Located a half-mile (1 km) west of the East Lothian village of Dirleton, Archerfield was built in 1733, probably to a design by William Adam. The interior was remodelled by Robert Adam in 1790, with new ceilings and fine marble chimney-pieces. Archerfield was home to the Nisbet family, the most notable member being Mary Nisbet, wife of Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin of the 'Elgin Marbles' fame, who had an infamous liaison with Robert Ferguson of Raith (1767 - 1840), which resulted in divorce. Towards the end of the 19th Century the family made their home at Biel near Stenton and Archerfield was let out to, amongst others, Herbert Asquith, the Prime Minister.
From 1962, the house lay abandoned, having been used as a farm-building. In 2001 it was sold and was restored to form an exclusive hotel at the centre of a £55-million private golfing and residential development, Archerfield Links.