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Family Friendly Log Cabin

Bedrooms 2
Space 624 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2-Bedroom Timber Cottage with Large Living Room/Kitchen in a Rural Setting

We like to think of the cabin as 'small but perfectly formed' and furnished to the highest standard. The living room features a cast iron stove, extremely comfortable soft furnishings, original artwork and the world's most beguiling rocking chair. There’s a patio door which looks out over our top fields to the woodland beyond. The kitchen area is fully fitted with fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and all of the usual accessories such as kettle, microwave and toaster and there’s a round dining table for the family to enjoy eating together.

Unlike many other 'log cabin' self-catering holiday homes, ours is not one of a number where you can be victim to noisy neighbours; it sits on its own over 150 meters from the farm yard. Visitors have already told us that what they've enjoyed most is the peace and tranquility that it offers after a busy day doing holiday things.

Our visitors have told us that they've enjoyed the very comfortable beds: a king-sized double bed in one room and twin beds in the other. All bed linen and towels are provided and heating and hot water is included.

Sit out on the decking area and relax but be careful before you venture out early in the morning because we often have deer, brown hares and other wildlife coming down to graze and they're easily frightened - there's a pair of binoculars you can use if you enjoy wildlife watching.

You'll need a car to move to and fro at Belstane Log Cabin but just three miles away there's a train station where the trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow run approximately every hour and from Balerno there's a bus service into Edinburgh every fifteen minutes or so. Parking is easy to find for both services.

West Lothian is stacked with things to do from country walks, to golf, fishing and for the kids there’s plenty to do: swimming pools, the ‘Jump Station’ trampoline event, our very own local, and award winning Five Sister Zoo and many more. If you’re a TV watcher of epic dramas then West Lothian, which is liberally peppered with castles is where several of them, like Outlander are filmed.

And of course, there’s a host of historic sites within easy reach to visit from Linlithgow Palace to the world famous Roslin Chapel which dates back almost a thousand years to the Knights Templarand where scenes from The Da Vinci Code were filmed.

More Details

Property Manager
Fiona Rice
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Fiona Rice

Hi, I'm Fi ('Fee' - short for Fiona). I was born at Belstane and have lived here most my life - when I wasn't pursuing my career as an international water skier I returned to take over my parents' farming operation with my husband Dave. We down-sized our farming operation a few years back but Belstane is still working livestock operation. This is a lovely place to live and we thought we'd like to share it with you.

Fiona Rice purchased this house in 2016

Why Fiona Rice chose Kirknewton

As we already said, we love living here, it's very rural yet there's loads going on and it's just a bus or train ride from the nearest village into Edinburgh with all that that city has to offer. We thought we'd like to share Belstane with you (we like having people around) so we decided to build a cabin in our hay field. The cabin sits on its own and you'll be able to enjoy the local wildlife, as likely as not, if you're an early riser, seeing deer in the field or wood adjacent to the cabin.

What makes this house unique

The cabin is in a very rural and private setting, sitting on its own in tree-fringed fields. Here you can enjoy everything that a country holiday has to offer from walking & cycling to golf and fishing with many more sports that you might like to try your hand at such as clay pigeon shooting or rock climbing.


Kirknewton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 624 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum occupancy is 4. Parties and dinner parties including people not included in the original booking are not allowed unless by prior arrangement.
  • Pets are allowed by prior arrangement but are not allowed on any of the furniture. Please bring your own pet beds
  • We absolutely do not take Hen or Stag parties. We will refuse entry if we suspect that the cabin has been booked for a Hen or Stag party.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower room / Toilet with on-demand hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Bedroom - 1 king , Large, v. comfortable King-sized double bed + wardrobe etc.
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2 Large, very comfortable single beds, double wardrobe etc.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • tennis
Many of our guest have commented that what they really enjoyed about our cabin was the seclusion and isolation in a very tranquil, pastoral location. At Belstane Log Cabin you're not thrust into close contact with other holidaymakers - there aren't any - your nearest neighbour will be the owners some 150 yards away in the farm yard. Despite this, we are within easy reach of Edinburgh, the Festival City and buses or trains are a mere three miles away. Wets Lothian and the surrounding area offers lots to do from country walks right here on Belstane to adventure sports to golf and fishing.


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Lovely holiday cottage

  • 4 of 5

Ideal for people wanting to take dogs because it is in the middle of a field so they can run around (provide there are no animals in it) and not disturb anyone else. The cottage is very well equipped but does not currently have internet connection. Owners very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic cabin in peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully appointed, very comfortable wee cabin. Every detail has been thought of.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for kind review and also especially for leaving the place so clean and tidy. Please do come back again.
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An Outstanding holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

The welcome we received when we arrived at the cabin was wonderful,and what a unique and peaceful setting for a delightful stay, so quiet and relaxing.

The cabin has everything one could wish for to make your stay as comfortable as possible, you couldn't ask for more, we thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Belstane, sightseeing is also within easy reach, we would certainly recommend this outstanding venue.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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very clean and comfortable a credit to Fee and family

  • 5 of 5

Loved that it was on its own but good access via park and ride to Edinburgh would recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your stay, please come back and also let your friends know. Fi Xxx
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Gorgeous log cabin in the most fantastic setting.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is very well appointed and thought out with everything we needed for our stay. It is in the most beautiful setting and so very peaceful to return to after 4 busy days at the show we were attending at the Royal Highland showground. We would love to come back to stay and explore the area when we have more time to spare.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. It was an absolute delight having you and you'll be very welcome back whether it's somewhere to stay while you're exhibiting at the show or even better, if it's for a few day's holiday. Best wishes, Fi and Dave
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Jolie maison au milieu des boutons d'or !!

  • 5 of 5

Une jolie maison en bois, au décor raffiné, ou nous attendait une petite carte de bienvenue avec une bouteille de vin et une coupe de fruits de la part de Fiona et Dave. Une maison ou l'on se sent bien, très fonctionnelle, une literie impeccable, au milieu d'une prairie remplie de bouton d'or avec un cheval qui venait nous saluer ............. idéalement située, 5 minutes de la gare de Kirknewton ou nous avons pris, le train pour aller visiter Edimbourg.

Vraiment le top !!!!! (manque juste un petit barbecue).

Nous garderons un merveilleux souvenir de notre séjour en Écosse, avec du soleil tous les jours.

Merci à Fiona et Dave

Dany et Myriam avec Yvon et Marie José séjour du 02 juin AU 09 juin 2018

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cher Dany et Myriam, Encore une fois, merci pour vos aimables paroles à propos de notre cabine. Nous sommes ravis que vous avez apprécié la cabine et votre visite en Ecosse - et un merci spécial de quitter la cabine si propre et bien rangé - le meilleur que nous ayons jamais eu. S'il vous plaît, venez nous rendre visite, vous serez le bienvenu. Meilleures salutations, Fiona et Dave
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Nearest Airport
9.7 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Balerno, The Grey Horse
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
M8, Livingston
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Balerno, The Grey Horse
Nearest Ski
86 Miles
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: necessary

Belstane Log Cabin is a brand new self-catering holiday home situated in the countryside on the edge of the Pentland Regional Park not far from Edinburgh. Sitting alone in 14 acres of tree-fringed fields it is the perfect location for a tranquil and contemplative countryside holiday with wildlife and birdwatching readily on hand.

But don't let that put you off if you also want a more activity-oriented holiday. Belstane is very close to a whole myriad of activities from golf to fishing, from rock climbing to mountain biking and with the Festival City of Edinburgh only a short bus or train ride from the nearest village, there's everything on hand that this ancient capital city has to offer: ancient historic buildings such as Holyrood Palace (the Queen's Edinburgh home), Edinburgh Castle the world's most impressive castle, dominating the Edinburgh skyline and many more. And don't forget, Edinburgh Zoo is the only place outside China where you can see giant pandas - as well as its famed display of penguins.

Both locally and in the city of Edinburgh, we're blessed with many fine places to eat, from local take-aways of the highest quality to fine, five-star dining in and around the city.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $52.29

Booking type:
The property must be used solely for the purpose of self-catering holiday accommodation and not, without the express prior permission of the owners, for the purposes of dinner parties, parties, or for entertaining people in the property other than those originally booked to stay.
We do not accommodate ‘hen’ or ‘stag’ parties..
Reservations and check-in time commence at 4.30pm on the day of arrival with reservation terminating at, and vacation of the property necessary by 10.00am on the final day of your reservation.
No person in excess of the number agreed at the time of reservation may occupy the property. Breach of this rule will terminate the contract without recompense to the client.
The cabin must be left in a clean and tidy condition. Damage and breakages must be paid for. If the cabin is left clean and tidy and keys are returned, we will refund £25 of your booking fee.
No liability shall be accepted by us for loss, damage or theft of personal property belonging to guests, either in the property or in/to cars, bicycles or other vehicles left on the property. Nor shall liability be accepted by us for accident or injury to guests, either within the property or outside.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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