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Gate Lodge

West Calder, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1011121)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely, spotlessly clean, well equipped, warm and comfy cottage."

    We returned to Scotland looking forward to seeing the beautiful countryside once again and visiting some of the sights. The cottage is well positioned to be close enough to local attractions but private and stood well back from the road. The rooms were really clean, airy and beds very comfy, the bedding spotless. Having en-suite bathrooms was a boon for the 3 of us in our party. Heating was easy to control, the wood burner was amply supplied for the duration of our stay and we enjoyed its extra warmth for a couple of hours during the cool evenings. We really appreciated the welcome pack waiting for us on arrival. The kitchen is very well equipped, with all utensils. All in all a great stay. Would recommend and we will return.

    Thank you SO much for this lovely review. I’ll really makes a difference to read such positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frederick JApr 2022

  • "It is said that a lot can be gathered from first impressions of something and this property did not disappoint."

    We had to check we were at the right cottage as this one looked more derelict from that of the brochure. Inside failed further to impress. We found 2 large bath towels laid over the bath, Wet. Hair in a sink with broken drainers and beds looking as though they had already been slept in. A large 1m square open access hole was evident at the rear and to the underneath of the property which would give access to inquisitive young families or even untold wildlife. Space restricts a full list of problems we found, and due to our thoughts of COVID and the fact of doubts of cleanliness, we departed to find alternative accommodation.

    Reviewed by GwenApr 2022

  • "Property was smaller than expected."

    Not much room in two of the bedrooms to get dressed, en-suite was equally tiny. Could not recommend for a party of 6. Items missing from inventory, not enough cups or bowls for 6. Very small lounge for 6 people to relax comfortably.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2022

  • "Unfortunately I cannot recommend this property wholeheartedly."

    Whilst there are beds and facilities for 6 adults, the general upkeep of the lodge is not so good : the 2 seater sofa is very old, uncomfortable and stained, one of the double beds has a very old mattress with no support in it whatsoever, the bedding did not include hygiene pillow protectors, and towards the end of our stay, we had mice in the cottage. We found traps beneath kitchen cupboards, set them and caught 2 - we also found droppings beneath the sofa. The owners were unapologetic, saying that it is to be expected in a rural location. We have stayed in many much more rural locations and have never had this issue to deal with. Having to empty a mouse trap around midnight is not part of an enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by RachaelApr 2022

  • "We had a delightful stay in the quaint ‘Gate Lodge’ which is warm, pleasant and homely with a lovely and very welcome hamper of goodies waiting for us when we arrived, thank you."

    There are beautiful walks throughout the estate directly from the front door which is a real bonus. The lodge has its own garden but dog owners be aware it is not secure and a determined dog could gain access onto the train track, a torch would also be worth bringing as it’s very dark after nightfall. Some of the fixtures and fittings would benefit from upgrading and headboards on both double beds would improve the standard greatly. This was our first trip to Scotland, we will be back regularly as our daughter is attending Edinburgh university and would definitely consider staying at the Gate Lodge again.

    Reviewed by JudyMar 2022

  • "The property was just as expected."

    It is clean and well presented. The adjacent train line wasn’t an issue as many of the other reviews I had seen. The estate is good and plenty of pleasant walks to be had. Would I stay again yes without hesitation.

    Reviewed by SteveFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely Christmas at Gate lodge."

    The cottage is on a Christmas tree estate which was great to walk around. The facilities are great and despite a small kitchen, it’s well equipped. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by MellDec 2021

  • "Great cottage all on one floor."

    .booked to go back agn nxt year..

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2021

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Gate Lodge."

    It was filled with everything we could need on our week stay plus a few little goodies to get us started. Highly recommend and planning to come back!

    Thank you for the most positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by AbigailNov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage and an enjoyable stay, for a small family it was perfect- but not large enough for 6 adults."

    This is due to the lack of seating space and the size of the fridge. Otherwise it was a lovely cottage in a lovely setting.

    Reviewed by RebeccaSep 2021

  • "Lovely lodge in lovely grounds."

    The only downside of the lodge was that the drawers and wardrobes could do with some TLC, and it would be good to have a mirror above the radiator in the room opposite the front door, so that you don't have to lean across the basin. Also, the folder at the cottage did not give much info about what to do and see, good places to eat etc. However, these are very minor things, and we had a really lovely stay there.

    Thank you for the most positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by SaraSep 2021

  • "Clean, great location and comfortable."

    Large smart TV great for keeping kids entertained on an evening. Just be aware that the WiFi signal is prone to dropping out so might be worth downloading stuff and researching activities beforehand.

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2021

  • "There are many things which disappointed us with this property."

    I have, as requested, made contact with Sykes Cottages within twenty four hours of arrival and have been given a contact person - Simon - and a reference number - COR-225976-CF. Please refer to these comments. I have been informed that Simon has contacted the owner about my concerns and is waiting for a reply. Hopefully this will not take too long and my concerns will be addressed. We have used Sykes Cottages to book properties prior to this one and will continue to do so. My concerns are that whoever inspected this property before accepting it to go on your website did not do a thorough job and that this property is not a good advertisement for your company

    Reviewed by MarilynAug 2021

  • "The cottage was a lot smaller than expected a tiny fridge freezer well equipped kitchen and neat and tidy bedrooms."

    Lovely scenery and the train track noises were barely heard so definitely recommend for small families.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "Lovely location, nice and clean ."

    Would recommend no more than four adults due to size.The key safe is located to the right hand side as you look at the front door.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2021

  • "The cottage is tiny, but lovely."

    There were not even comfy seats to sit on to watch the tv. One of us had to sit on a hard chair. It’s a lovely cottage but much smaller than we thought it would be

    Reviewed by CallumJun 2021

  • "We had the most wonderful stay in this cottage."

    The location is superb. Beautiful and quiet with wonderful walks filled with nature. Not too far from Livingston for shopping and takeaways. An easy 40 minute drive to Edinburgh for day trips. The cottage itself was just lovely. Clean and spacious. Everything you could need supplied in the kitchen and a log burner with a starter kit and a well stocked log shed included. The only thing I could say needs changing is the duvets and pillows are feather; this could have potentially caused an allergy issue. I would definitely recommend this cottage and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2021

  • "I feel it would be very crowded for 6 people."

    Also the garden space needed a secure fence all the way round and the garden its self was not very inviting

    Reviewed by DerekMay 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was great and we all had a really great time staying at Gate Lodge."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by SimonFeb 2021

  • "The cottage was far prettier than the photographs and they were good."

    .. It was situated in a great location for getting out and doing some sightseeing... was lovely and clean and cosy... with everything you could want to make the stay welcoming and comfortable. The train line was not an issue... In fact if hadn't read about it... probably wouldn't have noticed it. We would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to stay in that area of Scotland.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay!"

    The cottage was very clean, the shower was good and beds comfortable. There was plenty of room for myself, my husband and our toddler but may have been a squeeze if we had used the third bedroom. Train line behind the cottage did not cause any issues as could hardly hear this. The cottage is situated on a lovely private estate which you can walk around. The location was rural but only 10 minutes drive away in Livingston there were numerous shopping centres / supermarkets / food outlets where you could find everything you need. Very easy to get into Edinburgh, we parked for free at Livingston South train station and it only took 20 minutes on the train for a low cost. We spent a day at five sisters zoo just 5 minutes down the road which was lovely and despite being smaller than Edinburgh zoo, had plenty of big animals and also a soft play next door. Would definitely recommend this cottage if you want a comfortable stay in a quite area with easy access to amenities and a good base to explore the central belt of Scotland!

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2020

  • "Fabulous holiday lodge."

    Just perfect for us all. Thankyou. One minor point for improvement....You may want to clarify where guests can and can not walk around the estate as we did have an encounter with a grumpy Estate Manager on one occasion who made us feel like we were trespassing. The sykes team and the owner were quick to resolve this though so this was great. May be the estate manager just didn't have any pickle with his cheese sandwiches that day which made him feel a bit grumpy. Apart from that....perfect!

    Reviewed by NickAug 2020

  • "Extremely basic cottage."

    Cottage was tight for two adults and two children and I’d see no way of hosting six adults as advertised. On suites are so small to such an extent that the basin is actually in the main bedroom but could be used as it was blocked by the bedside table. Beds have drawers with handles below the mattress that we hit our shins on constantly such was the size of the room. Bed advertised as king size which is inaccurate. WiFi switched off after two days with the error message that Advised it was a setting to restructure to usage rather than an actual error. Heating is also controlled by the WiFi which meant for a very cold last night. We did use the fire but no kindling was provided. Back garden useless as it was a complete bog in the middle of July. For the price it was very disappointing.

    Reviewed by TonyJul 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay in the Gate Lodge."

    The house was clean on arrival and we found a welcome package and a basket full of logs for the fire. It had the right size for our family of 5. The house is nicely decorated. The beds were good, the kitchen well equiped. We enjoyed walks and runs at the estate. Edinburgh and Glasgow are just around the corner and so are several walks for families in the Pentland Hills. We would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by AnnekeFeb 2020

  • "We wanted a cottage in a quiet position to visit Edinburgh and surrounding areas, the cottage was fairly recently renovated I think, but it was "tatty" around the edges."

    We visit many cottages around Great Britain as we have a small dog and prefer to take her with us. The cottage was supposedly for 6 people, I feel there is no way on earth 6 people could stay there comfortably. There are enough beds for 6 people but the living area is very small and the lounge and small kitchen are together. There were no table mats, no bottle opener, we managed to open a bottle with the scissors, only the basic cooking utensils were there. We rang Sykes Cottages a couple of times while we were there, we were told there was a log fire, but there were only a few logs and no kindling so we couldn't light a fire until we went to the local shop to buy some. (Sykes Cottages were told about this and said they would contact the owner for more wood, but that didn't happen). The shower in our bathroom came off the wall before I'd even turned it on so I didn't use it. The floor in the main areas, hall, lounge, kitchen was awful and got very dirty as the week went by, so we kept wiping it over, it's old wooden flooring painted gray. A main electric line ran directly behind the cottage, but this was not mentioned in the details, we couldn't let our little dog of the lead in the garden as the fencing wasn't safe and she could have got through the fence onto the railway line. We haven't stayed with Sykes Cottages before and we won't be recommending you I'm afraid.

    Reviewed by HelenJan 2020

  • "The cottage itself is lovely, although probably lacking in a few kitchen basics."

    We loved the welcome bag of groceries and biscuits and chocolates. Thank you. You really might struggle though, if you fully did self catering here. For two people the dining table was ample, but I can’t see it being big enough or their being the space if all rooms occupied (6 person occupancy). Some information on the local area.... local shop, doctors etc is usually standard in holiday cottages , but not here. Biggest gripe..... the bins!!! Having to load our bin bags in the car and drive almost two miles is totally unacceptable. You really need to sort that. Other than that, very comfortable and clean, but probably not practical for any party over over than four.

    Reviewed by RebeccaNov 2019

  • "A great holiday cottage in a great location and set in beautiful grounds."

    As to previous mentions of a train line in the back garden, yes this isn't mentioned in the description, and there's no reason why it should be as it's nothing to worry about. The train line runs past at the far end of the garden and once inside the cottage you can hardly hear them. The volume they pass is no more than a gust of wind, distant passing plane or car - don't let it put you off as it wasn't an issue for us. The garden is spacious enough to let the dog have a sniff about (on a lead as it's not fenced in), and would perhaps benefit from outside security lights as it's very dark at night, would recommend taking a torch. Watch where you're stepping too thanks to previous dog owners not tidying up (no wonder some places don't allow them!) Inside it's great to have 3 toilets to use, yes the shower room loo is a little tight, but you've got 2 others to choose from and we never had an issue with it. Lovely shower off the double bedroom too, plenty of drawers and hanging space in there, the double single bedroom doesn't have as much for clothes storage, but we just utilised our cases, and off here is where you'll find a great washer, airer, ironing board and another loo. Beds were very comfy too. There are a few signs of wear and tear after a busy season, but nothing that put us off. Great log fire, good sized TV with Freeview, and options to plug in Amazon, etc The kitchen is a good size and we had no issues with the oven. A few things were missing from the utensils like a masher, no large serving bowls and no corkscrew/bottle opener, although you could just about manage with one of the blades of the scissors. We bought (and left) a couple of larger sized glasses and a wine glass. The bins are like we've not seen before - Your rubbish has to be taken on a 2 mile round trip to the edge of the estate, won't be ideal if you have no car. Would be a massive help to have a bin/s around the back or the side of the house, after all the neighbours on the street have them. All that said those niggles shouldn't put you off, just worth baring in mind before you arrive as you can not beat the location. It feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, and you kind of are, but you're also just 10mins drive away from a massive retail park that has all the high street names you can think of, all the supermarkets from M&S to Aldi, cheap petrol, fast food, restaurant food and everything in between. You're also perfectly situated for quick trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh. We will definitely be back, tried to book for same time next year, but the site won't allow us, as yet

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2019

  • "Although this lodge looks beautiful and is decorated very nicely, it failed to meet our expectations in many areas."

    The listings stated that the property was pet friendly; unfortunately this did not apply to the garden which was not fenced in and not secure. The property is extremely close to a railway line which we do not recall being mentioned when booked. Difficulty closing the shower room/toilet door in the main bedroom as it is so tiny your knees hit the toilet door, no space for clothes as the wardrobe is taken up with the hoover, drawers under the bed were dirty and had hair in them. The bed in the double bedroom at the back of the lodge is extremely uncomfortable, you can feel the springs through the mattress and limited storage for clothing. Beds in the twin bedroom was comfortable but again, no clothes storage. The living room/kitchen/dining room was extremely cramped and not a comfortable place to relax in; we were a party of four adults and we found it very difficult to get comfortable. Kitchen is not very well stocked at all, six very small glasses and no spare crockery. Oven was not the best as not fan assisted and therefore food took longer. Although this property can sleep 6 people, I feel that the comfort of the guests is extremely compromised by the lack of space in the living area and fail to see how 6 people, especially if all adults would manage staying in this property.

    Reviewed by AnnetteOct 2019

  • "The Gate Lodge has been the perfect place to relax and unwind after a very hectic few months."

    It is in a great location for what we wanted to do: visits to Edinburgh; walking in the hills; relaxing in comfort. The Gate Lodge is well equipped, and the minor issue I had with a rose bush was quickly dealt with by the care taking staff. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2019

  • "Fridge did not work ..."

    Fridge did not work No oven or grill trays Limited storage in kitchen and bedroom Open ditch in garden wasn't a big issue as we couldn't have used the garden anyway as it was water logged Grounds beautiful around the big house

    We appreciate your honest feedback concerning your recent stay. I am very sorry that we were not able to meet your expectations. Of course we will investigate this matter very carefully. Your insights about your experience is important to us in our efforts to improve our quality for the benefit of all our guests. Please kindly allow me to apologise for any inconvenience you experienced during your stay. The Gate Lodge has recently undergone a complete renovation and has only been advertised with Sykes Cottages for a few weeks. You were one of our very first guests and with each stay we know what needs to be improved. In regards to the open ditch in the garden, this is unfortunately a work in progress due to unseasonal weather. This issue will be rectified by Saturday 29th June, and we are in good hopes that it will dramatically improve the gardens. A grill tray will be put in this week, however there was a griddeled grill pan provided. We tried to provide as much space and storage in the kitchen and bedrooms and after careful planning, this is the most we were able to achieve due to the layout of the cottage. We have taken a look at the fridge but did not find any issues, it all appears to be working. I also see that you rated the cleanliness of the Gate Lodge by only 50%. I do apologise if we haven't met your expectations, the cleanliness is a very high priority of ours and usually our cleaning service is working very precisely. Rest assured that we are working on improving the areas that have been pointed out. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HazelJun 2019

  • "I feel that the property description should include the fact that a busy train track passes right by edge of cottage's garden."

    Just a few recommendations that would be of benefit, there was no grill pan, so grill was useless and having some shelving installed in main bathroom would be helpful. - other than these two minuses, the cottage was perfect.

    Thank you so very much for your review. We also very much appreciate you highlighting two areas of improvement, as its very important for us, in our effort to optimize. We will most definitely work on improving these two points. The train track will be included in the property description, thank you for pointing that out. I would be delighted to welcome you as our guest at The Gate Lodge again in the future. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

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  • All ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms; 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and an WC, 1 x twin with en-suite basin, WC and washing machine, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and a sitting area with a woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Coffee maker, microwave, electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Rear garden
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • One pet welcome
  • Pub and shop within 2.6 miles
  • Note: There is a railway line that runs through the estate, some associated noise may be heard

The property

An idyllic, detached property resting within the superb grounds of the Harburn Estate, in the heart of West Lothian.

Gate Lodge is within striking distance of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow which can both be reached easily via public transport, the majestic Pentland Hills Regional Park and the Five Sister’s Zoo, offering an opportunity for an action-packed adventure or a relaxing week-long getaway.

Be welcomed into this elegantly-styled interior which houses everything you could possibly need during a holiday within the countryside setting.

It comes with three well-presented bedrooms, comprising a king-size with an en-suite, a twin bedroom with an en-suite and a double bedroom.

Each bedroom boasts a contemporary design, ample storage and views of the surrounding grounds to wake up to each morning.

Look forward to spending your wind down time within the quaint, open-plan living room where the whole family can gather to enjoy a sociable evening.

The designated chef of the group will be delighted with the well-equipped kitchen offering everything you could possibly need to whip up a delicious evening meal.

Joining the kitchen is a formal dining area and an inviting sitting area with a Smart TV and a woodburning stove.

To the outside you will find a private garden area, where your canine companion is welcome to roam or you can explore the 1000 acres of landscaped gardens of the impressive estate.

If you can tear yourself away from this delightful accommodation, venture into the town of West Calder, where you will find a selection of pubs, restaurants and shops to enjoy.

To keep you busy whilst staying at Gate Lodge, enjoy a summer’s day at the superb Five Sisters Zoo which is home to over 196 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, and is certain to delight any younger guests.

For those feeling active, there is the superb Pentland Hills offering miles of walks amid breath-taking scenery.

Gate Lodge is a quaint base for exploring this picturesque part of Scotland.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Edinburgh 21.5 miles; Glasgow 30.6 miles.

This traditional, Scottish town lies between the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and is the perfect base for exploring the Pentland Hills Regional Park and Scotland’s glorious East coast. Within the village you will find a selection of pubs and cafes, as well as a number of shops. The town was made famous by the Five Sisters Zoo which is home to over 196 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. From the town you will find a magnitude of walks that skirt the river almond and to the Pentland hills. Within 21.5 miles you will find the city of Edinburgh, where you will find its Georgian New Town with gardens and the looming Edinburgh Castle. West Calder is the ideal base for touring the wonderful countryside of Edinburgh.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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