Winton House and its Policies.
David I gave his Norman supporter Lord Seton a patchwork of fertile farmland and woodland in a lowland river valley which later became Winton Estate. Amidst the production of food, fuel and timber, it remains an enclave of stillness, enabling quiet or active enjoyment by visitors. We aim to work with nature's rich diversity, the people and the buildings. We also want to make full use of innovations and new technologies to allow the Estate as a whole to be greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Many families have lived and worked at Winton for generations, providing a human scale and continuity to the Estate which has seen associations with all sectors of society over the last nine centuries.
Estate activity and hospitality
Today four farming families look after five farms which make up around 3/5ths of the Estate; the remaining 2/5ths or so is covered by trees. There are a several let cottages and property lets for small businesses.
Winton House has been renowned for its hospitality since the Earl of Winton entertained King Charles I. Corporate hospitality in its modern guise was launched in 2000 and is now a thriving enterprise with international recognition and acclaim. High quality luxury self-catering accommodation at two farm houses, Wintonhill Farmhouse and Winton Cottage, are a natural extension to the overall enterprise.
We like to share the diversity and beauty of Winton. It was, therefore, a pleasure to open the Winton Walks in 2006. These are a network of 12 miles of paths around the Estate and the local village of Pencaitland, created for the benefit of both visitors and the local community.
The boundaries of the Estate touch several village communities and our rural economies are naturally intertwined. Most of what we earn each year is ploughed back into the Estate and the community. Employment is growing and it is a credit to those who work at Winton that we are able to move forward with a thriving and resourceful Estate.