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Gate Lodge

(Ref. 1087863)

Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was very nice and comfortable but we felt there was somewhat of a lack of storage space for clothes, especially thinking of wet walking gear etc."

    The cupboard in the dining room was beautiful but practically would have been more use as a nice chest of drawers?. The biggest let down was the garden which was sadly neglected with lots of bind weed and broken decking edging with exposed screw heads. To make the garden dog proof there needs to be fencing alongside the wall as any medium sized dogs could go over the wall onto the busy road- our collie most certainly would have done!!. We hope these comments will be useful. We would use Gate Lodge again, the position is great but those improvements would be very welcome. Regards Alan and Angie Noble

    Many thanks for your feedback which has been forwarded to the team at House of the BInns. We do appreciate your comments to try and improve what we offer and pick up any maintenance issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, great location,clean and all the amenities you could want."

    Binns house was lovely and nice wooded area. The park land wasn't good I knew there were sheep on the land but there was so much poo even right up to the cottage boundary that you just couldn't miss it so had to take my dogs elsewhere. The worst thing was the gates to the estate where smack outside the cottage and so was the cattle grid. The gates where open 24 hours a day and cars where coming and going day and night and the noise from the grid was horrendous. Not quite the relaxing cottage I had hoped for.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.1Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage for 2."

    There is some noise from the road and the cattle grid, but this didn't bother us at all.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Jun 2023

  • "The gatehouse has been recently done up and is well-appointed."

    The location is good. The cattle grate issue and the main road did not bother us but it is good that this is all clearly set out in the listing.

    Thank you very much for the kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to the NTS. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2023

  • "Th Lodge was very comfortable and was ideal for visiting a variety of places eg."

    .The Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and obviously Edinburgh via the Park and Ride at Ingleston

    Reviewed by Evelyn4.7May 2023

  • "Very nicely furnished."

    Ideal position for exploring the area. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8May 2023

  • "We had an issue with ants from the 2nd night, we managed to solve it by putting all foodstuffs in the fridge or microwave & sprinkling talc on the outside window ledge."

    The cattle grid is also worth a mention, it is close to the house & noisy, especially when driven over at speed. I was woken every morning at 6 am despite the closed windows. The property is beautiful though, decorated to a very high standard and well placed for visiting Edinburgh & the local attractions.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are investigating your comments re the ants which we haven't seen previously. We’re really sorry to hear that your experience was not a positive one. We will take your valuable feedback on board as we’re always striving to improve with each and every stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven4.7May 2023

  • "The location of the property couldn't be better for a relaxing, dog friendly getaway in delightful surrounding."

    The grounds of The House of Binns are delightful with spectacular views across the Forth. Despite its rural location, the property is ideally situated for touring the region and just over a mile to the coast at Blackness with its wonderful pub/restaurant, The Lobster Pot. A couple of miles down the road from the property is the excellent Hopetoun Farm Shop.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property in a good location for visiting beautiful areas in the Southern half of Scotland."

    We will stay there again. David and Sandra.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Well presented small 1 bedroom cottage, outside Linlithgow."

    Clean, parking off street. Some noise when cars cross the cattlegrid , and the main road, but indoors all quite cosy, no trouble sleeping. Great value alternative to 1 week in a hotel.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, made very welcoming."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Joanna4.4Dec 2022

  • "Had a good week very peaceful and the dogs liked walking in the grounds"

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Nov 2022

  • "Everything was excellent."

    The only observation I would make is that the branches of the tree on the road side of the lodge forcibly struck the roof over the lounge when the winds were high. The owners might consider some judicious pruning to prevent any damage to the roof. We had some high winds during our stay.

    Reviewed by Archie5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful, clean and very well presented."

    The location was perfect for visiting the Fringe and Tattoo in Edinburgh as you could get the train from Linlithgow and travel in. The bed was very comfortable and everything we needed was provided. The wifi was great and heating system very efficient when necessary. The premises is located at the gate of an historic house, which was closed to the public for renovations, but the grounds still open. We had a lovely run/walk around the clearly marked pathway. On a constructive note, the cattle grid was quite loud and noticeable during the day. Clearly no traffic was there in the evening or at night so we were not disturbed then. Also, in the kitchen, there was no cupboard to put any food as they were all used for crockery and/or pans etc or the recycling bins. I had to put the food we bought on the window sills which was a bit cluttered but we managed by shifting things around. I would try to move the glasses to the lounge perhaps to create some cupboard space. Other than that, highly recommend this property for its quality and location. A welcome retreat from the hustle of the City.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback about the Gate Lodge at the House of the Binns. Your suggestions of moving the glassware to the lounge sounds a very good idea and we have passed your comments onto the property team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Aug 2022

  • "Corner cupboard difficult to access all utensils inside it; Wardrobe door does not slide properly and has cleaning equipment in it, limiting the hanging space; TV - Currently no access to terrestrial TV channels, access for BBC can be achieved by using BBC iPlayer, but no access to ITV or any other channels for live programmes."

    This should be highlighted in property description until resolved. On a positive note, the Property is at the entrance to some lovely grounds with walks to the main House, which then reveals spectacular views over the Firth of Forth and beyond.

    Thank you very much for the feedback following on from your stay at the Gate Lodge, House of Binns. I understand that you reported the problem with the TV to our property manager, thank you for doing that. We have scheduled someone to come and sort out the aerial for us. We are going to look at the wardrobe on the next changeover day and sort out the runners. There should only be a iron and ironing board in the wardrobe and again we will recheck on the changeover day. Again many thanks for your feedback and we hope to welcome you back to the Gate Lodge or one of the other National Trust for Scotland cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jul 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Combi gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine
  • TV, record player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, hand, bath and tea towels and bath mats inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car in driveway
  • Large enclosed garden with a small decked area, paved path, grass and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: The use of candles is not permitted in this property
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on any furniture or bedding
  • Note: This property is not accessible for wheelchair users
  • Note: There is a slight ledge on the shower tray in the bathroom, please take care
  • Note: This property does not accept children
  • Note: The property is situated at the entrance to the estate on the A904 accessed over a cattle grid
  • Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate
  • Note: Dogs are not permitted on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Set within the grounds at the entrance of the esteemed 17th-century National Trust for Scotland, House of the Binns estate, on the outskirts of Linlithgow, West Lothian, is this beautiful single-storey cottage, Gate Lodge.

Enjoying a superb and historic setting within close proximity to the River Forth with views over the landscaped parklands, Gate Lodge offers an opulent interior adorned with contemporary artwork and artifacts, a truly unique dog-friendly dwelling for couples and friends, plus two canine companions.

Treat your loved one to tasty home-cooked meals, whipped up in the well-equipped kitchen which has all the appliances you could need for a memorable self-catered stay.

Settle down at the dining table to savour a delicious meal over a celebratory bottle of fizz, as you toast to a fantastic getaway and listen to your favourite songs play out on the record player.

After dinner, why not catch the last of the day’s rays out in the large rear enclosed garden, where your four-legged friends can play and stretch their legs?

Retire to the sitting room, where you can relax on the plush seating and select a much-loved film from the TV as the evening’s entertainment.

Wash away the day with a refreshing shower, before catching your rest in the sumptuous king-size bed ahead of another adventure filled day.

Take advantage of your superb location with a walk around the extensive parkland which surrounds your holiday home, where you may spot the resident sheep, cattle and peafowl.

Continue through the woodlands to the Binns Tower, where you can soak up the breath-taking panoramic views of Central Scotland on offer.

The House of the Binns is open for pre-booked tours from Thursday to Monday.

This fascinating laird's house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyells for over 400 years.

The present house was built in 1612 by Thomas Dalyell, an Edinburgh merchant who made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London.

If you can tear yourself away, drive over to the small village of Blackness, where you can enjoy leisurely strolls around the picturesque harbour, visit the 15th-century Blackness Castle which overlooks the River Forth, followed by sampling fresh seafood at The Lobster Pot or visit Champneys and the Fat Pheasant which are within a few miles of the property.

Continue on to Linlithgow, where you can delve into history at the Linlithgow Museum, kayak, canoe or fish in Linlithgow Loch, or test out your clubs at the excellent Linlithgow Golf Club.

If you’re seeking out further National Trust for Scotland properties, be sure to check out the lovingly restored 17th-century Culross Palace in Culross, with its tiny rooms, connecting passageways and painted ceilings - step into the past along the cobbled streets of this picturesque village once full of the hustle and bustle of a thriving 17th-century port on the River Forth.

A visit to Bannockburn is highly recommended where you can stand shoulder to shoulder with Robert the Bruce on the site of his greatest victory.

If you are visiting Scotland’s capital city be sure to drop by the Georgian House a magnificently restored Edinburgh New Town house with fine collections of paintings, costumes and period furnishings, and Gladstones Land one of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, home to an ice cream parlour and coffee shop, inspired by the rich trading history of the building.

Further along the coast stands the 17th-century Palladian mansion of Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh with rococo interior and grounds offering woodland walks and an adventure play area.

Experience Scotland’s rich history first-hand with a memorable stay at Gate Lodge.

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: WL-00008-F

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location


Falkirk 13 miles; Edinburgh 15 miles.

Set between Falkirk and Edinburgh, Linlithgow is the home of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Set on the shores of Linlithgow Loch, these fantastic ruins are a joy to explore and there is a variety of local wildlife to spot. You can also enjoy a boat trip along the canal and nearby attractions include Carnpapple Hill and Blackness Castle. Within a forty minute drive you can be in the thriving capital city of Edinburgh. The Old Town boasts the castle and The Royal Mile as well as Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament. The New Town offers elegant Georgian buildings and streets with a wealth of shopping, eating and drinking to suit all tastes. Add to that the accessibility of the surrounding countryside, beaches, hills and golf courses and you have the ideal location for an exciting break.

Note: The use of candles is not permitted in this property.
Note: Dogs are not allowed on any furniture or bedding.
Note: This property is not accessible for wheelchair users.
Note: There is a slight ledge on the shower tray in the bathroom, please take care.
Note: This property does not accept children.
Note: The property is situated at the entrance to the estate on the A904 accessed over a cattle grid.
Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate.
Note: Dogs are not permitted on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws.

Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas