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Steading Cottage Crosswoodhill Farm, near Edinburgh, West Lothian

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You can do so much from this award-winning cottage! A half-hour drive from this livestock farm on the Pentland Hills takes you into inspiring Edinburgh or the beautifully restored New Lanark World Heritage site. Vibrant Glasgow and historic Stirling Castle are sixty minutes away. With easy access to a rich heritage of castles, abbeys, stately homes and an amazing diversity of activities from golfing, fishing, climbing and lazing on beaches, all within an hour's drive, this is an area you'll want to return to again and again, come rain or shine. And you'll discover a cottage you can really relax in.

Maybe you'll want to explore ruined Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots or, Tarzan-like, swing from ropes at Go Ape in Beecraigs Country Park? Or your teenagers want to balance a day spent in the many wonderful free museums with indulging in some bargain retail therapy in nearby designer outlets at Livingston? And then perhaps wind down the day with a stroll round the farm to see how many sheep or cattle breeds you can identify, before relaxing with a dram and enjoying the glow of the multi-fuel stove. Or drive the half-hour into Edinburgh to take in a show or an atmospheric ghost-walk round the old City.

Radiate east, west, south and north from here and you will be rewarded with a rich variety of stunning Scottish landscapes, from the hills and lochs of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to the coastal plains and wide sandy beaches of East Lothian, the rolling hills of the Borders and the fishing villages of Fife. Or you can marvel at the engineering feats of the Forth Road Bridge and Falkirk Wheel and much else besides. Stretch your legs, relax on a boat trip, entertain yourselves for almost nothing or indulge in a never to be forgotten experience like a balloon trip. Or watch some farm activities and piece together a jigsaw in Steading Cottage whilst you plan your next day's adventure.

  • Sleeps - 6/7
  • Bedrooms - 3 (1 kingsize with ensuite, 1 single, 1 family room with double bed and 2 singles)
  • Bathrooms - 3
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine and separate tumble drier
  • Microwave
  • Separate fridge and freezer
  • TV, video/DVD/stereo
  • Free WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Multi-fuel stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Cot + high chair
  • Garden furniture and barbeque
  • Pets by arrangement
  • Disabled access, category 2 - wheelchair assisted
  • Short breaks - last minute
  • Edinburgh 10 miles, West Calder 6 miles, Livingston 8 miles, Carnwath 8 miles
  • Edinburgh Airport 16 miles, Glasgow Airport 38 miles
  • West Calder station with regular trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Pubs and restaurants - nearest in West Calder and Carnwath
  • Harburn 18 hole golf course - 4 miles
  • Hill walking on the Pentland Hills from the doorstep
  • Fishing (bank and boat) within walking distance
  • Various Country Parks within 10 - 15 mile radius
  • Climbing Arena at Ratho Adventure Centre - 10 miles
  • Swimming pool and gym facilities - 8 miles
  • Mountain biking tracks on Pentland Hills or Glentress Forest (16 miles and 30 miles)
  • Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House
  • Go Ape
  • New Lanark World Heritage Centre and Nature Reserve

Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages: 3 times winner (2001, 2005, 2008) of the prestigious Visit Scotland Thistle Award: Self-Catering Operator of the Year.

Set back from the road with a gated, small front garden this detached stone-built cottage, graded 4 star by Visit Scotland, nestles close to farm buildings and a field. It is hard to believe that a 30 minute drive will transport you from rural tranquility to the buzz of exciting Edinburgh.

From the outside Steading Cottage looks deceptively small, but inside it opens up like a tardis providing spacious accommodation. The lofty living/dining area is divided from the integrated real wood alder kitchen by a granite topped island unit. The Victorian oval table seats 6+ people and two comfy sofas and a large beanbag make relaxing easy. A focal point at the far end of the living area is the multi-fuel stove for those who love the ambience of a real fire, in addition to the oil-fired central heating.

Wide stairs in the living area lead up to a small gallery with a chair for a solitary reader! Behind this is a spacious dormer/attic family room with 2 single beds and one double and an adjacent loo. Kids adore all the floor space they can play on here, all within earshot of parents down below.

Downstairs the double bedroom (with ensuite power shower and WC) is at the far end of the house providing privacy from the upper room with the advantage of a single bedroom adjacent to it. This is ideal for a parent wanting to be within earshot of a younger child in a separate bedroom. Opposite is an attractive bathroom with hand-painted tiles, a large deep bath, a WC and a wheel-in power shower suitable for wheelchair users as well as those with no mobility problems.

Entry to the cottage is through a roomy porch/utility room large enough for fishing or golf gear, bicycles, or a car-roof rack. Housing the washing machine and tumble drier here, to keep the sound away from the living areas, it's also ideal as a temporary home for a dog for just a few hours if guests are out as a door separates it from the rest of the house.

Other features of the accommodation are the lovely ambience, the fantastic array of equipment, the variety and quantities of books, games and toys for all ages, teddies to make kids feel at home, the comprehensive files of tourist information, the general attention to detail and all the welcoming touches like flowers and refreshments on arrival. Knowing the owner lives across the road and is always ready to help is very comforting for guests.

Crosswoodhill Farm is on the main A70 Edinburgh to Lanark road, one mile west of the junction with the B7008 to West Calder. It is to the south west of Edinburgh within easy reach of major roads and motorways.

What's included:
Fuel and electricity are charged at cost dependent on usage. Meter readings taken at start and finish.
Logs for fire/wood burner - initial supply free, then charged at cost.
Pets: £20 per dog per week or part-week.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
Washing up liquid, bathroom liquid soap, starter supply of toilet rolls, towels all included in rental.

Cost and availability:
Change over day is usually a Saturday, but more flexible with late bookings and low season months.

Arrival after 16.00 hrs and departure by 10.00 hrs.

Short breaks - usually last minute.

Steading Cottage is one of 4 properties on Crosswoodhill Farm. If you find Steading Cottage is already booked for the week you wish or it doesn't tick all your boxes, please enquire about alternative cottages at Crosswoodhill. Each one is very different, ranging from 3 to 5 STAR VisitScotland grading. Also if you are a larger group or several families holidaying together, you may want to consider booking more than one property on Crosswoodhill Farm. Please use the enquiry form to ask for more information.

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Steading Cottage, Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages, near West Calder, West Lothian EH55 8LP Scotland

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