Crosswoodhill Farm near Edinburgh is unusual in offering you 4 very different properties of varying sizes and STAR grading! Each has a unique layout and design, style of décor and furnishings. All guarantee comfort and a welcoming ambience.
Your choice may be dictated by many factors. It could be budget, disability needs for ground floor bedrooms or bathrooms, size of party, grading, a preference for a detached property, or simply taste or availability. You may find the 4 colour-coded property summaries below useful, sparing you from viewing unsuitable properties and instead directing you to the appropriate individual pages of the cottages you’d like to inspect a bit closer.
All four properties have the following:
With these extra benefits
And there the similarity ends! To help you choose the home-from-home that best meets your needs, these snapshot summaries below may help answer some of the most frequently asked questions...
Sleeps 3 + 2 + 1. Two storeys.
With its striking design, it is more contemporary and open-plan than Steading Cottage or the Wing. It’s also the most expensive of the three. Orlege has the largest kitchen of all. Equally spacious is the underfloor-heated open-plan living and dining area.
The 2 bathrooms both have power showers and baths. One downstairs, the other upstairs. Upstairs is a spacious bedroom with either 3 singles or a kingsize and a single. Space here for a cot.
Downstairs is a let-down comfortable double bed with a sprung mattress in its own "private" sleeping area ( Intrigued? Read more on the Orlege Page to understand any compromises! ) En-suite to this sleeping area is the downstairs bathroom. This arrangement is ideal for a “sole occupants “ couple who need ground floor accommodation. Not so ideal for a couple who are “early bedders” and are sharing with “late bedders” still up in the living area as the double sided curtain which screens the light is not so effective at screening sound. Upstairs, the Gallery area (somewhat exposed ) has a sofa bed which is wider than a single bed, but offers less width than a double. Even with the sofa bed in use there is space to bring the single bed in the upstairs bedroom through to the Gallery area but it does make the space very crowded if both sofa bed and single bed are in use in the Gallery.
The patio area outside is exclusive to Orlege with shared use of a large expanse of lawn at the front. Orlege is a 2004 conversion at the far end of our large farmhouse.
Sleeps 6. Two storeys
Close to, but set back from the road, and close to a large farm barn this detached property has a real farm feel to it. Two storeys. This is the property which lends itself best to an extra one sleeping person in addition to the advertised 6. Its layout is especially good for 2 families sharing. Appearing deceptively small from the outside, inside it’s amazingly spacious with its lofty ceilings and impressive interior.
The open plan kitchen and living area allows the working chefs in your party to socialise with the rest of your group. Children can enjoy their own daytime floor space in the upstairs bedroom which has a second T.V. Detachable stairgate for the base of the stairs only.
Two bathrooms downstairs and a toilet / washroom upstairs. Steading Cottage has also been singled out by the Tourist Board as particularly wheelchair friendly. It has a wheel-in shower on the ground floor and has no steps. And 2 of the bedrooms are on the ground floor. There is space for a cot in any of the bedrooms.
The roomy porch area in this cottage is particularly useful for storing bikes, wheelchairs and sporting gear. Dog-owners also love this room, which can be closed off from the rest of the house, offering opportunities to leave a happy dog for some hours.
Steading Cottage has a small garden at the front. By closing the gates at the entrance to the property it becomes totally enclosed for children and dogs.
Sleeps 4 / 6. Two storeys
On the opposite side of the road from all the farm activities, this accommodation dating back to the eighteenth century has a lovely traditional feel to it, with its original windows, shutters, pine doors and panelling. Its tasteful period furnishings contribute to this ambience.
Two storeys, not detached. The Wing is not a "cottage" but so many of our past guests call it a cottage because of its comfortable feel that we now think of it in this way ourselves!
Of the trio the Wing has the best garden but the smallest kitchen (galley-type but really well-equipped) and only one bathroom which is upstairs. The downstairs dining / living-room is a bit on the small side for more than 4 people relaxing, ( the table seats 6 ) but the third upstairs bedroom, with its double bed, offers the flexibility of converting into an instantly very attractive second living room provided the bed is made and adorned with cushions! Guests love the versatility of having a second living area which allows older children, or individual members within a group, their own space to relax or perhaps watch a T.V. programme on a different channel from that being watched downstairs. There is space for a cot in any of the bedrooms.
The Wing is not suitable for guests with mobility difficulties as all the bedrooms and the bathroom are upstairs.
On either side of the Wing are friendly neighbours. Your hosts, G & Hew, live at one end. At the far end of the farmhouse live Eve and Bill, who have rented their accommodation from us for over 40 years! They have 2 dogs they kennel in a secure dog-run outside. For the cost-conscious, this is the least expensive of the 4 properties.
Sleeps 12 + with a maximum of 18 people. Two storeys
Located in the field next to our former holiday cottage, Midcrosswood, now lived in by our son, the old Midcrosswood can only be viewed from the upstairs balcony of Craigengar. Otherwise there are no near neighbours.
Idyllic and romantic with the feel of a remote Highland lodge, this secluded sumptuous hillside hideaway has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Suitable for wheelchair users with ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms.
Craigengar’s layout makes it perfect for groups, family gatherings, re-unions, families wishing to holiday together or even brainstorming business colleagues. Craigengar is the most isolated of our 4 properties. Children love the freedom of the hill unfolding from the door and from the expansive decking area but the lodge does not have a formal enclosed "garden", just some land fenced off as a parking area and sheep-free zone if preferred!
The tarmac access track is less than half a mile. There may be gates to open and shut, though there are two cattle grids in regular use. Dogs by prior arrangement and with certain restrictions as sheep graze close by. This setting epitomises Agritourism at its most authentic with the sheep pens close by and plenty of opportunities to watch our shepherd and his dogs at work
Very occasionally, (but unlikely in peak season weeks) if all the other properties have been booked, or if your dates "fit" with other bookings, Craigengar may be let to smaller parties at a reduced rental.
So for those of you curious to know where the living-room is in relation to the bedrooms or where the kitchen or bathrooms are, study the floor plan at the base of each individual cottage page. The plan also indicates the overall size of the property.
If these snapshot summaries have narrowed your choices, you may now choose to go straight to any of our 4 properties where you’ll find a fuller description
To do this, please click directly on the properties below:
If you click on the Gallery link icon found on each cottage page you can view and enjoy an effortless room-by-room slide-show with good-sized photos of each individual interior via a Gallery of over 30 good-sized photos per property.
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If you haven’t already visited our FAQ page, it would be worth taking a look to see the range of facilities and equipment we offer in each property.
Everything from washing-up liquid to wellies....dishwasher to dog-towels.
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View our maps page to see our map with the individual property locations.
Craigengar is less than a mile away from the others.
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