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4 Quality Self-Catering / Vacation Rental Properties within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston 

Crosswoodhill Farm Cottages logo

Four of the best self catering holiday cottages in Scotland...

All our properties are rated 3 or 4 STAR by the Scottish Tourist Board


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2005 Winner
Winner in the 2000 Scottish Thistle Awards 

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More General Information about the Accommodation

Four Properties Open All Year
Stairs or no stairs  .. neighbours or solitude.. a garden to relax in or a willingness to share with our livestock the 1700 acres of hill unfolding from your front door..a  two-storey "flat" or a farm cottage with disabled facilities. a huge house in a field all to itself....these and other options make each of our 4 properties uniquely different.  We would be surprised if at least one of our holiday homes doesn't match your needs.  Crosswoodhill offers quality accommodation at its best:  the country cottage of your dreams. well-equipped, flexible family accommodation.. business accommodation that feels like home. Traditional comfort or contemporary open-plan chic. All in a lovely rural location, just a short drive from Edinburgh and Livingston in central Scotland. If you're searching for 'Edinburgh self catering' or 'Edinburgh holiday cottage' ...Crosswoodhill's your answer.

What to expect of our self-catering cottages
Fitted and furnished to an exemplary standard, each property is superbly and thoughtfully equipped, with all those welcome extra touches - fresh flowers, games, toys, teddies and plentiful up-to-date tourist information.  You'll find special folders full of information on local attractions and activities and for an at-home day, there are books for all tastes. Escape into the magical world of Harry Potter, imaginatively conceived at a cafe table just 18 miles from us! Or immerse yourself in a classic, a thriller or romance.

Beds are made up ready for guests. In the kitchen we provide an electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher  as well as quality crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, food processor, kettle, coffee maker and toaster. And cooking gadgets galore. Need a hairdryer,  ironing board, iron, shoe cleaning equipment?  It's all there.  Other facilities include washing machine, tumble dryer, colour TV, DVD player, video-recorder and landline phone. (As well as being able to ring out, friends and family can reach you direct "at home" if you choose to give out the number.)  And to complete the relaxing ambience, all 4 properties now have a hi-fi system.  So bring a little bit of  "home"  away with you in the form of CDs, tapes or DVDs.  And you can enjoy free unlimited wi-fi.

Relax cosily in front of a multi-fuel stove..  A flick of a switch will also bring you oil-fired central heating and hot water delivered at times that suit your lifestyle. With a back-up electric immersion heater ( rarely used ), bath and power shower, all the conveniences of modern living are to hand.  Child's cot, more portable travel cot, baby intercom, high chair and other gadgets all available on request.  Very child-friendly.  Some of our cottages are wheelchair friendly too, particularly Steading Cottage and Craigengar Lodge

Car parking for at least 2 cars beside each property.  Picnic tables and garden chairs. BBQ available.  Private water supply direct from a natural spring on the Pentland Hills.

Why not take a look at our Cottages Page with brief descriptions of the Wing , Steading Cottage, Orlege End and Craigengar Lodge? From there you can then go on to view individual pages for each of these 4 very special properties, each with Gallery Pages of over 25 interior photos, layout plans and more detailed description.

We welcome well-behaved dogs in three of the properties, cats and even the occasional tortoise in hibernation.  We do ask you to keep your pet off the soft furnishings (sofas, chairs, etc.) and out of the bedrooms. We also ask that you do not exercise your dogs in the fields where sheep graze.  Just a mile down the road a "forestry" picnic area allows plenty of scope for letting your dog off the lead.

Here are two of our more recent happy four-legged guests.

For more detailed information, please click on our Pet Policies

Public Transport and Getting Around:

near to airport
Airports: Edinburgh / Glasgow 16 / 38 miles
take the train to the city
Rail: West Calder ( 6 miles ) . Click to display the timetable of the Edinburgh - Glasgow line via Shotts.
just a short ride by bus
Bus: West Calder 6 miles
As you can see a car is essential! a car is essential

However if you are nervous about driving into the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, let the train take the strain! Park your car, free of charge, either at West Calder Railway Station ( 6 miles ) or Curriehill (a 10 mile drive but a cheaper return rail fare) and hop onto the hourly train into Edinburgh Waverley. (Click above for timetable)  Within 30 or 20 minutes (depending on which station you use) you will be in the very heart of the city and spared any parking hassles or expense.

Alternatively drive into Edinburgh, street park your car free of charge before entering the restricted parking zone, hop on a bus, buy a day ticket after 09.30 hrs. to the centre, elsewhere, and return, all for far less than  you would spend in parking fees..

Split destinations any day? Although  a car is essential if staying at Crosswoodhill,  there may be days when someone finds themselves left "at home" with no transport.  No problem! Our local council offers a subsidised taxi bus service to or from West Calder between the hours of  07.40 hrs and 19.40 hrs.. From West Calder you can link into the Edinburgh - Glasgow train service via Shotts.. This taxi bus service must be booked one hour in advance and costs £2 for an adult one way to West Calder and £1 for a child over 5 yrs. .Ask for details.

Food provisions:
The local supermarket in West Calder ( 6 miles) closes at 20.00 hrs. on  weekdays and Saturdays, 17.00 hrs. on Sundays. However 10 miles from here, ASDA (WAL-MART), a food superstore in Livingston Almondvale Centre  is open 06.00 hrs till midnight every day. And before you reach ASDA you will see Morrisons and Sainsbury supermarkets.Close by is a 24 hour garage.

Your hosts:
Hew and Geraldine (known as "G" ) Hamilton  farm Crosswoodhill. They live in a separate wing of the farmhouse and are almost always on hand to help, inform and try to make all their guests' Scottish  holiday a special one.

Crosswoodhill is the only tourism business ever to have scooped the prestigious Scottish Tourism Thistle Award: SELF-CATERING OPERATOR OF THE YEAR more than once, and has now won it 3 times, in 2001, 2005 and 2008, as well as being runners-up twice since then, most recently in 2012 as a national finalist and 2013 as a Regional Finalist. Sponsored by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board), excellent Customer Care, exceeding expectations, is key to this award.  We have kept up the pampering.

In November 2002 Crosswoodhill won the Customer Service Award in the annual West Lothian Business Excellence Awards which are open to every kind of business trading in our Region. And we entered again after a gap of over 12 years and were HIGHLY COMMENDED  in the BEST TOURISM BUSINESS  category in 2013.

Pride & Passion - Click Here to find out more....
We go out of our way to make people smile!  

Caring for our environment

In each property you will find a "Green File" where we try to highlight the eco-friendly things we are doing and ask for your help. For a general overview, please click on our "Environmental Statement / Policy"

No smoking policy

We want to provide a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for all of our guests, including those that follow you. We therefore provide ashtrays outside and strongly urge you not to smoke inside the accommodation.  We greatly appreciate guests' co-operation in keeping it that way. Craigengar, the Wing and Orlege End are totally non-smoking. In the case of Steading Cottage where there is no close overhead protection from the element outside when it is inclement weather, the porch area may be used.

Weekly Rental Charges and Terms of Let:
Detailed in the appropriate pages, please view rates and terms of let.
Included in the rental are all linen and towels.

Coal and logs (when available). Electricity by meter reading at start and end of stay (no coins).  Oil for the Central Heating as used. We find a huge variation in guests' usage of fuel and electricity. For this reason we feel it is fairer to charge fuel and electricity 'at cost', as an extra, at the end of the stay, based on actual recorded measurements of consumption. That way the more economical guests are not subsidising the more extravagant users as so often happens when an 'all-in rental' figure is quoted. All-in rentals tend to build in a fuel allowance based on average to high usage. Our system means you only pay for what you use.The one exception to this practice is Craigengar where the rental is generally an all-inclusive one.

Telecommunications and wi-fi benefits:
Each cottage has its own exclusive phone number ( shown on the individual Cottage Page. ) If you use the phone for outgoing calls you pay us for these at BT cost-price ( non profit-making rates) + £2.53 per week or part week for the line rental. Mobile reception in the cottages can be patchy due to the thick walls and the surrounding trees ( Vodaphone is good! )  All the cottages now offer free wi-fi ( bring your own laptop or phone )


Advance weekly bookings generally run from a Saturday afternoon to a Saturday morning. Exceptions can sometimes be made. Last minute part-week bookings at a lesser rate may be available last minute. Keep an eye on our LATE OFFERS Page.

Enquiries and booking:

If your week is a straightforward Saturday to Saturday one you can book online through the Online Booking Calendar links you see on this website. For other dates, our website includes an Availability Query Form for your use. Alternatively, mail, email, phone or fax us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and respond very quickly. Subsequently, if you wish to book, you may either use our online secure server booking form or post us your completed application form and payment. For your convenience we accept debit and credit card payments in addition to the more conventional methods. 
we now take credit card bookings online for your convenience
Short notice holiday rentals / lets of less than a week are sometimes available  (but rarely during school holiday periods). And please do check our LATE OFFERS Page for late availability deals.

Mrs. Geraldine Hamilton
Crosswoodhill Farm,
By West Calder, West Lothian,
Scotland EH55 8LP
Tel:   +44 (0) 1501 785205 Within UK:  01501 785205
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