Gate Lodge

West Calder, Scottish Borders (Ref. 1011121)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
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  • Mr Foster

    “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

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.


  • 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: 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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