The History of Cockenzie House & Gardens

& Other Information




Recent research has found evidence to strongly suggest that Cockenzie House was designed by one of Scotland's leading architects, James Smith (1644 - 1731) and built circa 1680-83 for George, 4th Earl of Winton and his companion Christian Hepburne who became his second wife in 1682.


Because the Seton's were Jacobites their lands became forfeit. In 1719 the York Building Company of London bought the estate for £50,3000. The company was sequestered in 1777 and John Cadell purchased Cockenzie House which included the Waggonway, coal mines and salt works.


The House remined within the Cadell famly for the next 200 years. The Cadells explored the world, published one of the World's greatest authors, Sir Walter Scott. Members of the family fought with distinction at the Battle of Waterloo, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, where Thomas Cadell won the Victoria Cross. They also contributed greatly to Scotland's industrial History.


A Modern Day Haven of Peace and Quiet


To relax, walk out into the extensive gardens, follow in the footsteps of Jacobite soldiers who picked apples from the trees following their victory at the Battle of Prestonpans. Wander past the two Claret Towers by the main gate and the unique Hecla Folly. Wildlife abounds from the morning visit of our local heron, ducks paddling in our pond to the many species of birds nested in the boxes dotted around the gardens.


Our landscaped front lawns are pefect for a summer BBQ, drinks reception, corporate event or family day out. There is also the facility for a marquee to creat a whole new aspect for your event with our 17th century mansion as a backdrop.


William Cadell Room


The William Cadell room, on the first floor is spacious, with wood panelling, period furniture and fireplace with a cosy log fire. It looks onto the listed garden at the front and onto the Firth of Forth at the back.


The Willow Room / Lower Conservatory Garden Room


The Willow Room is a large (4.4 x 5m) room. Providing an abundance of natural light. Large glass doors lead out onto a paved patio and give access to the listed gardens.




Our studios, numbering 35, are situated within the ancient Hanseatic Barn. They offer practical space for the busy artist, crafter or small business. We currently boast a full capacity with artists, crafters, shops, hair salon, gallery, business entreprenurials and those offering workshops for adults and children alike in their craft and also the stunning Cadells Cafe. It is due to this wonderfully eclectic atmosphere that we have become a vibrant and well loved local community hub.



Cockenzie House Comes Home


The Trustees of Cockenzie House & Gardens are delighted to announce that the Scottish Land Fund has today (23rd November 2017) awarded to the Trust £628,000 to help secure the long term future of historc Cockenzie House, built in 1680, and its associated four acres of ground.





Cockenzie House & Gardens is a registered charity in Scotland (SC044016)


The Heritage Room



Get in Touch


Cockenzie House & Gardens

22 Edinburgh Road


East Lothian

EH32 0TX




Phone: 01875 819456


Photographs with thanks from Martin Coventry of Goblinshead

Other Photographs copyright Cockenzie House & Gardens

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