The Barn


North Berwick, Scotland

Award-winning barn conversion for 6, on the edge of this seaside foodie town

3 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly


Private chef on request

Walk to a pub



Space & setting.

If it wasn’t enough that this exquisite barn conversion has won a prestigious Heritage Property Award, you’ll also find it on the edge of North Berwick – recently named the best place to live in Scotland by The Sunday Times. Set in 4 acres of former farmland, what once housed machinery and grain is now a beautifully renovated modern retreat, marrying original features like exposed beams and stone walls with a chic, modern aesthetic. Think oak floors with underfloor heating, a coastal Farrow & Ball colour scheme and a swish Poggenpohl kitchen.

With 3 double bedrooms and an open-plan downstairs, there’s room aplenty to unwind and play a board game or 3. But don’t stay inside too long; North Berwick is as scenic as the accolades suggest – and an absolute dream for foodies. Stretch your legs at the stunning local beaches then wind your way down the high street, picking up artisan coffee, delicious local produce and something sweet from the award-winning bakery as you go. (Pack elasticated waistbands.)

Getting there: drive, or train to North Berwick and walk (10 mins)

“We bought the farm in 2015 when the barn was completely derelict. As a family, we’ve always loved to travel but were often disappointed with the standard of self-catering holiday accommodation in the UK. Fresh from touring New Zealand (and staying in some fabulous properties), we set to work renovating the barn to the highest of standards with some incredible local craftsmen, including Hughie, our stonemason. On completion we were awarded the 5-star rating from Visit Scotland and were delighted the judges selected us as winner of the Herald Property ‘Renovations / Conversion of the Year’ award for Scotland.” Owners Stephanie & Ryan 

My Kip favourites

They love
“Relaxing in front of the Rais log-burning stove, and marvelling at the original stone walls and vaulted ceiling with wooden beams.”

We love
The F&B coastal colour palette — sea glass greens, shell pinks and cloudy greys — which echoes the beautiful Yellowcraigs beach nearby.

You may not love
Min 3 nights. You’re not secluded — the barn sits between the owner’s house and the neighbours’ second home (who aren’t there very often) — but you have a private garden out back and gravel courtyard out front.

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  • “We had such an amazing, easy stay at Stephanie’s house in North Berwick. The house itself was beautiful…had everything we could possibly need, it was cosy, comfortable and had been done to a really high standard. Stephanie was always quick to reply with any questions and made us feel really welcome 🤗 we will definitely be returning in the future!”

    Amelia, September 2023
  • "We had a fabulous weekend, staying at North Berwick Escape. It was a beautifully restored barn in North Berwick within easy walking distance of the beach & the town centre. The host Stephanie was incredibly welcoming & helpful & the lovely Kip welcome gifts helped to make us settle in very quickly. The barn’s beautifully appointed, spacious rooms accommodated our family & friends in sheer comfort. We couldn’t recommend it highly enough"

    Karen, November 2022
  • “Honestly the nicest place we have ever stayed. The barn was beautifully furnished, well equipped and stylish while still feeling like a real home from home. The personal touches really made it, beautiful toiletries, soft robes and a few tasty essentials like fresh bread and biscuits. Steph was so welcoming and always available at the end of the phone before and during our stay to answer any questions, provide local restaurant recommendations and to point me in the direction of where to purchase the amazing reed diffusers she uses!! If you’re looking for a luxury holiday let a stone's throw from amazing beaches, lovely little independent shops and restaurants with a real family feel, this is the place for you! Can’t wait to come back and do it all again!!”

    Anon, September 2021


Eco-friendly toiletries and cleaning products; champions of all-things local.


  • North Berwick
    North Berwick
  • North Berwick Escape
    Photography by Hidden Scotland
  • Tantallon Castle
    Tantallon Castle
  • North Berwick Escape
    Photography by Hidden Scotland
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  • Bass Rock
    Bass Rock
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  • North Berwick Escape (10)
  • North Berwick Escape
    Photography by Hidden Scotland
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  • You’re a hop, skip and jump away from North Berwick’s beautiful beaches for summer days and winter walks.
  • North Berwick high street is lined with indie shops, bars and restaurants. Pick up an espresso from Steampunk Coffee Roasters and a slice of Basque cheesecake from Bostock Bakery (you’ll find their bread in your welcome pack).
  • There’s also a riot of lovely restaurants on your doorstep. Head to The Herringbone for locally sourced food and booze, Osteria for Italian fine dining, and The Grange for an incredible Scottish steak.
  • Book a tasting tour at NB Distillery — home to the best London Dry in the world. Pick up a bottle (or 3) from the gift shop on your way out.
  • Shop for locally sourced groceries and home-reared pork and lamb (award-winning, of course) at the nearest farm shop, 15 minutes’ drive away.
  • Head 4 miles east to the ruins of Tantallon Castle, a striking mid-14thC fortress, and take in views of the volcanic Bass Rock. Circle back through North Berwick Harbour and sample seafood straight from the catch. A table at The Rocketeer will give you panoramic sea views, or eat alfresco at the Lobster Shack.
  • The Scottish Seabird Centre is a fauna-fillaqed, family-friendly experience. Bird spotters, assemble.
  • Nip over to Tom Kitchin’s Bonnie Badger in Gullane for a long lunch and a stroll down to Gullane beach. Take your camera – the coastal walks are peppered with glowing seabuckthorn.


  • Modern barn conversion on the edge of North Berwick
  • Upstairs: super-kingsize master bedroom with ensuite shower bathroom
  • Downstairs: 1 super-kingsize/twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom; shared bathroom with tub and shower
  • Laura Thomas toiletries plus bathrobes for adults and kids
  • Travel cot and highchair to borrow
  • Superbly well-equipped kitchen with Siemens induction hob, basic supplies and a welcome pack
  • Meal hampers by local private chef Lisa Vance on request
  • Living room with woodburner and Smart TV; mezzanine with boardgames, DVDs, PS4, games and gaming chair
  • Utility room with washer/dryer
  • Outdoor area with charcoal BBQ
  • Orchard for picking apples, plums and pears in late August / September
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome (extra cost)
  • WiFi and phone reception
  • Plenty of private parking
  • Bike hire available, including electric bikes with fat tyres for beach exploring
  • Walk to indie shops, pubs and restaurants (1 mile)
  • The owners are on hand in the next-door farmhouse or available by phone
  • Booking conditions: a 3-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: beach towels, charcoal for the BBQ

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Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.
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You’d be fine without; get the train to North Berwick then walk to the hideaway (10 mins). You can walk into town (20 mins) and to a beach from the house, just not explore the whole area.

25 mins’ drive. You can park outside the house.

The owner will arrange a pre-authorization of £350 to be held on your card 1 day before arrival and voided 2 days after departure provided there are no damages to the property.

Yes, it’s great for families. Two of the 3 bedrooms can be set up as twins, there’s a family bathroom with tub downstairs, and an enclosed lawned garden. High chairs and travel cots can be arranged, and there are even robes for small children.

Older kids will love the mezzanine den, which has a sofa, Smart TV, PS4 game console and a very stylish gaming chair

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