About This Listing
UPDATE: I'm on holiday 21 - 28 June, so won't be able to answer any messages.
A double and a single bedroom are available (1 x 4'6" bed / 1 x 3' bed) plus a private bathroom with over-bath shower in a village house 17 miles from Edinburgh. There is also a huge attic (8m x 4m), which is reached by a Ramsay ladder. It has a built in king size bed and adjoining loo, and is ideal for children/teenagers. Adults probably won't like it so much, it's more of a den, but there's plenty of space for a larger family or party. I provide towels, and there is a hairdryer, hot water bottles and extra blankets (this is Scotland!) in the wardrobe in the double room.
Guests have unrestricted use of the kitchen, large airy sitting/dining room, garden, sun deck etc. The house is right in the centre of the village, but in a very secluded little cul-de-sac. Two cats live here as well.
I'm out at work all day, but when I'm home I'm happy to cook / talk / share or to let you get on with it yourselves. I don't provide meals as such, but you are more than welcome to use what's in the fridge and cupboards.
West Linton is a lovely friendly village with a family pub with beer garden and an excellent restaurant (Tony Singh at The Old Bakehouse). The large village Co-operative store is open from 7am to 10pm seven days a week and has everything (including excellent wines). Lots of parking, internet, satellite. Visitors' pets welcome within reason. There's an easy bus route/car to Edinburgh (buses run approximately every hour, and it takes 50 minutes to get to the city centre). We're only 15 minutes drive from the Edinburgh ring road and central Scottish motorway, and it takes about 25 minutes to drive to Edinburgh Airport (more during rush hour). It's an ideal base to explore both the lovely, historic city of Edinburgh and the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders from.
West Linton has a post office, bank (2 days a week), a newsagent which stocks everything from DVDs to strange curry ingredients, and several lovely shops for browsing, including a bookshop and an antiques emporium. There's also a very good golf course and lots of beautiful walks/cycling routes.
Biggar and Peebles are both very attractive towns within a 15 minute drive, with lots to see and do, if you want something a little quieter than the bustle of Edinburgh.
Guests have access to the whole house (apart from my personal bedroom).
Interaction with Guests
I am more than happy to share a coffee/wine/meal with my guests, although I am often out. I try to make sure I'm there to welcome you, but if not will always leave keys and detailed instructions. I've spent many happy evenings getting to know people from all over the world - that's why I do airbnb!
I'm very relaxed, as long as you don't leave a mess behind you. And if the cats or plants tell you they're hungry, please feed them.
Checking in is preferable from 17.30 onwards, as I'm out at work during the day, but if you need access earlier I can arrange keys.
Lucy is very welcoming and allows you to treat her house as your own. The house is in a quiet area of the village, ideal for a good nights sleep.
Where do I start! This was our first time staying at an AirBnB property. Actually, it was our first time staying at a B&B at all. I was slightly worried about our children and other occupants that might be staying at the property as well. No worries at all!! Miss Lucy made us feel right at home. No other occupants to bother (except her). She met us late with a giant hug and woke with us in the morning to make sure we were able to find everything!! So gracious.
This property is 75% self-catering and 25% B&B. The reason I say that, is because I got what I was expecting out of my experience!! I wanted to have someone open their home to me and my family and treat us as their own. I hope you aren’t expecting 5-star cleanliness and having someone to fuss over you whenever you need it!! The home is lived in (my kids didn’t help to keep it clean) and big boy rules apply (clean up after yourself). I can promise you a 5-star experience! I loved staying up late and chatting or watching the television with Lucy while mulling over a glass of gin or cheese and crackers!! Lucy is a very hard working woman who plays as hard as she works!! If you don’t understand something or were expecting something a good chat will clear the air.
If you fancy something particular, might I suggest that you bring it or buy it and donate it to the B&B. If you forget something there is a small grocery store, post office, book store and two or three restaurants within a 2-5 minute walk. There is also an ASDA (Wal-mart for Americans), Costco, and IKEA within 10 minutes drive. A park and ride to Edinburgh and Glasgow also in the same location!! A real plus. Use the Park and Ride.
I would use Lucy again in a heart beat as a home base for central Scotland. I hope that all my Air BnB experiences are as good as this one! If so, we will continue to use them as our choice for accommodations across the world.
About the Host, Lucy
Hello, I'm Lucy, 50ish and single, with two cats and two daughters now away from home. Would love to have some company and hear about other people's lives and travels. Me? I love acting and writing, I'm very creative although I've got a very sensible job in an office, the house is full of colour and books and pictures and flowers, I love meeting people, talking over one or lots of glasses of wine. I always have people, books, music, laughter and sometimes a rehearsal or a party in the house. My fridge is full of things like chorizo, olives, wine, cheese, strawberries. I don't do tins/ready meals. I've lived in West Linton for 25 years, so I can share plenty of information. As I get older I'm more and more happy with my place in life, I know what I can and can't do, and life's just there to be taken hold of and lived. Do come and share it with me.
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