Connoisseurs' Collection - Luxury Holiday Accommodation

The Connoisseurs' Collection contains some of the National Trust for Scotland's most prestigious properties. Finely furnished and sleeping up to 17 people, they are located in some of the most spectacular areas of Scotland. These properties are perfect for house parties and family get-togethers.


All properties within this range can be booked for short breaks (minimum of 3 nights) or for full weeks. We can recommend local caterers if required, as well as sporting and sightseeing activities in the area. We can assure you of a holiday to remember.


Please note: A "good housekeeping" deposit of £500 will be required on bookings at properties within the Connoisseurs' Collection: Bynack, Claybokie & Creag Bhalg at Mar Lodge; Harmony, Melrose; The Laird's Apartment, Brodie Castle and the Preston Tower Apartment at Fyvie Castle. This payment will not be processed unless any damage occurs during your stay.

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Gunsgreen House, Gunsgreen House

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 10
  • 5
  • Not allowed
A smuggler's haunt complete with secret hiding places and knockout views, this beautiful 18th century merchant's villa has enjoyed an exciting past from its position overlooking the town of Eyemouth.
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It lies with a perfect aspect on the town's busy fishing harbour, where the first owner, corrupt merchant John Nisbet, could look out to sea for cargos of tea and brandy ready to be smuggled directly into his purpose built cellars. The house was designed by John Adam and has been beautifully preserved, with original cornicing and fireplaces.

With room for 11, it's the perfect retreat for large family gatherings - so long as you can decide who ends up in the magnificent four-poster bedded Master bedroom.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey - first and second floor


  • Sleeps up to 11 - 3 doubles, 2 twins,1 with built-in box bed


  • Large sitting room with views to the harbour


  • Dining room


  • Modern kitchen


  • First floor shower room


  • 2 second floor bathrooms


  • Access by lift or stairs




Our guests said...

"Enjoyed every minute, lovely views, especially when the sea is wild. Good memories of a lovely stay"

"Simply marvellous"




About Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam, one of the most expensive architects of his day, as a lavish smuggling palace for the notorious Nisbet brothers.



The brothers' 'special requirements' included cellars that lead directly to the sea, and a 'tea chute' running through the house where the leaves from smuggled tea were kept dry.



Gunsgreen's ground and lower ground floors are now home to a museum. The property is under the ownership of the Gunsgreen House Trust.



About the area

Eyemouth lies in the mouth of Eye Water, a natural harbour with pristine sandy beaches, 8 miles north of the Scotland/England border. Since the 13th century, Eyemouth has served as a fishing port for the area and today has around 80 boats still regularly fishing from it.



The High Street has a good range of shops, including a delicatessen, several fishmongers and an art gallery. Food on offer ranges from stylish seafood to traditional kipper rolls.



Things to do



  • Birdwatchers will love St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve nearby, famous for its guillemots, kittewakes and razorbills as well as its crystal clear water.


  • The Berwickshire coastline with its small villages, high cliffs and deep clear water is perfect for a day's exploring by foot and car.


  • In the summer season (March to October), take a ride across the water in a high-powered RIB and maybe spot some seals along the way.




Getting there

Eyemouth is 49 miles south of Edinburgh, and 9 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed in England. Driving into Eyemouth, continue past the High School on the left and take a right turn onto 'The Avenue'. Continue straight along this road until you see Gunsgreen House.



We only accept telephone bookings for this property. Please telephone 0131 458 0305 to check current availability and make a booking.



Gunsgreen House is also available for events such as weddings, meetings or private parties. For further information please contact Derek Janes on 01890 752062 or via e-mail, derek.janes@gunsgreenhouse.org.

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Harmony, Harmony Garden

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 12
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
This 19th-century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune.
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The house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with modern comfort. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony's opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind.



Accommodation details



  • 3 storey


  • Sleeps 12 - 4 twins, 1 double with ensuite, 2 singles


  • Bathroom with WC


  • Showerroom with WC


  • Separate WC


  • Drawing room


  • Library


  • Dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Laundry and drying room in separate outbuilding


  • Private garden with patio furniture


  • Parking for up to 4 cars


  • EPC Rating: F30






About Harmony Garden

Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden with lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year, making it a place to return to again and again.



About the area

Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy from the Romans who used them for managing the sheep grazing on the moors.



The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.



In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees have included Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.



Things to do



  • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th-century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.


  • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work.


  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)




Getting there

Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.



Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony Cottage, which sleeps 4. The cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony.



Short breaks are available at Harmony all year round. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.



Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a good housekeeping deposit; to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents.



Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.

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The Pavilion, Lamb's House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 6
  • 3
  • Not allowed
The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests.
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Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..





Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.

Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.



Accommodation details



  • 3 storey


  • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)


  • Sitting room with dining area


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with cast-iron bath


  • Utility room


  • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats


  • Parking for one car in private courtyard


  • Access to Renaissance garden






Things to do



  • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.


  • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.


  • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).




Getting there

Leith is in the north of Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre. It is very well serviced by bus routes. < Hide

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