Sunday, 20 August 2017


As you drive along the off beat track, surrounded by trees that almost create a canopy, you begin to relax as you leave the hustle & bustle of the city behind.

At the end of the road, you're met with the most stunning courtyard, surrounded by reclaimed & renewed 18th century stables, which are home to the Restoration Yard, Restoration Cafe & the Wellbeing Lab.

The Wellbeing Lab is a spacious, loft studio which holds Pilates & Yoga classes, as well as a number of other services and was the reason for my trip to this stunning location, just 20 minutes outside of Edinburgh.  Being someone who is relatively new to Pilates, I was instantly made to feel at ease and found the class a way to relax, reset and switch off from my busy life; something I find extremely hard to do.

After the class, I headed through the courtyard to the Restoration Cafe for breakfast.  The authentic characteristics are carried through into this bright, relaxing space and the food did not disappoint.  I would go as far as saying the pancakes are some of the best I've tried... although I've heard they've taken them off the menu.  Please bring them back!

Once you're full to the brim there's only one thing left to do, shop!!  And OMG what a shop it is.  As soon as you walk through the door, you're presented with some of the most carefully selected and beautiful products that are impeccably merchandised.  From homeware and fashion to health and beauty, there's something for everyone.  In fact, I now have an extensive wish list.  What's more is the products have been so carefully hand picked, they're almost unique and for me that's always a plus!

So if you're looking for somewhere to switch off and relax, try out a class, grab a coffee and cake, or just go for a wander round the grounds, then the Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park is the place to go.  It's definitely my new favourite hang out!

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