Old Lathrisk

 Welcome to Well-being 


Our holiday letting spaces are currently closed due to travel restrictions. Looking forward to a happy healthy 2021 for all our friends, family and guests!

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 two unique self catering spaces on the ground floor, The Studio and The Vaults, both sleeping up to 4 people. They can be booked together if required and have an interconnecting door.

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 creative well being and attract like minded souls to benefit from this special place we are lucky enough to call home.'

Guest Review from 21st July 2020 -

'A slice of heaven'

This is a beautiful location and the accommodation was a dream. A generous space, beautifully furnished, and wonderful hosts: warm and friendly and thoughtful in every way. I would 100% recommend The Vaults and hope to stay again soon.


Comment from a course participant September 2020 -

'A day in this garden is better than a two week holiday!'


We also run events in the house and garden. Our plan is to develop organically, following the seasons and the energy they bring. We are open to ideas and keen to encourage connection with nature, painting, music, mindfulness,walking and cycling. Please get in touch if you have an idea.

Mike plays percussion and we enjoy having musicians round for a wee session. We'd like to hold house concerts in future.

Jo enjoys a bit of 'tree hugging' , connecting mindfully with nature, including her 3 chickens and Coco the cat. She hosts courses organised by wonderful facilitators. One of our favourite pastimes is eating socially -  “We cook and garden as organically as we can and grow a fair amount of our own produce. There are regular family celebrations held here like weddings, christenings and special birthdays. Our motto is - any excuse for a party!”

Current Events at Old Lathrisk

Visionary Practitioner Programme Year 1 by the Centre for Creative Vision. In a 10th year of evolution of Shamanic Practitioner courses, Carol Day hosts this innovative and deeply transformative programme which is profoundly led by a process orientated structure. Practitioners who emerge from these programmes are some of the most creative, effective and integral practitioners of today. Contact Carol for further information THECENTREFORCREATIVEVISION@GMAIL.COM 07804 469009 

What Matters Most - Creative Writing & Mindfulness Retreat with Audrey Birt and Helen Boden. This event has been postponed due to the uncertainty over current events. We hope to reschedule at some point and will post updates as soon as we have them. In the meantime please stay well and take the opportunity to develop your mindful practice and writing habit. We have been asked by so many of you to do this retreat again so we’re planning ahead.  helenbodenliteraryarts.wordpress.com



Activities will include:
Creative writing
Group coaching
One to one coaching offered with each facilitator
Previous experience or interest in one or more of these areas would be an advantage but is definitely not essential.

The cost is £500- includes tuition, 4 nights’ accommodation, home-cooked meals and refreshments.
Non-residential rate: £300
A deposit of £100 will be required to secure your booking. Contact jo@oldlathrisk.co.uk or 07843 419946

Mindfulness for Life with Jo Aitken and Wendy Simpson - Postponed until further notice due to current circumstances.

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  jo@oldlathrisk.co.uk or 07843 419946.



The Vaults

The Vaults is a stunning  one bedroom apartment on the ground floor of Old Lathrisk. Renovated in 2012 with under floor heating, the spacious and cosy flat has many historic features including vaulted ceilings, natural light from large windows and skylights and a restored log burning stove for winter nights. It sleeps 4 people in a king size bedroom and a king size sofa bed in the living space.



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Daily Housekeeping


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The Studio

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, breakfasting cooking facilities and a utility/boot room. Perfect romantic hideaway. We also have a very comfortable daybed with trundle for extra bed space should you wish to bring friends/family.





Nature Lovers


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.

Nearby Falkland


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.



A very interesting location, beautiful apartments kept to the highest standard. The family were extremely welcoming, but also ensured we were given total space and privacy.

We were staying here prior to getting married and this proved to be the perfect tonic for relaxing having arrived from London.

Large living and kitchen area. The bedroom was within a vault and the bed was extremely comfortable, which meant that we slept peacefully. 

The fireplace in the living room added to the overall charm.



07843 419946

Old Lathrisk, Freuchie, Cupar, Fife KY15 7HX

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