During the Middle Ages, Haddington was the fourth largest town in Scotland but suffered terribly from gridlocked haywains and a terrible shortage of golf courses.
That has all changed and now Haddington is known for its lack of traffic jams, relaxed pace of life and extremely wide range of golf courses – some of which are reckoned to be among Scotland’s finest.
Whether you are a scratch golfer or can’t tell a birdie from a bogie, take up today’s Big Deal with Maitlandfield House Hotel and you can enjoy all that East Lothian has to offer.
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 public areas of the hotel and the Maitlandfield has plenty of on-site parking.
The Big Deal includes a full Scottish buffet style breakfast and, if you take up the dinner, bed and breakfast option, then it also includes a starter and main course for two people dining in the Brasserie Grill.
Popular choices include starters such as the hot smoked salmon and prawn timbale from the Belhaven Smokery and main courses along the lines of the corn fed chicken supreme served on a bed of black pudding and new potatoes. A £5 supplementary charge will be applied to steak dishes.
Enjoy the surrounding area
Sometimes called the cradle of golf, East Lothian is a golfers’ 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. If you’re a classical music fan then this Big Deal is valid during the Lammermuir Festival which runs 14-23 September.
Glenkinchie, one of the classic malts, is made at the nearby distillery. The visitor centre is well worth a visit. Alternatively, just relax with a book and a nip in front of the open fire in the hotel’s lounge.