If you love both country life and city lights in equal measure you will adore this romantic bolthole in the heart of a picture-perfect village just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh.
A small but perfectly formed cottage, brilliantly located for town and country.
Braemar’s location in West Linton makes it a great option for culture vultures who also appreciate the countryside and gentler pace of village life. From here you can juxtapose days full of fresh air and cheery pints with the locals with the bright lights of Edinburgh and its lively programme of events and festivals, just 20 miles away.
This enchantingly compact cottage is located by West Linton’s pretty village green, with hostelries such as The Gordon Arms, the Old Bakehouse restaurant and Old Toll Tea Room all close by, and the beautiful Pentland Hills easily accessible on foot.
This traditional stone cottage exudes character and charm on an endearing scale. As you step inside you are greeted by the heathery hues of the pleasingly contemporary sitting room, complete with original fireplace and wood burning stove, a dining table for two, TV with Freeview, DVD player and i-Dock.
The dinky kitchen has a hob, mini-oven and small fridge freezer, and the ground floor bathroom a shower and WC. Stairs lead from the hall to the bedroom, a cosy eyrie with a king size double bed.
The period features and contemporary country style of Braemar make it a delightful retreat after happy days exploring the countryside, enjoying the charms of the village or the sophistication of the city.
Please note that that this is a traditional period cottage and a number of rooms have lower level ceiling heights, particularly in the kitchen and the first floor bedroom which has a coombed ceiling. If you have any concerns, please contact us before booking.
Front door leads into a very small compact kitchen with 2 ring electric hob, fridge with small freezer compartment, and a worktop mini electric oven. Please note that there is no dishwasher and no washing machine.
Good sized sitting room with wood burning stove. Large double sofa with armchair. Small dining space for two. Technology includes TV with Freeview, an iDock and DVD player.
Bathroom with shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Important - please note that the stairs to the upper floor are very steep and narrow and will be unsuitable for guests with restricted mobility.
Double bedroom with 4’6” bed, two side tables, hanging hooks, two drawers for storage. Please note that the bedroom has a coombed ceiling which affects the overall ceiling height of the room.
There is a small gravelled seating area to the side of the cottage with picnic table and bench seating.
There is on-street parking outside the cottage but no private provision.
Babies & Children
Please note that due to the size and configuration of the cottage, it is not suitable for babies or children.
Dogs are not permitted.
Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is supplied.
Wifi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception can be patchy inside the cottage but is good outside.
Wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs supplied. Electric storage heating in the sitting room and bedroom.
West Linton has good local amenities including a small Co-op supermarket and deli for essential provisions as well as a post office, book shop, bank, and pharmacy. For tea and scones, head to the Olde Toll Tea House in the village, or for lunches or dinner the Gordon Arms pub sits nearby serving local tasty produce in the bar or the restaurant. For evening dining, the Old Bakehouse has a super reputation for its quaint ambience and high quality food and is ideal for a romantic dinner for two.
Two miles north of West Linton you will find Whitmuir Organics which has a coffee shop and restaurant and you can buy some fantastic meats, fruit and veg fresh from the farm. Everything in the shop can also be delivered so why not treat yourself and arrange for a wonderful box of organic goodies to be delivered to your holiday home in advance of your stay. Alternatively, their ‘Made Right Here’ range of steak pies, shepherds pies, pate, jams, cakes and chutney can help to make your holiday catering effortless.
For a greater range of amenities, pubs and restaurants, 8 miles will take you to Penicuik or 14 miles to the pretty market towns of Peebles or Biggar.
The area is a popular walking destination and there are a vast number waymarked walks in and around the Pentland Hills. Starting right at the door, the Lyne Water and Broomlee Hill is a relatively easy loop of 2.5 miles starting gently along the Lyne Water but with a little more effort required as it heads up to Broomlee Hill. Alternatively Baddinshill involves a moderate walk of 5.5 miles into the Pentlands from West Linton offering fine panoramic views along the way.
Local attractions around West Linton include Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin (12 miles) which dates back to 1446. Prominently featured in the best seller The Da Vinci Code, this beautiful heritage attraction has been the topic of many mystical theories including the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. A fascinating place, a fascinating history!
For cycling, the beautiful forest at Glentress (13 miles) is a superb destination for mountain biking with trails to suit all ages and abilities. With a brand new £8.5m visitor centre, it also has a cafe, bike hire and instruction on offer but with some fantastic opportunities for walking and wildlife too. And for an exhilarating thrill 40 feet above the forest floor, there are zip wires and tree top adventures at nearby Go Ape.
For something quite different, why not head to Velvet Hall to meet and trek with Alpacas in the Tweed Valley. Here you can amble along through scenic forests and over the hill tops with your very own Alpaca for company. Playful, inquisitive and truly adorable.
For golfing, there is an 18-hole, par 69 moorland course on the edge of the village which will challenge and delight in equal measure. The course boasts wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and has a pro shop and two golf professionals if you are new to the sport or are looking to sharpen up your swing.
Despite its peaceful rural location, the motorway network can be reached in less than 15 minutes by car and allows easy access to Edinburgh and all that this magnificent city has to offer. Alternatively, hop onto a local bus which will take you to the city in less than an hour. Here you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a tour of the underground vaults of the old city; savour the atmosphere of the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival or exceptional Jazz & Blues Festival, or visit its most famous landmark - the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
Alternatively for more active pursuits, Midlothian has the largest dry ski facility in Europe at Hillend, just 15 miles from West Linton, and a few miles further north will take you to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho where you can experience climbing, abseiling and bouldering as well as the highest indoor aerial assault course in the UK.
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"Braemar cottage was a lovely place to stay for a few days, it was spotlessly clean and we felt very much at home even with the "compact kitchen". The arrival gifts were fantastic, nothing better than a nice cup of coffee and biscuit after our journey."Mr & Mrs Goodwin
"We were very happy with our stay in Braemar Cottage. It was very cosy and well located."Mr Ross
"Just to say that we have spent two Christmases in Braemar. The cottage was lovely and warm and welcoming, with a tasteful display of Christmas decorations. We really enjoyed our visit, it was even better this time as there was less rain, so no wet coats and boots to try to dry out. Thank you as well for your helpfulness when I rang prior to our visit. I would have no hesitation in recommending both the cottage and your company."Mrs Thomson
"Delighted with this perfect cottage. Loved the log fire. Found plenty to do out and about. Walking alpacas to visiting Edinburgh Castle. Thank you for our stay."Cronin family
"A compact, bijou and beautiful cottage! We will always remember our stay here."Fairless family
"Wonderful long weekend in this magical little Scottish cottage!"Shippee family
"Thank you very much for the lovely stay in Braemar cottage."Jacobs family
"A truly beautiful find! The best of both worlds to enjoy the Fringe and then to come back to the calm of the village. A fantastic week!"Dudgeon family
"Clean cottage. Nice village. Had a good stay."Lowndes family
"Exactly what was on the tin. Beautiful, homely, cosy. Would return."Harvey family
"Congrats to the owners - you've created a cosy bolthole. Loved our week in West Linton."Elliott family
"Beautiful cottage for the first couple of nights after our wedding. We would love to come back and will recommend to friends and family. Lovely little town."Johnstone family
"A beautiful, well-equipped cottage. Loved it and it's idyllic setting."Atherton family
"Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage. We are honoured to be the first guests and have enjoyed the attention to detail. A perfect holiday."Jones family
"Enjoyed a very peaceful weekend at Braemar. It is a quirky wee cottage - done to a lovely standard - as is every one of Crabtree & Crabtree properties that I have stayed in."Hamilton family
"Lovely, quirky cottage. Perfect for a short stay. Beautiful village in a lovely area. Thank you."Livingston family
"Fantastic cottage and a great stay. The cottage has everything you need, the area is wonderful to explore. Thank you for everything."McEnaney
"Braemar was a haven. Arriving after a long journey to a warm, snug cottage, with lovely Christmas decorations everywhere, which were all very tasteful, was delightful. The wood burner is excellent and really enhanced the whole atmosphere.
We would love to stay again."
"We had a wonderful stay at Braemar. The small cottage is very cosily furnished, and we really enjoyed the marshmallows!"Huebbers family
"Wonderful little cottage, tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable and perfect location for trips into Edinburgh”Ms Dolan
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The best of three worlds – beautiful countryside, village charm and city lights – all on the doorstep."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree