Craigengar Lodge

Scottish Tourist Board Rating 5 STAR

Sleeps 12 + 4 guests using 2 sofa beds. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a gallery area with the 2 sofa beds.


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 0n 18/12/17  at 93% Craigengar Lodge scored well within the 87-100% Quality Assurance range for 5 STAR Scottish Tourist Board accommodation.)    And our much prized Gold Green Tourism Award has been re-validated in 2017.

Why our less mobile guests love Craigengar

  • Car parking immediately adjacent to the house
  • No steps at entry or ground floor
  • Solid oak wood and natural stone flooring throughout
  • 2 ground floor bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • 3 other bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms upstairs
  • Main living, kitchen and utility area all downstairs
  • Lots of space to move around in
  • 2 ground floor bathrooms ( as mentioned above)
  • one has a wet floor area and wheelchair turning circle and bath with handle grips
  • one extra shower room downstairs

Sleeps 14 + 4 guests using 2 sofa beds. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a gallery area with the 2 sofa beds.

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Craigengar Lodge


A perfect, unique location.  A stunning lodge for:

Celebrations (from 21 to 90 years !)
Group re-unions and get-aways
Hen and stag parties (civilised)
Brainstorming / small business meetings
Small  intimate weddings / receptions
Spiritual Retreats
Art/Reading Groups
Family gatherings and get-togethers  ... More

What makes Craigengar so perfect for families? A guest reveals all…

“We were 3 generations. Well, 4 really with the babies. The sun was shining when we arrived and the youngsters made a beeline for Craigengar’s play area. There they were up on the climbing frame, down in the sandpit. We could see them through the huge picture windows and all we could hear were whoops of delight coming from the direction of the big family basket swing. Meantime we adults explored inside. And what space we all had! Great for relaxing together in comfort but perfect, too, when we wanted privacy. There were huge walk-in wardrobes in every bedroom.. Perfect for playing sardines later. One by one as we squashed up together and crammed in, it was so hard not to giggle and give our whereabouts away!

Our toddlers loved the amazing teddy bear Treasure Hunt. Everyone joined in. Upstairs we found a cavernous cupboard in the spacious Gallery area bursting with toys, games, puzzles and books for all ages. Great for rainy days or in the evenings. And our teenagers were delighted with the DVD, TV, PlayStation and the Wii installed up there, loving their own space to lounge and entertain themselves.

Our second day we BBQed on the great scud of decking running the length of the house. We giggled our way through sack races, egg and spoon races, throwing quoits and skipping to music. Chalking numbers on the flagstones for hop-scotch became a popular pastime. Playing rounders in the field a stone’s throw from the house, watched by the surrounding sheep was such a novelty and what laughs we had. The less energetic of us could cheer from the decking whilst others of us relaxed inside and watched the action through the floor to ceiling picture windows. Badminton, footballs, quoits, a frisbee, even table tennis outside on a still day, G provided everything.

We raided the boxes of wellie boots for venturing further afield on the farm. We picnicked beside the burn, climbed to the top of Craigengar hill. Watching John the shepherd at work, we envied his lifestyle.  And in the wider world of West Lothian, Edinburgh and Glasgow  G's  ideas were spot-on  for family fun days out and exploring exciting places.  Everyone agreed what a fantastic week we had had and dragging the kids away from the resident teddies was quite a task. It was a perfect family break. We loved every minute.”


Pets Welcome. More


A perfect, unique location.  A stunning lodge. But Why?

What is it about Craigengar that wows so many diverse groups?  Guest feedback suggests it’s the interior of  the lodge itself,  plus  its away-from-it-all setting on the Pentland Hills encircled by fields of grazing sheep and cattle.   Couple this with its 30 minute  accessibility to the heart of Edinburgh and other enticing places and Craigengar’s appeal broadens even more.  Many of our guests hardly move from their luxurious home and peaceful surroundings during their all-too-brief escape to the countryside. They prefer to relax amongst friends, family or colleagues within this amazing house or enjoy the extensive decking with panoramic views. With 1800 acres of our hill farm waiting to be explored, the more intrepid can venture further on foot to the Covenanter’s Grave, a great day out. This first link has a route map marking Crosswoodhill and tells the history behind the grave. This second link could start you on a new pastime, geo-caching.  


What’s close by?  Many groups like the idea of combining luxurious living with venturing out  to explore.  Nowhere too far, but within a 30 – 60 minute drive from Craigengar.

And this is where our Group Outings Page  offers a wealth of  intriguing ideas, linking to websites with more detail.

Everything from aerial assaults to downhill challenges, scaling rockfaces to keelboat sailing, girlie nights in with cocktails and beauty make-overs, ghostly nights out, going Ape to relaxing and having tasty Scottish food served up to you at home.



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! A granite 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, for wining and dining up to 18 people. ( though Craigengar has hosted wedding parties with many more )

Our other website, goes into a lot more detail about everything Craigengar offers including:

  • layouts of rooms within the holiday house
  • a whole page on bedroom configurations, allowing you to plan bedroom allocations in advance
  • a Gallery Page with more than 30 interior images in sequence as we show you round
  • more detail on the exterior and interior features
  • a page with lots of inspiring ideas for group outings.
  • a section on  what’s in it for kids

    What's in it for kids?

    • Outside they discover a nature playground with acres of farmland to wander, wild-life and animal antics to watch and enjoy. Crosswoodhill has cows, calves and sheep.
    • Watch the shepherd and his dogs at work in the close-by sheep pens. This is Agritourism at its most authentic.
    • Simple pleasures kick in: ball games in the field surrounding the house, a picnic up the hill, paddling in the burn, relaxing with a good book on the outside decking…
    • Exclusive to Craigengar is a family  basket swing,  single swings and a climbing frame:  lovely robust, safe, natural wooden play equipment offering a challenge for even the most adventurous and imaginative children. Watch this space!
    • And inside, the house is big enough for children to migrate to different parts of the house.
    • Lots of board and card games, jigsaws, a variety of toys and books for all ages.
    • With 7 DVD players ( bring your own DVDs) and 7 TVs dotted around the house for those who want them there’s plenty of scope for selectiveness!

Rather than repeat ourselves here, why not visit our 5 STAR 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 Craigengar Lodge Gallery 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.

If you visit the Reviews page on this website we include a number of entries from our Craigengar Visitors’ Book, highlighting some of the aspects that our guests seem to love the most.    

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.

You may wish to study the layout. Click here or on the layout plan to enlarge.

Bedroom 1, named Ash, now has a kingsize and a single bed
Bedroom 2, named Beech, is as shown
Bedroom 3, named Pine, is as shown  ( but the single bed can be moved into Spruce )
Bedroom 4, named Rowan,  is as shown
Bedroom 5 , named Spruce, now has an added single, so 3 single beds, but just enough space for a fourth single moved from Pine
Gallery Area, as shown with 2 sofa beds which can be used as doubles or singles.


Here is a map pinpointing the location of all 4 properties.


Craigengar is less than 1 mile from the others, with a public road for about 1/3 mile and then a farm track. 

Guests payphone:  01501 785087
Dogs by arrangement

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one of a matching pair of sofa beds in  the gallery space.

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