Crosswoodhill Farm - Holiday Cottages Near Edinburgh - Almost every type of amenity is easily accessible from here
An ideal location for exploring much of central Scotland, these 4 very different stone-built properties, sleeping up to 6 people each, offer exceptional value for money.
Relax back, click onto the website link up beside the photo, and be convinced! Conjure up on-screen photos, layout plans, ideas for trips or exploring the farm, comments from past guests and links to a wealth of attractions, services and activities. There's plenty there to whet your appetite. You can book online, pay by cheque or credit card, besiege the owner with queries and have them all answered by the Scottish Self-Catering Operator of the Year 2005
Isolation, solitude, sheep... or 2 legged neighbours close by. Your choice!
Helping you choose your property
At Crosswoodhill we offer you 4 superb properties, all on our hill farm. Each has its own welcoming character and quality, with one unifying theme …. our constant care for your enjoyment and relaxation.
The 3 to 4 Star accolades awarded by the Scottish Tourist Board contribute to your peace of mind that we bring you some of the best in Scottish self-catering accommodation. Many of our guests return year after year. Some have sampled each of our properties and can’t make up their minds which property they like best. Others have definite loyalties.
You may now choose to go straight to any of our 4 properties to view good-sized photos of the exteriors and interiors of all 3 cottages.
Sometimes layout can be the deciding factor. So for those of you curious to know where the living-room is in relation to the bedrooms or where the kitchen or bathrooms are, study the floor plan at the base of each individual cottage page . The plan also indicates the overall size of the property.
**** Midcrosswood - Idyllic and romantic with the feel of a remote Highland Cottage. Single storey, detached, this secluded hillside hideaway makes an ideal honeymoon cottage. But equally well, it will sleep up to 5 as family accommodation. Two bathrooms. The roomiest kitchen and a good-sized living room with a dining table that will seat up to 8 ( useful if you have visiting friends or relatives or are planning a round-the-table business get-together.) The most isolated and most expensive of our trio of properties. Suitable for wheelchair users who can cope with one step up to the front door and one step into a shower cabinet. No dogs as sheep graze close by. Children love the freedom of the hill unfolding from the door but Midcrosswood does not have a formal enclosed garden. The access track, though of a very acceptable standard for a farm track and easy for cars to drive on, is hardcore rather than tarmac.
**** Steading Cottage - Close to, but set back from the road (no farm gates to open) this detached property has a real farm feel to its situation. Two storeys. Sleeps up to 6. Of our three, this is the property with the most impressive interior and lofty ceilings. Appearing deceptively small from the outside, inside it’s amazingly spacious. Open plan kitchen and living area allows the chefs in your party to socialise with the rest of your group, whilst preparing the grub. Children can enjoy their own daytime space in the upstairs bedroom which now has a second T.V. Detachable stairgate for the base of the stairs only. Two bathrooms downstairs and a toilet / washroom upstairs. Pets welcome. There is a small garden at the front: by closing the gates, at the entrance to the property, it becomes totally enclosed for children and dogs. This is the property which lends itself best to an extra one or two sleeping persons in addition to the advertised 6. Steading Cottage has also been singled out by the Tourist Board as particularly wheelchair friendly. It has a wheel-in shower on the ground floor and has no steps.[ view the cottage ]
*** The Wing of Crosswoodhill Farmhouse - On the opposite side of the road from all the farm activities, this accommodation has a lovely traditional feel to it. Two storeys, not detached. Sleeps up to 6. The wing is not a “cottage” but so many of our past guests call it a cottage because of its comfortable feel that we now think of it in this way ourselves! Of the trio the Wing has the best garden but the smallest kitchen and only one bathroom which is upstairs. The downstairs dining / living-room is a bit on the small side but the third upstairs “twin bedroom” offers the flexibility of converting into an instantly very attractive second living room provided the beds are made! Guests love the versatility of having a second living area which allows older children, or individual members within a group, their own space to relax or perhaps watch a T.V. programme on a different channel from that being watched downstairs. On either side of the Wing are friendly neighbours. Your hosts live at one end. At the far end of the farmhouse live Eve and Bill, who have rented their accommodation from us for over 28 years! They have Scottish Deerhound dogs. Holidaymakers’ pets welcome. For the cost-conscious, this is the least expensive of the 3 properties.
Choose between Midcrosswood, a gem of a cottage one mile distant on the heather-clad moors of the Pentland Hills, Steading Cottage at the hub of the farm, or the self-contained Wing of Crosswoodhill, a 2-storey apartment in our spacious, handsome, 200 year old, farmhouse. (The Wing is located in the older part of the building)
And , NEW, we can now offer 5 STAR luxury in Orlege. Sumptuous, open-plan, contemporary chic, this is a really stunning property. Full details on our our website, www.crosswoodhill.co.uk
If you've only one day to spare in EDINBURGH don't miss the Castle, the Royal Mile (on foot, exploring all the wynds, alleyways, closes), the Museum of Childhood (half way down and free) and Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, a good but easy climb (even for quite young children) with wonderful views. Park at foot of Arthur's Seat behind The Palace of Holyroodhouse. Ideal for a picnic. If the weather turns rough, perhaps opt for a guided tour of the Palace instead. Young children and weary adults would enjoy a multi language commentary "Classic Tour" on open-topped double-decker buses (can be draughty!) where you get on and off as you please and get a feel for this wonderful city.
The shops, particularly Jenners (the oldest independent department store in the world), are a bonus. However it's worth a walk along Princes Street bounded by the Gardens along one side just to look up at the Castle on its precipitous crag and the wonderful Old Town houses tumbling down from it.
Go west to GLASGOW, a vibrant city with a string of visitor attractions. Outstanding amongst a wealth of museums is the Burrell Museum. Enjoy a walk in the grounds there and Pollok House. Easy parking for a small charge. Museum free.
Set off for South Queensferry and start with impressive HOPETOUN HOUSE and grounds. View Forth Bridges from the rooftop viewing platform and then cruise under the Bridges embarking on the "Maid of the Forth" at South Queensferry for the return trip to idyllic INCHCOLM ISLAND. Wander the island. Take extra clothing for the boat-- can be chilly. If the weather turns nasty forgo the boat trip and Inchcolm and seek shelter with a guided tour of House of the Binns nearby. Or Dalmeny House, also close by.
Don't miss the cotton mills of NEW LANARK, Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution and now a World Heritage site. Beautiful setting, fascinating industrial architecture; good museum with theme-park-style ride carrying you through New Lanark's history. Deserves all the awards its had.
After visiting the Mill and Museum walk upstream along the river, tumbling water, gorges, waterfalls. A wonderful excursion.
You might wish to combine this with a drive to BIGGAR which has exceptionally fine small museums (Gladstone Court, Moat Park Heritage Centre, Greenhill, Biggar Gas Works) , all popular with children too. Plus a small puppet theatre in Biggar. If time climb Tinto Hill slightly west of Biggar. Easy climb with views taking in much of Southern Scotland.
V, VI & VII.
Explore in and around royal STIRLING and BRAVEHEART COUNTRY. Stirling Castle still watches over the old picturesque old town of Stirling. Below a Visitor Centre stands on the site at Bannockburn where Scotland won independence in 1314 following Robert the Bruce's victory over English forces. Also close by is the National Wallace Monument , a tribute to Scotland's first freedom fighter whose struggle to free Scotland from England's occupation was portrayed in the Oscar-winning movie, Braveheart..
To extend your day, combine your half day in Stirling with:
EITHER: South of the Forth: LINLITHGOW PALACE and CAIRNPAPPLE HILL a few miles away. Windowless, roofless and weathering, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots is magnificent. Nice loch beside it, great picnic spot.
At Cairnpapple the views are spectacular, especially rewarding in that it's such a short climb to this Bronze Age Cairn. If time, Beecraigs Country Park is nice for a wander and popular with children.
VII. Go west to Callendar, perhaps visit Callendar House , popular with children, and then tour by car the rugged area between CALLENDAR and LOCH LOMOND. Fine scenery and a 100 mile circular route gives a taste of the Highlands in miniature. This is Rob Roy Country; identify with the movie portraying the story of the cattle dealer and outlaw who became a Scottish folk hero. Allow time to walk and explore. Or perhaps take a steam ship on the beautiful waters of Loch Katrine from where you can view breathtaking scenery and the splendour of Scotland's First National Park, cycle or climb Ben A'an. Spectacular new Visitor Centre opened in 2002.
Take the ring-road around Edinburgh to the rolling farmlands of EAST LOTHIAN. A round of golf, perhaps or a visit to the Museum of Flight. New is the Scottish Seabird Centre. Sample the golden water of life at Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery if you haven't already enjoyed unravelling the mysteries of whisky making (with free tasting) at the excellent Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh's Royal Mile
A DAY'S WALKING. The choice is limitless. Get up early, drive north into Perthshire, etc and "bag a Munro". Take to the Borders. Or settle for the PENTLANDS on your doorstep which offers a huge range from gentle strolling to more strenuous routes (books with route- maps available at Crosswoodhill). Wild open spaces just a few miles distant from Edinburgh but a thousand miles in atmosphere from the city centre.
Discover the BORDERS. Wonderful mixture of landscapes, bleak moorland, river valleys, lush pasture with the character of the countryside changing with peculiar rapidity. Peppered with old castles and abbeys telling their tales of Border feuds with England, the Borders also boast quirky towns and woollen mills (good bargains to be had in knitwear). Visit gardens, wander round Peebles, nice shops and atmospheric little town. The Borders boasts some of the best mountain biking terrain in Scotland.
A lazy day in the garden or around the farm at Crosswoodhill. Barbecue available.
If you have your fishing rods with you, by telephoning 01555 811511 in advance, you can book a boat to fish on Crosswood Reservoir, just one field away from Midcrosswood Cottage (no bank fishing). Land a few trout for your supper. You can't enjoy fresher fish than that! Lots of other fishing opportunities in the Lothians, Strathclyde and the Borders, all within easy driving distance.
Perhaps take a short trip to ALMOND VALLEY HERITAGE CENTRE MUSEUM (enjoyable for all ages) in old Livingston Village. Our local, highly innovative, museum richly deserves its prestigious award of Scottish Museum of the Year 2002. Or, if you've brought your swimming gear with you, introduce your youngsters to "Bubbles" our much praised local leisure pool. Opposite is the new McArthur Glen Designer Outlet with big names and shopping bargains galore. And just a couple of miles from there is Freeport Leisure with similar retail "therapy" opportunities and big discounts. On a smaller scale perhaps, but with more diversions for children.
Alternatively, meander up Crosswoodhill's own hilly terrain and enjoy a picnic with the sheep and cattle grazing nearby. Read a book, paddle, doze, enjoy the isolation. Follow this perhaps with mingling with the crowds... lots of theatres and culture in Edinburgh, restaurants to suit all tastes. An atmospheric Edinburgh Ghost Walk in the dark later, perhaps.
If you are extending your stay and need a SECOND XI, here are some further ideas:
A second day in EDINBURGH. Picnic perhaps in Princes Street
(children's play area in Gardens there). Take in some museums, e.g National Gallery, Chambers Street Museum, the new Museum of Scotland.. A huge choice. Admire the graceful Georgian architecture of the "New Town": Visit 28 Charlotte Square to feel at home in an 1820's drawing room. Bask in the seasonal beauty of the Botanic Gardens and visit the hothouses. Tour the Royal yacht "Britannia" for a taste of how royalty sailed the seas. Visit Dynamic Earth and travel back from the present day to the beginning of time.
EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY AND INSECT WORLD, magical for children and in complete contrast to the black diamonds of nearby Scottish Mining Museum. And for more contrasts in the same area become awe-inspired by mediaeval Rosslyn Chapel, marvel at glass-blowing techniques at Penicuik Crystal Factory or burn off the last of your energy at Europe's largest artificial ski slope on the Pentland Hills. Hillend, near Edinburgh, offers a chairlift; boots and skis for hire.
DEEP SEA WORLD
Below the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge is Deep Sea World, one of the largest aquariums in Britain.. Immensely popular with most ages.
A trip which could perhaps be combined with CULROSS, a lovely little sixteenth century burgh surviving intact in the industrialised upper estuary of the Forth. Explore Fife, with its beaches, fishing villages, renowned golf courses, the lovely palace at Falkland steeped in history, its quaint village and nearby easy hill-climbs with wonderful views..
Or try the Scottish Deer Centre at Cupar. For golf addicts ST. ANDREWS is a must. You can even play on the Old Course. St. Andrew's is a lovely town in its own right. The non-golfers can enjoy good beaches.
Raining? Needing to rest weary legs? Does your family originally hail from Scotland? An opportunity exists in Edinburgh to explore your Scottish roots in the Scottish Genealogy Society Library and Family History Centre. Or by appointment with the Scottish Roots Ancestral Research Service.
OR: Raining but needing a gateway to adventure in the dry? Visit the largest indoor rock-climbing centre ever built. Ratho Quarry houses the biggest and most challenging climbing walls you'll ever come across. Or enjoy a mix of gym facilities there. Or simply relax with great food in this fantastic place just 15 miles from Crosswoodhill.
PERTHSHIRE. Over the Forth Bridge and up the motorway to Pitlochry or further to get a taste of Highland Scenery with its lochs, glens and castles. Start early enough and you can get in some walking or hire mountain bikes. Just wonderful.
BO'NESS STEAM RAILWAY. Evoke the past with a re-creation of a typical Scottish branch-line. Combine this with Birkhill Fireclay Mine and Blackness Castle, perhaps. (Check opening times before setting off to these)
Keen golfers amongst you could perhaps combine this with a round on the local Harburn Golf Course. Visitors welcome and the Golf Club can provide limited clubs if you don't have them with you!
A family outing day that will appeal to everyone: wide sandy, almost deserted beaches in EAST LOTHIAN. A bucket and spade day. Bypass Edinburgh on the new ring-road and make for the seaside around Gullane and Dirleton. Water can be a bit chilly and can be invigoratingly windy.
Or you may want to split the party, with some of the family heading for the beach and those adults with an interest in ancient and unique Scottish sites of mystique, wonder and charm booking instead a Celtic Trail. Jackie Queally, your personable, informed guide, will take you to places you may not otherwise discover. Explore her website to discover what could be in store for you.
A trip to EDINBURGH ZOO. Splendid location on a hillside where lions, tigers and countless other species prowl around Scotland's biggest zoo. Penguins a great attraction. A universal favourite with everyone. Parking in nearby streets free. Or perhaps other child-friendly activities appeal? Check some out.
The GREAT OUTDOORS.
Icelandic pony trekking from CARLOPS on the other (softer) side of the Pentlands.
Or hire mountain bikes from near Peebles. Lots of Forestry tracks.
Or hire bikes from Biketrax Cycle Hire in Edinburgh and explore the (less exhausting for the less fit) flatter cycleways of Edinburgh.
CRUISE THE CANALS and waterways. Linlithgow and Ratho make good starting points. Visit the Linlithgow Canal Centre where The Canal Museum has a sales counter, a short audio-visual presentation and admission is free.. Or go a bit further north, defy gravity and take a ride on the amazing Falkirk Wheel, Scotland's 2002 modern engineering marvel. Add to the fun by going aboard a state-of-the-art amphibious transporter or a more traditional canal boat. Finally linking the Glasgow and Edinburgh canal network, The Falkirk Wheel is the world's only rotating boat lift. Impressive!
Finally, take in the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh from a different perspective:
Panoramic view of Edinburgh from the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre with its interactive exhibits and latest "space" CD-Roms.
If here during the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL and FRINGE FESTIVALS allow time just to mingle, stand and stare and revel in the unique atmosphere. Something happening on every street corner and almost every building; quite mind-blowing. Throughout the year Edinburgh's cosmopolitan outlook attracts major music, theatre, dance and arts performances. Entertainment to suit all ages and tastes. Why not check out what's on at the Festival or Kings Theatre during your stay?
Each property at Crosswoodhill is well stocked with guide books, tourist information and leaflets for you to browse and plan your itineraries. No-one yet staying at Crosswoodhill has ever run out of ideas of exciting expeditions. Even poor weather cannot dampen enthusiasms as there is so much undercover for those rainy days. "Scotland the Best" and "Scotland for Kids" offer further ideas. As can your hosts. as well as past guests who have recorded their "finds" for the benefit of future guests.
And a tip before you venture forth. Bring your imagination, but also check out some money-saving ideas. For example if you are visiting both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, you may want to purchase a Scottish Explorer Ticket from one of these Historic Scotland properties.
Crosswoodhill Farm - Holiday Cottages - Near Edinburgh - City of Edinburgh