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Cottage Within A Rural Setting

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Blackburn, Nr. Bathgate, Lothians, Scotland - Peaceful Location Within Easy Access To Airports & Railway Stations

Beautiful one bedroomed cottage - attached to main bungalow - set in 2.5 acres of peaceful countryside. Well situated, the cottage is within easy access to all amenities, e.g. airports, railway stations, shops, supermarkets (in abundance) and Livingston Designer Outlet.

Property Manager
Bruce & Dorothy McKay
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About Bruce & Dorothy McKay

Dorothy & I built our house in West Lothian in 1999, close to Bathgate where Dorothy was born. I am retired and enjoy golfing - being a member at Archerfield on the East Coast. I will happily arrange for guests to play this magnificent course. I also look after the garden - when not golfing! Dorothy is a child-minder and works with our daughter, Laura who, herself, has four children. In total, we have eight grandchildren - the latest born two weeks ago.

Bruce & Dorothy McKay purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Bruce & Dorothy McKay chose West Lothian

We searched for a number of years for a plot of ground and finally came up with this beautiful rural surrounding.

The house is situated in two and a half acres in a lowland crofting designated area which means we are in the countryside in a low density populated area. We have stunning views towards the Pentland Hills & the Five Sisters.

We are close to three railways stations providing easy access to both Edinburgh & Glasgow. Edinburgh airport is approximately 25 minutes drive and Glasgow airport 45 minutes.

There are many beautiful walks within easy access & entry to National Grid 75 cycle network is five minutes away. The county has many historical and tourist attractions.

What makes this cottage unique

Livingston Outlet - McArthur Glen - and Livingston Shopping Centre are five minutes drive. We are off the main road but still have access to public transport.

The local bridal path runs down the east side of our house so there is always plenty to see as the horses run in the field adjacent.

The garden is a haven for wildlife, including kestrels, red kites and buzzards.

Guestbook comments from the manager

A warm welcome and a beautiful cottage. Everything you could wish for for a lovely holiday. It's the extra little touches that made it special. Thank you - Lynda & Bob

This delightful, delectable annexe is perfect in every way and has an atmosphere of love & care! Thank you for all you do - Bill & Anne

After two and a half months 'on the road' we have appreciated your home away from home! You have provided us with many comforts and it has been much appreciated. Thank you Dorothy & Bruce - excellent hosts! - Pat & Jessie
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blackburn in Edinburgh and Lothians

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite to bedroom with large shower, wc, vanity sink and bidet. There is a separate toilet with wc and sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom). The Cottage is not really suitable for families as there is only 1 bedroom Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with either twin beds or a super-king bed. This should be requested on booking.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation has been tastefully decorated to a high standard. Dorothy enjoys making the place friendly and happy with attention to detail a priority. Outside: We have 2.5 acres of garden which our guests are welcome to use with or without their pets. There is a gazebo outside the French doors. Lovely place to enjoy the evening sun. Cleaning / Towels / Linen All towels and linen included. The property is cleaned on departure. Extra towels can be requested at any time. Other: Conservatory - very bright room with double French doors which open to the garden.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage, clean and comfortable with nice surroundings . Bruce and Dorothy were very friendly , and made us feel very welcome will defiantly return .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind words Stuart. Dorothy and I so pleased to hear you enjoyed your break and hopefully we'll see you and Sue again at some point in the future. It's always a pleasure to welcome nice guests to our cottage. Kindest regards Bruce & Dorothy
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In stunning surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place for a relaxing holiday and the wildlife were amazing we had rabbits, hares,squirrels,hedgehog ,and the best of all a badger ,

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and homely

  • 5 of 5

Very restful a good base from which to explore the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Dorwil Cottage, Blackburn

  • 5 of 5

A really nice place to stay. Peaceful surroundings, fabulous gardens. Owners Bruce & Dorothy are really nice people also very helpful. Would recommend this cottage for a holiday base.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ticks Every Box

  • 5 of 5

Firstly a warm welcome from owners Bruce and Dorothy. A gorgeous warm little cottage with everything you could possibly wish for. Not on holiday but I was escaping from building work being done in my home in Edinburgh. This was the perfect peaceful retreat. If I should ever need work done again, I would return without giving it a second thought. Perfect spot too for people on holiday. Central area to drive to various activities and locations. Superb Indian restaurant in Whitburn. I relaxed daily looking onto the gardens watching what I thought was a rather large bunny bouncing around only to discover it is one of the resident hares. Handy for local shops and also a larger selection if you drive to the centre at Livingston. Good train services nearby, if required , instead of driving into Edinburgh. My little old cat Vera was welcomed and she was also very much at home here and snoozed away the days in her basket.

The kitchen provided everything you could possibly need and it was good to get washing done and hanging outside in the fresh air. Everywhere just spotless and instant hot water when needed. SO worth the 20/25 minute drive from Edinburgh. Highly recommended for single person or two. Good safe parking off road. Bruce and Dorothy were great hosts. There to assist otherwise leaving you to get on with your break. Thank you both for everything.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for providing such a full and excellent review of Dorwil Cottage and your experience staying here whilst your home was being renovated. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we're genuinely pleased Vera was able to relax whilst here also. Dorothy and I both hope your renovations have been completed and you're now able to relax in your own home. Kindest regards Bruce & Dorothy
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If you want a nice quiet break away this is ideal

  • 5 of 5

The Property has everything you need for a quiet comfortable getaway in pleasant surroundings but with real easy access to all of the main areas you may want to go to in the mid highlands. Travelling from the near by Bathgate station with free parking to the centre of Edinburgh and Glasgow is painless and inexpensive with good regular services. Equally there are many decent places to visit within 20 miles making it an ideal touring base.

The owners Bruce & Dorothy make you feel welcome immediately whilst not being intrusive, they work hard to make your stay easy. In the property you have everything you may need right from the start all of which adds to the positive experience and this is helpful when you have travelled 300 miles plus as we did. Would we recommend it absolutely, in fact we have already had conversations with our friends and family and we hope to return again at some point.

In summary if you want a nice quiet bolt hole with the benefit of being central in mid Scotland this is the place......... and as a bonus in real terms the cost would be less than a premier inn, a no brainier really............

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
20% booking fee is applicable. Full amount to be paid 7 days prior to arrival. Late bookings should be settled in full prior to arrival.

£50 deposit will be taken in cash on arrival and returned on departure assuming no breakages or damages have occurred.

Changeover Day:
We prefer Saturday to Saturday but will consider long weekends should these be available. This would normally be Thursday to Monday. However, during July and August there is a minimum of 7 nights - Saturday to Saturday only.

Notes on prices:
Short term/weekend bookings will be charged on a pro rata basis.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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