What does the beach mean to you?

Here in Haddington we are very lucky to be just a short distance from the coast where it’s sometimes difficult to decide which beautiful beach to visit.  One of our favourites is Yellowcraig which can be found near the village of Dirleton, this coastal area is made up of  forest, beach and grassland.   From the beach you have uninterrupted views of the island of Fidra, reputedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Yellowcraig beach showing Fidra in the distance phot by P De Freitas

Yellowcraig beach showing Fidra in the distance

This week manonabeach has been visiting several beaches in East Lothian asking people ‘What does the beach mean to you?’ Recently he visited Yellowcraig and here is what the locals had to say on film.

Manonabeach is an everyman an does not appear in his films. It is really interesting to listen to the variety of characters he meets on his travels.
What would you say if this gentleman chanced upon you and asked ‘What does the beach mean to you?’

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Golfers Welcome

Many of our golfers return year after year to enjoy golf in the sunshine, beer in the hotel garden and our delicious Brasserie food and wines.

Golfers Welcome at Maitlandfield House Hotel

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Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre

Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre
A CHARITY EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED! 27th October 2011, 5-9pm organised by libranetwork.co.uk being held at Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington.

Our charity event is designed to be a useful way to market your business and meet like-minded people. For just £25 you can book a stall to display your business to the public, perhaps offering demonstrations, tasters or free samples. Only one stall from each type of business will be accepted so don’t delay.

During the evening there will be entertainment by musicians Jonathan Gibb and Coreen Scott and friends followed by a display of Captain Tortue’s latest colloection of ladies fashion from France.

There will be a glass of wine on arrival from 5pm onwards included in the entry ticket price of just £5 per person.

Those attending will have the opportunity to take part in small group networking which will give you a chance to meet everyone personally and to exchange business cards, company information etc.

We will be advertising the event in the local newspaper and on various websites to stimulate interest and would like you to help by displaying the Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre Posterin your neighbourhood.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charity. Both Breast Cancer Campaign and Parkinsons UK have been selected as our chosen charities. Your support will help find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s or Breast Cancer.

BOOK NOW by emailing the attached Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre registration form to pauline@libranetwork.co.uk or telephone 01620 826513 to find out more. Tickets are available in advance and on the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre raises £546 for charity.We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our Autumn Leaves Charity Fayre. The Great Hall at Maitlandfield House Hotel looked fabulous with the great variety of stalls in place and the atmosphere was very relaxed.  We had music from Jonathan Gibbs, Coreen Scott and friends followed by a fashion show from Captain Tortue French disigner clothing. The event was extremely successful and raised £546 which shall be split between Parkinson’s UK and Breast Cancer Campaign.

Thank you for your support
Pauline De Freitas
Libra Network pauline@libranetwork.co.uk http://www.libranetwork.co.uk
Maitlandfield House Hotel, 24 Sidegate, Haddington EH41 4BZ info@maitlandfieldhouse.co.uk

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East Lothian-Scotland’s forgotten corner

What a lovely article Robin McKelvie has written for the travel editor.com. which highlights how lucky we are to live in an area with a wealth of fine food and drink for us to serve in our brasserie grill and bar.

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Portuguese Wine Dinner

Reach for your diary and check Saturday 20th August 2011.  If you are free why not come along to Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington and join our knowledgable wine enthusiast for a 4 course dinner matched with some very exciting Portuguese wines.  This event suits both wine novice and connoisseur alike and promises to be both educational and fun. Priced at just £35 per person including seductive wines of great character with your delicious 4 course meal,  offering excellent value.  Stay overnight for just an extra £30 per person including a Scottish buffet breakfast.  Make your telephone reservation now on 01620 826513 or email info@maitlanfieldhouse.co.uk

"Portuguese Wine Dinner"

Grapes on vine

For those of you who would like to learn more about Portuguese grape varieties I have listed below some information on the wine growers favourites.  Many of these will be introduced to our diners giving them the opportunity to taste and compare the different varieties.

Portuguese Red Grapes
Touriga Nacional floral (violets) and ripe fruit aromas(plum, blackberry, bergamot), in an elegant and concentrated style
Alfrocheiro wild berries aroma, blackberry and strawberry, resulting in a balanced and concentrated wine
Alicante Bouschet Herbaceous and red fruit aromas, strong structure, complexity and concentrated colour
Aragones (Tinta Roriz or Tempronillo) floral aromas, wild fruit and pepper, producing complex and full bodied wines
Castelao Periquita redcurrant, raspberry, plum and wild fruit aromas, with accentuated structure and ageing capability
Trincadeira fruit and vegetal aromas producing wines of intense colour with great ageing potential
Portuguese White Grapes
Antao Vaz exotic and tropical fruit aromas producing firm, structured and full bodied wines
Arinto lime lemon, green apple and some vegetal aromas, resulting in fresh wines, high in acidity pronounced mineral profile and good ageing potential
Roupeiro floral and tropical fruit aromas and also citrus, peach and melon. Delicate and elegant structure

These’s no need to go to Portugal to enjoy the countries wines, let them come to you at Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington.

4 Course Dinner with Wine
Price: £35.00 per person – Time: 7pm for 7.30pm

Book now +44(0)1620 826513 or info@maitlandfieldhouse.co.uk

Maitlandfield House Hotel, 24 Sidegate, Haddington, EH41 4LE Scotland

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Focus on the Crocus

5,000 purple crocus bulbs were planted by The Rotary Club of Haddington to represent the colour of ink dabbed on a child’s little finger to indicate that they have been immunised against polio.

Purple crocus

Maitlandfield House Hotel Crocus flowers

The bulbs were planted by local school children and this is the first year they have flowered, making the entrance to Maitlandfield House Hotel a  carpet of purple crocus.
Haddington Street sign
                                      Thank you to everyone involved.
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Traprain Law Treasure

Traprain Law is a mushroom-shaped intrusion caused by a bubble of magma being squeezed close to the surface and lifting the surface rock to about 221m in elevation.  It is located just 3 miles from Maitlandfield House Hotel, East Lothian, Scotland. It is the site of a hill fort and covers about 40 acres.  Excavations have shown it was inhabited in the late Iron Age from about AD 40 through the last quarter of the 2nd century. In the 1st century the Romans recorded the Votadini as a British tribe in the area and Traprain Law is generally thought to have been one of their major settlements before they moved to Edinburgh Castle.Painting of Edinburgh Castle In 1914 excavations revealed fragmented stone and timber houses under the turf and in 1919 they recovered a hoard of treasure.  This consisted of 53 lbs of sliced-up Roman era silver.  Four coins were in this hoard which dated from 5th century AD possibly coming from as far afield as Rome, Antioch, Ravenna and Constantinople.  A great deal of the find was table silver along with early christian items and remnants of a Roman Officer’s uniform.  Where appropriate the treasure has been restored and is now in the care of the Royal Museum of Scotland.

Traprain Law is a distinctive, conical -shaped hill rising abruptly above the lowlands of East Lothian and can be seen from miles around. The short but steep climb to the summit of Traprain Law  affords you a stunning 360 degree view of East Lothian, Arthur’s seat and the Firth of Forth coastline with the prominent Bass Rock and North Berwick Law in full view on a clear day.  To the south the Lammermuir Hills provide a backdrop for Nunraw Abbey where the Cistercian Monks enjoy their view of Traprain law and beyond.  If you fancy a guided walk on June 28th 2011 you can book with  www.geowalks.demon.co.uk and come along to the Maitlandfield House Hotel for a refreshment afterwards to share your story with us.

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