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2 nights
£440 - £900 per week
WEST CALDER, United Kingdom
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The Steading Holiday Cottage


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The 4 STAR quality grading awarded by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) to this annually inspected property allows us officially to describe it as "Excellent" accommodation.
(Inspected and graded on 26/9/19, Steading Cottage scored 78%, which is within the 75 - 86% Quality Assurance range for 4 STAR Scottish Tourist Board accommodation).

Why our less mobile guests love Steading Cottage>>>

-Car parking right beside entry door.
-No steps at entry or on ground floor.
-Level wooden / tiled floors throughout.
-Though 2-storey, everything for the less-fit guest is on the ground floor
-Bathroom layout allows full turning circle for wheelchairs + flat access to power shower
-Grab rails beside shower, toilet and handbasin. Wheeled shower chair available.
-2 ground floor bedrooms with wheelchair access, one double, one single.
-Kingsize bed downstairs 30 cms from floor to slatted base; 56 cms from floor with mattress
-Single bed downstairs 37 cms from floor to slatted base;66 cms with mattress
-Tricky for a wheelchair to manoevre in kitchen area, hence Assisted Wheelchair grading
-Space in porch for mobility aids, hoist etc. if needed.
-Owner/ Manager "G" has completed VisitScotland's Accessible Tourism Customer Service Training.
-This is the cottage for those happy to be at the heart of the farm. Creatively transformed in 1998 from dereliction into a
wonderful home, it is white, light, spacious, inviting and warm with its multi-fuel stove and oil-fired central heating.

Set back from the main road with a small front garden, this detached cottage nestles right beside farm buildings and a field. The reduced rental reflects the possibility that despite thick walls and double glazing you may hear some road traffic, tractors, cattle or perhaps experience the odd farm whiff outside! Curiously enough this farm activity has proved to be somewhat of an attraction rather than a negative, especially to youngsters.

The property has entrance gates. This means that it can be totally enclosed if you have small children or pets.


Two storeys with an upstairs family bedroom but also ground floor accommodation, a double and single bedroom, equally suitable for the able-bodied, but also for disabled wheelchair users or those with mobility problems.

Entry is through a roomy porch/utility room. Large enough for all your fishing or golf gear, bicycles, or car-roof rack, or disability equipment, it's just as ideal as a temporary home for your dog for just a few hours as it can be shut off from the rest of the house.

To the left is an open plan lofty living/dining area with a granite-topped island unit dividing this area from the fully integrated, red alder kitchen, as shown in the photos within the Steading Gallery Page. A focal point at the far end of the living area is the multi-fuel stove for those who love the ambience of a real fire in addition to the oil-fired central heating. The other focal point adjacent to this is the 2011 upgrade to a 32" LED flatscreen TV.

To the right is a double bedroom with a kingsize bed, an ensuite shower & w.c. Beside this is a small single bedroom. Both have space for a cot. Opposite is a wheel-in shower-room. This bathroom with power shower, bath, W.C, basin and rail grabs is ideal for a wheelchair-bound guest. The floor is non-slip.

Wide stairs lead up to a small gallery, above the kitchen and overlooking the living area. Beyond, behind the door, is a spacious dormer/attic with two single beds and one double. A child's paradise with plenty of floor space to play on. And you can pop into an adjacent room with toilet and handbasin to spare nocturnal trips downstairs!

The good and the not-so-good about Steading Cottage>>>>

Steading Cottage lends itself particularly well to 2 couples sharing as the two double bedrooms are quite well apart, affording family privacy. And there is a single bedroom beside one and two singles in the family room upstairs.

As this is a detached cottage, with no neighbours except for cows, this is an ideal cottage for budding musicians, howling babies, and those who like their music at concert pitch! The roomy, quarry tiled, porch area is also particularly useful for storing all your fishing or golfing tackle or disability equipment including a hoist which can be hired in. It's also an ideal room for leaving your dog (s) for short periods as it is separated by a door from the main house.

The garden is on the small side and though screened by shrubs lacks privacy being bordered by the farm and the passing traffic. Not ideal for footballers for this reason but fine to sit out in.

However, a big bonus in 2015! A wonderful play area just a two-minute walk across the road to the woods behind Crosswoodhill farmhouse. A perfect setting for the garden playfort and slide, swings including a large family basket swing, sling and toddler swings, a trapeze bar and rings, a see-saw, sandpit and balancing logs. Whoops of delight confirm this robust equipment ( but we do ask for adult supervision, please ) was well worth the investment. This play area is large enough to be shared by more than one family and offers guests from Orlege, the Wing and Steading Cottage the possibility to meet up with other children staying at Crosswoodhill.

Other Information>>>>>

>Electricity as used (meter readings charged at cost, according to usage).WHY? Some owners prefer to offer an "all-in" rental but into that rental they have built in costs for those guests who use a lot of fuel and electricity. We prefer that guests who are economic or "green" in their usage should benefit, pay less and not subsidise more profligate users! This applies to the Wing, Steading Cottage and Orlege End, but not Craigengar Lodge where heating and electricity are included in the rental.
>Heating Oil charged at cost according to usage.
>Solid Fuel Supplies may be purchased at cost.

Pets by arrangement: £20 per dog per week / part week

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  • Countryside Views
  • Dining Area
  • Log Burner
  • Fire Place
  • Heating
  • Wi-Fi - Internet
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Gas Hob
  • Electric Oven
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Dish Washer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Accessible Shower/Wet Room
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Music System
  • Television
  • Internet/Satellite Tv Channels
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Gardens
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Towels and Linens Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Open All Year
  • Online Booking Available
  • Debit/Credit Cards Accepted
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Fire Extinguisher


  • Rural Location
  • Countryside Location
  • Walking Holidays
  • Cycling Holidays
  • Countryside Breaks
  • Singles
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historical


  • Hill Climbing
  • Walking Paths
  • Jogging/Running Trails
  • Golf Nearby


  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Wheelchair Access

Near By

  • Dog Walks
  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping Mall
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Places of Interest
  • Children's Play Park
  • Bars/Cafes/Restaurants
  • Cash Point/Machine
  • Banks
  • Airport
  • Train Station
  • Bus Station
  • Places of Worship

Doggy Info

Doggy Facilities/Info

  • Water Bowl
  • Feeding Dish
  • Dog Towels
  • Dine with your Dog
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Dog Friendly Cafe Nearby
  • Dog Friendly Bars Nearby
  • Dog Friendly Restaurants Nearby
  • Good Dog Walks Nearby
  • Dogs not Allowed in Bedrooms
  • Dogs Restricted to Living-room/Kitchen
  • Protective Covers Available
  • No Unattended Dogs
  • Well Behaved Dogs Only
  • Noisy Dogs not Accepted
  • Damage Deposit Required
  • Spare Poo Bags Supplied
For those holidaying with their dog(s), we would be immensely grateful if you could observe the: Crosswoodhill Dog House Rules for The Steading Cottage.

If you bring your pets on holiday with you, we assume it is because they are part of the family and you accept that it may restrict how and where you spend your time. Some pets, totally happy to be left on their own back at their real home, have surprised their owners by becoming really quite distressed about being left in a strange house. The dogs then, in turn, distress those within earshot at Crosswoodhill.


1. Our Terms of Let state that dogs are not to be left alone at any time in the accommodation. Occasionally, and always following discussion, we may relax this rule allowing guests to leave them unattended “at home” for half a day ( a maximum of 4 hours ideally ) provided they are shut in the porch at the Steading, the downstairs bathroom in Orlege or the ground floor in the Wing, with their needs remembered ( comfort, food, drink, temperature.) Unless your dog has been left within an individual “crate” that they are used to and we have inspected, a £100 cash deposit, payable before the event, will be required if any pets are to be left alone, by agreement, at any time. This £100 will be returned at the end of the stay if no damage has been caused to the property. However if it is evident that your dog has become distressed about being left at home, barks a lot or our property appears to be “at risk”, please accept that this privilege will be withdrawn and the dog owner/guest will be responsible for paying in full for any damage sustained to the property. If you have a mobile phone, leaving us the number for emergency situations would be helpful ( and please keep it switched on ). And please tell us the name of your pet(s).
2. Please keep your pets off the furniture and remove any animal hairs from the rugs, floorboards, etc. before you leave. (The cylindrical vacuum cleaner, with attachments for upholstery, is useful for this.)
3. Please do not allow any dogs upstairs, on the beds or chairs. Please bring your own dog-beds/baskets.
4. Please keep your dog under strict control at all times and accept any liability for any damage caused. Please be aware that if you leave your dog unattended in the house and it chews and swallows a foreign body, this could be fatal. For this reason, if you have trained your dogs to accept a crate as a safe den, it would be ideal to bring a crate with you.


1. Because of the sheep, please no exercising in the fields, on or off the lead, unless we have signposted you, after arrival, to any empty-of-stock adjacent fields ( but please don’t rely on this) There is a very good picnic area one mile down the road on the A70 on the left-hand side, just beyond the junction with the B7008 to West Calder. This offers dogs plenty of scope to scamper some distance off a lead.
2. Could you please use a poop scoop (supplied) in the garden and make sure that all offerings are picked up and disposed of into the black wheely bin. It is exceedingly unpleasant for guests following you to inherit a garden or woodland area contaminated with dog faeces.
3. Please oversee your dog’s voiding sessions and encourage your dog to urinate outside the garden in the woods at the back of the Wing, or in the wooded area to the front of Orlege or outside the gates of Steading Cottage. This is because, unfortunately, the ammonia in the urine burns the lawn, leaving unsightly patches which take weeks to disappear.
4. Please be aware of the following: Steading Cottage garden is enclosed, but athletic dogs could jump the surrounding stone walls and escape onto the road if not supervised. With Orlege, the patio area is not enclosed and an unsupervised dog could wander down the lane onto the road. The Wing of Crosswoodhill guests should be aware of woods at the back of their garden, where an adventurous unsupervised dog could eventually find its way onto the road or fall in a stream. Also be aware that our tenants of 430+ years in the middle section of Crosswoodhill farmhouse (which houses the Wing and Orlege) kennel their 2 dogs outside to the rear of the lovely garden that Wing guests pass through. But their dogs never roam unsupervised in the gardens. And up at Craigengar an athletic dog could jump the fences into the fields and worry our livestock.
5. We do provide old dog towels and some dog bowls for you use. Please bring your own leads.
Many thanks for your help with all of this. Keep to the “rules” and dogs will love it here!

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