Scotland’s brand new spa

Relaxation area in The Fletcher’s Cottage spa

I like this spa. And I’m not just saying this because they’re my client. They’ve got it 100% right in the look and feel. You drive out from Edinburgh along the stunning East Lothian coastline, past those iconic cute red sandstone farm cottages with their red pan tiled roofs (a hangover from the Dutch connection centuries ago, I think?) through fields and past scudding clouds, alongside the glittering sea (today, not yesterday), and turn into Archerfield (just past Muirfield, past Gullane) and come across this place. It uses many reclaimed materials from East Lothian such as potato boxes (see pic), lamps made out of (new) chicken wire, characterful bricks, strips of wood along the walls. The down to earth feel is enhanced by v Scottish looking glam sheepskin rugs, natural textures and tones, log burners, even furry lampshades etc etc, but all looking incredibly naturally chic and 5* and just-so. Sian (talented spa designer, whose last project was in the Seychelles or Maldives) has succeeded in created a beautiful, beguiling environment that feels true to the area.

Wellies for walking out to your private bath hut, if it’s raining

recycled potato boxes lining the walls

In typical Archerfield style, it’s posh without being remotely stuffy. Yesterday I went to hang out in their thermal areas and for some fabulous treatments, including the Fletcher’s Spa Signature Massage Treatment (1 1/2 hrs!!), which made my skin feel like velvet. Every molecule of me felt happy (as I tweeted). Today I returned with a different friend (Jan yesterday, Ruth today) for their Champagne & canapes reception to celebrate their opening and let everyone have a nosey and make a booking!


As well as a visual integrity that feels true to the area, there’s an ethical integrity too. Their chosen product houses – Spiezia, Voya and Aromatherapy Associates are all very pure products and ethically produced. There are beautiful, striking African wraps in the thermal area, hand-made by a community in Kenya. As I wrote in the copy for them, it’s luxury without the guilty pleasure. My spa therapist Jo was absolutely excellent.


I liked the abundant daylight, too. Even in the herbal sauna. It felt more relaxing, somehow.

It’s fab.

By Liz Holt