Haddington’s name derives from a 6th century Anglo-Saxon term ‘Hadin-tin’ which means ‘One day, all this will be golf courses’.
However, while the surrounding East Lothian area is blessed with several of Scotland’s finest courses, you don’t need to know your mashie niblick from your putter to enjoy today’s Big Deal with the Maitlandfield House Hotel.
Situated in the pretty market town of Haddington, just sixteen miles from Edinburgh, Maitlandfield House Hotel is a 17th century Georgian hotel which has been sympathetically extended and modernised.
Today’s Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a Classic Double or Twin room.
Attractively decorated and furnished with a bath or shower, the Classic rooms come equipped with digital TV and both hot and cold drinks facilities. There is free WiFi in all rooms and public areas of the hotel and the Maitlandfield has plenty of on-site parking.
Bottle of wine
The Big Deal includes a full Scottish buffet style breakfast. Of course, guests also have the option to dine in the recently refurbished Brasserie Grill.
Here, head chef Billy Black and his team make the most of local produce. Popular choices include the striped bass with Burgundy potatoes and vanilla sauce.
If you book in for dinner at the brasserie (booking must be made at same time as room reservation), then the hotel will add in a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal.
Enjoy the surrounding area
Sometimes called the cradle of golf, East Lothian is a golfer’s paradise. There are at least twenty 18 hole courses within minutes drive and these include famous courses such as Muirfield and North Berwick as well as Musselburgh Links, the world’s oldest course.
Other attractions include watersports; country walks; visiting local farmers’ markets, fishing villages and castles plus the nearby National Museum of Flight where a decommissioned Concorde rests. The Scottish Seabird Centre is a popular attraction as are the local beaches.
Our local nip for drinking in front of the fire is Glenkinchie, one of the classic malts, where the distillery visitor centre is just 15 minutes away and well worth a visit. Alternatively, just relax with a book and a nip in front of the open fire in the hotel’s lounge.