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Gairnshiel Cottage, West Calder, West Lothian


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Gairnshiel Cottage offers delightful recently refurbished holiday accommodation. It is situated between West Calder and Carnwath in the heart of the Scottish countryside but still within 40 minutes drive of two stunning cities � Edinburgh and Glasgow. The views from the cottage are breathtaking: it has a wonderful position on the organic farm of South Cobbinshaw overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch. The 310 acre loch was built in 1818 to feed the Union Canal and was also used by passing steam trains to collect water. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) due to wintering wildfowl and is popular with anglers and birdwatchers.

For those who enjoy the outdoors but would like to take it a bit easier, fishing on the loch can be organised for you. Nearby Harburn Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole parkland course and there are walks of all levels starting literally on your doorstep, taking in stunning scenery and fascinating history. If shopping and attractions are your thing - the designer shops of Livingston are 15 minutes away and unique little shops and galleries are found in Biggar and Peebles.

Not far away is New Lanark World Heritage Village. Surrounded by beautiful native woodland and close to the Falls of Clyde, the 200 year old cotton mill village is Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution. Take a stroll along the riverside on one of the woodland walks and experience the outstanding beauty the Falls of Clyde - where the River Clyde cascades 85ft.

For those who like to travel a bit further afield the scenic splendours of the Borders, Perthshire, Fife, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are all within easy reach and make for great day trips.

  • Sleeps - 4 +2
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 king-sized, 1 twin) + sofa bed in sitting room
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Woodburning stove
  • Solid wood floors
  • Colour TV, freeview, DVD and video, CD player
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Enclosed cottage garden
  • Decked seating area with garden furniture
  • Fresh organic vegetables, fruit, eggs and milk are available on site
  • WiFi internet access
  • Pets by prior arrangement and downstairs only
  • West Calder - 5 miles
  • Edinburgh Airport - 16 miles, Glasgow Airport 32 miles
  • Stations - West Calder 5 miles, Addiewell 4 miles
  • Pubs/restaurants - great places to eat 15 minutes away
  • Golf Course -4 miles
  • Fishing - � a mile
  • Walking from the doorstep
  • Birdwatching
  • Ten Pin Bowling - 9 miles
  • Swimming pool - 7 miles
  • New Lanark World Heritage Centre - 18 miles
  • Designer shops - 7 miles
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow - both within 40 minutes drive

The recently renovated self-catering cottage has been furnished to a very high standard and has an enclosed garden with a decked seating area with views over open fields towards the Pentland Hills. The galleried entrance hall and Shaker-style kitchen have flagstone floors and the kitchen has access to the back garden. The kitchen itself is equipped with everything you need for your stay including fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fan oven and hob.

The sitting room has a solid wood floor and includes a sofabed, colour TV, freeview, DVD and video. The separate dining room, also with a solid wood floor, has a table to seat 6+ and a CD player.

Upstairs there are 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms one with a king-size bed and the other with twin beds. The bathroom has a white bathroom suite with a Victorian-style shower attachment.

On leaving West Calder on the A71 westbound veer to the left onto the A704 to Lanark. Carry on along this road and take the 2nd left turn signposted to Woolfords. Approximately 3 miles on immediately after the South Lanarkshire sign turn left. Carry on along this road until next to the banks of Cobbinshaw Loch and turn right onto the farm track. Pass the first farm on your right and carry on across the causeway and up the hill.

What's included:
Electricity (within reason), bed linen and towels are all included. Oil for the heating is charged at cost.
A 'Welcome Pack' consisting of a bottle of white wine, eggs, milk, tea and coffee and an organic fruit basket is there to greet you. In the bathroom you'll find soap, shampoo, bath and shower gel and extra loo rolls.
Pets by prior arrangement (downstairs only)and are charged at �25 each.

Cost and availability:
Available all year: changeover day is normally a Saturday, but the owners can be flexible. Departing guests are asked to be out before 10am and new guests to arrive after 4pm.

Short breaks are available off peak. Short breaks are available with a minimum stay of 3 nights; weekend breaks from Friday to Monday.

Discounted prices for stays over 1 week and reduced rates for couples.

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