Whatton Lodge offering spectacular views overlooking Gullane Bay

Welcome to the

Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home Trust

Whatton Lodge is situated in Gullane East Lothian; it is a listed Category B Building  and  was first purchased in 1947 by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation.  It offers spectacular views overlooking Gullane Bay,  features traditional Scottish décor, wood panelled rooms and open fireplaces and  comprises 11 bedrooms with an adjoining 5 bedroom cottage situated in beautiful grounds.

It has been  open to ex-miners, the widows of ex miners,  and their families.  But with the closure of the mining industry the Trust opened the  Lodge to the elderly and carers  living in East Lothian. Midlothian. Edinburgh, and other parts of Scotland.

Both the Lodge and cottage are equipped with a stair lift.  The Lodge has a ramp access; wheel chairs and electric buggies are also available.  The Lodge comprises 8 bedrooms (4 twins, 1 x 3, 2 x 4, 1 x 5 and 1 double and single) and the cottage 5 twin bedrooms. 
The Lodge has a large hall entrance, sitting room, library/TV , dining room and the cottage has its own lounge and TV.
During the summer season from May to September there are 11 intakes with a Spring week in March and two separate weeks at Christmas.  During each intake  32 residents stay for 10 days and are provided with full board.  In total approximately 350 spaces are available.

With  the closure of the mining industry  income ceased and for the last 20 years  the Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home  which is a charity has been  funded by East Lothian and  Midlothian Councils  contributions from the residents during their stay, other fund raising activities and maintenance of the building through  the Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund.

Whatton Lodge has direct access to Gullane Bents. The village of Gullane is within walking distance;  there are regular bus service to North Berwick  and Edinburgh.

How to make a booking

Application forms to visit Whatton Lodge for a 10 day holiday / break can be obtained by email on LMCHTrust@yahoo.co.uk or by telephone on 01620 842278

What we offer ...

The L.M.C.H Trust provides 10 days respite / break for more than 350 residents each year. The Trust has been providing respite / care since 1947 and with the closure of the Lothian coal fields and the reduction in income contributed weekly from miners wages the Trust since 2000 has received financial support from East Lothian, Midlothian Councils and by fundraising from various sources.

The Trust operates 11 intakes of a 10 day stay / full board x 32 residants each intake during the Spring, Summer and Christmas months. The Trust since 2000 has extended respite  / break to any senior citizens including carers from East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh.

8 singles or flexible accommodation – 4 twins and 4 family rooms.
Ramp access, stair lift, wheel chairs and electric buggies available.


Entertainment and games take place on a regular basis.

Whatton Lodge Photo last intake 2013 - Copy


Enjoying sunshine in Gullane.

Whatton Lodge Dinning Room 273

Dining Room

Seats 32 providing breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

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