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Description from the owner
Dating back to the 15th century, this former Droverâ€™s House is set within the peaceful tranquillity of the Pentlands Regional Park, yet only a short train journey, or 30 minutesâ€™ drive, from the hustle and bustle of historic Edinburgh.
This delightful holiday cottage has been furnished, decorated and equipped to a high standard. Adjoining the ownersâ€™ home but in a totally rural setting, close by Harperrig Reservoir, it has its own garden with sitting-out area and barbecue.
Kirknewton village is 5 miles away. Here you will find a small supermarket, pub and post office. All yo...Read more
Kirknewton, Edinburgh & Lothians, Scotland
Additional Location Information
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$78 - $659||$78 - $498||$346 - $923||$0||1 night|
|Jan. 8 2012 - Mar. 31 2012||$346 - $402||$266 - $299||$490 - $560||-||2 nights|
|Apr. 3 2013 - Jun. 26 2013||$490||$299||$685||-||2 nights|
|Jul. 3 2013 - Aug. 31 2013||$659||$498||$923||-||2 nights|
|All Other Dates||$78||$78||$346||-||1 night|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Week Bookings (Sunday - Sunday)
Jan - March Â£313 - Â£358
April - June Â£438 - Â£600
July - Aug Â£590 - Â£683
Sept - Dec Â£474 - Â£605
3 - 4 nights (Monday - Friday OR Friday - Monday)
Jan - March Â£221 - Â£257
April - June Â£313 - Â£401
July - Aug Â£421 - Â£459
Sept - Dec Â£221 - Â£432
2 nights (Friday - Sunday)
Jan - March Â£170 - Â£191
April - June Â£191 - Â£323
July - Aug Â£318 - Â£370
Sept - Dec Â£170 - Â£296
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Cosy cottage with great views accross open farmland
We throughly enjoyed our stay at Drover Cottage and found Lucy the owner extremely helpful as we were preparing for our son's wedding in the near proximity.
The eggs from Lucy's chickens were much appreceated.
Response from Lucy Strachan - 07/05/2012
Hope you have all recovered from the wedding! It was lovely having you all to stay. Best wishes Lucy xxxxx
An idyllic cottage in a beautiful setting. We couldn't have asked for more for our weekend stay and can not wait to return. Drovers was well equipped and had a relaxed atmosphere throughout. Lucy went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect and the pigs meant we didn't waste any food.
Response from Lucy Strachan - 12/09/2011
Thank you Alex. It was lovely to meet you and all your friends. So glad you liked the cottage and our greedy pigs!
Stafford, United Kingdom
Relaxing Rural Retreat
In truth, the cottage was chosen initially as a compromise.
We were going to spend as much time as possible at the Edinburgh Fringe but were faced with a lack of available and sensibly priced accommodation in the city.
With 5 in our party, the cottage offered excellent vfm for a week's stay and quick and direct access to Edinburgh.
While not totally tucked away it is easy to miss the access gate - for the first few times! The owners were not around when we arrived but this was known beforehand and so easy and sensible key retrieval had been put in place.
The interior of the cottage is attractive, simply laid out and well furnished.
The kitchen has lovely views over the hills behind the property with fields that start only a matter of feet from the kitchen window.
The dining area has a table that is sufficiently large to absorb daily tourist clutter without the need to clear up before sitting down to eat.
Slovenly - but useful.
The living room has the stove which was a great focal point and of interest to those (children) who have never had a real fire as you can chop your own wood and prepare, light and maintain a real fire which really adds to the feeling of the homeliness in the cottage.
There are books available in the living room and bedroom if you forget or run out of holiday literature.
The bedrooms are very spacious.
As I said before we had intended to spend a lot of time in Edinburgh but the vibe of the cottage was so relaxing that having cards, books and board games with us we ended up spending time just in and around the cottage which was a lovely way to unwind.
Livingston is close by for a main supermarket shop and I think has a shopping mall for those who need retail therapy.
There are good pubs locally with some really interesting menus.
We didn't see any of the otters that are meant to be round and about but did have a deer run across the road in front of us which emphasised the rural nature of the area while still being able to link easily and quickly down a roads and Motorways to the cities and tourist attractions.
I did have to spend one day away from the cottage with work and had to fly from Edinburgh airport which is remarkably accessible from the cottage but far enough away to be an invisible presence if you don't have to know it's there.
As a measure of how much we enjoyed the cottage we are going back on a break to Scotland again this year and were looking to book up at the cottage once more but sadly found some wise people had already booked ahead of us.
I think as a base for the visiting the East coast and Edinburgh, walking, enjoying the countryside and general relaxation this cottage ticks all the boxes and if coming back to the area there will be very little hesitation in re-booking the cottage; I would certainly recommend it to family and friends.
Response from Lucy Strachan - 05/17/2011
Thank you so much for your very kind review. I am so glad that you enjoyed Drover's Cottage. We certainly enjoyed having you to stay.
I am so sorry that the cottage was not available for you at your requested dates, this year, but we would love to see you all again in the future. Keep trying or even better, give us a phone and we can see what is available for you at a later date.
I am glad for the offer to write a review regarding our trip through the UK, Southern and Northern Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland and France. I listed the trip locations to show the extent and to mention that we stayed in self catering cottages throughout the trip. In all we stayed in six different ones. I am speaking not only for myself but for the whole family (Wife, Teenage son, pre- teen son and Grand Mother) when I say that the Drover cottage and the visit throughout Scotland was our favorite part of the trip. Lucy and her lovely cottage were absolutely delightful. I wish we could have spent the whol six week trip there. This was our first family trip of this kind and I can definately say we will try and stay with her again on our next trip to her lovely country. Thanks for the wonderful stay and for the memories we will enjoy for a lifetime.
Winchester - Hampshire
A wonderful place to escape the stresses of modern living
Myself and the family have stayed at the cottage on 6 previous occasions it is a wonderful place to spend time in amongst the quiet setting of the pentland hills with great walks on your doorstep or not to far if you want to venture out a bit. We find the rural setting combined with easy access tothe beautiful city of Edinburgh exilerating and this makes the stay much more enjoyable. The other aspect of the location is it is within reasonably easy reach of Glasgow and Stirling ... the gateway to the highlands.
The cottage is very well laid out and provides all that is required to ensure an enjoyable stay. We call it a "Home from Home"..everything is there that you could possibly need.The cottage is well maintained and very clean and you would be hard pressed to find somewhere similar at comparable cost. Lucy always made us welcome and would her utmost to ensure we had an enjoyable holiday
The things we enjoyed most were walking in the hills and visiting Edinburgh to sightsee.
Isle of Lewis
A holiday that you just want to do again and again. Brilliant!
We have now stayed at our favourite country haunt on 3 occasions and plan another stay next month. We have two teenage children and two lively dogs so it is important to choose a holiday that suits all of us.
The cottage is beautifully set at the foot of the most spectacular hills and surrounded by stunning views and country walks and yet easy to access from the main road. Now that might suit the husband and dogs but for me and the kids its the Edinburgh shops and tourist stops that we love and the city is only a short train ride ( 20 mins) from the village of Kirknewton away or a bus ride ( 45 mins away) I never take the car to Edinburgh as the public transport is great. Glasgow is also easily accessible by train from Kirknewton.
We love the ten pin bowling in Livingston, and the designer shopping centre about 15 mins car drive away. In Livingston there is also Bubbles swimming pool which has great flumes We also love the Ratho Climbing arena which is about 10 mins drive away. The cottage is in easy reach of great places like Blair Drummond Park as well as Stirling and Perth is just across the Forth Road Bridge.
The cottage is cosy and spacious with a lovely pot bellied stove which just adds to that cosy feel. There is everything you could possible want in this home from home.
The pigs in the field next door are great fun to feed with scraps and always interest the dogs and the kids no matter how old they get.
I love just being with the family, really enjoying each other and this holiday feels like we are re-charging our families batteries and compensating each other for our busy lives.
The holiday is full of variety but the real jewel for us in the warm, friendly welcome from Lucy and family. They are always helpful and kind and can never do enough to help make this a holiday that you just want to do again and again.
Hilversum The netherlands
It is a pretty house to stay for a nice holyday Many things to see and to do Very quiet, we love that. Shoppingcentre not far away. Edinburgh easy reach by train and bus