Named after the hill close by, detached Craigengar Lodge attracts rave reviews. Weekends book well ahead but for Monday to Friday 3 to 4 night stays we offer temptingly attractive low rates. With 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a large open-plan living / dining / kitchen area, a spacious gallery area, utility room and large hallway, mood lighting & underfloor heating, guests say wow! as they step inside. Encircled by fields of grazing livestock, hills, open skies, the lodge is 1 km up a tarmac track.
Craigengar will sleep a maximum of 18 guests though there are compromises. More than 12 guests attract an extra £50 per person per stay fee. Extra person fees should be paid to the owner during the stay.
Please note the following: phone reception varies inside the lodge but there is a landline phone. ( free for incoming calls only ). Unlimited Wifi comes via satellite . We do charge £10 a day towards the lodge's fuel and electricity costs and collect this direct from guests during your stay. We do not ask for a cleaning charge on the understanding that our guests leave the lodge clean and tidy. Any damage needs to be paid for.
Craigengar Lodge is one of 4 self-catering cottages on Crosswoodhill Farm, if your numbers exceed 18 you may want to consider others on the farm ( or conversely if less than 12, think about one of the smaller ones you can view on our own website.
Craigengar is good for guests with mobility problems as there are ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms.
Great for guests who want a detached property where noise will not bother neighbours ( cows and sheep! )
We do sell logs for those who want a real fire in the hearth. Not really necessary due to the underfloor heating but nice for the ambience.
Feel at the heart of the farm. Enjoy walking in the Pentland Hills from the doorstep. Stargaze ( we supply binoculars ). Relax on the long scud of decking. Large gas BBQ. Lots of our guests invite professionals into the lodge, eg beauty pamperers, Cocktail Queen, outside caterers.
Other things to note
There is an excellent tarmac track up to the house for a third of a mile from the main road. The house is surrounded by fields with grazing livestock. And the windows of the lodge are huge! Our guests absolutely love the location.
A perfect, unique location. A stunning lodge for:
Celebrations (from 21 to 90 years !)
Group re-unions and get-aways
Hen and stag parties (civilised)
Brainstorming / small business meetings
Small intimate weddings / receptions
Family gatherings and get-togethers
So... A perfect, unique location. A stunning lodge. But Why?
What is it about Craigengar that wows so many diverse groups? Guest feedback suggests it's the interior of the lodge itself, plus its away-from-it-all setting on the Pentland Hills encircled by fields of grazing sheep and cattle. Couple this with its 30 minute accessibility to the heart of Edinburgh and other enticing places and Craigengar's appeal broadens even more. Many of our guests hardly move from their luxurious home and peaceful surroundings during their all-too-brief escape to the countryside. They prefer to relax amongst friends, family or colleagues within this amazing house or enjoy the extensive decking with panoramic views. With 1800 acres of our hill farm waiting to be explored, the more intrepid can venture further on foot to the Covenanter's Grave, a great day out.
What's close by?
Many groups like the idea of combining luxurious living with venturing out to explore. Nowhere too far, but within a 30 - 60 minute drive from Craigengar and this is where our Group Outings Page on our crosswoodhill website offers a wealth of intriguing ideas, linking to websites with more detail.
Everything from aerial assaults to downhill challenges, scaling rockfaces to keelboat sailing, girlie nights in with cocktails and beauty make-overs, ghostly nights out, going Ape to relaxing and having tasty Scottish food served up to you at home.
Craigengar enjoys the same wonderful location shared by Midcrosswood. For nearly 16 years Midcrosswood wooed back self-catering guests entranced by the hills and open skies, the tranquillity and antics of our livestock viewed whilst breakfasting. It was as though they were in the Highlands, they'd say, yet a half hour drive would take them into the buzz of Edinburgh. When Midcrosswood became home to our son, the sadness of so many of our regular guests accelerated our desire to build something bigger and even better up on the hill for guests to enjoy in this designated Area of Great Landscape Value. And here it is! Craigengar Lodge.
The focus with this new house is on contemporary style, immediately apparent as you leave the shelter belt of trees behind and view for the first time the imposing grandeur of this timber clad house with its curved aluminium roof set in a field all to itself. Venture inside and you find not just a visually appealing spacious, open-plan layout but the kind of high spec. extras you would expect from a boutique hotel: individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms, wonderfully atmospheric mood lighting, a Sonos sound system, ipod docking station, eye-catching pottery and artworks, and so much more. This house shouts modernity but intrigue, too, with many special touches. Curved ceilings, some with an engaging sense of volume, soar upwards marrying in with crescent shaped windows at the gable ends. Huge picture windows maximise the inside-outside feel with balau hardwood decking running along the southern side of the house. All the Scandinavian windows and doors are, naturally, double and triple glazed as this house lives and breathes eco-friendly principles. The underfloor heating on both floors is powered by a ground source heat pump.
The living area will accommodate up to 16 guests with the option of either one long dining table or separated into 2 individual tables. Sofas... the sort you sink into ... are grouped around the focal point of the room, the multi-fuel stove. Oriental rugs and cappuccino sheepskins from the Isle of Skye soften the impact of hardwood oak floors. And our love of granite shows! A granite hearth and upstand at one end, and at the other extensive black granite work surfaces in the kitchen area which flows from the dining area almost seamlessly. Noisy, intrusive appliances are in the main banished to the far distant Utility Room. This frees up plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen area to stock everything you might need, except for the food, for wining and dining up to 18 people. ( though Craigengar has hosted wedding parties with many more )
Our own website shows layouts of rooms within the holiday house
a whole page on bedroom configurations, allowing you to plan bedroom allocations in advance
a Gallery Page with more than 30 interior images in sequence as we show you round
more detail on the exterior and interior features
a page with lots of inspiring ideas for group outings.
What's in it for the kids? Outside they discover a nature playground with acres of farmland to wander, wild-life and animal antics to watch and enjoy. Crosswoodhill has cows, calves and sheep.
Watch the shepherd and his dogs at work in the close-by sheep pens. This is Agritourism at its most authentic.
Simple pleasures kick in: ball games in the field surrounding the house, a picnic up the hill, paddling in the burn, relaxing with a good book on the outside decking
Exclusive to Craigengar is a family basket swing, single swings and a climbing frame: lovely robust, safe, natural wooden play equipment offering a challenge for even the most adventurous and imaginative children. Watch this space!
And inside, the house is big enough for children to migrate to different parts of the house.
Lots of board and card games, jigsaws, a variety of toys and books for all ages.
With 7 DVD players ( bring your own DVDs) and 7 TVs dotted around the house for those who want them there's plenty of scope for selectiveness
Bedroom 1, named Ash, now has a kingsize and a single bed
Bedroom 2, named Beech, has either 3 single beds or a superking and a single
Bedroom 3, named Pine, is the same as Beech( but the single bed can be moved into Spruce )
Bedroom 4, named Rowan, has a kingsize bed
Bedroom 5 , named Spruce, has 3 single beds, but just enough space for a fourth single moved from Pine
Gallery Area, as shown with 2 sofa beds which can be used as doubles or singles.
Why our less mobile guests love Craigengar
Car parking immediately adjacent to the house
No steps at entry or ground floor
Solid oak wood and natural stone flooring throughout
2 ground floor bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
3 other bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms upstairs
Main living, kitchen and utility area all downstairs
Lots of space to move around in
2 ground floor bathrooms ( as mentioned above)
one has a wet floor area and wheelchair turning circle and bath with handle grips
one extra shower room downstairs.