The 3 STAR quality grading awarded by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) to this annually inspected property allows us officially to describe it as "Very Good" accommodation
(Inspected and graded on 30/7/15 the Wing scored 72%, well within the 60 - 74% Quality Assurance Range for 3 STAR Scottish Tourist Board self-catering accommodation.)
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Attractively screened by dense rhododendron bushes and trees, Crosswoodhill farmhouse is situated well back and across the road from the farm buildings. Guests can relax in their garden and absorb the peaceful atmosphere after a day's touring or strenuous activity.
Guests enter from their own garden at the rear of the farmhouse into their own two-storey home in the middle of the farmhouse. Downstairs is a well-equipped kitchen. Although a galley-style kitchen it really does have all the appliances and gadgets you need and works well for guests. Adjacent is a cosy living room for 4 / dining room for 6: the multi-fuel stove here burns coal and logs. Full oil-fired central heating throughout the house. There are decent-sized TVs, DVD players and Freeview both upstairs and downstairs, ideal for guests with different viewing tastes. Guests also find having two living areas a real bonus. Ever encountered teenagers keen to get away from their parents and have their own space? Or vice-versa? The Wing is ideal for this.
A short flight of stairs leads up to the more traditional part of the house with old pine window panelling, working shutters and doors. A house of great character, guests remark on its lovely atmosphere. Leading off the passageway with views out over the lawn and trees are a double bedroom and a bedroom with adult-size bunk beds. The bathroom has a power shower over the bath. At the far end of the upstairs corridor is a spacious second living room with a sofa bed and double bed, heaped with floral cushions for daytime relaxation. Facing windows invite both morning and evening sunshine.
On request, we can supply a stairgate for toddlers for the foot of the stairs only.
The whole ambience of the Wing. It dates from the eighteenth century, and has immense character with its original pine doors, windows, shutters and pine panelling. Furnishing the Wing in a contemporary style like Orlege just would not seem right. Yes, the furniture is older, but it is of good quality, much of it has been in the Hamilton family for a long time with some superb pieces like the Gentleman's wardrobe in the double bedroom, and each piece has been chosen carefully to fit the style of the Wing. You can glimpse some of this from the sequence of 30 photos within the Wing Gallery Page where we "walk you through the property", with a commentary on every room.
A decent sized garden to relax in and with enough length for children to play ball games.
New in 2015, in the woods behind the Wing garden is a splendid large play area (with alternative access through the woods offered to the guests from the other 2 smaller cottages). Proving hugely popular are the garden play fort, swings including a large family basket swing, sling and toddler swings, a trapeze bar and rings, a see-saw, sandpit and balancing logs. Whoops of delight confirm it was worth the investment! We do request adult supervision, please.
And as we like to add something new every year, in 2016 we completed an attractive, wide, cobble-effect path for the 30 metres or so to the Wing from the tarmac area where guests park their cars. Now 2 people can walk side by side with their wheeled luggage, unlike in the past. Guests still have 2 small gates to open and shut as they pass through our long-term tenants' garden, where Eve and Bill kennel their 2 friendly, but never roaming, dogs in a large fenced-off area.
What we liked best was that we adults had our own space. We could enjoy peace and quiet upstairs in the far away room whilst the children made as much noise as they liked downstairs in the small living room.
The kids had a ball... there are just so many toys, games and books. And teddies.
Only having one bathroom, even though it's lovely
Having to consider the sleeping-below-neighbours in the far away room after 10 pm and keep the noise level down ( but trumpet-blowing downstairs day or night is fine! )
A slightly narrow galley-style kitchen.......and that's all really.... guests really feel at home in the Wing.
You may wish to study the layout of The Wing of Crosswoodhill and the other properties in case one suits your particular needs better than the others. Within each of the named Cottage Pages you'll find its own individual layout plan.
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4 Quality Self-Catering properties, sleeping 2 – 14, within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston. Welcoming holiday and short stay farm accommodation in West Lothian.
Crosswoodhill Holiday Farm Cottages
by West Calder