The 5 Star quality grading awarded by VisitScotland ( formerly the Scottish Tourist Board ) to this annually inspected property allows us officially to describe it as “exceptional, world-class” accommodation. (inspected and graded in May 2011 at 93% Craigengar Lodge scored well within the 87-100% Quality Assurance range for 5 STAR Scottish Tourist Board accommodation.)
Meeting the needs of our less mobile guests:
• Car parking immediately adjacent to the house
Sleeps 12 + 4 guests using 2 sofa beds. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a gallery area with the 2 sofa beds.
Craigengar enjoys the same wonderful location shared by Midcrosswood. For nearly 16 years Midcrosswood wooed back self-catering guests entranced by the hills and open skies, the tranquillity and antics of our livestock viewed whilst breakfasting. It was as though they were in the Highlands, they’d say, yet a half hour drive would take them into the buzz of Edinburgh. When Midcrosswood became home to our son, the sadness of so many of our regular guests accelerated our desire to build something bigger and even better up on the hill for guests to enjoy in this designated Area of Great Landscape Value. And here it is! Craigengar Lodge.
The focus with this new house is on contemporary style, immediately apparent as you leave the shelter belt of trees behind and view for the first time the imposing grandeur of this timber clad house with its curved aluminium roof set in a field all to itself. Venture inside and you find not just a visually appealing spacious, open-plan layout but the kind of high spec. extras you would expect from a boutique hotel: individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms, wonderfully atmospheric mood lighting, a Sonos sound system, ipod docking station, eye-catching pottery and artworks, and so much more. This house shouts modernity but intrigue, too, with many special touches. Curved ceilings, some with an engaging sense of volume, soar upwards marrying in with crescent shaped windows at the gable ends. Huge picture windows maximise the inside-outside feel with balau hardwood decking running along the southern side of the house. All the Scandinavian windows and doors are, naturally, double and triple glazed as this house lives and breathes eco-friendly principles. The underfloor heating on both floors is powered by a ground source heat pump.
The living area will accommodate up to 16 guests with the option of either one long dining table or separated into 2 individual tables. Sofas… the sort you sink into … are grouped around the focal point of the room, the multi-fuel stove. Oriental rugs and cappuccino sheepskins from the Isle of Skye soften the impact of hardwood oak floors. And our love of granite shows! Specially sourced Juperana hearth and upstand at one end, and at the other extensive black granite work surfaces in the kitchen area which flows from the dining area almost seamlessly. Noisy, intrusive appliances are in the main banished to the far distant Utility Room. This frees up plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen area to stock everything you might need, except for the food, to throw a dinner party for 16 people.
Our other website, www.fivestarholidaycottage.co.uk goes into a lot more detail about everything Craigengar offers including:
Rather than repeat ourselves here, why not visit our rather more sophisticated website which reflects the modernity of Craigengar?
Or if you haven’t already clicked on the camera icon further up this page and now want a quick peek at our Gallery Page with over 30 interior photos, click on this one.
Or to whet your appetite, visit Trip Advisor and type CRAIGENGAR into the search area to bring up some lovely guest reviews.
Can we leave you with this thought? Our first guests, a wedding party, left as mementoes a red rose and a silk cravat. They’re still there. Somehow this sums up Craigengar. Romance, luxury and something very much out of the ordinary.