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Balgonie Retreat

West Linton, Scottish Borders
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Sleeps 9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Fantastic house located close to West Linton and within easy reach of Edinburgh, Peebles and Biggar
  • Relax and unwind in the sauna or enjoy a game of pool or table tennis in the games room
  • Perfect for outdoor pursuits with Glentress Forest, Pentland Hills and Hillend ski slope within easy reach
Property code: 81467

Book a group holiday to the Scottish borders and bring the family pets with you to this delightful escape. This five-bedroom holiday home at West Linton, 17 miles from Edinburgh, offers plenty for everyone to enjoy. Nine guests and two dogs can stay at the property, which has a sauna, games room and extensive gardens.

 

Enter this inviting property and make your way into the open-plan, split-level lounge/kitchen/diner. Call your four-pawed friends over to the kitchen for their dinner while you prepare meals for everyone else to enjoy at the table or breakfast bar. Watch the Smart TV in the glow of the wood burner, with your pups at your feet. There is a boot room, for towelling dogs down after games in the garden on damp days and two machines and a tumble dryer in the utility room for washing their old towels. There is also a downstairs shower room and the games room, which has another TV, plus table tennis and pool tables, and a snug with musical instruments. Bid your dogs goodnight before venturing upstairs to discover two twin rooms, with en-suite shower rooms and zip-and-link beds that can be made into super-king-sizes if requested in advance. Two more twin rooms can also be found here, one with an en-suite shower room with WC, and a single bedroom. There is also a family shower room and a bathroom. Spend sunny days in the garden watching the pups race about. The wonderful sauna and bicycle storage is also outside and that there is generous parking.

 

Head out on foot from home and within about 1 mile you will find yourselves in the scenic Pentland Hills. Pick up a section of the National Scottish Trail, which runs the length of Scotland for 535 miles. Drive 17 miles to take your delighted dogs to explore Glentress Forest.

  • 5 bedrooms – 2 Super king size bedrooms, 2 twins and 1 single
  • 3 en-suite showers rooms with WCs, 2 shower rooms with WCs, 1 bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC
  • Raeburn stove, electric hob, American-style fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Utility room with electric oven and grill, microwave, tumble dryer and 2 washing machines
  • 2 wood burners – 2 big baskets of logs provided
  • Private sauna
  • Smart TV in lounge and games room
  • Games room – pool table, table tennis, selection of games, books and large Smart TV
  • Snug with piano and guitars
  • Large mature garden with patio seating area, and covered decked area with seating and charcoal BBQ
  • 2 Travel cot and 1 highchair available
  • Secure bike storage available
  • Ample off-road private parking
  • Pub, shops and restaurant within walking distance
  • Please note a permit is required for fishing in the Pentlands which is seasonal
  • Stag/Hen Parties are not allowed
  • Please note, group bookings may be checked to ensure the purpose of the stay is for a holiday, and where relevant, a security deposit may be requested
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £350 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £40. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Gavin Grant

This property is personally managed by Gavin.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Lyndsay 26th January 2024

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Thoroughly enjoyed our week in this beautiful house! Had more than we needed for two families and a dog. Kenny and Lucy were very welcoming making sure we were happy with everything and explaining how everything worked if we had any problems. Great base for Edinburgh and Peebles. Didn't go too far. We were too comfy! Pool/table tennis an absolute hRead moreit. Gorden Arms five minutes drive for good food. Can't recommend this house enough! Loved it! Hide

Reviewed by Laura 30th December 2023

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This house is exactly as described and as pictured. It is a lovely house! Great communication from Lucy and helpful guides to everything you need to know about the house and general area. The house was really clean, cosy and comfortable. It had everything you could need for a great weekend away whether it be staying in the house or venturing out onRead more all the nearby walks. The house had a variety of games, pool table, instruments and more! We will return and already looking to book again this year! Hide

Reviewed by Gail 1st December 2023

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Wonderful house. Beautifully designed and very comfortable.

Reviewed by Ann 10th November 2023

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Absolutely loved our stay at Balgonie Retreat. Best of times with the best of friends. Thank you for being so accommodating and helpful during our stay.

Reviewed by Janet 15th September 2023

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It's an excellent house for a large family gathering. Well equipped, very comfortable beds, great showers. Good restaurant and pub in the village as well as a Co-op and butcher's shop. Plenty of walks, would recommend the village heritage trail and walks in the Cardrona Forest, near Peebles.

Reviewed by Ann-marie 1st September 2023

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Stayed at Balgonie Retreat with family and friends. Ideal for the wide range of ages in our party. Plenty of space if you wanted some chill out time. The decking area made a grand pirate ship for our three year old granddaughter.. The music room and games room were a hit with everyone. Walks nearby for the energetic. Lucy was a very approachable anRead mored informative owner. Would highly recommend and hope to return again, Hide

Reviewed by Debra 11th August 2023

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Lovely house, plenty of space for 9, quiet location with great walks for dogs on the doorstep.

Reviewed by Lisa 17th July 2023

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Fantastic house with everything you could need. Beautiful views and very peaceful. The owners are lovely and very helpful. Would recommend this house.

Reviewed by Nick 7th July 2023

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Reviewed by Gordon 23rd June 2023

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Reviewed by Meena 12th May 2023

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Absolutely a wonderful place to stay! Very serene and peaceful. The house was large , spacious and comfortable. The hosts Lucy and Kenny were very gracious and were on hand to help if needed. Altogether a relaxing and charming house and hosts! Will definitely return.

Reviewed by Matthew 28th April 2023

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Absolutely brilliant. Went for a stag and everyone fulled enjoyed it. House was stunning and had a great time. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting some relaxing time away with friends/family!

Reviewed by Christina 14th April 2023

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The cottage is clean and very well arranged. You will find anything you might need and more to make your stay comfortable. It is well located for any type of holidays, because you are in the middle of beautiful nature and just a short drive from Edinburgh.

Reviewed by David 3rd April 2023

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A very well appointed property with plenty of space and entertainment for the three generations of our extended family from around the world. Quiet location but with access to Edinburgh for overseas visitors. Spacious TV lounge for the youngest, a pool table for adults and older children and a great well lit sitting area below the kitchen with ruraRead morel views for grandparents to argue over whether we had seen a grouse or pheasant on the grass outside. The answer to this was both at different times! Hide

Reviewed by Elizabeth 17th March 2023

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Fabulous house and very well equipped and comfortable. Lots of bathrooms! Lovely views across the garden. Close to Peebles and Biggar for shopping.

Reviewed by Victoria 17th February 2023

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Fab house, spotlessly clean, with bright welcoming spaces to relax. The games room was fantastic, and kept our teenagers (and us) entertained! The owners, who live nearby, were welcoming and helpful. Fantastic location, with nice places to walk right from the door, and a good pub in West Linton with food to suit all tastes.

Reviewed by Marie 10th February 2023

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Wonderful property, location, facilities, equipment space. Very much enjoyed our family stay. Thank you

Reviewed by Georgina 29th December 2022

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Fantastic house, warm, cosy and lots of space at the same time. Walks were a little limited for us, but it was a wonderful stay. The kitchen hob needs the dials changed, as some of the markers have worn off & made it very hard to use. The Aga kept it all toasty in there. Better lighting in the games room for those evening pool tournaments. Loved thRead moree property and highly recommend for large groups or families. Lucy & Kenny were excellent hosts! Hide

Reviewed by Thomas 25th November 2022

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Fantastic break in Balgonie Retreat in West Linton. The accommodation was warm, cosy and welcoming. We as a family came together to celebrate milestone birthdays, and it was just perfect. The layout allowed us as a family of 9 (age range 3 to 72) to be together to celebrate with lots of space around us to party. We particullary enjoyed the games roRead moreom playing pool or table tennis. Everything that we needed was provided. Hide

Reviewed by Catriona 18th November 2022

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Reviewed by Ruth 11th November 2022

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Fantastic, clean, well equipped, and location is excellent.

Reviewed by Kathryn 4th November 2022

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Beautiful house and surroundings. Very comfortable and quiet!

Reviewed by Claire 14th October 2022

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This house is stunning. Spacious and caters for all ages. Music room, games room and Sauna were great and well used. The bedrooms were very clean and comfortable. The outside area is great, being under cover and ample seating. We had brought a gas fire pit which allowed us to sit outside with a barbecue. The house is well equipped. We had a fabulouRead mores time and would definitely have no hesitation on returning Hide

Reviewed by Cathy 23rd September 2022

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A lovely property , home from home very well equipped. lovely family area, music /quiet room and games room with snooker and table tennis. Hosts very welcoming and on hand if needed. Great location for touring the area yet within walking distance to local ameneties in the village. wouldn't hesitate to revisit.

Reviewed by Anna 16th September 2022

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What a lovely big family property. Cosy, warm and lots of room for everyone to do their own thing! Well kitted out with all the kitchen stuff needed. Beautiful gardens and very good sauna. A lovely walk into the village where there are a few local shops and a pub that serves amazing food.

Reviewed by Marc 12th September 2022

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Reviewed by Andrew 26th August 2022

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Reviewed by Fiona 19th August 2022

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Lovely house with great spacious rooms and facilities. Easy access to Edinburgh as well as many other beautiful local villages

Reviewed by Alan 8th July 2022

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Really wonderful property and Lucy and Ken were great and dealt with the minor problems very quickly. Would have no problem in recommending this holiday home.

Reviewed by Joyce 1st July 2022

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The WOW factor on arrival did not wane throughout our stay. The interior beautiful and immaculate with lots of space for our large family group. The garden and outdoor seating areas were superbly maintained and a great space for BBQs and relaxing in the sunshine. The games and snug/piano room were very popular with the whole family. A superb properRead morety with lovely rooms, Lucy and Kenny were genuinely fantastic and gave us a very warm welcome. Even our very nervous dog loved to say hello to them. Hide

Reviewed by Erik 24th June 2022

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Reviewed by Georgina 27th May 2022

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Beautiful, spacious property with everything and more you could possibly need during your stay. Owners were on hand if you needed them and were very welcoming. Beds were super comfy that I actually slept better than at home, and there was never a fight for the bathroom in the morning as we nearly had one each! The village of West Linton is lovely, Read moreespecially The Gordon Arms pub which served great food and the staff were super friendly so would definite recommend grabbing a bite to eat here! Hide

Reviewed by Susan 12th May 2022

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Fabulous house with lots of space both indoors and outdoors, which is great for a large group gathering. The bedrooms were all of a good size with comfortable beds, all with their own en-suite or separate bathroom. Nine of us stayed for my 50th birthday and we had a great time and everyone agreed that we would definitely return.

Reviewed by Alicia 15th April 2022

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We stayed at this property for a week over Easter and had a fantastic time. The house is large and well equipped. It was perfect for our family (3 generations) trip. We loved spending evenings in the games room and looking out at the lovely views. There were lots of lambs in the field next to the house,. The village is small but has a shop, pub andRead more a handful of other amenities in walking distance. We would happily stay here again, photos dont do this property justice. Owners are very helpful. Hide

Reviewed by Alison 8th April 2022

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Fantastic week enjoyed by the whole family. The house coped superbly well with the extremes of temperature from -2 to +13, remaining cosy, warm and snug. It was an excellent base to explore the local area with trips to Gullane, North Berwick, Peebles and Edinburgh, together with local walks to the village via the fields. The games room was a big hiRead moret with the family, the table tennis and pool table made for great entertainment for adults and kids alike. Mine hosts Lucy and Kenny were excellent. Hide

Reviewed by Graham 1st April 2022

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This is a wonderful house for family get togethers. It has everything you need and more to keep all generations happy, in both fair and foul weather. The location is great for exploring the surrounding countryside or heading into Edinburgh for a day trip or two. Every element of the house has been well thought out and I would definitely recommend.

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