About this retreat
Situated 8 miles from the city of Edinburgh and just a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport, our Edinburgh retreat villa is set on the banks of the River Esk, amongst 3.5 acres of private gardens.
Originally dating from 1703, this listed stone house lay unloved and empty for a number of years until the current owners rescued it in 2012 and began the huge task of sympathetic restoration. Today the house is testament to their sheer dedication and hard work, and now you can experience their unique blend of old and new design on one of our 2021 retreats.
Dating from 1703 and one of the most historic buildings in the charming town of Dalkeith, The Old Millhouse is a luxury country-house near Edinburgh, Scotland. The villa contains all of the charm of its historic heritage without compromising on modern luxuries such as:
The soothing sounds of the river make it hard to believe you’re mere miles from Edinburgh city centre, and as you wander the woodland and banks of the South Esk, the wonderful variety of trees means birdsong is never far away. And depending on the season, the river bank is scattered with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.
The sweeping green lawns are perfect for relaxing with a book, while the terrace, which gets the evening sun and has a breathtaking view, is a lovely place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
Edinburgh itself is but a 25 minute drive from the house, making city trips and tours a perfect option during your stay.
All of our retreats are pitched towards all levels of yoga – from newcomers to skilled yogis – our Retreat Leaders will always adapt classes to accommodate the abilities of our attendees.
During our retreats, guests will enjoy Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Yin yoga sessions along with meditative elements. Your retreat leader will run two yoga sessions daily, in the morning where guests will undertake a more dynamic class and in the evening where the focus will be around relaxation (see example itinerary: Alpine Retreat Itinerary). All classes are optional and aim to rejuvenate our guests, whilst also helping you to build on your practice.
This retreat will be led by wellness expert and yoga teacher of 25 years, Jennifer Ellis (view profile).
We believe that on a retreat our guests should eat well and plentifully and therefore we employ a private chef to cater for your meals. Our recipe creator will cook a range of healthy and delicious meals using fresh, local produce and a buffet brunch will be available every morning until 12.
During the retreat, guests will also enjoy one evening meal at a local authentic restaurant.
Our meals are vegetarian and pescatarian. We are happy to accommodate food preferences or allergens where possible, though specific dietary requirements will incur a small surcharge of £50.
(This is because many specialist products i.e. gluten free / vegan are not easily available in retreat locations and thus need to be sourced further afield.)
For each of our retreats, we handpick our favourite excursions to help you explore your surroundings and have unique and memorable experience. Excursion information will be available after booking and we are more than happy to assist you booking onto external trips.
At our Edinburgh villa, guests can book a variety of experiences and tours such as: cycling tours, historical tours, whiskey tasting & art classes.
As part of your retreat booking you will be entitled to a free group transfer from Edinburgh train station to the retreat villa on the retreat start date as well as a return transfer on the last day of the retreat. These vehicles are pre-booked and the times cannot be altered.
The group transfer from Edinburgh train station to the Villa will depart from the station at 2pm.
The return transfer from the Villa to Edinburgh train station will depart on the last day circa 9am.
We recommend that if you would like to use the free group transfer that you organise your train at complimentary times.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a private transfer to suit your exact train or flight details this can be pre-arranged. Enquire for prices.
No. of nights: 5 nights.
Check-in time: 3pm
Check-out time: 9am
This retreat includes as standard:
2 x Single Occupancy Bedrooms Available
†3 x Shared Occupancy Bedrooms Available
All rooms have a private bathroom.
£1195pp – shared occupancy
£1595pp – single occupancy
Guests can also book with a £250 deposit* and pay the remainder in 3 installments – the due date of these installments will be emailed to you upon booking. To book with deposit email email@example.com
Additional Costs (subject to individual booking)
£50 Dietary Preference Surcharge
£50 (approximate) Optional Private Transfer
Terms & Conditions
† Guests are welcome to book shared occupancy even if they are traveling alone. We will match you with another guest who has also booked shared occupancy.
* Please note deposits are not refundable.