Underfloor-heated retreat launched by tech entrepreneur
Scotsman George Mackintosh, a tech entrepreneur, recently opened a new corporate retreat with holiday homes fitted with underfloor heating.
Based in East Lothian, the retreat, entitled Papple Steading, is designed to take advantage of the growing number of corporate trips and the increasing trend for UK staycations.
Nestled in 26 acres comprised of open fields, lawns, wildflower meadows and ancient woodland, the retreat features four different properties – Grieve’s Cottage, a farmhouse and two self-contained buildings. The properties have 11 bathrooms in total and can sleep up to 20 people at a time.
Along with the enviable comfort levels supplied by the underfloor heating system, the luxury accommodation’s features include Victorian and Georgian antiques, a library, BBQ terrace, dining room, shower room, exercise studio and easily accessible broadband throughout.
Speaking to insider.co.uk, Mackintosh commented on the retreat’s design:
“We’ve mixed antiques with modern day amenities in what we think is in one of Scotland’s most beautiful rural settings, all within easy reach of Edinburgh and many other parts of the UK.”
Near Haddington, the retreat’s location has a unique and interesting history. Within the site are the 15th century ruins of Papple Convent, and the site was also originally placed within the renowned Whittingehame Estate. AJ Balfour was the former Laird of the estate, and he served as the UK’s Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905.
Mackintosh originally purchased Papple Steading back in 2017, with a plan to turn it into a visitor and business destination. Part of his designs for the retreat include a museum of agricultural heritage, which will open in 2024.