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 road leading to the cottage is a typical uneven farm track that crosses the loch via a causeway adding to the feeling of 'getting away from it all'. 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 25 km, Nearest railway: West Calder 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage has been furnished to a 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 wood burning stove, colour TV, free view, DVD and video. The separate dining room, also with a solid wood floor, has a table to seat 6+.
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.
|Further details outdoors|
The private enclosed rear garden is accessed through a stable style door from the kitchen directly onto a decked area. There is a small lawned area and the garden borders fields with views of the Pentland Hills. Parking available for 2 cars next to the cottage. BBQ available on request.
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.
Set within the peaceful tranquillity of an organic farm overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch, this gorgeous 2 bedroomed cottage is the perfect retreat for a relaxing Scottish holiday while being only 22 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, 30 from the hustle of Glasgow and 7 miles from the designer shops of Livingston. A perfect base for exploring many areas of scenic Scotland. Travel north, south, east or west and you won't be disappointed....
EDINBURGH Our capital city and a definitely a must for a day trip or two. Take a walk along the Royal Mile, the original main street of Edinburgh, which links the Castle, perched high on its volcanic rock, and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, check out the Museum of Childhood and St Giles Cathedral. Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, is an easy climb with magnificent views over Edinburgh, Fife and the open sea.
GLASGOW Travel West to Glasgow's towering spires, elegant crescents, magnificent civic architecture and restful open spaces. Experience the distinctive neo- classical style of Alexander "Greek" Thomson and the unique art nouveau creations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Visit Pollock House and the Burrell Collection set in the 361acre Pollock Country Park. If a bit of shopping takes you fancy Princes Square is set in a renovated Square dating from 1841.
PERTHSHIRE Cross the Forth Road Bridge and up the motorway Pitlochry colourful and vibrant Victorian town surrounded by the most brilliant mountain scenery. Its fame as a holiday resort dates from the 1860's. One of the town's best-loved attractions is the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder.
Visit the outstandingly beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, three miles north of Pitlochry and the Queens View, one of the most famous views in Scotland.
THE SCOTTISH BORDERS From rolling hills to moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, to rocky coastline with secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. Friendly towns and charming villages, visit the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums. Traquair House, Innerleithen is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, with its tales of Scottish kings and catholic priests who have stayed there. Wander round Peebles, on the banks of the River Tweed, and enjoy its nice shops and wonderful atmosphere.
LIVINGSTON DESIGNER OUTLET You will find your personal shopping paradise at Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland's largest designer outlet. There are over 100 famous brands under one roof — all with up to 60% off. Our 'Cathedral Mall' is the brainchild of architect Don Hisaka, with its opulent glass roof inspired by London's Crystal Palace.
THE UNION CANAL Work on the canal was started in March 1818 and continued night and day until it opened in May 1822 at a cost of £290,000. It is 31.5 miles long and linked to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. It closed to commercial traffic in 1933. The Millennium Link project has restored the canals from the Forth to the Clyde. The unique Falkirk Wheel has now replaced the previous connecting locks. Cruise the calm and peaceful Union Canal in comfort on a canal boat trip from the Linlithgow Canal Centre where there is a small museum, a tea room and a picnic area. The Edinburgh Canal Centre at Ratho, nr Livingston offers year round cruises, sightseeing trips and and dinners on canal boats.
PENTLAND HILLS Their mountain shapes, their sudden profile at the end of many an Edinburgh street, the tangible imprint in history, their neighbourly wilderness - all these endear the Pentland Hills to countless thousands. They offer a huge range of walking from gentle strolling to more strenuous routes.
THE NEW LANARK WORLD HERITAGE VILLAGE Surrounded by beautiful native woodland and close to the Falls of Clyde, the 200 year old cotton mill village of New Lanark is Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution. In the new ride at the Visitor Centre, the 'New Millennium Experience' has amazing special effects and dazzling illusions which bring the past - and the future - to life. 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.