Whatton Lodge offering spectacular views overlooking Gullane Bay

Welcome to the

Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home Trust

Early history of Whatton Lodge

Architect J B Dunn, 1910 B listed quoted Whatton Lodge as “One of the finest homes in Scotland”, and one of the earliest group of three houses on Hill Road. Built over a century ago in what was then and still is one of the prime residential locations in East Lothian, This magnificent 11 bedroom mansion was the home of Sir Harold Jalland Stiles who was a surgeon in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh succeeding Joseph Bell – Conan Doyle’s model for Sherlock Holmes. Stiles brought aseptic surgery to Scotland and also made important contributions to the understanding of breast cancer and TB. . His great-grandson and family live a few yards from us in Hill Road/

Whatton Lodge is a listed Category B building and was first purchased in 1947 with a grant from 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.

With the closure of the mining industry income ceased and for the last 25 years the Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home Trust which is a charity has been funded by East Lothian and Midlothian Councils, affiliated organisations, contributions from the residents during their stay and other fund raising activities. Over the years a large part of the maintenance of the building has been through grants from the Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund.

Whatton Lodge has been a special retreat for the last 70 years for over 100,000 former miners, their widows, families and affiliated groups. The Trust now continues to provide and support the elderly, their carers and affiliated groups living in ~East Lothian, Midlothian, the city of Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland including former coalfields in other parts of the country.

Whatton Lodge Accommodation

Both the Lodge and Cottage are equipped with a stair lift. The Lodge has a ramp access and 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, a large panelled entrance hall, sitting room, library. dining room, TV/Wi-Fi and two fully furnished sun lounges overlooking the front and rear gardens

The Cottage has 5 twin bedrooms, large sitting room, TV/wi=fi, library and a fully equipped kitchen to seat 10 people. The rear entrance at ground level has access for a wheel chair.

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 Lothian Mineworkers Convalescent Home Trust provides 10 days respite/breaks for more than 350 residents each year – 1 intake in the Spring, 8 intakes in the summer and 2 separate intakes during the Christmas months. Residents during each intake are provided with full board (breakfast, light lunch, dinner and light supper) and regular social evenings followed by fund raising activities, bingo, raffles, table games etc.

There are no restrictions on residents during their stay. For catering purposes they should inform the Manager when they do.


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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