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Cottage Within A Rural Setting

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

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 Blackburn

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 West Lothian

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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(14 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Well placed and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Spent one week here. Very convenient for both Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as the local country side and, slightly further afield, the coast. A very comfortable cottage with everything thought of. Dorothy and Bruce were very welcoming. A massive and very comfortable bed - we slept very well. Easy to get to and easy parking. Would recommend. (Thank you also for the wedding anniversary Prosecco - greatly enjoyed.)

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Quiet location. Clean, comfortable and well equipped

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely peaceful rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

Spotlessly clean and cosy cottage with all amenities. Bruce and Dorothy were not there on our arrival, but left easy instructions for us to gain entrance to the cottage. Excellent train service to Edinburgh/Glasgow from Bathgate which has a huge free car park. Mon - Fri the car park will be full of commuters' cars, but you can find room to park on the road outside. My wildlife count was one hare and one fox (not at the same time !)

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John & Cristine. Thank you both so much for your very positive review. Dorothy and I were so sorry your visit was cut short but hope you will find some time in the future to visit us again. Kindest regards to you both. Bruce & Dorothy
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Comfortable cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage located in a wonderful area close to many attractions. Whether seeing the sights in Edinburgh, visiting Rosslyn Chapel or taking beautiful coastal drives, this is the perfect home base. The, cottage is very clean, well maintained and equipped with everything you could need. The furniture is very comfortable (especially the bed) and the location is quiet and private with a large pretty yard. We loved our stay here. Bruce and Dorothy were a pleasure to know and they were always eager to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We very highly recommend this accommodation. You will love it.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Denis & Brenda How lovely to receive your review and we are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your short stay with us. We hope you continue to enjoy your extended holiday throughout Europe. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Kindest regards Bruce & Dorothy
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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: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 28-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended


There are several magnificent beaches particularly in East Lothian all within a maximum of 1 hour drive. Longniddry - Gullane - North Berwick. The area at Longniddry also has excellent facilities for surfing, windsurfing, etc


Edinburgh airport is approx 25 minutes by car and Glasgow airport 45 minutes. Glasgow Prestwick is around 90 minutes. Car is not essential but desirable. Local transport is very good in West Lothian but much more convenient if you have your own transport.


The village of Seafield is only 1/2 a mile and can easily be accessed by foot. The town of Blackburn is within 1 mile and both Bathgate and Livingston within 3 miles.

Further Details:

Local shops in Blackburn and Bathgate with a large shopping complex in Livingston.

Main banks are in Bathgate and Livingston.

West Lothian is a county full of history with many local attractions. Several swimming pools in the area.

There is a number of restaurants around the area - most of which are in Livingston but Bathgate does have a very good Italian and a couple of pub/restaurants.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.