mill but is now home to plenty of wildlife. If you are feeling energetic you can walk from Penicuik along the river right up to Dalkeith.

We however decided on the shortened version, however came away thinking that one of these days we will do the full stretch from Penicuik.


Starting the New Year with our local Bread Courses near Edinburgh!

Starting the New Year at Rutherford House with local Bread Course!

Our opening weekend of the year kick’s off with our guests attending one of our local Bread Courses near Edinburgh, Bread Matters near Penicuik, Midlothian. Bread Matters run a range courses throughout the year and cater to all abilities. See here for more information on their Bread Courses: http://www.breadmatters.com/

All our guests share a great fondness of bread and we try to offer a range of breads from our local Community bakers, Bread Share for them to enjoy during their stay.

We are now well under way with our renovations and due to open towards the end of February.


Closed for Renovations

We are currently closed due to some major interior renovations being done. We hope to open again mid to late February 2014. Please call us on 01968 660 031 with any enquiries you may have.

We are taking our “Green” policy to the next level and are about to install a new Eco friendly Bio-Mass boiler system to the house to replace the existing oil system.

We look forward to opening in February with all the interior changes complete, and apologies if you were looking to stay with us during our period of closure. Please try us again from mid February.


Edinburgh Military Tattoo Event

Edinburgh’s annual Military Tattoo is almost about to start. It runs from August 2nd – August 24th and highlights Scotland’s reputation as a land of outstanding beauty and this year celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland.

It takes place beside the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and features acts for all over the world. Tickets sell very fast as it is one of the most visited events around the globe so make sure and secure them early.

We are only a 30 minute drive into the city, so why not stay with us during your visit and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside after your performance in the city.