Welcome to Well-being
Jo and Mike Aitken are the current owners of Old Lathrisk, a 16th century Scottish country house near Falkland. As Jo explains - 'We have a long connection with this area. On his return from the Crimean War, my Great Great Grandfather, Major William Wood lived in Falkland Palace with his wife Jane and their 10 children. My family have lived here at Old Lathrisk in this tranquil retreat since 1970 and we would love to have you share our beautiful home and garden.
We have a unique self contained, self catering holiday apartment on the ground floor called The Studio, sleeping 2 guests.
The large and interesting garden is open for guests to wander around and find quiet places for reflection. We encourage visits to the local historic village of Falkland with its Palace, cafes, gift shops and to Falkland Estate for walks, followed by tea and scones at the award winning Pillars of Hercules Organic Cafe.
We are happy to give advice on places of interest, activities in the area and Scotland in general. Our hope for the future of Old Lathrisk is that it will remain a place of well being and attract like minded souls to benefit from this special place we are lucky enough to call home.'
Comment from a guest, September 2020 -
'A day in this garden is better than a two week holiday!'
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Current Events at Old Lathrisk
Mindfulness for Life with Jo Aitken and Wendy Simpson - Postponed until further notice due to current restrictions. This course is currently under review and we may consider leading full day retreats as an alternative.
8 x Fridays 1.30-4.00pm. £160
This is a small group course to help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life, to reduce striving and develop a deepening sense of gratitude.
We will facilitate an established course, called Mindfulness for Life, an in-depth introduction to mindfulness which is designed to empower you to develop a nourishing and resilient personal mindfulness practice. You will receive a personal manual to help guide you through the course and remind you of the concepts and practices. You will be invited to take part in all the standard mindful practices which you will be able to continue doing at home. We will also introduce some activities and videos to encourage personal reflection and will have plenty time for group discussions. We will have a break for a cuppa and chat in the middle of each session. Some of the feedback from our previous participants:
'It has been such a tonic retreating to your quiet idyll'
'Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of mindfulness...I'm glad and grateful to you and Wendy for your gentle support and encouragement'
'I was amazed at how relaxed and safe I felt within the group. There was no pressure to share or to speak unless we wanted to. Everyone conducted themselves in a non-judgemental, respectful way and allowed each other time to speak. I really liked the structure of the course and the relaxing sounds of the sound bowl, the crackle of the fire and the birds during the meditations.'
This course is very popular so please get in touch if you wish to attend. To book your place, payment for the 8 week course can be made in advance by contacting or 07843 419946.
The Studio at Old Lathrisk is a ground floor apartment recently converted from the billiard room into a beautiful, stylish, cosy holiday space with king size bed, an ensuite shower room and breakfasting cooking facilities. A perfect romantic hideaway for 2.
SEE AND DO
Our garden is full of wild birds, butterflies, bees, red and grey squirrels, occasional roe deer. We are surrounded by 300 year old beech trees and mature gardens with year round interest. The burn at the bottom of the garden has footpaths through wild areas to encourage and sustain natural habitats. "The garden, which we were welcome to use, is a thing of beauty" Airbnb Guest May 2019
Out and About
East Neuk towns and beaches, V & A Dundee
St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey, Edinburgh,
Highland Perthshire - Dunkeld, Lindores Distillery,
North East Open Studios in May
Pittenweem Festival in August
RSPB Vane Farm and Loch Leven’s Larder.
Royal Palace, Golf Club, Tennis Club, cafes, pubs, independent shops selling gifts and Outlander souvenirs, monthly craft fairs, weekly food market, pop up events and restaurants.
Walks through woods, by a waterfall, up Lomond Hills.
North East Fife’s beautiful countryside provides the perfect romantic setting for weddings. Myres Castle, Balbirnie Hotel and The Marquee at Falkland Estate are all within 10 minutes drive.
The studio, was beautiful as was the garden. The hosts were absolutely excellent and couldn’t do enough to make you welcome. We spent 2 nights there as we got married and the wee touches with bottles of Prosecco, homemade cake , groceries for breakfast, just married signs and right down to turning the bed covers over on our wedding night made our stay so much more special . Thank you so much again