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Gairnshiel Cottage - Stunning Cottage With Loch And Hill Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in West Calder, Nr. Edinburgh, Scotland

Gairnshiel Cottage offers delightful recently refurbished holiday accommodation. It is situated between West Calder and Carnwath in the heart of the Scottish countryside but still within 40 minutes drive of two stunning cities – Edinburgh and Glasgow. The views from the cottage are breathtaking: it has a wonderful position on the organic farm of South Cobbinshaw overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch. The 310 acre loch was built in 1818 to feed the Union Canal and was also used by passing steam trains to collect water. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) due to wintering wildfowl and is popular with anglers and birdwatchers. For those who enjoy the outdoors nearby Harburn Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole parkland course and there are walks of all levels starting literally on your doorstep. If shopping is your thing - the designer shops of Livingston are 15 minutes away and unique little shops and galleries are found in Biggar and Peebles.

Lynda Murray
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
6 May, 2017

About Lynda Murray

Lynda and David have lived at South Cobbinshaw Farm since 1997. David runs an organic fruit and vegetable box scheme and grows some of the vegetables in the field between the cottage and the loch. Also living on the farm is their 2 boys (Finn and Keir), a cat (Kipper) a black labrador (Tess) and 5 hens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'During our 2 week stay we loved everyday being in this cosy cottage while the big cities were so close by! The views are magnificent, the peace and quiet so different from home. New Lanark was truly a revelation to explore and Bo'ness a lovely village on the Firth of Forth. It was a great holiday!' James, Holland

'This cottage is better than everything we expected. A lovely stunning cottage in a beautiful and quiet environment. We had great weather and a great time in Scotland.' Annette, Steffen & Carmen Schrapel, Germany

'Very well refurbished and a good range of kit in the kitchen, very efficient heating for us two cold morsels. Well situated for going out and about on the beautiful lowlands. The Mrs has informed me that we'll be back and I agree. Very comfortable cottage.' Andy & Janice Biddle, Hampshire

'Thankyou very much for your kind hospitality. We enjoyed your fresh vegetables and of course your lovely cottage' Skeates Family, Durham
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in West Calder in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • The bathroom has a white bathroom suite with a Victorian-style shower attachment.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms one with a king-size bed and bedroom two with twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: Cot and high chair available. Outside: The private enclosed rear garden is accessed through a stable style door from the kitchen directly onto a decked area. There is a small lawn area and the garden borders fields with views of the Pentland Hills. Parking available for 2 cars next to the cottage. BBQ available on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included in the price. Property cleaned ready for arrival of guests.


4/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


Quite comfortable cottage . Very remote

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External photo very misleading! Owner's house 4 metres from your front door looking directly into your front room and dining room. Blinds had to be permanently drawn for privacy. When you go somewhere fairly remote and rural you expect exactly that. Does rather defeat the purpose and thus made it difficult for us as a family properly to chill out from our busy lives.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that you were unhappy with the cottage. We certainly didn't intend to mislead you and would have been happy to answer any questions regarding location etc prior to your booking. The small windows 'across' from the cottage dining room are our utility and vestibule which we do not linger in and certainly don't 'look ' in at guests from. Apologies once again for your disappointment and I hope it didn't spoil your holiday.
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Peaceful, cozy, blissful. A superb experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, with our dog, required de-stress time! This was completely achieved at Gairnshiel Cottage. The accommodation had everything you would need and more - roaring log fire each evening, a kitchen with all appliances/paraphynalia which we could not fault, private back garden where we could safely let our dog roam into, comfy king size bed, wonderful views, Wi Fi. Grocer and butcher not too far away. Local area great for walks and whilst we did not roam too far, we could have done so, if wished, as plenty to do and see in the area. This may be unbelievable to some of you - the weather was cold but dry the whole week! I know, we couldn't believe our luck either! All booking arrangements were managed swiftly with e-mails from Lynda herself. We would have no hesitation in returning to this cottage and we can recommend it to others. Many thanks to Lynda and family for delivering exactly what it says on the tin!

Jo and Dinant


  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April to June 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
June 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
July to September 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
September/October 2017
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October to December 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017/New Year 2018
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 26 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Available all year

Short stays of minimum 3 nights are available at certain times of year. Please enquire.

Electricity (within reason), bed linen and towels are all included. Oil for the heating is charged at cost.

In the bathroom you'll find soap, shampoo, bath and shower gel and extra loo rolls.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally a Saturday, but the owners can be flexible. Departing guests are asked to be out before 10am and new guests to arrive after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available off peak. Short breaks are available with a minimum stay of 3 nights; weekend breaks from Friday to Monday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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